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Two second half goals proved to be enough for Longniddry Villa as they defeated Gala Fairydean Rovers in the David Innes Cup Final. In a hard fought encounter, numerous chances were created, however Gala lived to rue missed opportunities as Villa were clinical to lift the silverware.
New Dundas Park, home to junior outfit Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U14 David Innes Cup Final. Both sides knew they would have to fight hard if they were to win the trophy and it was Gala who were strongest in the first fifteen minutes.
Firstly, Gala’s influential playmaker Sam McClymont picked up the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot was too weak to trouble Villa keeper Aaron Thompson.
Moments later, Gala had another opportunity from a McClymont free-kick. The midfielder crossed the ball into the box and it was brought down well by Finlay Wheelans, but his snap shot on the turn was well held by Thomson.
Gala didn’t have long to wait for their next opportunity and it again came from McClymont. He drove into the Villa box, engineered space well and unleashed a venomous shot which was collected at the second attempt by Thomson.
Gala failed to capitalise on their early pressure and then allowed Villa back into the game. Villa’s first chance came from Thierry Murray who was played through on goal, however his low effort was initially saved by Ryan Gibson and Gala cleared the loose ball.
Ten minutes later, Murray had the best chance of the opening half. A long kick up the park found its way to Murray and his powerful half-volley crashed off the crossbar and away from goal.
On the stroke of half-time Gala should have been in front. Some good work by McClymont in the middle of the park allowed him to slip in Kerr Johnston. His first effort came of the right hand post and rebounded back to him; he then rounded the goalie and fired a shot towards the goal however it was expertly cleared off the line by the Villa defender.
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.
Tidy finishes from Nathan Kay and Callum Hall were enough to lead Edinburgh City to victory over Spartans FC in a game of few chances.
City were the first to threaten at Ainslie Park, when Kay made room for himself at the edge of the box and struck it on the half volley but was smartly denied by keeper Jordon Pettigrew in the 4th minute.
Hall was the next City forward to cause problems for the Spartans backline when the tricky winger managed to have a crack at goal in the 14th minute, but once again Pettigrew was there to collect.
Spartans got their first real chance of the game in the 21st minute when Ollie Hetherington was unlucky to have his close ranged shot blocked off the line after numerous scrappy clearances from the City defence failed to leave the box.
However, it was Edinburgh City who broke the deadlock in the final after Hall picked up a stray defensive pass out on the left wing and charged towards the goal before dispatching a powerful low-driven shot into the bottom corner, not giving Pettigrew a chance in the 33rd minute.
Spartans struggled to get in the flow for the remainder of the first half with City piling on the pressure, but unable to finish the half with a reward of a second goal.
A flurry of goals, late in each half, aided Glenrothes Strollers in their clinical performance against Real Fife Blues in the Fife football development League.
Strollers could not have asked for a better start in the fixture when Dylan Ritchie showed some brilliant pace down the right-wing to eventually cut-in and strike one into the top left corner in the second minute, giving the hosts an early lead.
Strollers were unlucky not to double their lead straight away, but a strong hand from Real Fife Blues keeper Hamish Rankie denied the powerful effort from Harvey Christie in the sixth minute. Unexpectedly, after absorbing a good amount of pressure, Real Fife Blue’s went on a dangerous counter-attack which resulted in a close ranged finish from target man Craig Meston, levelling things in Glenrothes in the seventh minute of the match.
Christie was once again denied by a brilliant stop from Rankie in the 15th minute, who was undoubtedly going to have a very busy match between the sticks. Bailey Patterson was up next to test Rankie, but once again the keeper won this duel, in the 27th minute.
The long period of pressure from the hosts eventually paid off when a perfectly weighted cross from captain Innes Roberts found the head of the tall Ellis Davie who expertly headed home and put the home side deservedly in front, in the 34th minute. Strollers instantly got themselves a third when Robbie Westwaters latched onto a loose ball out on the left-wing and comfortably slotted it in the far-right corner in the 37th minute. The momentum continued late in the half when Mitchell Sharp created space for himself and got the Strollers their fourth of the match in the 38th minute and being the climax of the half.
Reuben Flapan stood his ground to save the crucial penalty from Igor Sobiesiek in a dramatic Charles Kelvin Cup semi final on a blustery winters morning at Balerno High School.
Currie Star Colts raced into an early lead on 13 minutes but found themselves going into the break down by two goals.
However the home side fought back twice in the second half to force a penalty shoot-out, including a last minute equaliser from Ben Smyth.
Civil Service Strollers started the brighter of the two, as Marc Shortel guided a loose ball onto the foot of a post before Jamie Kerr curled over the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Currie Star were at their best on the counter attack in the early stages, goalkeeper Rory James came to smother a few crosses, as well as Smyth and Santosh Rowe both going close.
The breakthrough for Currie Star came through the impressive Rowe, who picked the ball up from Patrick Milne on the left wing before drifting inside and rifling a shot into the top left corner past the helpless James in goal.
The equaliser came almost moments later, Shortel showed some nimble footwork to reach the byline, before looking up and rolling to Sobiesiek inside the area. The midfielder sidestepped a challenge before drilling the ball across goalkeeper Flapan and into the bottom right corner.
The visitors then turned the score on its head on the 20 minute mark as Calvin Paterson got the run on his marker to prod home at the near post from a corner.
Chances followed at both ends in the lead up to halftime, Flapan swiped away to clear a bobbling strike from Kerr and then Smyth passed up two reasonable chances to equalise at the other end, the second of which - a towering header from a corner which was held onto by James.
With the half coming to a close, Sobiesiek picked out Adam Smith with an inch-perfect diagonal free kick. Smith then brought the ball down for teammate Shortel, but the striker saw his attempt smartly stopped as Flapan parried behind.
A corner followed, and as the ball fell to Smith, he still had a great deal to do. The winger spun with a neat dragback before bending the ball perfectly into the top right corner from the edge of the area to double his side’s lead on the stroke of halftime.