Upper Annandale v Edusport Academy

7.30pm  21 May 2015

Cree Lodge Cup, Second Round
Upper Annandale 0 Edusport Academy 5 (att 44)

I nearly visited Upper Annandale's Moffat Academy ground back in August, but decided against a long journey for a school pitch that's apparently just a temporary home before the club returns to its traditional base at Hope Johnstone Park.

But as this cup tie was postponed from Monday, to a night when it was the only option for a new ground at a reasonable level, I was happy to head north. Moffat is a pleasant town, and as school pitches go Upper Annandale's home pitch isn't bad.

It's one of two football pitches side by side on the playing field, with one end and one side roped off for spectators. The opposite side, out of bounds, has a pair of temporary dugouts and some advertising boards.

Monday's postponement meant Edusport were playing this just 24 hours after defeat in another of the South of Scotland League's many cup competitions. Both teams seemed down to the bare bones though, with neither managing any substitutes.

As a cup tie it was over quickly. Edusport were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, and scored a third after 20. The second half was more even, but Edusport's eye-catching football was above anything the home side could muster, and they added two more second half goals. A late red card for the visitors was their only blemish.

Edusport are new to league football this season, and have bought a touch of Gallic flair to the robust world of the South of Scotland League. To quote from its website, Edusport is a "residential football academy, based in Scotland, for young French footballers". The idea is that they develop as players, learn English, and get the chance to impress professional clubs who might sign them.

Watching a team of young Frenchmen running rings around the opposition on a school pitch in Moffat was entertaining, and I'm tempted to watch their semi-final on Saturday.

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