Youths: Jack’s the lad for Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City Under-13s
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A DRAMATIC last-minute winner from Jack Johnson gave Edinburgh City a 4-3 win over Cramond in the Under-13s League Cup.

Cramond took the lead after 12 minutes when Mark Manclark collected a diagonal pass and fired over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.

City’s response was emphatic. Just a minute after falling behind, Cole Cowan fired home the equaliser with an audacious strike from a free-kick 30 yards out.

In a frantic period of the match Cramond reclaimed their lead. With the ball being passed around the edge of the area, Rob McAslan took it upon himself to have a strike at goal, with the wind assisting his effort as it flew into the top corner.

City refused to back down in the second half and clawed the tie back to 2-2 when Nathan Graham-Don nodded a high, hanging corner kick past Cramond goalkeeper Josh Codona.

An exciting final ten minutes then followed. City took the lead for the first time in the game as Cowan got his double. He was fed down the centre of the pitch and only had the keeper to beat, which he did to make it 3-2 with a composed strike.

McAslan then levelled proceedings again with a magnificent goal three minutes later. As the ball bounced perfectly for him as he received a pass from the right wing, the Cramond player struck an excellent shot well over the City stopper and high into the net.

With just seconds remaining, both teams pushed for a winner and it was City who got it.

Cowan picked up possession on the right and set up Johnson, who carefully placed his shot past the goalkeeper to seal a dramatic victory.

Meanwhile, Musselburgh Windsor under-19s tore apart their inter-club rivals Musselburgh Windsor Colts 6-0 to win a crucial Division 1 league fixture on Saturday.

The league leaders started brightly against the Colts side and went ahead in the opening minutes.

Ryan McConville challenged the Colts keeper Josh Morrison for a cutback at the front post. The ball spilled out to the edge of the box to Shaun Davidson, who drilled it high into the net to open the scoring against his old side.

Windsor doubled their lead on 20 minutes. Gary Scott-Learmonth’s front-post corner was met by Ben Stewart and his bullet header gave the keeper no chance.

Marc Berry then picked the ball up inside his own half, driving into the heart of the defence, and his 60-yard run got the finish it deserved as he put his side three goals up.

Ewan Ralton came on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go and livened up Windsor’s attack.

With ten minutes remaining, his shot from the edge of the box cruelly bounced over Morrison and into the net.

Ralton made no mistake with his third goal minutes later. He drove forward from midfield and drilled an unstoppable shot high into the top corner from 25 yards.

With just a few minutes remaining Berry added a sixth.

He controlled a low cross into the box from Andrew Swinney, and swivelled to bury it in the net.

Elsewhere, Mario Falsone scored a double as Edinburgh United beat Currie Star 4-0 to tighten their grip at the top of the under-17s Division 2A.

United took the lead after 23 minutes when Nick Marshall’s cross found Max Michie, who nodded home from three yards out.

They extended their advantage shortly before the interval, when a corner was punched clear by the Currie goalkeeper only to bounce off Finlay Glidden’s head and into the back of the net.

There was also an element of luck about United’s third goal – Falsone’s first of the afternoon – in the 63rd minute.

After an almighty goalmouth scramble, Currie tried to clear their lines, but the ball rebounded off Falsone and ended up in the net.

Falsone completed the victory with his second of the game as he dribbled into the danger area before placing his shot past the goalkeeper.