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Clinical Blantyre cruise into last eight

Blantyre BC Yellow 5

Reiss Mulvanney (3), Lee Brown (10, 20, 62), Michael McGinty (16)

Edina Hibs 0

Alan Christie | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Blantyre cruised into the quarter finals Scottish Cup with a comprehensive victory over Edinburgh outfit Edina Hibs.  Blantyre profited from scoring early in the game and never allowed Edina appropriate opportunity to get back into it despite their very best efforts. 
 
It was Blantyre who kicked off on what was a beautiful winter morning at Bent Recreation Park.  The only problem might have been for the goalkeepers with the low sun perhaps likely to cause them sme sight problems.  The AstroTurf surface gave each team the opportunity to pass the ball and look to impose themselves on the other from the opening exchanges.  It was Blantyre that started slightly sharper, their early pressing leading to a corner in the third minute.  They took full advantage of this early set piece opportunity, Michael McGinty fighting in a delightful corner that was begging for somebody to get their head to.  Reiss Mulvanney did just that, nodding emphatically past the helpless Jordan Richardson in the Edina goal.  A brilliant start for Blantyre and one which they were looking to build on immediately. 
 
Edina looked to respond quickly however, Lewis Kynoch almost finding himself clean through but his advances were well halted by the brave Mark Cunningham in the Blantyre goal.  Edina were looking to get Blair Ferguson on the ball too wide on the left but he was being well marshaled by Brian Martin.  Daniel McKinnon was probing from the centre and seeking to set his teammates free with passes but these were being read well by Blantyre, determined not to concede a quick equaliser following their great start.
 
In the tenth minute Edina were dealt a further blow when Lee Brown made it two nil.  A good passing move down the right saw Brown emerge with the ball in a dangerous position on the edge of the box.  A neat piece of skill allowed him to create the appropriate amount of space, to which he then applied full composure by slotting the ball into the corner of the net.  A finish of real quality by the Blantyre man and further proof of the clinicalness Blantyre were displaying today.  Two chances and two goals saw their confidence soaring whilst Edina were left to wonder what had happened given they had not done a great deal wrong in the opening exchanges.
 
Brown was certainly feeling confident, turning well in the box before shooting just wide after receiving a bouncing ball from a throw in.  In the sixteenth minute Blantyre made it three nil and no words can really do justice to the strike direct from a free kick by Michael McGinty but we will try. Wide on the right hand side of the box McGinty hit a high, arching and powerful  left footed shot right past Richardson and in off the post.  It was a goal of fantastic technique and certainly fit to grace any cup tie.  McGinty had shown various examples of his technique in the opening exchanges and this certainly confirmed it.  Brown and McGinty were proving to be the difference between the sides.
 
It appeared that Edina had a mountain to climb to get back into this game with Blantyre threatening to score almost every time they ventured forward.  They did so again in the twentieth minute and it was from another set piece.  This time Brown stood over the ball to the left of centre of the goal.  The forward hit a low drilled effort past the wall and into the corner of the net, proving just too powerful and evading the diving Richardson’s efforts in goal.  A different type of strike to McGinty’s earlier one but no less effective.  Four nil to Blantyre and it looked like the game was very much over. 
 
To their credit Edina kept going for the rest of the half and forced a series of corners which unfortunately for them came to nothing.  Mulvanney and Ryan McGuinness were commanding in the centre, ably supported by tenacious full backs in Martin and Dylan McStravock.  They were not going to give up a goal easily and in fact Blantyre should have made it five nil ten minutes with Luke McKibben shooting wide when free in the box.  Brown was also keen to get a hat trick, drawing a fantastic save from Richardson who tipped over his twenty five yard effort.  Ferguson had one final effort for Edina from a difficult angle that was easily held by Cunningham.  The half time whistle blew which probably came as a relief to the side from the East.
After such a clinical Blantyre display highlighted by fantastic goals it was perhaps not surprising that the second half was a bit less eventful.  Blantyre never looked in any real danger and seemed certain to see the game out comfortably.  
 
There was little in the way of goalmouth action, Edina’s Ryan Colgan firing a free kick over the bar in one of the rare pieces of goalmouth action. 
 
Brown had a hat trick on his mind though and completed it just after the hour mark.  It was no surprise that McGinty was again the creator, pulling the ball back expertly from the left after a free kick broke to him.  The ball was there to be buried and Brown did so in emphatic fashion, exemplifying the clinicalness Blantyre had provided throughout the match.  
 
The game really petered out from that point with Edina unable to even come close to a consolation goal that their efforts over the period of the match perhaps deserved.
 
Full time arrived and Blantyre were comfortably into the quarter finals.  On this kind of form you feel they will be a match for any other side left in the competition, particularly if Brown and McGinty are in a similar mood.  Their teammates also deserve a lot of praise by giving them the platform on which to perform and maintaining a solid and organised feel throughout.  
 
Edina were well beaten on the day but can regroup and respond ready for the rest of the season. They are near the top of a very competitive South East Region YFL top flight, with a lot to play for.

Lineups

Blantyre BC Yellow
Edina Hibs

1. Jason Bruce
2. James O'Donnelly
3. Mark McWilliams
4. Reiss Mulvanney
5. Brian Martin
6. Mark Whiteford
7. Michael McGinty
8. Dylan McStravock 
11. Lee Brown
12. Luke McKibben
14. Robbie Davidson
15. Michael Kolek
16. Ryan McGuinness
17. Mark Cunningham
18. Darren Reeves
19. Callum Munro

1. Jordan Richardson
2. Liam Richardson
3. Robert Sterricks
4. Jack Combe
6. Daniel McKinnon
7. Ross Greig
8. Cameron Burt
9. Lewis Kynoch
10. Craig Swanston
11. Ryan Colgan
12. Lee Linton
13. Euan Watson
14. Jamie Weir
15. Keiran Savage
17. Blair Ferguson

Star Player
Blantyre BC Yellow
Edina Hibs
Michael McGinty – difficult to pick between McGinty and hat trick hero Brown but McGinty edges it for his skillful play throughout the game, two assists and exceptional free kick strike to put his team firmly in command.
Daniel McKinnon never stopped working in the centre of midfield for Edina and attempted to get his team going with prompting passes throughout.
Magic Moment
Blantyre BC Yellow
Edina Hibs
McGinty's free kick to make it three nil was an absolutely sensational strike, fit to grace any competition
Edina never gave up throughout the game and deserved a goal for their efforts. Unfortunately for them this was not forthcoming.

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