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Edinburgh United put in fantastic display in South East Region Div 2 clash

Edinburgh United were on top form today as they blitzed 12 past Craigroyston YFC in the South East Region YFA Division Two.

Both teams are struggling in terms of league form, the two teams sit in the bottom two spots. When speaking to an Edinburgh United coach before the game, he said that both sides are struggling to match the level of the second division, having both been promoted last season.

Edinburgh United kicked the game off and got a very early chance from a corner kick, but it amounted to nothing.

The opener was scored twelve minutes in, courtesy of James Rintoul after a lovely set of passes.

Not even a minute later and it was a second, a counter-attack saw the ball fall to Finlay Turner to slot it home.

We then had a ten-minute break from the goals, a break for the Craigroyston YFC defence – who stood vigilantly throughout the match, notably Ayomide Adeola Okoro.

A third goal was found via a throw-in from Ben Stronach who found Harrison Mackenzie. Mackenzie then had an amazing solo run through the defence.

Goals four and five were finished shortly before the half-time interval, James Rintoul grabbed his second after another great passage of play. Rintoul could have had a first-half hat-trick but Ben Stronach got to it first for his first goal after hitting the crossbar shortly before.

5-0 was the score at half-time, it was clear who the better side was but that’s not to say Craigroyston weren’t putting up a fight. They had a couple of chances that, if luck had fallen their way, would’ve been in the back of the net.

Shortly after the break, Harrison Mackenzie intercepted a goal kick and played it straight to Archie Wilson who slotted it home for the sixth of the game.

Three minutes after Wilson’s goal, Craigroyston opened their account via a rocket from Aiden Dodds.

Unfortunately for Craigroyston, the goal didn’t boost the team’s goalscoring form. Edinburgh United scored an eighth from down the left-hand side, a side on which they focused a lot of their play.

Stronach then got his second of the game on the hour mark.

Subsequently, Craigroyston doubled their tally through Tye Russell receiving a low cross from Murray Aitchison.

A ninth came for Edinburgh United, a hat-trick at long last for James Rintoul, a very, very remarkable solo run.

Despite conceding many goals, there was so much fight in the Craigroyston players, sure they knew the game was done, but there was no desire to lay down. Ayomide Adeola Okoro made a notable last-ditch tackle round about the 70th minute.

Craigroyston’s third, and final, goal came from an absolute rocket from Murray Aitchison, marking his second goal contribution of the match.

In the closing two minutes, the final goals came for Edinburgh United, the last being the last touch of the game as the referee blew his whistle after Cameron Hastings’ finish.

Throughout the second half, there were more opportunities for Craigroyston, even the ones where they didn’t score. The early substitution of Leo Ortis brought flair into the midfield, skillful touches and sleek dribbles brought their midfield alive.

The result surely brought confidence for the rest of the season for Edinburgh United. Speaking to player of the match Ben Stronach post-game, he said that their goal is to push forward and “finish mid-table” – this could prove to be a pivotal moment in their season.

Craigroyston YFC Player of the Match: Ayomide Adeola Okoro

The centre half had a strong game, making multiple strong challenges and an important last-ditch effort. Notably, Okoro never gave up and made an impression that went through his whole team to not give up.

Edinburgh United Player of the Match: Ben Stromach

Stromach had an amazing game up top for Edinburgh United, scoring and assisting multiple goals, the striker also tested the goalkeeper plenty of times and was very unlucky not to score more, being denied twice by the woodwork.

Craigroyston YFC Magic Moment

Craigroyston’s magic moment would be their opener, Aiden Dodds’ goal proved that the team would be leaving the game with something.

Edinburgh United Magic Moment

For Edinburgh United, their opener is the magic moment. The floodgate opener, the great team play and the synergy from the team was incredible as it was a familiar site for almost all the rest of their goals.

Craigroyston YFC U17s

1. Billy Young

2. Dawda Jawara

3. Olly Conner

4. Sol Fernandes

5. Alistair Reid

6. Jack Otway

7. Nathan Hill

8. Sean Laidlaw

9. Assan Sidibeh

10. Phoenix Chan-Raiker

11. Harris Hawkey

12. Lewis Cawley

14. Filip Wolczynski

15. Lachlan Aitken

16. Dominik Pospiech

17. Murdo Reid

18. Cullen McLeod

Edinburgh United U17s

33. Lucas Whelan

2. Ellis Blyth

3. Riley Gemmell

5. Josh Fortune

6. Cameron Cheape

7. Harry McCabe

8. Keir Birkenfield

10. Joshua Borwick

11. Jayden Millar

12. Riley Taylor

17. Nathaniel Staniszewski

21. Riley Elliot

31. Keir James Dixon


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