Youths: Edinburgh United 14s win Pilmar Smith Cup

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Edinburgh United lifted the under-14s Pilmar Smith Cup final but had to do so indoors as the weather at Saughton Enclosure was too extreme for an outdoor presentation after their 5-1 thrashing of Cramond.

Torrential rain and strong wind at the evening cup final threatened to spoil the match, as spectators shivered in the monsoon conditions. It didn’t stop Edinburgh United, however, who won in convincing fashion, with the aid of a Sam Donachie hat-trick.

The clubs were separated by five points in Division 3 going into the cup clash, with Cramond sitting fourth and Edinburgh United sixth. League form went out the window in this final, however.

Edinburgh United, in black and red stripes, took the lead after 11 minutes when the energetic Louis Miller latched on to a through pass and fired low past the advancing Cramond goalkeeper, Charlie Forsyth.

Cramond, who beat Bonnyrigg Rose 3-2 in the semi-final, were high on confidence going into the final but just 15 minutes in, they were two goals down.

From a similar position to the first goal, a ball was played from midfield, but this time it was Donachie running onto the ball. The forward burst past the static Cramond defence and, with only Forsyth to beat, he kept his cool to stroke the ball into the net. Cramond seemed to be toiling to cope with the wind and rain as Edinburgh United piled on the pressure and it came as little surprise when they conceded a third.

Donachie was again the scorer as he pounced to head the ball over a pair of Cramond defenders and into an empty net after Forsyth was grounded while making a save during a goalmouth scramble. United were rampant and just a minute later they were four goals to the good, when defender Joseph Cantle slotted home the rebound after Forsyth was only able to parry a shot into his path.

Moments before half-time, Ben Martin had a great opportunity for Cramond to get a goal back when he was played through to the right side of the box, but his shot was well saved by United keeper Scott Robeson before the defence cleared the danger.

The second half was more of a low-key affair, yet still produced goals. Edinburgh United reached five goals after just 55 minutes, with Donachie sealing his treble.

A corner was floated in from the right side and Donachie timed his run to perfection, to nod the ball in off the ground.

Edinburgh United could relax knowing the game was done but were disappointed to concede a goal midway through the second half. After some neat passes in midfield, Cramond substitute Ryan Hildersley was picked out by a driven through ball and powerfully poked the ball beyond Robeson’s reach.

Edinburgh United: Scott Robeson, Aiden Carey, Joseph Cantle, Gregor Shand, Dylan Keith, Louis Miller, James Milligan, Joe Ridgway, Adam Coats, Adam Shortiss, Murray Whitaker, Murray Tink, Daniel Ryan, Kyle Valentine, Sam Donachie, Alasdair Sandland.

Cramond: Charlie Forsyth, Adam McArthur, Jamie Jennings, Jack Howard, Scott Russell, Alfie Torbet, Brodie McDiarmid, Matthew McKinley, Lewis Brodie, Adam Hogg, Cameron Boath, Stuart Sutherland, Kesar Hassan, Kyle Cranston, Ryan Hildersley, Ben Martin.