Edinburgh South were victorious in the Edinburgh Cup Final, as they battled well to defeat Longniddry Villa. In a game of few chances, it was South who were clinical, scoring three well-taken goals. Villa did manage to pull a goal back, however it was too little to late as South took home the silverware.
New Dundas Park, home to junior side Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U13 Edinburgh Cup Final. The game was very much a battle between two powerful sides and not many chances were created in the first 20 minutes.
The best of the limited chances fell to South’s number 2 David Thomson who, after some neat one-touch passing in the midfield, was played through on goal, however his chipped effort was held well by Villa keeper Ben Taylor.
Longniddry Villa responded immediately and within a minute had an opportunity of their own. Some good play down the right hand side led to a cross, which wasn’t cleared by the Edinburgh South defence, and a massive scramble ensued, eventually leading to Villa having a shot cleared from the line and South breathed a sigh of relief.
The large crowd inside New Dundas Park didn’t have to wait much longer for the opening goal and it came from a wonderful passage of play from Edinburgh South. They worked the ball out from the back and Louis Conlon picked up possession in the middle of the park. His through ball to Samuel Doig was inch perfect and he found some space in the box to unleash a powerful shot which crashed of the bar and the rebound fell to David Thomson, who made no mistake from close range to put Edinburgh South in front.
Towards the end of the first half, it was all Edinburgh South and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead. Again it was neat play in the midfield before Finlayson played in the influential Doig. He remained composed and picked out Thomson in the middle and the striker side footed the ball into the net to claim his and Edinburgh South’s second goal just before the break.