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Brilliant Broughton lift Lothian Schools Cup

Broughton HS 4

Gaff 1, 78, Combe 8, Reilly 26

Firrhill HS 1

Passmore 50
  • Friday, 11 May 2018
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 18´s
  • Lothian Schools FA Cup

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Broughton HS
  • 3-0
  • Firrhill HS

A couple of minutes after the interval and Broughton were handed a chance to increase their lead further.

Manyathelo picked up the ball just inside the box and after some silky footwork beat the defender, only to be pulled down, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Manyathelo took responsibility from the spot, but his penalty was expertly tipped onto the crossbar by Jordan Brown.

The penalty miss seemed to galvanise Firrhill and finally, after almost 50 minutes of play, the began to offer more in front of goal.

Firrhill won a free-kick about 25 yards out. Jack Passmore placed the ball and stepped up and produced a wonderful effort. The only way to describe the goal was a knuckleball free-kick which flew straight into the top corner; an exceptional goal from Passmore.

Despite Firrhill’s goal, Broughton continued to dominate and, towards the end of the game the created numerous opportunities.

Firstly on 55 minutes, Whelan stung the palms of Brown before Michael Reilly shot wide 15 minutes later. Then, on 78 minutes, Broughton won another penalty.

Some good play allowed substitute Joseph Jeffrey to break into the box. He got the wrong side of the Firrhill defender, and he was thrown to the ground; again giving the referee a simple decision. This time Kris Gaff stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the game beyond Firrhill.

The remaining minutes did not provide any notable opportunities, as Broughton saw out the game to lift the Lothian Schools Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Broughton HS
  • 4-1
  • Firrhill HS

Lineups

Broughton HS
Firrhill HS
1. Norani Vuna
2. Callum Reynolds
3. Joe Coates
4. Jude Alexei Zitara
5. Owen Craig Barnes
6. Dan McKinlay
7. Michael Reilly
8. Kris Gaff
9. Washe Manyathelo
10. Matthew Combe
11. David Whelan
12. Tyron Bowman
14. Joseph Jeffrey
15. Louis Pettinger
1. Jordan Brown
2. Greg Dighton
3. Hugh Dawson
4. Euan Mitchell
5. Calum Henderson
6. Blair Primrose
7. Gavin Wells
8. Oli Coutts
9. Kieran Richmond
10. Jack Passmore
11. Calum Ritchie
12. Robbie Campbell
13. Cameron Milne
14. Luke McMahon
15. Andrew Lickley
Star Player
Broughton HS
Firrhill HS
Broughton's star man has to be Kris Gaff. The midfielder scored twice on the day and was involved in almost every chance created by Broughton. Gaff thoroughly deserves the accolade.
Jordan Brown is the star player for Firrhill. He did not have much chance with any of the Broughton goals but did manage to pull off an excellent penalty save which is why he has been chosen for the award.
Magic Moment
Broughton HS
Firrhill HS
Kris Gaff's opener is Broughton's magic moment. His strike in the first minute was a rocket into the roof of the net which gave Jordan Brown no chance.
The magic moment for Firrhill has to be Passmore's free-kick. Probably the pick of all the goals in the cup final and it was a special moment on an otherwise disappointing day for Firrhill.
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