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Edinburgh South CFC 3

Thomson 22, 35, Finlayson, 40

Longniddry Villa FC 1

Clark 55
  • Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Edinburgh Cup

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.

 

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh South CFC
  • 2-0
  • Longniddry Villa FC

Villa began the second half the better of the two sides and had several chances in the first 10 minutes. Lewis Lang had a free-kick from just outside the box and his effort was spilled at first by Darcy Munro, the South goalkeeper, but he recovered to save on the line.

Villa’s pressure continued and after a poor clearance by Munro, the ball fell to Josh Laidlaw, however his lobbed effort cleared the crossbar and the score remained 2-0.

Then, completely against the run of play, South scored a third. Connor Finlayson collected the ball on the wing and his speculative effort caught the wind and the ball flew over Ben Taylor and into the back of the net.

Villa didn’t let the third goal impact on their good start to the second half and on 52 minutes were handed a lifeline. Some good work by the Villa winger got him into the box and he was fouled, resulting in a penalty-kick. Lewis Lang took responsibility from the spot however his effort was well saved, low to the left, by Darcy Munro.

Villa did eventually get a goal back and it came from a rare mistake from Munro. A floated cross came into the box and it looked like Munro had it covered, however he dropped the cross at the feet of the on-rushing Harry Clark who bundled the ball over the line.

Ten minutes later, Villa had another great opportunity. South failed to clear a corner and when Evan Robertson turned and volleyed the ball towards goal, it looked like Longniddry would grab a second goal. However, Joe McBeath cleared off the line expertly to maintain Edinburgh South’s two goal cushion.

The response from Longniddry Villa proved too little too late and Edinburgh South managed to see out the last few minutes of the game as they returned home with the silverware.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh South CFC
  • 3-1
  • Longniddry Villa FC

Lineups

Edinburgh South CFC
Longniddry Villa FC
1. Darcy Munro
2. David Thomson
3. Owen Clark
4. Michael Cameron
5. Finn Mackie
6. Samuel Davidson
7. Samuel Doig
8. Ross McNeill
9. Connor Finlayson
10. Louis Robertson
11. Joe McBeath
12. Louis Conlon
13. Dylan Cooney
14. James Beattie
1. Ben Taylor
2. Luke Reid
3. Saul Mcritchie
4. Louis Pearson
5. Kieran Stewart
6. Nathan Stewart
7. Callum Aitken
8. Josh Laidlaw
10. Evan Robertson
11. Harry Clark
12. Ross Buckley
14. Lewis Lang
15. Brodie Ritchie
16. Oliver Bonnington
17. Cameron Black
18. Ben Taylor
Star Player
Edinburgh South CFC
Longniddry Villa FC
Star player for Edinburgh South has to be Samuel Doig. He was at the heart of all things good for South on the day and claimed the assists for all three of his side's goals. He gave the Villa defence a very tough afternoon and is therefore the star man.
For Longniddry Villa, the star player is Josh Laidlaw. He did not misplace a pass all day and was very unlucky not to get on the score sheet for Villa.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh South CFC
Longniddry Villa FC
Edinburgh South's magic moment has to be the penalty save by Darcy Munro. He guessed early and stopped a very good penalty by Lewis Lang, gaining the congratulations of his team mates.
Villa's magic moment was there goal. Despite not being a classic, it sparked a mini-revival in their performance but sadly it came too late in the game and was just a consolation.
Club Views
Edinburgh South CFC
Longniddry Villa FC
Edinburgh South's manager expressed his delight at his teams performance on the day, and of course, was ecstatic to pick up the silverware. He added that his he is looking forward to the rest of the season and hopes that, after they have played their games in hand, South will be challenging for the league title.
Longniddry Villa's coach explained that his side did not start well but felt they were still in the game at 1-0 down. He added that losing a goal on the stroke of half-time was hard to take but praised his side's response in the second half and felt they were unlucky not to score another goal.
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