Ainslie Park, home to Lowland League side Spartans, played host to this U18 Lothian Schools Cup Final. In all truth, it was a game which Broughton dominated, and they were well worth their victory on the day.
Broughton began much the better of the two sides and took the lead within the first minute.
Straight from kick-off, Broughton worked the ball out to Dan McKinlay on the right wing. He composed himself to deliver a cross, which Firrhill could only clear to the edge of the box. Influential playmaker Kris Gaff stepped onto the ball and blasted it beyond the keeper to give Broughton an early lead.
Broughton’s early dominance continued, and only seven minutes later they doubled their lead. Some good build-up play resulted in the ball being played to Matthew Combe, who turned the defender, steadied himself and stroked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Jordan Brown.
Broughton began to control possession of the ball, simply passing between the midfield and defence, without creating too many opportunities. However, after 26 minutes, they were three goals in front.
They initially won a corner after good work from David Whelan. Striker Washe Manyathelo took responsibility and whipped in an excellent corner, and Michael Reilly nodded in from close range.
Firrhill could not deal with Broughton’s strength and spent the remainder of the first half chasing Broughton’s shadows. Again, Broughton continued to retain possession without offering much in front of goal; however, Jude Zitara did come close five minutes before half-time.
Firrhill didn’t deal with the initial cross, and when the ball was returned to Zitara, he rose above the goalkeeper, but his header went just wide of the post.
Broughton were able to see out the remainder of the first half fairly easily and went in at the break 3-0 in front.