COACH John Hall signed off his 18-year coaching tenure at Edina Hibs 16s’ in style by winning the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup after a 3-0 defeat of Syngenta Juveniles.
The final match of the weekend at New Countess Park was an entertaining affair and one that Hall so desperately wanted to win for his players.
“I thought every one of the lads was outstanding. It was great to get the win as a send off as I’ll be moving down to working with the kids next season.”
Both sides carved out a number of chances in the opening 35 minutes, Edina’s Kerr Scott and Jonathan Grotlin both going close with efforts as well as Syngenta’s Gregor Monro.
However, the deadlock was finally broken two minutes before the break and it was captain Grotlin who bundled the ball over the line after Scott Walker’s initial effort was well saved by Syngenta No. 1 Taylor Jackson.
Syngenta had a shout for a penalty just after half-time when Ross Weir’s effort appeared to strike the arm of Ryan Dawson, but no spot-kick was awarded.
Monro then forced Edina No. 1 Jamie Shiels into a fine save as he managed to get his fingertips on the player’s rasping drive.
However, Edina doubled their advantage after 55 minutes when Grotlin’s shot came back off the crossbar and, from 20 yards, Walker collected the loose ball and powered home his drive into the top right corner to make it 2-0.
Grotlin completed the scoring with his second on 62 minutes when he applied a great finish low into the left corner to spark scenes of jubilation amongst a strong vocal Hibs support with “Allez Allez Oohh” now in full chorus.
Edina Hibs: Jamie Shiels, Ryan Dawson, Brandon Torrance, William Noble, Jack Wright, Jonathan Grotlin, Scott Walker, John Fleming, Kerr Scott, Darren McGraw, Barry Hogg, Daniel Tomassi, Connor Dyet, Christopher Scott, Tyler Connachan.
Syngenta Juveniles: Taylor Jackson, Andrew MacNally, Gregor Monro, Andrew McNee, Andrew Morrison, Christopher Hamilton, Jordan Paterson, Ross Weir, Grant Walker, Jay McMahon, Clayton Lancaster, Cameron McCart, Greig Rae, Ross McConnell, Greg Snedden, Nicholas Taylor.