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Hutchie score late to secure cup final spot

Hutchison Vale FC 1

Cross 75

Rossvale FC 0

  • Sunday, 20 March 2016
  • Newtongrange Star
  • Under 15´s
  • Inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Newtongrange Star’s Junior Ground played host to this weekend’s Scottish Youth Cup semi-final, as Rossvale made to journey from Dumbartonshire to play Edinburgh to play Hutchinson vale for a spot in the final at Airdrie. With an expectant crowd standing under the scorching weather, the tie had lots of promise.

The early stages were frantic, as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball for a sustained period of time, until the fifth minute. The free-kick from 25 yards was played short to Harry Davidson who rifled in the shot, but Luke Main in the Rossvale goals held strong and caught with both hands. This was to be the repeated action for Hutchie in the following minutes, as the tricky Aidan Cross continued to win free-kicks with his clever footwork, the Rossvale defence couldn’t live with him in the opening stages.

Owen Bryce was next to test the keeper for Hutchie with a set-piece on 11 minutes, some slick thinking saw the free-kick worked quickly and incisively to Bryce, but the midfielder’s effort was comfortably saved in the end.  Rossvale had to wait their chance for an opening, and they were within inches of getting it in the 14th minute; as they broke from the free-kick, Lewis Wilson outpaced the back-line, but Ciaran Cairns looked to have saved his effort, until the rebound came back off Wilson. It looked destined to roll into the net, but Michael Reilly thought otherwise as he stormed back like a freight train and cleared it off the line.

Minutes later the home side came close to opening the scoring, as Leno De Gaetano chested down a ball over the top, the control was excellent but the finish didn’t match it, and his effort trickled wide. The Hutchie chances continued, and Bryce had two effort to open his account. The first came on 21 minutes, as he outpaced the defenders and only had Main to beat, but his touch was too heavy and it gave the keeper a chance to clear.

Rossvale were soaking up the pressure and came within inches of scoring against the run of play on 33 minutes. The first chance fell to Luke McNiven, whose shot would have surely found the net if it wasn't for a last-ditch tackle from Luis Malcolm to force the corner. The resulting ball in found Finlay Kane, but he was more like Harry Kane as his effort crashed against the bar, after a wonder save from Cairns tipped the ball onto the woodwork and out for another corner. 

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale FC
  • 0-0
  • Rossvale FC

The longer the game progressed the confidence in Rossvale began to grow and grow, and they defended excellently as a unit for the beginning of the second half, Owen Bryce missing Vale's best chance after the restart on 51 minutes. The Dumbartonshire side nearly seized the opportunity five minutes later, as Vincent Gillespie cut inside and out, then blasted an effort against the post and saw it cleared away before it could fall back to him.

Rossvale came close again on 61 minutes, as Hutchie failed to defend a corner properly, and the ball bounced around in the box like a pinball machine before it was booted off the line, which was becoming a recurring theme in this cup-tie. 

The chances were few and far between for a period of the game, as Rossvale grew more and more confident and imposed themselves as the minutes passed by, until the deadlock was finally broken with just five minutes to go. Hutchie has to sustain pressure and dig in, but they managed to grab the crucial goal courtesy of Aidan Cross, has the ball was cleared out to him on the edge of the box, he didn't even need to think about taking a touch before he swung a right foot at the ball and rifled an effort high into the roof of the net, Rossvale tried to get the game restarted as Cross was swarmed by a frenzy of delighted teammates.

In injury time the lead easily could have easily been doubled after the ball was thrown in to Bryce, he spun his defender cleverly, worked the angle and hit his shot against the post. Rossvale threw everything but the kitchen sink in the dying moments, but it was to no avail as the whistle blew and Hutchie secured their spot in the Scottish Cup final. 

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale FC
  • 1-0
  • Rossvale FC

Lineups

Hutchison Vale FC
Rossvale FC
1. Ciaran Cairns
2. Matthew Millican
3. Nathan Hill
4. Michael Reilly
8. Matthew Combe
10. Luis Malcolm
11. Owen Bryce
12. Freddy Peat
14. John Rea
16. Aidan Cross
/ 18. Luke Cunningham
20. Harry Davidson
21. Leno De Gaetano
23. Dan McKinley
31. Shea Dowie
1. Andrew Coyle
2. Shaun O'Neil
3. Kyle Ferry
4. Kyle Gold
5. Finlay Kane
6. Jay Clarke
7. Fraser Dawson
8. Dean Bates
9. Marcus Hampson
10. Luke Main
11. Vincent Gillespie
12. Matthew Laing
14. Allan Houston
15. Mudrik Ahmed
16. Luke McNiven
17. Lewis Wilson
Star Player
Hutchison Vale FC
Rossvale FC
Luke Cunningham was magnificent at the back. Good in the air, strong in the tackle and as calm as they come passing the ball out from the back.
Kyle Gold was a workhorse at fullback, constantly putting his foot in to win the ball and running up and down the channels all game.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale FC
Rossvale FC
Aidan Cross' late goal was extremely composed and came from nowhere at such a crucial time.
Finlay Kane would have scored a fantastic goal from the corner with a great effort, but was denied by the keeper and the post.
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