Cramond are making big noises early on in Division One of the under 16s age group after earning promotion from the second tier.
Under the stewardship of Paul Derighetti, they have already secured two league victories, with their first coming against Hillfield Swifts, the side that beat them to the second division title last season.
“I’m delighted with the way we have started the season. The boys have worked really hard and have deserved the two wins,” said Derighetti. In midweek, Cramond faced a stern test of their credentials at home to Cavalry Park, but they passed with flying colours, winning 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Brandon Mullen.
The match appeared to be heading towards a draw until two of Cramond’s substitutes combined to put their side top of the table.
The ball looked to be heading out harmlessly for a goal kick, but determined striker Ryan Quinn had other ideas. He chased after what looked to be a lost cause, but managed to prevent the ball from going out of play before sending his cross into the box and Mullen pounced at the front post to leave the Cavalry defence stunned.
The home side were first ahead midway through the first half when left winger Jake Hughes forced the rebound into the net after Cavalry Park goalkeeper Kerr Robertson had produced a great save to deny Elliot Taylor.
The visitors levelled just before the break, however, when Brandon Archibald’s low cross was met by Aidan Holligan, who slid the ball past Liam Lynch to make it 1-1 at half-time.
The introduction of Ryan Quinn caused problems for the Cavalry defence and the Cramond sub teed up Taylor on the edge of the box but the striker’s shot skidded wide on the hour mark.
Two chances in quick succession for Cavalry Park almost saw them go ahead for the first time in the match. David Lindsay’s opportunist effort from 25 yards tested Lynch but he pushed the ball out for a corner, before Noonan shot off target.
But it was Cramond whose determination to secure all three points paid off in the last ten minutes when Mullen nipped in at the front post ahead of his marker to meet Quinn’s cross.
The celebrations amongst their players on and off the pitch showed how much it meant as they made it two wins out of two since promotion and in doing so propelled themselves to the top of the table.
Cramond: Liam Lynch, Liam Boath, Finlay Hart, Euan Nisbet, Euan Smith, Matthew McKenzie, Elliot Taylor, Richard Kerr, Conner Holleran, Jake Hughes, Jordan Henderson, Rowan Fife, Brandon Mullen, Robbie Howie, Dillin Cairns, Ryan Quinn.
Cavalry Park: Kerr Robertson, Calum Shields, Calum Dunn, David Lindsay, Cai Smith, Kobi May, Robbie Renwick, Aidan Holligan, Ross Lamb, Jack Kidney, Dylan Noonan, Sam Laverty, Brandon Archibald, Alexander Simpson, James Ahari, Harry Davies, John Timmins.