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Kirkfield United Reds finished top of the WLAYFC League B in a dominant fashion, with a record of 21 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. They won the league with 61 points and 1 games left in hand, followed by the second place East Calder Colts at 49 points and 4 games in hand. A commanding lead to have, and we caught up with the manager, Darren Foster, to find out the secrets to their success.
 
Playing the whole season and only having 1 loss and 1 draw is a great achievement and the coaches and players recognise that. Darren said, "We the coaches are over the moon for the lads. They have been outstanding this season having only lost 1 game and 1 draw is an unbelieveable achievement in itself. They totally deserve to be called champions." The hard work and dedication has paid off for Kirkfield and they have achieved the highest level of success for their age group, going all the way and winning the league. 
 
Picking a favourite moment from the whole season is a tricky task for any manager, but Darren was able to pinpoint an obvious one. He commented "My favourite moment of the season has to be seeing the look on the lads faces when that final whistle blew and them realising they had done it and had won the league. It was a fantastic feeling, very proud." Seeing all the hard work throughout the season pay off must be a relief. To realise that you worked hard and achieved what you aimed for at the start of the season must be an ecstatic feeling. 
 
Despite the incredible season, they still had to treat every match the same and come in with the same attitude. Their biggest challenge in the season came at home against East Calder Colts. Darren said, "I think our home tie against East Calder Colts was our biggest challenge. Both teams were pushing for the league and previous games were always a close affair so to win 7-4 and gain the 3 points to give us a cushion at the top was great." Being able to prove yourself against one of the top competitors is sure to give you a confidence boost. 
 
Every team has to have a plan at the start of the season, they have to know their strengths and weaknesses and be able to utilise them effectively. Even more important is to turn your weaknesses into strengths, this is what Darren had to say. "Keeping the lads positive and getting them to believe in their own ability was key for us. Some of our lads didn't believe in themselves when they came to us so having them enjoy the game again was great." Being able to enjoy the game is key to a lot of players, if you don't enjoy the game, you won't bring passion and dedication to every match. Darren commented, "I believe they are having fun while training and playing you will always get the best from them." Having a team that all enjoy playing the game and playing with each other is bound to bring success.
 
The boys at Kirkfield Reds are excited for the challenge ahead for next season. Darren commented, "Our plans for the future are to build on our success and be as competitive in the top league as possible. I'm sure we will relish the challenge." It is good news to hear that the boys aren't shying away from the challenge of the top division. They seem keen and confident to prove themselves.
 
Darren had some final comments to add, "We would like to thank all our parents that have put the time and effort into bringing the lads to training and games. Without them we wouldn't have a team. Also a huge thank you to our sponsors, Research Resource, KC Coaches, Valerios and Paterson Electrical for their generosity." Parents and sponsors play a huge role in allowing the teams to continue playing at a high level, so well deserved praise from Darren Foster and Kirkfield United Reds.
 
We wish them luck in the A League next season and hope they can remain successful.
 
 
 
Edinburgh South CFC finished top of the league in the SERYFA Division 3. Their league clinching match came against Dalkeith Thistle which finished 4-2 and included a cracking goal to top it off. We spoke with John Watt, one of the coaches to find out what made them successful. 
 
Edinburgh South finished the season with a great record of 19 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, ending the season 9 points ahead of second place Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts. The coaches and the boys are pleased with the result, but thought they could have done better, John said "The coaching staff are all very happy with the boys for the hard work they have put in this season, it shows the teams ability to keep fighting and believing in themselves after losing a few silly points throughout the season." Being able to stay motivated and put in the work needed to finish at the top of table after almost losing it all is what makes all the difference in football.
 
A lot of the boys have never gone this far in the league before, and being league winners for the first time is a huge joy for the squad, John commented, "I don't think it's sunk into the boys yet, they all still look a bit shocked, since this is a lot of the boys' first time in the situation I hope they gain confidence and experience from this and keep winning more." Having the experience of winning a league clinching match and being able to stay calm and collected under pressure should give the boys something to chase. All of the players and coaches will be looking to continue on a winning football career and this first taste of victory could be all it takes to push them further. 
 
The favourite moment of the season is often a hard thing to choose for coaches, but not for John, he declared "My favourite moment was winning the league, last season I was coaching a different team that just missed out on winning the league. Being able to win it with this group of boys is a pleasure and they deserved it all." An easy but obvious choice for John, nothing comes close to winning the league. Spending all season playing a number of games to finally win it all, couldn't be better.
 
Edinburgh South faced a lot of challenges throughout the season, but John gave credit to Dalkieth Thistle, the team they beat to win the league. John said "Our biggest challenge could have been in January when we lost 6-4 to Cramond. We thought it was all over and Dalkeith would run away with the league. But Dalkeith started losing points, and we went on a crazy run. That's when we knew our final game would be against Dalkeith and fortunately we came out on top." Both teams had polarizing times in the league, with Dalkeith starting off strong and Edinburgh South starting out slow then the positions changed and Edinburgh South took advantage of it to win the league.
 
Every team has a reason for their success, and John thinks that the attitude and belief you have in yourself as a player makes a huge difference in the way you perform. John commented "For me, if you believe in yourself, you can be a success. So I told the boys a few times, to believe in themselves and they will do their best to win trophies and have a successful career in football." Having belief in yourself and being able to self-motivate is a huge factor in what makes a player confident and passionate about the game. 
 
John had some final comments to add, thanking his opponents and colleagues. "I'd just like to thank the boys for the hard work they have put in this season and I hope they enjoy many more. I would also like to thank Dalkeith Thistle for the cracking battle throughout the season, and I would just like to thank all of the other coaches and all the parents for the continuation of support throughout the season. If it wasn't for them, this would never have happened. I would also like to say a massive well done to Paul McKinnon. At the start of the season he was on the verge of folding the team due to losing almost all of his squad, to keep going and showing what he can do was an amazing feat and deserves the praise." John has had a great attitude towards his competitors and for Paul to keep the team running after what happened is a real show of determination, and it all paid off for Edinburgh South CFC. 
Monday, 24 April 2017 14:34

Murieston lead the way in WLAYFC title race

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There are eight teams in WLAYFC’s Under 14’s A-League. Yet despite the heavy competition, Murieston United Blues remain on top. This season, the team have played 16 games, with 14 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. The team’s head coach, Raymond Charles, tells us why he believes his team has enjoyed so much success this season.
 
Accumulating 43 points this season, Murieston hold an impressive lead in the League so far, with the team directly behind them, Broxburn Diamonds 2003, garnering 21 33 points. However, Diamonds do have four games in hand.
 
Raymond believes that his players’ determination has led them to be so triumphant: “The boys work extremely hard at training and this shows as they're playing really well together as a team. They have an excellent attitude and the commitment, effort and passion can't be faulted. The boys are keeping their feet firmly on the ground and take one game at a time but they thoroughly deserve the plaudits they are receiving at present.” 
 
Raymond also believes that allowing a balance for his players has allowed them to enjoy the matches more: “We have great coaches and ensure the boys are having fun and alongside our regular social outings, this builds a great rapport throughout the team.”
 
Throughout the season, there have been many highlights, with one being a standout for Raymond: “All games have been exciting so far and the buzz from the boys before each game is fantastic. Picking the most exciting game so far, I would probably go for our 3-1 win over the previously undefeated Broxburn Diamonds.”
 
Raymond found difficulty in choosing a key player this season, and instead praised the team as a whole: “To be honest, all the team in my eyes are key players and each player offers something different which is great for our coaching team to work with. The recent additions that have joined the club have settled in fantastically well and have added a bit more beef in our setup which gives the coaches a good headache for team selections.”
 
In advising other teams who wish to be as successful as Murieston, Raymond believes: “Work hard, focus, give maximum effort, always have good discipline and put into the game what you practice at training and most importantly, enjoy your football.”
 
Murieston United Blues have been incredible competitors so far, and if any team wishes to be victorious this season, they are the ones to beat.
 
 
Video highlights of the Under 20 Challenge Cup - 2nd Round 2nd Leg tie between Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale & Tynecastle FC, courtesy of Gary Fox.
 

Youth football in the Lothians has been changed by a social enterprise called Progressive Football Development. The organisation has increased accessibibility to local children and is growing at an incredible rate. The director and head of coaching at Progressive Football Development, Scott Gibson, spoke exclusively to YFS to talk about the growth of the organisation, and to share their aims and ethos.

Progressive Football Development was started in late 2013 when Gibson found that his own children had no access to sport in the local area. He approached a local school to offer a free football programme to give youngsters access to sport, which he was able to offer based on his coaching experience. Gibson was overwhelmed by the popularity of the programme when the first session which was held during an after-school club, was attended by sixty-eight children. Although this was a great start for the programme, it proved hard to manage as this intake of youngsters was beyond what had been anticipated so more local coaches with relevant experience were recruited to assist with managing the sessions.

Gibson said, “From there, we were approached by a local football club to support them at the grassroots level as they didn’t have any children under the age of seven years old. We set up their soccer school for them by recruiting children from the various schools where we offered our free programme, and we fed them into the local club. They then managed to have two or three new age groups that they had never been able to cater for previously so it was a great success!”

Within a six month period, the group were already working with approximately 120 children and that success has continued in the Musselburgh area, where it all began. The growth of the football academies is currently the organisation’s main priority, with approximately 250 children attending the academies across the age groups, from the age of three years old to nine years old. They currently have three academies:  Musselburgh Football Academy; Dalkeith Football Academy; and Livingston Football Academy.

Gibson said, “[The Academies] are very important to us because we do strive to have the best coaching and environment for kids while also keeping it affordable for them. It has been key to keep the academies community-focused and, with the support of our volunteers and fantastic parents, it is a fantastic environment to be a part of. The football side of it is key, and we have had so much joy out of it over the last two years, and in the last year in particular. We have been able to push on our organisation and support other communities other than just in Musselburgh. We are now able to do it in four different areas, including Edinburgh, and we are looking into setting another academy later this year.”

However there are other services available as well, and Gibson feels that it is important to try to prioritise each one in order to provide the best possible service to everyone. This applies to every aspect of the organisation including football development centres, football parties and one-to-one training sessions, and Gibson believes it is extremely important to ensure that the right coaches are provided in all of these areas, though he acknowledges that this will become more difficult as the organisation continues to grow. He said, “We are pushing to be one of the best in our field but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Gibson also expressed the importance of football programmes aimed at girls, as he believes this is an area that has not been supported as well as it could have been in the past. He said, “We are offering a lot of free activities for girls at the moment. We have approximately thirty-five girls between five and nine years old at our West Lothian Academy, who attend every Sunday. The idea is that if they wish to continue then they can join the Academy team, which allows them to play games, or they can go to another club who may be more local. It’s all about engaging with children and getting them involved in sport at an earlier stage, where they wouldn’t normally have that sort of access.”

However the main focus of Progressive Football Development has been to give as many children as possible access to professional football coaching while keeping it affordable. Gibson said, “Our model and our ethos has really been taken in by the local community and the local clubs, and we strive to be the best in regards to our level of coaching. All children should have access to football, regardless of their ability.”

The Academies have not only allowed for the development of the players but also in the development of the coaches through a mentoring service, and in the provision of various other coaching tools as well. Gibson said, “We want the right people on board, ex-professional footballers, other individuals who have experience. We’re good at allowing individuals to come in and get experience as well as recruiting experienced, professional coaches who have worked at the highest level because they want to give back to children and that is happening.”

Gibson has not been surprised at the growth of the organisation but has been at the speed with which it has grown. He said, “For the short time that we’ve been running, we’re very proud of our programmes and we’ve put 100% of focus into individual sessions and programmes. People have been hearing about our programmes and wanted to be a part of it. The appeal seems to be that we are not for profit and not for commercial gain but still offer a professional service. That seems to resonate with people because we are there for the local community.”

He added, “We expected to take five to ten years to get where we are now, which we have achieved in three and a half years. We currently have three academies and there are other locations throughout Scotland where there are people who want to be a part of our programme. There are individuals who have the same mind set as us with regards to how they want to develop kids, and support clubs and players. We are adapting and getting the right people involved in order to help us grow.”

There have also been demands from the North, and more recently from the South, of England for opportunities down there but Gibson feels that it is important to expand the programme in Scotland first by establishing academies in every region in Scotland. However he insists that it is important for the people involved to have the correct ethos and be interested for the right reasons, as opposed to any desire for monetary gain.

The growth of the organisation itself has been a huge achievement, with the number of children taking part and already having fourteen staff members throughout the organisation. However they have also been recognised with a prestigious award. Gibson said, “In late 2014, we won Social Enterprise of the Year Award. It was amazing because we were recognised by our peers for how far we have come in such a short time as one of the newer guys on the block. It acknowledged our programmes and the social impact in regards to the communities and how many people we were engaging with in that time.” 

Yet Gibson believes that the greatest achievement is that the programme has grown from the support of his own two young sons, who gave him the inspiration to start the programme through their own lack of access to football. From there the programme has gone on to support local clubs and establish their academies in different locations with different programmes.

However there are aims for further expansion long-term, with a strategy in place which could see a development programme or academy in every Scottish district within the next few years, and Gibson reflected on the aims of Progressive Football Development in the future. He said, “We want to set ourselves as one of the main football development programmes for children and clubs, particularly in the South-East region where we started and where we’re continuing to grow. In the long-term we want the same for Scotland. It is stepping stones and we have the structure in place- it’s about getting it out to the masses. We have our own unique football curriculum that the children in our academies work by, and that is allowing them to develop.”

Gibson emphasised that the success of the organisation stems from their ethos as a social enterprise, and their lack of commercial drive has been key as 100% of the profit is redistributed back into the local community. He said, “We’ve had a lot of success within schools, with local councils and local clubs because we are there for them and to support them, but also because we are there for the kids. We are good at developing kids and that goes beyond the football. It involves community engagement programmes to work with other individuals. We mentor individuals who have had difficulties in their lives and offer them support to develop as coaches as well.”

The expansion of the organisation has already allowed the enterprise to incorporate multi-sports as well as offering training in areas such as first aid. They are also able to help local clubs with their club governances, allowing them to look at health and safety and child protection.

With their strong emphasis on access to football for all children, it is no surprise that Progressive Football Development have had the success and growth that they have achieved thus far. It seems inevitable that, with the enthusiastic individuals involved, the enterprise will continue to expand throughout Scotland and promote their positive development in youth football over the next few years. 

Click here to view PFD's brand new website.

 
There are eight teams in WLAYFC’s Under 14’s A-League. Yet despite the heavy competition, Murieston United Blues remain on top. This season, the team have played 13 games, with 11 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. The team’s head coach, Raymond Charles, tells us why he believes his team has enjoyed so much success this season.
 
Accumulating 34 points this season, Murieston hold an impressive lead in the League so far, with the teams directly behind them, Broxburn Diamonds 2003 and Broxburn United, garnering 21 points. Raymond believes that his players’ determination has led them to be so triumphant: “The boys work extremely hard at training and this shows as they're playing really well together as a team. They have an excellent attitude and the commitment, effort and passion can't be faulted. The boys are keeping their feet firmly on the ground and take one game at a time but they thoroughly deserve the plaudits they are receiving at present.”
 
Raymond also believes that allowing a balance for his players has allowed them to enjoy the matches more: “We have great coaches and ensure the boys are having fun and alongside our regular social outings, this builds a great rapport throughout the team.”
 
Throughout the season, there have been many highlights, with one being a standout for Raymond: “All games have been exciting so far and the buzz from the boys before each game is fantastic. Picking the most exciting game so far, I would probably go for our 3-1 win over the undefeated Broxburn Diamonds.”
 
Raymond found difficulty in choosing a key player this season, and instead praised the team as a whole: “To be honest, all the team in my eyes are key players and each player offers something different which is great for our coaching team to work with. The recent additions that have joined the club have settled in fantastically well and have added a bit more beef in our setup which gives the coaches a good headache for team selections.”
 
In advising other teams who wish to be as successful as Murieston, Raymond believes: “Work hard, focus, give maximum effort, always have good discipline and put into the game what you practice at training and most importantly, enjoy your football.”
 
Murieston United Blues have been incredible competitors so far, and if any team wishes to be victorious this season, they are the ones to beat.
 
As part of the start of celebrating ten years since Boroughmuir Thistle FC was formed, the club is holding an U13 girls football festival at their home at Meggetland Sport Complex EH14 1AS on Sunday 26th February 2017.
 
Four teams from Thistle will be attending the festival and for the second year running they will be entering four U13 teams in to the SWF regional leagues.
“This almost more than anything represents the progress we have made in ten years” says club secretary Chris Findlay. “When we started, with the invaluable help of now Scottish FA Regional Manager David Drummond, there were only two U13 girls’ teams in Edinburgh. Now not only do we supply four (and three at U11) our pathway provided more players to the U14 Regional Squads this year than any other club.”
 
Refreshingly the club operates a “coach not approach” philosophy and still draws the majority of its players from the four local primary school teams that helped create the club.
For players, at minimum, every age group is trained at least once a week by a UEFA level C coach or higher. By providing this professional nurturing environment together with terrific volunteers on and off the pitch, Boroughmuir Thistle, the largest girls and women’s club in the region, is clearly a fantastic destination for girls in Edinburgh to play football.
 
Reaccredited the SFA Community Quality Mark recently, the one female only club in the South East to hold it, the club is also proud that it has uniquely provided an unbroken pathway for girls from u9 to adult over the last ten years. This is a great reassurance for any potential new player.
 
The club has provided players at every representative National level from Under 15 to A squad and works assiduously with players, their parents and National staff to create a balanced holistic individual development pathway for players committed to playing at the very top level.
In their first team year this year they have Hannah Michie and Caitlin Shaw who at ten and eight years old, attended the first ever training session and they are now playing with former Scottish Internationalist Kelly Menzies who first joined us the club as part of its successful SWPL team.
 
The club gave Chris Roberts, now Hibs Ladies Head Coach, his first job in women’s club football and one of their feeder primaries provided Willie Kirk (now head coach at Bristol City LFC in the professional English WSL 1) with the opportunity to coach his first sessions of female football.
 
The festival on Sunday runs from 9am to 1pm with four pitches running, refreshments stall with hot drinks, a barbecue and home baking. The festival is followed at 1:15pm by the first team’s first league game of the season at home to Glasgow City Development.
 
For further information on how to join Boroughmuir Thistle FC visit their website: www.boroughmuirfc.com..
 
Last Saturday saw Easter Road, home of Hibernian FC, host this year’s annual Scottish FA South East Region Quality Mark Awards ceremony, where 24 clubs were honoured for their candid work throughout the last year.
The four available awards -  Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – are awarded based on the clubs’ efforts to contribute to the grassroots game. The Scottish FA Quality Mark awards aims to recognise the difference made by clubs and coaches to develop local players, as well as acknowledging the difference made to their local community. 
 
The first set of awards – the Standard award – were presented by a group of people who know Easter Road Stadium very well, as South East Regional manager David Drummond was joined by Skol-cup winning former Hibernian striker Keith Wright, and Hibernian Ladies captain Joelle Murray. 
 
Before the Legacy Award was awarded, Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie was on hand to address the room, acknowledging the unique work put in by coaches and parents throughout the grassroots game. After the speech, Petrie joined Drummond to hand the Legacy award to Linlithgow Rose, for their exceptional contribution to grassroots football over the last year. 
 
Just before the event finished, a short documentary was screened highlighting the work done by the Heart of Midlothian Youth Academy and Tranent Colts, as they travelled to Rwanda in June last year to run a development programme for the local community. The trip aimed to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, and to help the local children and coaches to learn more about coaching the game. 
 
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Club Development Manager Tony Begg said: “I think it’s really important that we recognise all of the volunteers, players and coaches who put thousands of hours a year into supporting not just young people, but everybody who wants to be able to play the game.”
 
“As volunteers they don’t get paid, so it’s really important for at least once a year to say ‘thank you’ to them all.”
 
“The Quality Mark has given us a way to engage with clubs and a starting point to talk to them. What we’re finding now is that the Quality Mark puts the foundations in for the clubs, giving them a solid base. That allows us to start conversations about how to develop clubs, how to work out a plan and to help us reach that plan with them.”
 
The clubs recognised were:
 
Standard Award
North Berwick Colts
Longniddry Villa
Cramond FC
Craigroyston CYFC
AC Oxgangs
Whitehall Welfare Colts
Selkirk FC
Kelso FC
Eyemouth FC
Leithen Vale FC
Peebles FC
Ancrum FC
Bathgate Thistle CFC
 
Development Award
Polbeth United CFC
Redhall Star YFC
Portobello CFA
Armiston Rangers CFC
Gala Fairydean Rovers
 
Community Award
Dunbar United Colts
Musselburgh Windsor
Salvesen CFC
Currie Star FC
Boroughmuir Thistle
 
Legacy Award
Linlithgow Rose CFC
Friday, 16 December 2016 20:06

Five star Dunbar see off Currie challenge

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Fixture: Dunbar United Colts v Currie Star U15
Competition: South East Region YFL D2
Venue: Hallhill, Dunbar
Date: 11/12/16
 
Dunbar hosted a league fixture at Hallhill for the first time since late August.  They were looking to build on a superb win last weekend at the league leaders and put to bed a blip in form through November.
 
Paulin for Gallagher was the only change to last week’s starting XI although Paulin was nursing a heavy cold. 
 
It was a slow, subdued start to the game with Dunbar bossing territory and possession.  They took an early stranglehold of the midfield with Twist and Sutherland developing an excellent working relationship in the middle of the park.  Despite dominating control of the ball, Dunbar did not forge any clear-cut opportunities.  For their part, Currie Star looked a far stronger team than last season, both physically at the back and they looked neat and tidy in possession. 
 
Cooper and Hood were getting some joy down the left and Knox was full of running on the right but it was 18 minutes before Dunbar registered a shot on target.  A free kick from wide on the right was hit superbly by Hood.  Similar to his hit against Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas a few weeks ago, it was hit with accuracy and power, bending in at the last second but unluckily finding the top corner stanchion and bouncing clear. 
 
Paulin was trying his best in attack but was forced off the park with his heavy cold hampering his running and breathing.  Knox switched into the attack and the neat and tidy midfielder Gallagher donned his boots, left his laces untied and took to the park. 
 
Currie Star briefly threatened the Dunbar defence but found a formidable unit in Ford, Smillie, Pickles and Hood.  Purves wasn’t called into action much but was showing great footwork and linked with his full backs well.
 
With 25 minutes gone, Dunbar took the lead.  The goal was created by Hood’s work down the left as he supported Cooper in attack.  His strong running and ball into the box found the defender and keeper struggling to deal with it.  Mclean showed them what to do and volleyed in his 10th goal of the season, already eclipsing last year’s total. He really has become Dunbar’s Mr. Consistent this season. 
 
Sutherland was again instrumental in all that was good for Dunbar and he was keen to make use of a tail wind, desperately trying to forge an opportunity to bring the ball on to his left foot and take a strike on goal. 
 
With the half drawing to a close, Currie Star did have a chance to shoot at goal with a central free kick 25 yards from goal.  Purves watched as it sailed high and wide.  Their supporters were briefly excited when a mix-up between Pickles and Purves saw the Star striker nip in but he was well off-target with his long-range effort.
 
Half Time: Dunbar United Colts 1-0 Currie Star
 
Dunbar nursed Sutherland through the half time interval with the midfielder complaining of pain in his knee. 
 
They certainly got the second half off to a more energetic start with Knox showing up well and full of running down the right.  Dunbar were playing into the breeze but Smillie and Pickles looked on top form.  Indeed, the full-backs Hood and Ford began to venture further forward in an effort to close out the game.  Twist took a heavy knock and so Dunbar gave a debut to Williamson.  Mclean dropped into a deeper holding role with Williamson supporting Knox in attack.  His very first touch of the ball was a decent one and his left foot hit beat the goal keeper but the crossbar saved the Currie Star number 1 for the second time in the game. 
 
The longer the game went on, the more Currie Star looked like forging opportunities.  They won a series of corners, all of which were dealt with by Ford at the near post. 
 
The game turned in the space of a few minutes.  Currie Star shot from range and the ball took a wicked bounce just in front of keeper Purves who was mid-dive at the time.  He showed great reflexes to move his hand and produce a real quality save.  Shortly after and Currie Star had a free-kick from the left edge of the box.  They crossed it in but Pickles emerged with the ball and rather than launching it, took the ball for a run. He rode one tackle as he broke forward before finding Knox down the right in full flow.  Knox gathered, looked up and saw Williamson peeling off his marker.  A great cross over saw the debutant with a lot still to do but his first touch saw him bring the ball down superbly before firing the second touch into the far bottom corner.
 
They very nearly made it 3-0 minutes later with Williamson crossing in and Gallagher unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared from the line.
 
Dunbar rang the changes here with Gallagher, Cooper and Mclean all tiring.  Brunton, Hall and Rutherford all came on to re-energise the team.
 
The substitutions were exactly the injection of energy the home side needed.  Rutherford was employed down the left and his first contribution saw him taking on two defenders, breaking into the box and fire narrowly wide.
 
Currie Star still had time to break and the striker’s effort beat Purves but for the second week in a row, Pickles helped out his team-mate as he appeared out of nowhere to clear.
 
Rutherford looked a real nuisance for the tiring Star defence and he did find himself on the score sheet.  Some real perseverance and energy saw him break through some tackling and he showed great composure to open his account for Dunbar with a very neat finish.  His work wasn’t done and Williamson took the ball before playing Rutherford through who again showed he knows his way to goal to net his second of the game.  From a shaky 1-0 lead just 5 minutes before, Dunbar had weathered the storm and moved through the gears.  With the last move of the game, a nice 1-2 move saw the visitors rewarded with a well-taken consolation goal. 
 
Full Time: Dunbar United Colts 5-1 Currie Star
 
One more game in 2016 for the Dunbar team sees the Seasiders make the journey up the A1 to county opposition Musselburgh Athletic Whites who seem to be a far different side to the team that Dunbar beat just back in August and will present a formidable challenge. 
 
 
On sunday in the U13 Ken Ritchie Cup, Edinburgh City Gair (who sit second bottom in the league table) beat their Divison 1 Section B rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers 5-1. Gala sit one place ahead of City in the league table but City were comfortable winners and progress to the next stage of the cup.
 
Elsewhere at U13s Penicuik Athletic YFC Blues could not provide an upset against Hutchison Vale  in the Peter O'Neill Cup with Hutchie continuing there impressive form, where they have won 6 out 6 games in the league, by winning 9-0 against a team which sit seventh in the Divison 1 (Section B). 
 
In the U13 Edinburgh Cup Tranent Colts ran out 8-2 winners against North Merchiston FC. Tranent Colts who are in second place in Divison 1 (Section B) ran riot against a North Merchiston team who sit bottom of Divison 1 (Section A).
 
In the the U14 Kenny Mclean cup Portobello CF Aand Currie FC battled out a nine goal thriller with Divison 2 team Portobello coming out on top to win 6-3 against a team who sit in second place in Division 3, five points off top spot with 4 games in hand on the leaders. 
 
In the U14s Divison 1 it was first aginst fifth with Hutchison Vale playing Bonnyrigg Rose. Hutchie won 2-1 with the result sending them 4 points clear of Edinburgh City Blacks, who have two games in hand over them.
 
In the U15s Divison 2 North Merchiston, who currently sit top of the table, beat third placed Edinburgh South FC 6-4 to go two points clear of them and Edinburgh City. City have only played 8, whereas North Merchiston have played 9.
 
In the Federation of Hearts Supporters cup at U15s Musselburgh Athletic Whites and Gala Fairydean Rovers both won 8-1. Gala, who are second bottom in the first divison, beat Dunbar United Colts who are in sixth place in Division 2. Musselburgh Athletic Whites who are one place behind Dunbar United Colts in Divison 2 beat Earlston Ryhmers who are second bottom of the third division. 
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