Lasswade Thistle’s Buchanan brothers stole the show as they scored two goals each in a 5-0 victory over Edinburgh South to win the U16s South East Region Youth Football Association Division 1 League Cup.
Edinburgh South started the better of the two teams. They had successive corners and a free kick that forced saves out of Sinefoh in the Lasswade goal.
Thistle responded to the early pressure when they put a header just wide from close range.
As you would expect in a cup final, the game became very tense and nervy with both teams not giving much away or committing players forward.
Edinburgh South had a great chance to open the scoring when Forsyth capitalized on a mistake in midfield, but his effort from inside the box went just over the bar.
The deadlock was finally broken just after the half-hour mark with a sensational Sam Buchanan double in the space of two minutes to give Lasswade a two-goal lead. His first started with a great run into the box from Dobbie who put it on a plate for Buchanan who simply had to put it into an empty net.
His second was a shot taken from the left wing which took MacArthur in the Edinburgh South goal by surprise to double the lead.
It was three before half-time. The ball ricocheted and fell nicely to Davidson who was just outside the box. His low-driven effort gave Lasswade a third going into the break.
The second half started very slowly with nothing really happening. But it was brought to life after Sinefoh in the Thistle goal was forced into a good save after an Edinburgh South attack.
This woke Lasswade up as three minutes later they got a fourth from a corner. Josh Buchanan, Sam’s brother, volleyed home from 10 yards out.
Edinburgh South pushed forward late on to get a goal, but this left space at the back and Thistle punished them in the 85th minute. Josh Buchanan’s run ended with a shot across the goal which found the bottom right corner for him to get his double and secure the cup for Lasswade Thistle.
Lasswade Thistle Player of the Match: Sam Buchanan
He opened the scoring and got Thistle on the way to victory. His quickfire brace gave his team the foundation to go on and win the final. His second goal from distance was easily the best of the match.
Edinburgh South Player of the Match: Sam Crighton
He was a rock in midfield and did nothing wrong in the match. He played the right ball at the right times and helped Edinburgh South retain the ball well in midfield.
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