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Tynecastle FC Under 16’s made it a Scottish Cup double, to add to the victory of their Under 14 side who had won earlier in the day. The side which has reached four Scottish Cup finals as a team since Under 13 level, made it their third national cup victory with a rampant second half performance which reaped four goals.
Tynecastle started the brighter of the two sides in the opening minutes; they were intent on getting the ball down and playing it on the deck of the slick surface. Their first opportunity came when Kyle Mitchell did well to keep the ball in and passed back to Liam Thomson who floated a cross into the back post but it just went over the head of Greg Kerr.
Tynie captain Craig Russell was very vocal at the back, encouraging his side and taking them through the motions from his centre back berth.
The first corner of the match went to Clydebank after Calum Cowan slid in to prevent Kane O’Neil getting his cross into the box. The resulting corner was cleared however.
On the counter attack Thomson crossed from the left but Greg Kerr could only get a slight touch on the header and was unable to divert it on target.
Tynie got the first shot on target after ten minutes. On the counter attack Mitchell picked it up on the left and cut inside but his shot was straight at Clydebank goalkeeper Ben Collinson.
Tynie had another chance to open the scoring and they really should’ve taken advantage of Collinson’s mistake. Thomson curled in a corner, Collinson went to gather the ball in the box but flapped at it, Tynie couldn’t capitalise though and it was cleared.
Experienced SYFA Challenge Cup finalists Tynecastle were mounting pressure on Clydebank with Thomson creating an abundance of chances down the left, but they keep getting themselves caught for offside in the first half, to the frustration of their vocal support.
Scott Holms had the Glasgow side’s first real chance, his shot from just outside the box, drifting wide of Tynecastle goalkeeper Billy Talor’s left hand post.
Clydebank didn’t offer much in the opening 40 minutes going forward, resorting to long balls to their strike force as they looked to break the deadlock.
Just short of half-time a hopeful ball over the defence fed in Greg Kerr, who looked to round Collinson and finish, but Collinson advanced out of his goal to quell the danger and slid in wonderfully to prevent Kerr from getting round him.
Half Time: Clydebank United 0-0 Tynecastle FC
David Wright conceded possession to Clydebank five minutes into the second half, with Holms picking it up just outside the area. His first time shot, curled towards the bottom corner, looked to be heading in but just drifted wide of the post.
Tynecastle, boosted by their near escape, went straight up field and grabbed the opener, Mitchell with an audacious chip which sailed over the head of Collinson and into the net.
Kyle Rafferty almost caught out Taylor with a long range free-kick for Clydebank; the goalkeeper looked as if he was going to leave it, but grasped it above his head at the last minute. Then Greg Kerr almost doubled Tynecastle’s lead midway through the second-half, after being teed up by Matthew Quinn, his half volley went just wide of the post with Collinson stranded.
Tynecastle introduced influential midfielder Ryan Currie and striker Ciaron Small into the fray with fifteen minutes remaining and they provided the much needed spark to secure Tynie’s second of the match.
A corner was played in and Jason Kerr was at the back post to produce a composed finish into the bottom corner after Quinn had got a nick onto the initial ball in at the front post.
Tynecastle made it three when a dangerous free-kick played in by captain Russell was met by the diving torso of Quinn who got a head onto the ball to divert it into the net. It was what the big centre back deserved after an assured display at the back and as an imposing attacking force from set pieces.
Euan Graham, on as a second half substitute made it four, his strong finish into the bottom corner after the ball broke to him in the box, highlighting the strength in depth of the Tynecastle squad.
Clydebank seemed a bit star struck by the ruthless finishing from their opponents and after matching Tynecastle in the first half, they let the occasion get to them after the interval, coming off second best.
In the end Tynecastle were worthy winners, a bright future lies ahead for the fruitful batch of youngsters who, for many, secured their third SYFA Challenge Cup victory in five attempts.
Full Time: Clydebank United 0-4 Tynecastle FC
Mark Callaghan was Clydebank's best performer on the day. He worked hard from start to finish and looked to make things happen. Like his team-mates, impact faded in the second half.
Matthew Quinn was a rock at the back for Tynecastle, inspiring the team to a Scottish Cup final clean sheet. Popped up with a goal, which was the icing on the cake of a fantastic display.