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Vics and Vale served up entertaining draw

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Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale
Robertson 8
McCann 50


U13 South East Region YFL
Newcraighall Park
25 August 2013

Ian Mackay
By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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My third and final ‘away game’ of the weekend took me to Newcraighall Park in East Edinburgh. Hutchison Vale were the visitors on this lovely day and their game against Newcraighall Leith Vics was, in my humble opinion, part of the ‘greatest show on earth’!
This magnificent spectacle ended in a 1-1 draw and I thought that result was a perfect end to the game, as neither team deserved to lose. In my life, there is nothing better than watching a game, at any level, in which both sides play good football. Throw in amazing misses by both teams, a staggering one handed save by the Vics’ keeper, goalmouth action in abundance, good sportsmanship, an excellent referee in Tam Carter and I can only say I enjoyed watching these talented young players  in action. Totally enjoyed, I should say! On such a warm, wind-free  day, it was just well nigh perfect for me and, hopefully, for the big number of spectators on both touchlines. 
An excellent young Vics’ outfit gave Hutchison Vale a ‘run for their money‘, as they say. In a stunning first half, the younger version of John Robertson (his dad plays in amateur football) showed up well and it was this quite aggressive young winger who shocked Hutchison Vale, me, and I expect, everyone else, when he rifled a peach of a free kick from 25 yards out, slightly to the left of the Vale goal and the ball, well all I can say is it rocketed in to the roof of the net to put Vics 1-0 in front. It was a magic moment when I said out loud: “What a goal!”  Fair comment, I think. John had a  couple more attempts at scoring from free-kicks during the game, but the occasion got to the young player and his other attempts were either off target or cleared by Vale defenders. A scout for a senior club said to me: “Hutchison Vale do not look to have as good a team as they had in other years.” But I must add it was due to Newcraighall Leith Vics as they too are a very well-coached and talented group of players. Vics, I thought, had the better of the first half, while Hutchison Vale came alive in the second period of the game. Here, then, is my view of how the game went:
Hutchison Vale were first to show at the start with Luke McMahon and Lewis Meechan doing well until they ran in to the superb Vics’ defender, Colin McKinnon and it was the home side that won the first corner of the game. Even that early in the proceedings, it was quite obvious the game was going to be tight, with two excellent well-organised defences on view. Vale attacked again, but like so many roads in Edinburgh, they ran in to a veritable ‘road closed’ sign. In the early stages, the Vics’ defence were outstanding. In the eighth minute, young John Robertson lit up the game - and the park  - with his outstanding free kick. All I can say is: “What a goal!”  It was a real beauty!  Hutchison Vale, then, had a real job on their hands and skipper, Rory Campbell, and his Vale team-mates were frustrated when they tried to get their passing game going. Vics’ I have to say, never gave them an inch. From another Robertson free-kick, No 9 Yrick Gallanties, got his head to the delivery, but the ball crashed wide of the target. Luke McMahon, was the next Vale player to be halted on a run up the right by outstanding Vics’ No 2, Josh Sharkey. Then Daniel Lock tried to set up a chance  and the Vale No 15 outwitted a couple of Vics’ defenders on a good run at goal, but Daniel’s shot went straight to the goalie. 
Robertson took all the set-pieces for Vics but he overhit the ball at times. I have to add the name of Vics’ No 6, Finlay Connor,  to my report and this cracking young footballer was no ‘shrinking violet’ when it came to challenging for the ball. The game was alive with super young footballers and the game itself, was nothing less that fascinating to watch. Lewis Meechan, on the right, entered the fray and the Vale No 9 combined well with Callum Anderson to set up a good chance for the equaliser, but Callum was denied by what I thought was a quite wonderful one-handed save by the Vics’ goalie. He dived to his left to knock the ball away with his left hand. That was yet another highlight in this superb wee game. Louis Flucker, in the Vics’ No 8 jersey, was one of the most natural and best players on the pitch. He was another real treasure in this game. Meechan continued to show up well for Vale but he was unable to score an equaliser for his side. Yet another free-kick to Vics but Robertson appeared to fluff his delivery and the danger passed. 
Gallanties again for Vics but the combined forces of Rory Campbell and Vale No 5, Eden Paterson, won the ball and cleared. As this game progressed, so too did the form of Paterson and in my humble opinion the Vale No 5 was one of the best players on the pitch. Just before half-time, Vics’ No 17, Mark Tennant and Flucker set up a good move, but the strong Vale defenders cleared the danger and at half-time, Vics still held on to a narrow 1-0 lead.
Half Time: Newcraighall Leith Vics 1-0 Hutchison Vale
The home side kicked down the slope in the second half and the pace of this all-action cracker of a game never slackened and play, virtually, raged from end-to-end. I think the excitement of the game also got to the young players and there were several glaring misses. At both ends - take your pick!
Finlay Connor scorned a good chance for Vics, while at the  other end, Mechan and Declan McFarlane did well for Vale, but no goal! It took the home keeper two attempts to get a grip on a superb shot from Vale No 16, Callum Anderson. 
Then, in the 15th minute of the second half, Vale struck ‘go(a)ld!’ With the game so  finely balanced, Vale No 9, was on hand when a clearance from the Vics’ keeper was charged down and when the ball came across goal, Lewis McCann it was who had the easiest of chances to pop the ball over the line to make it 1-1. That goal changed the game and Vale it appeared to me began to really motor along. Vics’ disputed every ball and when they did break, Robertson was a constant danger on the left for Vics. The ball was moved quickly at times with one side on the attack and the other causing problems when they broke away. 
Robertson went ever so close when he screwed a shot on to the Vale left-hand post. Wow, that was close was it not? Wee John covered his face with his hands. I suppose it was in the ‘I just cannot believe it’ category. Vale were caught offside as the game entered its thrilling climax. Another Robertson free kick from the left went to No 17, Mark Tennant, but his header went wide. I have tried to mention as many players as possible.
I would like to see both teams in action again to enjoy the way they play the greatest team game in the world. On another day, other players will shine and when I see both sides in action again, I will try my best to mention others. In my opinion, every player who took part in the game at Newcraighall was brilliant. The game was, for me, wonderful to watch and I  do think a 1-1 draw was a fair result. 

Full Time: Newcraighall Leith Vics 1-1 Hutchison Vale


Newcraighall Leith Vics Hutchison Vale
Tyler McGee
Josh Sharkey
Dean Coyle
Joseph McGinty
Aaran Bathgate
Finlay Connor
Jordan Daly
Louis Flucker
Yrick Gallanties
John Robertson
Sean Ward
James Smith
Adam Connor
Colin McKinnon
Kerr Milne
Fraser Blackie
Mark Tennant
Ciaran Cairns
Thomas Sweeney
Nathan Hill
Eden Paterson
Ross Young
Callum Anderson
Luke McMahon
Rory Campbell
Lewis Meechan
Louis Malcolm
Brandon Blair
Declan McFadzean
Jay Peel
Scott Latto
John Robertson opened the scoring with a screamer and never looked back.
Eden Paterson was excellent at the back for Vale, keeping them from falling further behind.
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