Two big crowds turned up at Millfield on Sunday for SERYFA’s double header – Haddington Athletic met Peebles FC in the George Salmond Under 13s Cup Final, and Longniddry Villa faced Leith Athletic in the final of the Colin Campbell Sports Under 19s final. For the most part the overnight rain cleared and the spectators enjoyed two competitive games.
First up were the Hi Hi’s youngsters and they were quickly out of the blocks and by half time they had established a three goal lead. But it could have been different as the Haddington goalkeeper had pulled of a number of good saves. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Peebles set about reducing the deficit. Haddington defended well but midway through the half, the Peebles centre forward broke through to score and the same player was instrumental in setting up a second goal for Peebles with five minutes remaining. There were some anxious minutes for Haddington supporters before the referee signalled the end of the match sparking off jubilant scenes for the young Hi Hi’s players, coaches and fans. Goalscorers for the Hi Hi’s were Brandon MacDonald (2) and Blair Ross.
In the afternoon final Longniddry Villa, coached by former Haddington skipper Hugh Douglas, beat Leith by three goals to two after extra time. Longniddry were two up early in the second half but Leith fought back to level the final and could well have won it in the closing minutes. A headed goal in the first period of extra time took the cup to Longniddry.