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Tynecastle 21s comfortably brushed aside Cavalry Park Colts 21s in the SERYFA Cup final with a 5-0 scoreline on what were perfect playing conditions at Countess Park in Dunbar.
The opening stages of the game were nothing but physical as both teams looked to control the game and break the deadlock, they obviously knew the first goal was going to be vital.
It was Tynie 21s who were to threaten first. After a superb kick from goalkeeper Jordan Dunsmore, the ball managed to bounce over the Colts last man and reach Scott Coleman who hit an early shot from the edge of the box towards goal that forced a fine save out of Andrew Mackay. It was a sign of things to come, as Tynecastle weren’t going to sit back in the game.
Just two minutes later Tynecastle had taken the lead. A good corner whipped in by Daniel Gemmell found centre-back Gavin McCarthy who headed in past the stranded Cavalry Park keeper. It was this sort of aerial advantage which was going to pay dividends across ninety minutes for Tynie as they looked to win everything in the air, not only in defence but from their set-pieces too.
Although Colts had began on the back foot they started to look a bit livelier and wanted to respond to going a goal down. In the tenth minute the midfield looked to assert themselves and chase the ball more. John Robertson in particular looked to do this and won the ball around thirty yards from goal, after sprinting forward ten yards he struck the ball hard towards the net but it sailed agonisingly over the bar.
So far the Tynecastle defence had stood firm, and continued to do so, restricting the Cavalry Park attack to long-range efforts, although they were getting closer. They then looked to exploit the left hand side and get Lewis O’Conner more into the game as he had good pace and determination about him, but credit to Andrew Munro who looked solid at the back. It was a sign of things to come as Munro and his other defenders were to have a great game all afternoon for Tynie.
With Colts unable to respond to going a goal down, Tynecastle looked to take advantage and in the twentieth minute they did just that. Just inside the opposition half Steven Togneri played a free kick from distance into the area which wasn’t dealt with by the Colts rearguard. The ball fell to Coleman who rounded the onrushing Mackay and put the ball in the back of the net. The pressure was really off the Tynecastle forwards, who were able to rely on their defence all afternoon.
For the remainder of the half both sides looked solid at the back, especially Tynecastle who showed fantastic focus and discipline. Their good communication served them well. It was end to end stuff, but neither side could create anything in the final third.
Just before half-time Cavalry Park came closest to getting back into the game; a deflected shot by Steven MacGregor had won a corner and egged on by their coach they looked keen to get back in the final. The resulting set piece was whipped in by Chris Joyce which found Stewart Adams, unfortunately for Cavalry Park though he could only put his header over the crossbar.
Half Time: Cavalry Park Colts 0-2 Tynecastle FC
The second half began and Tynecastle immediately looked to attack, despite being comfortably 2-0 ahead. The ball was worked well around midfield from the right wing to the centre and a superb ball was played ahead of Lewis Russell who ran onto it, away from his man, and slotted home with precision past Mackay. It wasn’t going to be the last time he had to pick the ball out the back of the net.
Colts were really trying to get a foothold in the game, and despite encouragement from the sidelines, were really unable to create something of any substance. The Tynecastle defence continued to quell the creativity of the Cavalry Park side that had gotten them to the final. Another shot from distance aimed to threaten the Tynie goal, Greg Douglas this time having a pop, but Dunsmore was equal to it.
Five minutes later Tynecastle had scored a fourth and the Colts looked dejected, they knew it was game over. Gordon Harris was the creator, skipping past his man on the right hand side and delivering a quick low cross which Russell put away with ease, his second of the game.
Tynecastle continued to dominate and bagged goal number 5 in the sixty-fifth minute. Yet another corner won by Tynie was delivered into the area and Gordon Harris made no mistake, plundering a header past the despondent Cavalry Park goalkeeper. The Colts centre-halfs were all at sea and looked very disorganised, clearly lacking in confidence having already conceded 4 goals.
Despite leading by 5 goals the Tynecastle defence continued to look focused and were not complacent at all, they were determined to have a clean sheet. So when Cavalry Park sought to grab a consolation in the game, the defenders were not having any of it and stood firm.
Before the end of the game Colts made a handful of changes and really wanted to make some form of mark on the final. They were finally fashioning some proper chances, but it was all too little too late. An early ball curled into the box reached Adams but he couldn’t convert the header, the ball flying over the bar.
Just before the ninety minutes were up Cavalry Park came closest to grabbing a goal. They were awarded a free kick twenty-five yards from goal which Douglas was to take. He struck the ball sweetly over the wall which dipped and looked to be heading in, if not for a superb save by Dunsmore.
Soon after the referee blew the full time whistle and the game was over. Tynecastle had done it, they had won the cup final and in emphatic fashion five goals to nil.
Full Time: Cavalry Park Colts 0-5 Tynecastle FC