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Edina defy the odds to pip Hutchie to national final berth

Edina Hibs 1

Edmonston 52

Hutchison Vale 0

  • Sunday, 30 March 2014
  • King's Park, Dalkeith
  • Under 13´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Semi Final
Edina Hibs versus Hutchison Vale in the Scottish Cup semi finals. You don't need to know a lot about youth football in the south east of Scotland, to know that this would be a fixture which would get people talking. Despite the direct clash with the professional Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle, a large crowd descended on Dalkeith to watch an absorbing contest between two sets of Edinburgh's brightest young players. After a deadlocked first half the magic moment came midway through the second period, when Liam Edmonston stepped up to curl a free kick into the top right hand corner. Vale fought until the end, but they couldn't break down the Edina wall and it was the boys in green and white who celebrated reaching the national final.
Despite both playing a huge part in the history of youth football in Edinburgh, the contrast in fortunes between Edina Hibs and Hutchison Vale in this prestigious competition has been stark in recent seasons. Edina Hibs last won the trophy in 2003/04, a year which also saw Vale triumph at two age groups. Since then, Hutchie have racked up eight competition wins across a variety of age groups. Edina's last appearance in a final came in 2010/11, when the (nearly) all conquering 1996 born squad fell short at the final hurdle. Since then the club has somewhat reinvented itself, with a focus on the younger age groups, and perhaps this year's Under 13 squad is the start of a renaissance.
There was no doubt who took the favourites tag going into this tie. Hutchison Vale. Top of the table, without a defeat to their name, they put no less than 15 goals past Edina in two early season meetings. However, a more recent meeting which saw Vale progress in a local cup with the help of extra time, indicated that the gap was getting narrower. 
In this competition both teams had been in fine form. Vale had succeeded against Leith Athletic, Musselburgh Windsor, Elderslie Amateurs, FC Rochsoles, Edinburgh City Real and EKFC Blue - with only the first and last ties providing them any cause for concern. Fauldhouse Foxes, Longniddry Villa, Dundee West, Stonehouse BC, Spartans and St Mirren YFC had fell to Edina. Notable milestones for them were the banana skin slip avoided when Longniddry Villa of the league below forced extra time in Round 2, and a penalty kick victory over Spartans in a thrilling last 16 tie.
The match kicked off at a high tempo with both teams largely cancelling each other out in the opening exchanges. The first chance fell to Vale's Lewis McCann, who half volleyed wide after a good lofted pass from Callum Anderson. Anderson was next to have a go from the edge of the area, but his effort couldn't find the target.
Edina Hibs had the first clear cut opening of the match. Seamus Russell produced a well timed challenge before sending the ball in the direction of Owen Bryce, who in turn picked out the run of Alassan Jones. Jones raced in on goal but his low drive was excellently saved and held by Vale goalkeeper Ciaran Cairns.
The South Edinburgh outfit were growing into the game and had another chance to open the scoring five minutes later. Mitchell Robertson and Liam Edmonston combined to set up Bryce, but his effort was well dealt with by Cairns.
Vale ended the half as they started, with the better of possession and territory, creating a flurry of late chances. Brandon Blair shot over; McCann tried to round Edina goalkeeper Thomas McLean but saw the ball smothered by the alert stopper; and Blair hit a final shot just wide of the post to wrap up the first half action.
  • Half Time:
  • Edina Hibs
  • 0-0
  • Hutchison Vale
The first chance of the second half fell to Hutchie Vale. Good play on the right hand side between McCann and Rory Campbell saw the latter play a well weighted slide rule pass to match Luis Malcolm's run. However the build up play couldn't be matched by the shot, which flew over the bar.
Once again, after weathering a bit of early pressure, Edina Hibs began to hold their own and look dangerous themselves. With 17 second half minutes played, they were the team who broke the deadlock. A free kick was awarded 25 yards from goal. Liam Edmonston stepped up and expertly curled the ball into the top right hand corner. Cairns had no chance and the Edina goalscorer headed straight for the dugout, where the players on the field celebrated with the substitutes and coaching staff.
With the goal coming midway through the half the match became finely poised. Vale had to press for an equaliser, but with Edina's resolute defending and pace on the counter attack, nobody inside the Midlothian venue knew exactly how the remaining minutes would pan out.
First to go close for Vale was Daniel Lock, who stung the palms of McLean with a powerful angled drive. This was followed by a brilliant piece of improvisation by Hutchie's Luke McMahon, who hooked the ball over his own head to set up Anderson, but the angle once again proved too tight.
By the closing stages play was once again frantic. Another chance fell to Hutchie, when McCann raced onto a through ball, but his driven effort whistled inches past the far post. At the other end Edina skipper Jones had the opportunity to put the tie to bed, but under pressure his close range effort could only find the side netting.
Soon after the final whistle blew and Edina Hibs celebrated a famous victory. They defended well against a very strong Hutchison Vale side, but it was far from a 'park the bus' job by the Hibees, who contributed in all departments to a superb game of football.
For Edina Hibs the countdown to the showpiece event at Airdrieonian's Excelsior Stadium now begins. For Vale it is a blip that they will look to bounce back from and continue with their excellent season. What is for sure, is that the coming weeks promise exciting times - with most likely joy and heartache - for both of these sets of players and their supporters.
  • Full Time:
  • Edina Hibs
  • 1-0
  • Hutchison Vale


Edina Hibs
Hutchison Vale
1. Thomas McLean
2. Seamus Russell
3. Nicholas Aitchison
4. Jonathan Sedstrem
5. Jordan Keenan
6. Lewis Sives
7. Mitchell Robertson
8. Dean Burgess
9. Liam Edmonston
10. Owen Bryce
11. Alassan Jones
12. Greg Jones
14. Leno De Gaetano
15. Markas Murauskas
21. Jake Marron
1. Ciaran Cairns
2. Jay Peat
3. Nathan Hill
5. Eden Paterson
6. Ross Young
7. Luke McMahon
8. Rory Campbell
9. Lewis McCann
10. Luis Malcolm
11. Brandon Blair
15. Daniel Lock
16. Callum Anderson
17. Scott Latto
18. Declan McFadden
Star Player
Edina Hibs
Hutchison Vale
Anybody in a white shirt had a decent claim to the award, particularly those at the back. The pick of the bunch was Jordan Keenan, who produced a huge performance at centre half to contribute to a clean sheet nobody could have predicted.
Ross Young defended with maturity beyond his years. Despite the tricky surface and lively attackers, he remained calm to mop up attack after attack and move the ball forward with purpose.
Magic Moment
Edina Hibs
Hutchison Vale
Liam Edmonston's winning goal won't be forgotten anytime soon. A fitting winner for the big stage and celebrated with all of the squad and coaching staff.
Ciaran Cairns pulled off a number of brave saves, with the point blank stop against Alassan Jones giving his team a real lift.
Club Views
Edina Hibs
Hutchison Vale
Scott Bonar, coach of Edina Hibs said: "The boys done really well, bringing what we'd worked on in training into the match. Shutting Hutchie down excellently. Both teams played a lot of good football, considering the occasion. We'll now go into the final and look to enjoy it, win, lose or draw."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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