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Hutchison Vale Colts stunned rivals Tynecastle in the Final of the U14 South East Region Cup Final at New Countess Park in Dunbar.
An early strike from Matthew Edgar was followed up by a nonchalant finish from Ross McLaren seven minutes from time. It was a game in which Tynecastle were dominant for large spells but lacked the killer touch in front of goal.
Whilst Hutchison Vale's U13 Scottish Cup winning outfit had done battle with Tynecastle in most competitions this season, today was the day of the 'Colts - newly promoted to the top flight this season. Whilst Tynecastle saw off Vale in a thrilling semi final, Hutchie Colts had brushed aside the challenges of Bo'Ness United, Edinburgh United, Grangemouth Colts and Livingston Hearts to seal their place in the Dunbar showpiece game.
A derby nonetheless, the tense start didn’t go unnoticed, and it was no surprise that the opening goal came from a set piece. Keeper Fraser Briton couldn't collect an incoming corner, and Edgar scrambled it home from 3 yards - the delight etched on his face as the Scottish Champions trailed.
Tynecastle responded with a Tod Rowell strike which clipped the outside of the post, and weak header from the towering Cameron Dawson. But the Hutchison Vale defence, and in particular Struan Robb, was resolute.
Matthew Brady squandered another chance for Tynecastle as he blazed a shot well over on the angle.
Although chances were aplenty for Tynecastle, they were always vulnerable on the break as Ross Watters demonstrated when he fired a shot just over after Callum Crawford was dispossessed inside his own half.
Murray Rose almost made sufficient use of his height with a flick on from a near post corner. But Dawson at the back post could not convert to his, and his team’s, frustration going into the break.
Half Time: Hutchison Vale Colts 1-0 Tynecastle FC
Hutchie should have expected a second half surge from their powerful opponents, and they were given an immediate hint of what was to come as Robb was forced into a goal line clearance as Brady curled the ball past Ben Corrall.
Dawson saw an effort saved before his point blank range header sailed over the crossbar. An off day for the front man coupled by a valiant Hutchie defensive performance was causing Tynecastle serious problems as they shoved centre back Rose into an attacking midfield role for the final fifteen minutes.
And the Balgreen outfit were punished for their mishaps as McLaren appeared on the edge of the area to calmly curl home with the outside of his right boot. Briton was static in the goal and the Tynecastle bench silenced. Needless to say, McLaren wheeled away and was mobbed by his ecstatic team mates.
The boys in maroon continued to throw everything at the black and gold of Hutchie, but it was to no avail. Corrall pulled off save after save, with his defence putting in a heroic shift as well. As the minutes wore on the confidence levels grew for Vale and scrambled clearances turned to composure as they saw out the game.
The dejection from a team who have dominated domestically all season was tangible as they trudged off the pitch at full time. Tynecastle have had a tremendous season, but today wasn't their day. Hutchison Vale Colts celebrated upsetting the odds and pulling off a victory that will be remembered by their players and supporters for many years to come.
Full Time: Hutchison Vale Colts 2-0 Tynecastle FC