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James Young put three past plucky Dalkeith in league win

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James Young High School
 vs
Dalkeith
 
 
 
Seniors, Lothian Schools League
James Young High
02 November 2014
 
 
 
The game kicked off with both teams pressing high and fast. It was clear from the start that Dalkeith were going to be up for the fight and looked to move the ball around well.
 
Craig Wright had a couple of early runs down the right and looked to have the edge on the Dalkeith defender. It was no surprise after six mins when the opening goal came down this side. 
 
The ball was won in the middle of the park by Kai and Cully before sending a through ball to Craig. He had too much pace for the defence and ran through on goal before cooly slotting beyond the keeper to make the score 1-0 to James Young.
 
Dalkeith tried to get back in the game and were looking dangerous down their right, but Owen, Corey and Andrew snuffed out the danger. 
 
JYHS were winning the midfield battle. Despite being outnumbered, Kai and Cully were battling away before feeding the ball to either Liam or Dom who were getting in behind the full backs with every attack. 
 
On 12 minutes JYHS extended their lead. Another good move down the right started with Kieran and Liam winning the ball before again finding Craig who punished the defence with a clinical finish. 2-0 to James Young.
 
Dalkeith looked stunned. They had played well, with out really troubling Luke, and were somehow two down. Our passing had been slick and our finishing clinical. 
We continued to dominate the rest of the half but our finishing was far from clinical. 
 
Firstly Craig was sent through with a good ball over the top. He again beat the defence for pace and was clean through but his shot flew over the bar. 
 
Then on twenty two mins, Liam found himself wide right and sent a great cross to the feet of Kahl about eight yards out, he hit it low but the keeper saved well.
 
Miss of the day came five mins later. Dom was played through the middle.. He left the defence behind and was clean through. The keeper didn't do much and offered the near post, Dom got a little excited and blasted the ball wildly over from 6 yards.
 
Dalkeith then had their two best chances of the game. A clearance from a corner forced Dalkeith back. As James Young organised themselves, the Dalkeith midfielder struck a shot from thirty five yards out which Luke did well to put wide. 
 
Shortly after from a JYHS corner, Dalkeith broke on the counter down their right. It looked like Owen would get across to clear, but he slipped and the striker got in behind. He sent a great cross to the back post and only a last ditch clearing header from Kieran saved a goal.
 
The final chance of the half fell to Kai. Good work down our right with Liam and Craig led to a cut back which found Kai running on to the ball, eight yards from goal. Unfortunately he got underneath it and fired over. 
 
Half Time: James Young High School 2-0 Dalkeith
 
JYHS should have been out of sight but we had let Dalkeith off the hook. Hopefully with so much at stake we wouldn't regret it. 
 
The second half turned out to be a battle. Dalkeith were a stuffy team and we had to defend well to keep them at bay. There was little in the way of clear cut chances this half but we did have two penalty claims turned down. 
 
Firstly Craig was clean through on the keeper and as he took a touch to go around him, he was clattered, decent claim, but no Penalty. 
 
Next up it was Dom, he was played down the left and onto the bye line. He flicked the ball over the first defender before the second came across. Dom turned inside and out before going to ground with the challenge. Many a ref would have given it but not this one. 
 
With 30 mins to go, Corey got injured in a tackle and had to be replaced. This gave Malcolm Taylor the chance to make his debut. He came on and fitted in seamlessly. 
Perhaps not quite with the flamboyance of Corey, but he was solid at the back winning important tackles and headers. He looked comfortable and used the ball well to get us going forward. 
 
With twenty minutes left, Aaron came on for Dom. He went up top and Liam moved over to the left. 
 
This was to prove significant in the final goal. A long through ball down our left, looked to be heading out of play but Aaron chased it down and stole it off the defender. He played it inside to Liam who hit it first time beyond the near post. 
 
Full Time: James Young High School 3-0 Dalkeith
 
 
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