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A day of finals at Dunbar's New Countess Park was kicked off in the sunshine with the Under 13's South East Region Cup final between Hutchison Vale and Loanhead Miners Youth.
Hutchison Vale were the favourites, having already secured the Stewart Brien Cup and being just one victory away from the league title. Loanhead would be no pushovers though, and were looking to make it third time lucky after defeat in their previous two cup finals this season. Their convincing semi final victory over Tynecastle showed that the Midlothian side meant business.
In the early stages both sides created opportunities. Hutchison Vale had two opportunities in quick succession, the first shot well saved by Loanhead 'keeper Bryan Cairns and the second a lob by Grant Rose was just too high. Loanhead's best chance came when Kyle Brockie's shot was saved expertly by Hutchison Vale 'keeper Ross Coats.
Shortly afterwards Hutchison Vale grabbed the lead when the impressive Rose made no mistake. He received a pass from Euan Henderson and expertly finished giving Cairns no chance. The goal gave Hutchison Vale added confidence, however Loanhead were closing down their opponents at every opportunity. This high pressing soon was rewarded. The Hutchison Vale defence got into a mix up at the back and with Hutchie 'keeper Ross Coats out of his goal, Brockie slotted home.
Following this goal the game seemed to become even more open. Brockie again went close whilst Hutchie and Henderson created an opening. His shot though, went wide of the post.
Half Time: Hutchison Vale 1 - 1 Loanhead MW Youth.
The game continued in the same competitive fashion in the second half and both sides had chances to grab the lead. In the second period both sides saw attempts hit the woodwork.
Loanhead's Kyle Brockie saw his curling right footed effort rebound off the post as Ross Coats watched on. Euan Henderson of Hutchie burst through the Loanhead defence but his shot despite beating Cairns struck the bar.
Ben Swan of Hutchie also came close but he was denied by the excellent Cairns. Hutchie were now dominating and much of the play was in the Loanhead half but they continued to stand firm at the back.
Cameron Watson was one of the key defenders in blue. Grant Rose, the Hutchie striker, was showing moments of brilliance and his cross come shot also beat Cairns but again the ball rebounded back of the upright.
With extra time looming the game was finally won. Henderson of Hutchie managed to cross in the area and his ball landed perfectly at the feet of Gregor Lamb, who made no mistake with the finish.
There was only two minutes remaining when the goal was scored but still Loanhead gave their all and they almost got an equaliser as the ball broke in the box but they were denied by firm defending and the ball broke away harmlessly.
The referee soon blew for time. A great game and credit to both sides for putting everything into it.
Full Time: Hutchison Vale 2 - 1 Loanhead Miners Youth