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Four goals gave Currie Star the David Innes Cup to add to the cabinet alongside the Ian Mackay Cup. Picture: Contributed
Four goals gave Currie Star the David Innes Cup to add to the cabinet alongside the Ian Mackay Cup. Picture: Contributed
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Currie Star 14s added a second trophy to their name after a 4-0 victory in the final of the David Innes Cup over Star ‘A’ CYP at Newtongrange Star’s New Victoria Park.

The Division 2 outfit remain in the hunt for a league and cup double this season after winning the Ian Mackay Cup earlier this month at Saughton.

However, the margin of victory was not a true reflection of a contest where Star ‘A’ carved out numerous opportunities, but, ultimately, their inability to put the ball in the back of the net proved detrimental.

Currie, on the other hand, were able to capitalise in the final third, but also displayed a robustness in defence when their back four were called upon.

After surviving a scare when Robbie Gay saw his shot go agonisingly wide for Star ‘A’, Currie were awarded a penalty in the ninth minute after Jamie Monaghan’s trailing leg upended Dylan Caldwell, and Billy Nicoll side-footed the spot-kick into the bottom right corner.

Currie then increased their advantage five minutes later when Taylor Reynold’s teasing cross from the right was completely missed by a static Star ‘A’ back-line, and midfielder Cameron Scott picked up the loose ball to power home from six yards.

Gay was proving a real handful for the Currie defence as his energy and willingness to chase down the opposition kept the Currie attack at bay, but nothing appeared to come off for the striker as his ambitious overhead-kick from the edge of the area came back off Watt’s left-hand post.

A high ball into the six-yard box was then spilled by the Currie No. 1, but the teenager atoned for his error by instinctively blocking Gregor Pollock’s net-bound effort from only a couple of yards.

Currie’s right-back Reynolds was always willing to go forward and provided a constant threat on goal. The youngster’s superb cross was met by Declan Davidson, but the little striker could only direct his header into the arms of substitute goalkeeper James Quinn.

Currie then found themselves three goals ahead when Quinn’s long kick-out from the Star ‘A’ penalty box was headed back towards goal by Scott, and James Summers ran onto the loose ball and hammered his shot into the top left corner at the second attempt after his initial effort had rebounded back off the post.

Liam Devine then missed a gilt-edged chance from two yards as Star ‘A’ tried to salvage some late hope but were dealt a blow when Currie made it 4-0 shortly before the final whistle.

Caldwell found space just inside the Star ‘A’ penalty box and his well-executed effort rocketed back off the crossbar with the ball eventually rolling over the line after coming off the back of the unfortunate Quinn.

Currie coach Davie Scott admitted the game could have gone either way. “We took our chances and they didn’t, it’s as simple as that. Star ‘A’ pushed us hard but we’re delighted with the win.”

Currie Star: Robert Watt, Taylor Reynolds, Brendan McGinn, Cameron Scott, Stewart Rowney, Kieran Walton, Declan Davidson, Dylan Caldwell, Billy Nicoll, Maxwell Farrer, Liam Berry, Luke Scullion, James Summers, Richie Wood, Cameron Milligan, Harry Taylor-Kavanagh.

Star ‘A’ CYP: Garry Lennie, Greg Droudge, Jamie Monaghan, Thomas Wishart, Gregor Pollock, Matthew Smith, Jack McNab, Liam Devine, Stephen Charters, Robbie Gay, Dean Cameron, Sean Rice, Ben Kettrick, Adam Reid, James Quinn, Robbie Muir.