Youths: Currie High prove too hot for Lasswade

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CURRIE HIGH SCHOOL beat Lasswade 4-2 to lift the Under-18 Lothian Senior Cup at Ainslie Park.

Currie went into their last game of the season on the back of a disappointing league play-off final defeat to Musselburgh – but it didn’t take long for them to take a grip on the final as they broke the deadlock after ten minutes.

The Lasswade defence failed to deal with a ball forward and Gregor Lockhart raced in to poke it over Ben Mackenzie’s head and into the net.

The Lasswade goalkeeper was called into action on several occasions in the match, especially in the first half, but he couldn’t do anything to prevent Currie going into a 2-0 lead after 32 minutes.

Striker Calum Helm picked up possession on the edge of the penalty box and unleashed a shot at goal which found the back of the net despite Mackenzie getting a hand to it.

Lockhart then forced Mackenzie into a fingertip save from a 20-yard free-kick as the Lasswade No.1 continued to keep his his side in the game.

Lasswade pulled one back three minutes after the break when William White was fed the ball on the right wing and he delivered an enticing cross into the danger area which bounced off team-mate Euan Greig and into the net.

For 20 minutes in the second period, Lasswade were on top, pressing the Currie goal in search of an equaliser. They were unable to carve out a clear-cut opportunity, though, and Currie eventually regained their two-goal advantage in the 70th minute. Lasswade stopper Mackenzie brought down Craig Berry in the box and Liam Walker stepped up to convert from 12 yards with his left foot.

Currie extended their lead late on. A cross from the right was met by Walker, but he mis-hit his effort. Jack Montgomery, however, was there to tap in to an empty net for 4-1.

Lasswade reduced their arrears two minutes later when Jack Fairgrieve was pushed in the box and Craig Forrest scored the resulting penalty but there was to be no further fightback from the Midlothian side.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh South won the Under-15 Division 2 League Cup after beating Cockenzie Star 2-1 following extra time.

The league’s top two sides went into battle at New Dundas Park in Bonnyrigg – with both sides failing to find a goal in the 80 minutes of normal time. With extra-time in play, Edinburgh South came alive and raced into a two-goal lead in the first half – as well as hitting the woodwork.

The breakthrough came when Scott Hay hit a powerful 25-yard drive towards goal and the goalkeeper saved it, only for Shaun Smith to fire home the rebound for 1-0.

Dean Cameron then extended his side’s lead. A long ball was played through to him and, after breezing past two Cockenzie defenders, the youngster slotted past their goalkeeper to put them two ahead. Cockenzie pulled a goal back when a mix-up in the Edinburgh South backline allowed Ross McIntyre to squeeze in and beat the keeper to the ball and roll into an empty net, but they were unable to force a penalty shootout.

Elsewhere, Tynecastle 16s won the Evening News Division 1 League Cup Final in dramatic fashion as they defeated Hutchison Vale 2-1 in extra time at Saughton Enclosure.

Hutchie thought they had won it with ten minutes left when Thomas Prior crossed to the back post for Cameron Fraser, who hit a first-time volley at goal. That was blocked by a Tynie defender but the ball rebounded into the path of Cameron McAlpine, who finished from six yards out.

However, Tynie refused to accept defeat and equalised with three minutes left of regular time. Mark Mathison crossed into the danger area, with Hutchie No.1 Byron Gibb electing to punch the ball, but the ball rebounded off a Hutchie defender and Bradley Sinclair tapped in.

Extra-time was tight, but Tynie made the breakthrough with another late goal. Sinclair breezed past two Hutchie players to finish a left-footed drive across Gibb and into the net for his and Tynie’s second.