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Thursday, 13 June 2013 22:54

Tynie dominate but dogged Leith spoil party

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U14 SERYFL Division 1
Leith Links
12/06/13

Kieran Green

By Kieran Green
YFS South East Region Reporter
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In Ian Mackay's words, me, the new "golden boy" of Journalism, was in action once again at Leith Links for the Under 14 league decider between Leith Athletic and Tynecastle. Tynie needed a win to clinch the league title, however, anything but a win would mean Hutchie win the title. Before the match Hutchie were 2 points ahead of Tynie, and waited anxiously to find out the result of this match. 

Straight from the off, it looked as if Leith were intent on spoiling the party, not giving the Tynie players a minute to breathe with their dogged attitude. Chasing every ball, closing players down, and putting neat pieces of football together. Greg Noble gave the home side the lead after only a few minutes, but almost immediately, Callum Downie equalised for Tynie. The boys in maroon battered Leith in the second half, and Tynie's luck just wasn't in on the evening. 

The first real attack of the game brought the first goal. Leith's Rory Smith had a throw in on the right hand side. He threw the ball into the feat of Cal Thayers on the edge of the 18 yard box. Thayers managed to turn Callum Downie, and got to the byline, pulled the ball back towards powerhouse striker Ryan Farrell, but he missed the ball, and it fell to Greg Noble 12 yards out to send the ball low and hard past the helpless Fraser Briton in goal for Tynie. A mountain to climb for the away side, as nothing less than a win would give them the league championship. 

Using my new 'journalism toy' that my wonderful Nana bought for me (iPad), I could say it was fairly more enjoyable typing my short hand notes onto the device, rather than in my notebook, with the hope of my pen not running out (the joys of a reporter)! It wasn't long after the breakthrough, that Tynie got themselves back in the game. A neat interchange on the left wing between Downie and Jay Kilboy, Downie powered forward, and fired a near post shot which caught out Leith keeper Scotyt Capaldi, and nestled in the side netting. The keeper expecting a cross from Downie, but he was caught off guard as he got two hands to Downie's effort, but could only help it on its way in. 1-1, and Tynie were fairly in the ascendancy. 

Brok Robertson on the right wing for Tynie possessed some pace! His style of running similar to that of Usain Bolt. On this ocassion, Robertson had the beating of Lewis McKay for pace, his cross from deep in towards Cameron Dawson was inch perfect. The tall frontman laying the ball off for Murray Hand 30 yards out, and Hand firing his looping effort just over Capaldi's crossbar. So close was the central midfielder to put Tynie in the lead.

Leith left winder Liam Gregory was the smallest man on the park by some distance, but I can tell you this. the lad was not short of ability. Left footed, willing to take on players. and didn't he have some pace in his locker! Cameron Liddell, the right back for Tynie, was given the task to stop Gregory, but trying to stick tight to a lad with such a low centre of gravity, and such skill, was a hard task, but Liddell stuck to it, and all and all did well. Gregory did get past the right back at one point, drilling a ball in to Farrell, but Ben Voy at the heart of the Tynie back 4 was immense in stopping Farrell's effort. 

Hesitant defending from Bruce McCrorie, allowed Farrell to bare down on the Tynie goal. The striker cut back, the covering Ben Voy lost his footing, Farrell, with the outside of his right foot, curled an effort past the full stretch Briton, but his shot crashed off the foot of the post. Noble was there following up once again, but Liddell stood firm and managed to put in as block, before McCrorie cleared the danger, allowing Tynie to regroup. 

Without usual free kick taker Murray Rose in the side (on the bench due to feeling unwell), Liam Willis was given the opportunity to have a strike at goal. The free kick given for a foul on Jay Kilboy, after he was brought down once he had beat two Leith defenders. As I mentioned in previous match reports, the magical feet of Kilboy were so unpredictable, but 9 times out of 10 it was something spectacular in which they produced. 20 yards from goal, Willis stood over the ball. The 4 man wall in place, he struck the ball with not much venom, but plenty of curl, but Capaldi saved reasonably comfortably. 

The last attack of the first half seen Leith almost going into the break 2-1 up. A long ball over the top into the feet of Farrell, who looked to be in an offside position. However, Voy matched him all the way, Briton came rushing out his goal to narrow the angle, and Farrell's powerful poke towards goal was brilliantly saved by the body of the keeper. Keeping his side on levels terms, Briton came up with the goods for Tynie. 

Tynie applying most of the pressure in the first half, and were dominating possession. However, the scoreline was still on level terms as the teams went into the break. 

Half Time: Leith Athletic 1-1 Tynecastle FC

Tynie brought on Murray Rose in the second half, and the big central midfielder made a huge difference on the way Tynie played the game this half. More direct, as he was a target from free kicks and long balls, aswell as corners. Rose's first involvment in the game was a great opportunity to give Tynie the lead. Jay Kilboy's inswinging corner from the left hand side, found the unmarked Rose arriving late at the back post, but he mistimed the header and sent it over Capaldi's crossbar. 

Ryan Farrell, the Leith number 9, was once of, if not the, best player on the park. He possessed many attributes, and combined them to pose Tynie a threat everytime he went forward. A long ball from the centre half into the feet of Farrell was inch perfect. It allowed the striker to hold the ball up and wait for support. But oh no, not Farrell! His first intention was to take on McCrorie at centre half for Tynie. Successful in his attempt, stearing the ball past Briton would be his next tast. Briton was ever so quick off his line, and put in a wonderful block to keep the score of level terms. Despite his save, Leith still had the opportunity to score! The ball rebounding off of Farrell, into the path of Liam Gregory. In the six yard box, with literally the whole goal to aim at, Gregory looked certain to score. But nobody told Ben Voy it was fate that Gregory would score, as the most astounding piece of defending was before my eyes. Voy came diving from absolutely nowhere, and blocked Gregory's effort on the goalline. No exaggeration at all, this was just unbelievable. 

Tynie went on the counter attack, and it was Ben Voy who launched the ball forward to Dawson. A touch down into the path of Murray Hand, who played in Matt Brady, but his touch was heavy and out of play. Voy was the outstanding player in the match for the maroon boys, first and foremost, defending, but also going forward, and posing a threat in the goalscoring department. What a player!

Next, came the closest Tynie came to getting the winner. Another inch perfect crossfield pass from Voy, was brought down by Dawson (excellent touch from the big man!). Dawson had to wait for support, and it arrived in a cavalry. Hand, Brady, Crawford and Downie. Brady received the ball from Dawson, beat one player, squared the ball to Hand, who reversed the pass to Downie, and it was his cross towards Cameron Dawson, who made the run to the back post, and his header thundered back off the crossbar. This proved to be Tynie's last opportunity as the danger was cleared. 

The ball landed in the Tynie half, and referee Peter Morris blew the whistle, in which was the last game in the SERYFL Under 14's season for 2012/13. The Tynie players falling to their knees, and the Leith players celebrating like it was a victory. Although, who could blame them holding the Scottish Cup holders to a 1-1 draw! Leith battled very hard, as they tired towards the end of the game. 

Unfortunately, Tynie were pipped to the post by fierce rivals Hutchison Vale, by 1 point. However, the lads in maroon can be proud of their season, Scottish Cup champions, and Willie Bauld Memorial Trophy winners. Winning 2 cups and getting to 5 finals is a fine achievement if you ask me. The players can be proud of their efforts in the match tonight, and all throughout the season. Leith finished a very respectable 4th place in the table, and they put on a great battling performance against Tynie, showing signs of the great football then can play as well. The last word goes to Hutchison Vale. After getting everything their own way last year, and taking a clean sweep of the silverware available, this year they were presented with a far greater challenge. It looked like for long spells Tynecastle would add the league title to their national crown, so congratulations to Vale for never giving up and eventually finishing top of the pile.

Full Time: Leith Athletic 1-1 Tynecastle FC
 

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7. Greg Noble
8. Josh Williamson
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10. Jordan Smith
11. Liam Gregory
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15. Lewis Glasgow
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1. Fraser Briton
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5. Callum Downie
6. Murray Rose
7. Callum Crawford
8. Liam Willis
9. Cameron Dawson
10. Murray Hand
11. Matt Brady
12. Robbie McPherson
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16. Jay Kilboy
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The livewire for Leith all evening was powerhouse striker Ryan Farrell. He was willing to take players on, run with the ball, have efforts on goal, and was allround a real handfull for McCrorie and Voy, the Tynie centre halves. 
 
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No player stood out going forward for Tynie, but centre half Ben Voy was immense at the back. On numorous ocassions he stopped Leith getting in on goal, was commanding, and posed a threat going forward aswell. Faultless performance from Ben.
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Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:19

Tynecastle bag points after Windsor shut out

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U15 SERYFL Division 1
Pinkie 3G
11/06/2013

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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The match between Musselburgh Windsor and Tynecastle was a mixture of the ‘good’, the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’! On a personal level, I was left famished again from the lack of food (sausage rolls)! The person to blame for that, is glamorous grannie Gail Swanson. I have now gone all season long, without a sausage roll from Gail, despite many, many promises. But, as the Bishop said to the actress: “I won’t hold that against you!” And here I come to Gail’s son, Sonny who played in right midfeild for Tynecastle. Sonny started off in wonderful form and he looked quite brilliant in the opening stages. Windsor, however, looked the better team as the game progressed. In fact, Windsor created several good chances to score - AND MISSED THEM ALL! Team boss, John Cullen, summed up his thoughts succinctly when he said: “We should have scored seven. I can’t believe we did not score!”

Well, seeing is believing, John and what I saw at the beautiful pitch at Pinkie was a ‘comedy of errors’! OK, no one was laughing except Tynecastle goalkeeper Kieran Green. My God, did he lead a charmed life! On one occasion, a wonderful shot smacked off the face of the Tynecastle cross-bar, battered on to the hapless keeper and then rebound off him - WIDE OF THE POST! Yes, Sir, it was that kind of game, indeed! It does not require me to say ‘Windsor were firing blanks’! The scoreline says it all, I think. Sean Gilroy looked in good form for Musselburgh, as well as No 4, Euan Tarry and his partner in central defence, the excellent No 15, Adrian Shala. Jack Gilchrist deserved much better luck when he fired shots at big Kieran in the Tynecastle goal, and a good corner delivered in to the Tynecastle goalmouth was headed wide by Windsor No 8, Sean Ballard. But I have to say, never at any time did Tynecastle panic. They looked quite composed so maybe they knew more about the opposing side than I did. Big Jack Lansborough strolled about and did little to enhance the view I had of him last week in an under-15 final against Hutchison Vale at Olive Bank. I thought he had a good game then, but I have to be honest and say big Jack was not in the same form at Pinkie.

Tynecastle No 8, Dan Hanna, combined with Portguese man-of-war, Sonny Swanson, in what I thought looked a promising move. How wrong could I be? Tynecastle No 12, Lloyd Fiddler, was a stand-out in this game. In another raid on Green’s goal, the big goalie was caught off his line and it took a goal-line clearance from Swanston to deny Windsor an opening goal. That was followed by the aforementioned shot off the bar; on to Green and behind for a corner. It was Sean Gilroy who delivered that shot. Certainly, it could be claimed big Kieron was lucky, but I know for a fact, he is not illegitimate despite comments to my right! I love to ‘write-up’ games and make every player on the pitch a hero one way or another. But even I found that beyond me at this game at Pinkie Playing Fields.

What is it they say, Kieran: “If you don’t score goals, you do not win games!” Lloyd Fiddler, what effort from the Tynecastle No 12, was also unlucky when a real cutie of a shot at the Musselburgh goal came back off the crossbar. It was then I had that sinking feeling about this game. Gail Swanson did not come over to give me a sausage roll or two! And the bugger is going over to the family’s holiday house in Portugal for A MONTH!

Daniel Headspeath, No 3, in the Tynecastle side, broke down the right and that too looked as if it might produce a goal, but it all ended when Daniel was brought down and referee, Tam Carter, awarded a free kick, in what looked to be a good position. Swanson, you know, the no-sausage rolls lady’s son, hammered a useless shot away over the bar.

Now hold on there old man! Tynecastle again on the move and they lifted my spirits that a goal was in the offing! Huh, it ended with a throw-in to Tynecastle. Free-kicks galore for silly fouls from and to both teams. The game had flopped by that time. Promising play from both teams was spoiled by poor final passes. Be honest, Ian! OK, crap passes! Lansborough made a contribution to the game and he sent in an excellent shot but, damn, it went just outside Kieran’s right-hand post. Currie was denied a goal when Green palmed another thumping effort over the bar. Well done, Kieran! Currie took the corner himself and it was a good one at that, but Ballard headed wide of the target and it was 0-0 at the break.

Half Time: Musselburgh Windsor 0-0 Tynecastle FC

Tynecastle were, I thought anyway, in much better form in the second half. All their subs appeared to get time on the pitch but what on earth was wrong with Windsor. John Cullen roared at them to ‘wake up’! And he had every right to! I thought Tynecastle No 11, Dylan Fagan, looked much sharper on the left and he it was who posed problems for the right side of the Windsor defence.

In the 3rd minute of the second half, Tynecastle No 7, Daryl Hanna, was given all the time he required to hammer a tremendous shot from 25 yards out and the ball slammed in at the right-hand post to put Tynecastle 1-0 in the lead. No 15, Lloyd Livingstone, emerged as one of the best players in the Tynecastle side in the second half while Daryl Hanna looked as if he could score again. Sean Gilroy combined well with Jack Gilchrist, what great commitment, but the shot at Green’s goal was wild.

I'm glad John Cullen has no hair on his head. If he had, he would possibly have ripped it all out in frustration. All his pleas for Windsor to ‘wake up’ went for nothing. But Adrian Shala was one player who responded. He broke through the centre and set up Lansborough to fire in a low shot that Green saved well. I also have to admit, some of big Kieran’s saves in the second half defied description. His luck was in!

Gary Howie (No 2) for Windsor, also woke up and he too went on the charge in a move with Gilchrist. No equaliser though! Green was in action again to save a lofted shot from Gilchrist and, hallelujah, the game livened up. Well, just a wee bit. 'Come on, gie the bairns some praise you moaning lot!'

Lansborough and Gilchrist again, and the ball was laid back to Sean Gilroy. Oh, my God, what the hell was that?

Daryl Hanna thundered a great effort just wide of the Windsor right-hand post. Darren Drever had a great chance to score the equaliser from close in, but he shot wide! How could you do that to John Cullen and the other Windsor coaches, Darren? OK, yi’ didnae’ mean it! Adrian Shala then produced the tackle of the game to halt Chris Robertson in full flight.

Next, Tynecastle were lucky to get away with some poor defending and it took a marvellous block from Green to stop Windsor scoring the equaliser. I think it was a game in which Musselburgh would never score, not even if they played all night. Chances galore, yes GALORE, but no goals. Green had several outstanding saves/blocks in the second half, but really, he should not have been given the chance to block these shots.

Tynecastle won 1-0! It does not require me to say any more, does it? 

I don’t know what state John Cullen and the other Windsor coaches were in at the end of the game at Pinkie Playing Fields. They were certainly put through the mill. Well done, however, to Tyncastle.

Full Time: Musselburgh Windsor 0-1 Tynecastle FC
 

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Blair Millar
Sam Ballard
Jack Gilchrist
Cameron Wilson
Jack Lansborough
Chris Robertson
Jack Stewart
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Kieran Green
Daniel Mathews
Daniel Headspeath
Aaron Nugent
Scott Cameron
Robbie Renwick
Daryl Hanna
Dan Hanna
Lloyd Livingstone
Dylan Fagan
Lloyd Fiddler
Mark Mathieson
Sonny Swanson
Lewis Mackay
Kacper Korpalski
 
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Jack Gilchrist was involved constantly in Windsor's search for a goal, never hiding and constantly trying to make things happen.
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Lloyd Fiddler was outstanding for Tynecastle. A couple of good early efforts on goal were followed by a strong all round display.
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Author: Scott Thomson

Youth Football Scotland was present as Tynecastle Football Club celebrated 85 years recently at a packed Gorgie Suite at the home of SPL side Hearts.

A host of former players were present, including no less than four capped Scotland players as they came back to remember where their careers first started.

Ex-players including Graeme Souness, Craig Gordon, Gary Naymsith, Ian Black and Jamie MacDonald were there as BBC's Brian McLaughlin kicked off a night to remember in the club's illustrious history.

One of Scotland's most successful youth clubs plays a huge role in developing talent of the future and Edinburgh's Lord Provost Donald Wilson made a toast to the club for it's role which included over 400 players and around
60 volunteer coaches.

Graeme Souness, the 54-capped Scotland internationalist recalled days gone by as he payed tribute to the club who kicked off his glittering playing and management career which saw him span across the world in countries such as Canada, Italy and Turkey, not forgetting his six year spell as a player at Liverpool, in the early eighties, where he lifted three European Cups before later going on to manage the club.

“Other than school football, Tynecastle was the first organised football I got involved with. I can remember how exciting the training was. We used to train at the old Tynecastle High School Annexe along Gorgie Road”, recalled Souness.

“It was such a long time ago, but I just remember it being something I really looked forward to. Football was the only thing you looked forward to in those days outside of school hours.

“When I was a kid we used to be able to play out on the streets, but due to the volume of traffic kid’s can’t do that today. I can remember playing football, at Saughton Mains, where I used to live, and you could play from 6 to 9 o’clock without seeing a car.

“Being part of a team and understanding what being part of a team meant was important at that age. At that time it was all about running and dribbling and trying to win a game on your own. I can remember getting a few rolocking’s for trying to win games on my own.”

He speaks of great fondness for the club which gave him the grounding at an early age to prosper from. Nowadays though, according to Souness, club’s are playing a bigger role in the development of young footballers from an earlier age than they ever have before.

“Clubs like Tynecastle are so well organised now. When I played the youngest age group was under 15’s, now it goes down to under 10’s and below.”

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For ex-Hearts and Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who has been without a club since 2012, due to a persistent knee injury, he feels clubs like Tynecastle are vital in tutoring youngster's into footballer's for the benefit of Scottish Football and in particular he feel's Edinburgh's grassroots clubs have provided an excellent 'talent base'.

“Teams like Tynecastle are vital in developing players at a young age. Just looking at some of the calibre of players which have been mentioned tonight, some really high profile players that have spent time here. Edinburgh has been a really good talent base for Scotland.”

Tynecastle and city rivals Hutchison Vale have produced a host players who have went to to play professionally for clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool. Gordon recalls the great rivalry between the two clubs as being important in developing a winning mentality and hunger as being key to take him to the next level.

“The rivalry between Tynecastle and Hutchie Vale is important in preparing players for top level sport. We have a really good grassroots set-up in Edinburgh. I am very thankful to Tynecastle”, he said.

Ian Black, the current Rangers midfielder, who's father is a coach at Tynecastle, felt his time at the club was huge in shaping his football career. He too, looks back fondly at his time as a youth player at the Saughton-based club.

"Learning my trade at Tynecastle was massive in shaping my football career. It was where i learnt the game. Some of my former manager's are here tonight- they showed me the roots and got me interested in the game and I've kicked on ever since", he said.

Having helped to secure the Third Division title with Rangers last season, Black is looking to secure more success with the Glasgow club. A hunger for success he developed as a youngster at Tynecastle, where he was part of a side which reached the Scottish Cup final four years in a row and twice bringing silverware back to Edinburgh.

“I was brought up a winner from my dad and I think I’ve got that in my blood now. I came here (Tynecastle Stadium) and won a cup with Hearts and won a lot as a kid.”

Graeme Souness, Craig Gordon, and Ian Black have all gone on to make successful careers on the back of the tutelage they received at Tynecastle, for certain, budding footballers can look up to these heroes as they attempt to make it in the game.

Despite going on to bigger and better things the trio will always remember their time at the club where it all began.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:18

No bridge too far as Spartans girls fundraise

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Spartans-Girls-sponsored-walkOn Sunday 43 girls and a big support of parents and Girls coaches took part in a walk over the Forth Road Bridge to raise funds for the Spartans girls section.

Spartans plan to kit players and coaches with training kit for all age groups. Girls Coordinator Rab Aitchison and Spartans under 13′s coach Grant Cunningham organised and planned the event and wanted to use the funds to supply all the girls with the same training kit so the girls section will all be identifiable.

Rab and Grant told The Edinburgh Reporter:“The event was magnificent and was a real indication of the unity within the Girls section as they all pulled together to complete this challenge. It’s overwhelming the level of support and interest from the parents and families as the turnout from them on the walk was really incredible.”

Anyone wishing to join the growing Spartans Girls section should contact Rab Aitchison on 07724 162840.
Monday, 10 June 2013 01:00

YFS TV: SYFA Inter-Regional Cup Finals

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Watch brief video highlights of the SYFA Inter-Regional Cup Finals between SYFA South East & SYFA West at U15 and U16 level. Played on Sunday 9th June at New Countess Park, Dunbar. These are a selection of snippets and not intended to portray the actual games as they were.


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U15 Inter Region Shield - Final
New Countess Park, Dunbar
09/06/13

Kieran Green

By Kieran Green
YFS South East Region Reporter
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My last visit to Dunbar's New Countess Park didn't go too well, whilst on goalkeeping duty, and I'm not going to mention what happened! Today was fairly relaxing, with only 2 games, this match and later on the Under 16's Inter Region Final between the same two sides. Now, onto this match. The South East managed to get to the final by beating the North and East Regions, whilst the West got here by beating the Central Region. The game was set up to be a cracking encounter, and nobody was disappointed. 

The South East were missing top goalscorer Bradley Sinclair, a team mate of mine at Tynecastle, to injury. However strikers for the afternoon Aaran Currie and Ewan Stark didn't disappoint at all! It was Currie who had the first chance of the match. He found himself running on to a ball over the top from Andrew Taylor, and he found himself to get a left foot shot away, but Brad Newlands stood firm at the back for the West, diverting the ball for a corner. Jamie Chapman took the corner, centre half Robbie Renwick, another Tynecastle compatriot of mine, was unmarked at the back post, but his header was well over the bar. A great delivery from Chapman. 

Michael Kennedy was the set piece specialist for the West, and almost produced the delivery for the opening goal of the match. His free kick on the right hand side, taken left footed, inswinging, Renwick missed the header, and Jame Crawford found himself 12 yards out, with only Macauley Jarret to beat in the goal, but his toe poked effort was weak, and the keeper gratefully holds onto the ball. A nervy moment for the South East, as they had applied all the early pressure in the match. 

Sonny Swanson was at the heart of most of the South East attacks, and yes, yet again, Sonny is another one of my Tynecastle team mates. On this occasion, he cut inside of West left back Conor Bell, beat Brad Newlands, but Staurt Fyfe was forced to bring him down, 30 yards from goal. Chapman was on free kick duty, and he struck the ball with amazing technique, as the ball looked to be going well wide, but at the last moment, changed direction and swerved inches wide of Lloyd Fallon's right hand post. 

To follow, was a moment of controversy. Elliot MacKenzie, ANOTHER, yes another one of my team mates, not Tynecastle this time, the SYFA National Squad, was bombing up the right hand side, and he swung in a wonderful cross to Jamie Crawford at the back post. Crawford headed the ball back in towards the the penalty spot, Campbell Gibson arrived to head the ball towards goal, managing to get the ball past Jarret the South East keeper, but Mark Mathison had backpedalled to clear the ball away. It appeared as though the ball had crossed the line, but it was very tight. MacKenzie's powerful running down the right hand side was causing problems for Headspeath and Chapman on that side, up until he was subbed at half time. 

This match certainly wasn't short of major talking points, as another arose. A short backpass from West centre back Stuart Fyfe, forced Fallon to come racing from his goal. Once he was 35 yards out, he had almost reached the ball, but Ewan Stark was too quick for him, knocking the ball past the keeper, and Fallon wiped Stark clean out the game. The linesman immediately flagged to speak to referee Kevin Ferguson. After a brief consulation, my SYFA National Goalkeeping compatriot was shown the yellow card. Fallon was lucky to stay on the park, as from my angle, there was no covering defender.

The deadlock was soon broken, when Aaran Currie scored to give the South East the lead. Newlands attempted to launch the ball forward, the ball rebounding off of Marco McBride, into the path of Currie, and the striker didn't need a touch to compose himself, finishing well to Fallon's left. The goalkeeper furious with his defender, and I should think so aswell! The South East find themselves a goal to the good. Which was just about justified, with all the early pressure they have had. 

Set piece delivery specialist for the West, Michael Kennedy was working wonders again, with a corner from the right hand side, inswinging, and met by the head of Newlands, but the defender couldn't manage to get his header on target, under the watchful eye of Andrew Taylor. 

The South East were working wonders down the right hand side with Swanson, and another team mate of mine at Tynecastle, Aaron Nugent. The pair were showing their understanding of how each other play, with overlaping runs, and interchanging passes all afternoon. The latest attack for the South East came from Nugent thinking he was Messi for a while, using his trickery to go past Gibson and Bell with ease, playing the ball inside for Swanson, continuing his run with Swanson returning the ball, and Nugent beating Newlands with a cheeky nutmeg, cutting the ball back to Stark, but he blazed the ball over the bar. Lloyd Fallon was furious with his teams defending, allowing Aaron 'Messi' Nugent to run so far without any sort of a challenge. 

That was that for the first half, as the South East edged the score, and also the performance. The West with some work to do to get themselves back into the match. 

Half Time: SYFA South East 1-0 SYFA West

Lloyd Fallon was replaced at half time by another one of my Goalkeeping colleagues at the SYFA National team, Connor Houghton, and his first duty of the afternoon was to pick the ball out of his own net. Marco McBride finding Swanson on the right hand side straight from the kick off. Taking on Conor Bell, beating him, and firing an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner across the keeper. A great strike from Swanson, who was unplayable on the right hand side all afternoon. Any game plan the West came into the second half with had just been completely wiped out.

The South East did look vulnerable from set pieces, and this time was no different. Kennedy choosing to float the ball into the box towards Crawford. The ball looking too strong for the striker, but Jarret waited for the ball, and Crawford was inches away from getting a head to the ball, as nobody took charge of the situation in the box for the South East. 

The West did pull a goal back, and it came from a free kick. I did say the South East looked vulnerable from set pieces, and with the wonderful delivery from Kenedy always a threat, they did concede. A ball into the box, with pace this time, from the right hand side, evaded everybody before taking a slight nick off of a South East defender, and Jarret was wrong footed, with the ball skidding past him. Indecision as to who was going to go for the ball at the back for the South East. 2-1, game on!

Crawford made way for speedy striker Ryan Shields to come on for the West, and his first real involvment in the match was to equalise for the West. A chipped ball over the top from Bell, gave the number 9 something to run onto. Onside, beating Daniel Headspeath for pace, and finishing past Jarret at the near post. Finding the smallest of gaps between the keeper and the post, he rifled a rocket into the bottom corner, with all but Connor Houghton racing towards him to celebrate. Coming back from two goals down, the West deserve great credit for their comeback. 

Houghton in the West goal was called into action to make a save from Ewan Stark. Swanson and Nugent playing the ball between them before Nugent floating in a wonder cross onto the head of Stark, and his header had to be saved smartly by the keeper down low to his right. Keeping the scores at 2-2 with a great save. 

With Aaran Currie drifting to the left hand side on ocassions, he masterminded the South East's third goal. Headspeath played the ball down the line for Currie, he came inside with the ball, beat Fyfe with a nutmeg, gave the ball for Stark, he turned and hit the ball on the turn, past the full stretch Houghton, hitting the inside of the post and into the back of the net. The South East restored their lead. 3-2. 

The West just were not going to give up atall. Altering to 3 at the back, and two up top, re-introducing striker Crawford to play with goalscorer Ryan Shields. This was to pay dividence, as they equalied for the second time in the match. Crawford with great hold up play, laying the ball off to Kennedy, and his ball over the top was brought down brilliantly by Shields, almost a replica of his first goal, he outpaced Headspeath, and nipped in infront of the onrushing keeper in Macauley Jarret, and despite the best efforts of Renwick, the ball crossed the line, and the West had made the score 3-3. The subsitute Shields doubling his tally for the afternoon. 

The script could not have been written in this match, as amazingly, the South East were back infront! Heaspeath and Currie were working brilliantly together down the left wing, a one two from Headspeath to Currie, receiving the ball back, Headspeath played the ball into the feet of striker Charlie Adams, and the rest was just magical. This touch from Adams made me think it was Bergkamp against Newcastle, as he chipped the ball slightly up, squeezed himself between the two buildings on feet in the centre of the West backline, struck his shot, which was saved outstandingly by Houghton, but Adams was alert to the rebound, and volleyed the ball into the back of the net to win the game for the South East. Adams dedicating the winning goal to his late father, who was also his coach at his club side, Edinburgh South. A great way to end the game for Charlie, as his Dad would've been so proud of his wonderful goal. Outstanding way to win a match. 

It was all or nothing for the West in the final minute of additional time, all but James Traynor were commited forward for the corner. Kennedy delivered from the right, headed away by big Jack Landsbrough, and it was 4 against 1 in favour of the South East. Swanson, Adams, Currie and Landsbrough baring down on poor old Traynor. Unfortunately for the South East, Swanson's ball towards Currie was overhit, and he kept the ball in the corner. 

Referee Kevin Ferguson, from East Lothian, blew his whistle to signal the end of one of the most pulsating matches I have watched this season, and to confirm the South East Region as Inter Region Under 15 Shield Champions. 

Full Time: SYFA South East 4-3 SYFA West

SYFA South East SYFA West
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1. Macauley Jarret
2. Aaron Nugent
3. Daniel Headspeath
4. Mark Mathison
5. Robbie Renwick
6. Sonny Swanson
7. Andrew Taylor
8. Marco McBride
9. Aaron Currie
10. Ewan Stark
11. Jack Landsborough
12. Jamie Chapman
14. Charlie Adams
15. Euan Tarry
16. Jay McManus
17. Mateusz Marzel
18. Reece Sneddon
19. Malcolm Taylor
20. Cameron Sweeney
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1. Lloyd Fallon
2. Elliot Mackenzie
3. Bradley Newlands
4. Stuart Fyfe
5. James Traynor
6. Sam Reilly
7. Michael Kennedy
8. Daniel Drummond 
9. Ryan Shields
10. Matthew Beckett
11. Campbell Gibson
14. Gavin Millar
17. Jamie Crawford
18. Matthew Lamont
19. Scott Russell
20. Conor Bell
21. Connor Houghton

 
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The man of the match for the South East was a very hard decision, it came down to either Aaron Nugent or Sonny Swanson, but Sonny Swanson just pipped it. His goal, direct running, and combination with Nugent caused major problems for the West all afternoon. Really impressive performance from Sonny. 
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When Ryan Shields was brough onto the park, the West looked a totally different outfit. He was an outball for them, could take players on, and he proved he had an eye for goal with his 2 great finishes. Was the livewire for his side when he was brought on in place of Crawford in the second half.
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Sunday, 09 June 2013 17:44

South East complete double with narrow U16 win

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U16 SYFA Inter-Region Cup - Final
New Countess Park, Dunbar
09/06/2013

Michael Ahari

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The SYFA South East Region's select squad took victory over West Region select in a cagey affair at New Countess Park in Dunbar. It was no surprise that Jason Kerr’s strike just before half time was enough to seal the victory as both sets of players came off the back of long domestic seasons for their club sides.

Liam Dunn’s late sending off looked as if it might put the South East side under pressure in the final 5 minutes, however, they were fully deserving of the victory as neither first half keeper Billy Taylor or second half keeper Jamie Shiel were troubled significantly throughout the course of the match.

Matthew Quinn headed Jason Kerr’s free kick just beyond Ben Collinson’s right hand goal post as South East started brightly.

The West select struggled to get a foothold in the game throughout the first half as Kevin Lavelle’s first time shot merely tested goalkeeper Billy Taylor’s awareness in the South East goal.

However, West could’ve taken the lead had Lavelle’s chip landed inches the other side of the post. Their lead would have been against the run of play albeit.

But when Kyle Mitchell was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, it presented South East with an inviting opportunity which Jason Kerr, despite a wicked deflection, was on hand to convert.

Gregor Munro’s looping cross was met by Jason Kerr, but his header lacked sufficient power to challenge Collinson.

Half Time: SYFA South East 1-0 SYFA West

Munro thought he had grabbed a second when his header dropped over the head of Collinson and into the net. However South East’s joy was short lived as the referee signalled that the number 10 had strayed into an offside position.

Ryan Currie, an impressive substitute, was at the heart of another South East attack culminating in Greg Kerr’s low strike being comfortably saved.

Minutes later Currie blazed an effort horribly over the crossbar from close range. The goal would most certainly have killed the game off.

An uneventful game ended with controversy though, and as Dunn was shown to the dressing rooms by referee Jim Sim the West Region players perhaps sniffed an opportunity to fight back.

Aaron Graham was dangerous down West Region’s right flank, but Kane O’Neill failed to convert a succession of the winger’s crosses.

Graham dragged an effort wide of target for the trailing side. To South East’s credit, they were comfortable with Greg Binnie, who successfully protected the back four all afternoon, helping see out the match.

The South East Region celebrated taking the title at the age group previously dominated by the West Region. It completed a South East double after success at the Under 15 age group earlier in the afternoon.

Full Time: SYFA South East 1-0 SYFA West

SYFA South East SYFA West
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1. Billy Taylor  
2. James Cook
3. Jack Philp
4. Liam Dunn
5. Matthew Quinn
6. Greg Binnie
7. Andrew McNee
8. Jason Kerr
9. Greg Kerr
10. Gregor Munro
11. Kyle Mitchell
12. Joe Walker
14. Craig Russell
15. Ryan Currie
16. Adam Forrest
17. Mark Shiells
18. Alex Bertram
19. David Wright
20. Jamie Shiel
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1. Ben Collinson
2. Stuart Andrews
3. Garry McMonagle
4. Andy Gavin
5. Kyle Rafferty
6. Craig Cowan
7. Mark Callaghan
8. Kevin Lavelle
9. Ryan McLaughlin
10. David Coyle
11. Chris Doole
12. Ryan Hay
14. Kane O'Neill
19. Corey Pearson
17. Scott Townsley
20. Aaron Graham


 
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Greg Kerr held up play well and helped build attacks by spreading the ball to the wide players.
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Aaron Graham was the West Region's most dangerous player going forward.
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Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:54

Hutchie lift cup against resilient Tynecastle

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U14 Kenny McLean Cup - Final
Saughton Enclosure
07/06/13

Kieran Green

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Tynecastle versus Hutchison Vale is labelled as the "big match" at any age group in youth football, and it certainly lived up to its expectations. This all action Kenny McLean Cup Final saw just about all you can get in a game of football. Outstanding goals, yellow cards, red cards, last ditch defending. If I named it all, it would take you a good few hours to read my report! Hutchison Vale ran out 3-2 winners, however the scoreline was not a true reflection on the performance of Tynecastle. 

The first attack was from Tynie, and big 6 foot (and the rest!) striker Cameron Dawson almost latched onto a ball over the top from winger Jay Kilboy. Kilboy found himself some space on the left hand side after beating the Hutchie right back, and he whipped a ball into the box for Dawson to attack, but Jamie Mitchell was well off his line to claim the ball and remove any danger for his side. 

Even in this very early stage of the match, Kilboy was causing Hutchie all sorts of problems. The last time I reported on a Tynie Under 14's match, Kilboy was the star of the show, with his crossing and set piece ability. Just a natrual winger, which is very hard to find these days. Astonishing for a 14 year old! He was working his magic  again, beating 3 Hutchie players, and the fourth being forced to bring him down on the edge of the box. In a sense, a good foul to give away for Hutchie, as who knows what the magical feet of Kilboy could've done. Murray Rose took the free kick, but smacked his effort into the wall. Poor free kick from Rose. 

Brok Robertson on the other wing for Tynie certainly had legs on him, working up and down all evening. This burst forward ended up with a wickid delivery into target man Dawson. He layed the ball of to Liam "Fellaini" Willis, and his his chest then volley was almost Fellaini-esque, however the shot was just over the bar. Unlucky he was, but from now on Willis will be referred to as Fellaini! Just so nobody gets confused here. 

Hutchie's first real attack in the match came from lone striker Harry Girdwood. A long ball into his feet from centre half Kacper Balaban, and Girdwood swiveled and hit his shot with some venom. Fraser Briton in the Tynie goal looked reasonably comfortable that the shot was over, but it shaved the top of the bar. A nervy moment for the Keeper, with Hutchie almost taking a shock lead, completely against the run of play. 

Unfortunately for Tynie, Hutchie did take the lead. A short backpass allowed Girdwood to run clean through on goal. Briton did his best to narrow the angle and prevent Girdwood getting a clean shot at goal. But the striker finished expertly through the onrushing keepers legs to give his side the lead. As I said before, a rare venture forward for Hutchie, but they took their chance. 1-0 Hutchie. 

Fellaini almost equalised immediately for Tynie. A nutmeg on the edge of the box gave him space to shoot, and a right foot drive had Mitchell scrambling across his line, but the effort was alwasy curling wide. With Tynie having so much pressure, they found themselves a goal behind.

Girdwood amazingly almost signle handedly taking down the Tynie defenders. He received the ball wide on the right, he beat left back Callum Downie, centre half Bruce McCrorie, fellow centre half Ben Voy, and squared the ball for Blair Conway, but a great interception from the covering Cameron Liddell 12 yards out, prevented Hutchie from doubling their lead. Wondeful defending from the right back. 

The last action of the first half seen Tynie number 4 Ben Voy booked for a late challenge on Jamie Mackay. Voy attempted to run with the ball at the back, but a heavy touch wide in the left back position seen Mackay nip in infront of him and Voy wiped him clean out. Deserved booking from referee Peter Morris. The resulting free kick was taken by Girdwood, but captain Rose headed to safety. Half time came, and Hutchie, completely against the run of play, were infront by one goal to nil. 

Half Time: Tynecastle FC 0-1 Hutchison Vale

The second half began, and any game plan Tynie brought into this half was immediately wiped out. With Hutchie doubling their lead. A great delivery into the box from the corner from Girdwood was met at the front post by Calum Watson's bullet header, to make it 2-0 to Hutchie. The Tynie marking was non existant. A mountain to climb for the boys in maroon. 

One lad who wears his heart on his sleeve for Tynecastle, Murray Hand was the man to bring Tynie to life in the second half. His driving runs in midfield, some of his passes were too good to be true. Most coaches would say not to try the 'World cup pass', but when the ball is at Murray's feet, the world cup pass is always an option.

A very hard, but fair challenge from Hand was what saw Tynie lift their game, and they managed to get a goal back. Who was it? Oh wait, that outstanding midfielder Murray Hand. A corner into the box by Jay Kilboy, yes another great set piece delivery from, was met by the fists of Hutchie keeper Mitchell. Not a clean contact on the ball and it fell to Hand. A first time looping over on the turn evaded everybody in the crowded box, and nestled in the top corner. Tynie had a way back into the game.

In the aftermath of the goal, there was a race on to get the ball. Mitchell seemed to have won, but Dawson was having none of it, bulldozing the keeper out of the way, and he found himself lying in the net instead of the ball. The way Dawson ran through the keeper and bulldozed him out of the way.

After giving themselves a lifeline, Tynie faced an even steeper uphill battle now. Centre half Voy shown a second booking for a shirt pull on Robbie Polson, as he raced away down the left wing. Voy taking one for the team to prevent Hutchie from possibly scoring, as they had men in the box.

Although, to Tynie's credit, they began to play better when the were reduced to 10 men. They brought on powerhouse winger Callum Crawford, nicknamed the 'Caveman', for obvious reasons (not the hairstyle or the beard, just his rowdy powerful nature). 

Another winger that Tynie brought on, was trickster Robbie McPherson. And it was his corner which brought Tynie their equaliser. A ball into the box, missed by keeper Mitchell, and fired into the back of the net past 4 Hutchie players on the line by, yes, you guessed it! Man of the match Murray Hand. The celebrations just showing his passion for his club, and his love for Football. With 10 men, Tynie were in the acendency! The way the match was panning out, it looked only a matter of time before Tynie scored again. 

The whole of Saughton Enclosure must have though they had done. Murray Hand with an outstanding pass to Crawford on the right hand side. The 'Caveman' powered his way into the box, fired a ball across, and fellow substitute Matt Brady was all alone at the back post, but an astonishing save from Mitchell kept his team in the game. I will never know how he managed to save it.

That was to be the last action of normal time, as the game entered extra time. Tynie were battling hard with 10 men, and towards the end of the game, it looked like they were going to win it. Hutchie to their credit worked very hard to get service to lone striker Harry Girdwood, who was the livewire for them all evening. Murray Hand shone through as the outstanding player out of both sides though. From a 14 year old player, to rally his troops like he did was amazing to watch. So much maturity a passion on young shoulders. 

Full Time: Tynecastle FC 2-2 Hutchison Vale 

Well, as well as the scores being level, the amount of players on the park also became level. Hutchie's Blair Conway received a straight red card for a mistimed challenge on Bruce McCrorie. He made an honest attempt to win the ball, but McCrorie was too quick for him.

Murray Hand could have had his hat-trick, if it wasn't for Mitchell at full stretch. Hand arriving late into the box from a Rowell cut back, and a left foot strike, destined for the top corner, was expertly saved by Mitchell. Very unlucky was Hand. Credit to the Keeper. 

To follow, was a very, very unfortunate incident indeed. A ball into the box from Girdwood from the right hand side, was headed away by McCrorie. However, the ball rebounded off of Murray Young the Hutchie player in the box, hitting McCrorie again, wrongfooting Briton, and nestling inside the side netting to put Hutchie back infront. A calamitous moment at the back for Tynie. 

The score could easily of been 4-2 to Hutchie only minutes into the second period of extra time. Murray Young found himself space on the left hand side of the penalty box. Up against Brok Robertson, he attempted to find a way round him, but failed and instead opted for the low shot, but a smart save from Briton kept the score at 3-2. 

Tynie were going all out to find an equaliser, from Briton's save from Young, he leathered the ball upfield, and found Crawford wide on the right. The powerhouse gave himself a shooting opportunity, but wasted it as he blazed over the bar from 20 yards. Frustration all over the face of the number 7. 

With Tynie piling on the pressure, they were left vulverable at the back, and were very nearly caught out. Commiting all but McCrorie froward in the attack, Jamie Mackay was winning the race to the ball, but a strong challenge from the recovering McCrorie prevented Mackay from baring down on Briton. Another launched ball from the keeper, was won in the air by the impressive Kacper Balaban at centre half for Hutchie. The ball was coming straight back most of the time, as Tynie lost Peter Crouch, I mean Cameron Dawson, to injury. This meant no real physical presence up top for the boys in maroon. 

Winger McPherson won a free kick for his side 20 yards from goal. Fouled by Balaban. All hands on deck to Hutchie in the final minute, to keep Tynie out. All players that remained on the pitch, apart from Fraser Briton,  were in the Hutchie penalty box, as Murray Rose struck a venomour free kick which stung the palms of Mitchell, and that was that! Hutchison Vale win the Kenny McLean Cup final. 

Congratulations to both teams on reaching the final, and credit to both teams again for putting on a very good game of football for myself, and the rest of the large number of spectators. Well done to Hutchison Vale for winning the cup final, but Tynecastle deserved more from the game. Hutchie took their chances though, and that is how you win football matches, by scoring goals. 

Final Result: Tynecastle FC 2-3 Hutchison Vale

Tynecastle FC Hutchison Vale 
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1. Fraser Briton
2. Brok Robertson
3. Bruce McCrorie
4. Ben Voy
5. Callum Downie
6. Murray Rose
7. Callum Crawford
8. Liam Willis
9. Cameron Dawson
10. Murray Hand
11. Matthew Brady
12. Robbie McPherson
14. Tod Rowell
15. Liam Crombie
16. Jay Kilboy
17. Lewis Docker
18. Cameron Liddell
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1. Jamie Mitchell
2. Murray Young
3. Lewis Hall
4. Kacper Balaban
5. Owen Richardson
6. Alistair McCann
8. Calum Watson
9. Robbie Conway
11. Robbie Polson
12. Harry Girdwood
14. Euan McGuire
15. Dillon Floyd
16. Jamie Mackay
17. Euan Lee


 
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Tynecastle battled hard when they were reduced to 10 men, and Murray Hand was just unbelivably outstanding in the middle of the park for Tynie. He must have covered every blade of grass, and showed such maturity and passion for a young lad. Wonderful performance for a lad who wears his heart on his sleeve. Some player!
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Not mentioned much in the main report, but Kacper Balaban stopped a number of Tynie attacks, with interventions, headers from corners, and doing the basics of defending. A commanding performance from the centre half, he helped his team on their way to victory.
 
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Saturday, 08 June 2013 11:46

Never say die Tynecastle stun Spartans

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U13 Lothian Buses Cup - Final
Saughton Enclosure
07/06/2013

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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This was one of two finals on the night of Friday, June 7th, 2013, and for many reasons it left the Under 14 final with a hard act to follow.

Spartans pulled out all the stops in the under-13 final and what a game it was - and the ending was something that can usually be found in kids comics. And in keeping with such a game, the lovely, encouraging, enjoyable atmosphere created by both teams and their armies of fans made it something really special. That, I can only suggest is the correct description for all of us who care for our young people, and who were at Saughton Enclosure to cheer them on. Support for young people is a wonderful thing.

This was a night for all the young players taking part in the final to show all of us on the sunlit terracing what they could do. I did not know which side were ‘favourtes’ to win. In the circumstances, what followed spoke for itself. Tynecastle started brightly with No 9, Craig Ferrier, the fore. A good shot at the Spartans goal was held, confidently, by goalie, Mitlchell Haddow, No 1 on the team-sheet. Play switched to the other end and Spartans No 7, Josh Slow-Clayton, sent in a high lob/shot at the Tynecastle goal and there were shouts for ‘hand ball’ but experienced referee, Ronnie Livingston, waved play on with a smile on his face.

This was, indeed, a game that brought out lots of smiles from those basking in the sunshine. And Spartans fans certainly had the broadest grins on their faces as their side mounted attacks on the Tynecastle goal. Aaron Wilson, No 12, looked good for the boys in maroon. And what was that? A super passing move by Spartans saw the ball switched from Slow-Clayton to Robbie Lamb (12) then on to No 11, Kalvin Nicol. That move broke down and then it was Tynecastle that looked dangerous with Ferrier racing through in pursuit of a through ball. Haddow won the race for the ball and the danger was cleared.

Then the Spartans goalie was caught away off his line in another Tynecastle attack, but defenders stepped in to clear again as Dylan Brown (10) lined up a shot. Not a dull moment, and none from then on either. Spartans again produced a sparkling passing move and they won a free-kick in a good position. Robbie Lamb’s delivery was good and Andrew Dempster (9) made a great attempt to get to the ball but it ran away from him. When Tynecastle threatened at the other end, it took a great tackle from Spartans No 2, Taylor Gillon (a very good player) to bring that to an end. Tynecastle were forced in to defence when another good Spartans passing move on the right, threatened their goal. Kalvin Nicol (11), Daviod Whalen (4) and Slow-Clayton were involved in that move. But no goals so far, as play swung from end to end. Brothers in arms in the Tynecastle line-up, Daniel Purvis (8) and very lookalike, No 4, Jordan, emerged as two of the best young players on the pitch.

In the 30th minute, Spartans fans really had something to cheer when Dempster planted the ball in the Tynecastle net when a good ball from the right found him unmarked at the back post. 1-0, therefore, to Spartans and how their fans cheered and cheered. It was, as you can imagine, shortly after when Dempster (again) found the back of the Tynecastle net to make it 2-0. David Whalen, it was, who did all the hard work in play leading up to the second goal for Spartans. And their fans? Am I allowed to use the word ‘bonkers’ as they celebrated?

Tynecastle lifted themselves and Todd Teviotdale had a good shot headed away by Spartans No 6, Keiran Connell (I think, but it was very hectic stuff). Teviotdale linked up with No 4, Jordan Purves, in another raid on the Spartans goal as the pace of the game increased. I have to praise Spartans No 4, David Whalen, at this stage in my report. I thought he was very good in midfield for his side. Teviotdale again, led the way when Tynecastle attacked, but Jay Corner, No 3, stepped in for Spartans and the danger was over again. At the other end, Tynecastle goalie, Jordan Brown, saved bravely at the feet of Dempster. A well-taken corner on the right for Spartans caused Dempster problems and he just could not get up high enough to palm the ball away. But a defender cleared away up the right and Tynecastle fans breathed again! And the same fans were roaring when a wonderful free-kick from Teviotdale on the right rebounded off the Spartans’ left-hand post. That was followed with a shot from Daniel Purves that went straight in to the hands of Spartans keeper, Mitchell Haddow.

Half Time: Spartans FC Youth 2-0 Tynecastle FC

A wee break for me at this stage. I have to gather my thoughts before I describe what happened in the second half. And what a second half it was. Celebrations and despair in abundance and the finish to beat all finishes for Tynecastle. At the start of the second stage of this game there was a marked difference about the Tynecastle players. They looked much more determined! And the tide really turned in their favour when Craig Ferrier got on to the end of a massive high cross from the right, delivered by perpetual motion himself, Jordan Purves. And that made it 2-1 for Spartans. Hold on to your seats, there is a lot, lot more to come!

Conner Young, No 17 in Spartans colours, felt the full force of a badly timed tackle from Tynecastle No 14, Lewis Grant-McClure. No damage done, however and play continued with a free-kick to Spartans. Holy smoke, it was red-hot action at the Enclosure and in the 13th minute of the second half, the party on the Tynecastle side of the big pitch got underway when a superb pass out of defence by Teviotdale (how I like that name) set No 10 away on a run to the right of the Spartans goal. Despite the attentions of two big defenders, Dylan Brown finished off his run with a stunning strike to make it level at 2-2. Wow! And Wow again!

It was a real shoot-out in the sun at the Enclosure! The Spartans players regrouped and - let the good times roll - it was just marvellous to watch the teams in action. Robbie Lamb was immense for Spartans! The Tynecastle defence looked very solid, particularly No 5, Ciaran McKenzie and his partner in central defence, No 12, Aaron Wilson, as the game moved up a pace.

It was, I have to say, a wee bit chaotic in the Spartans goalmouth at times. Shots blocked, deflected away and corners galore for Tynecastle. You name it, it all happened in the closing stages of this final that appeared to me to be heading for extra time. Neither side was, it appeared, to give an inch to the other. It was a time for all the players on both sides to show real character. Heroes all, every player that contributed to the enjoyment of this Lothian Buses final.

Then came the finish! In the very last minute of the game, Tynecastle attacked the Spartans goal on the right and my, oh, my, a free-kick from Aaron Wilson was fired in to the Spartans net by Tynecastle No 6, Callum Bremner. That made it 3-2 and the final whistle went almost immediately after.

Then came a mini pitch invasion as the celebrating Tynecastle side were engulfed by everyone and their uncle it seemed. Poor, poor Spartans. They put so much in to the game and when they led 2-0 they looked very comfortable. But the second half belonged to Tynecastle.

Peter Sargent presented the lovely individual awards to both teams and then handed over a very handsome trophy indeed to Tynecastle and the party really began. Mr Sargent also revealed Lothian Buses intended to sponsor the SERYFA Leagues for another two years.

That brought out more applause on a night to remember at Saughton Enclosure. It was a wonderful final marked once more by good behaviour and sportsmanship for everyone at his venue. It was, indeed, a very good night for the image of football in Scotland. So civilised and enjoyable. Thanks to everyone who took part in a real gala night if ever I have seen one!


Full Time: Spartans FC Youth 2-3 Tynecastle FC

Spartans FC Tynecastle FC
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Mitchell Haddow
Taylor Gillon
Jay Corner
David Whalen
Keiran Connell
Josh Slow-Clayton
Aaron Cowper-Barrie
Andrew Dempster
Kalvin Nicol
Robbie Lamb
Craig Wylie
Alistair Hogg
Matthew Brown
Lewis McKinnon
Conner Young
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Lewis Alexander
Aaron Wilson
Callum Bremner
Dylan Brown
Jordan Brown
Craig Ferrier
Aidan Lawson
Lewis Grant-McClure
Ciaran McKenzie
Robbie Telfer
Daniel Purves
Jordan Purves
Stuart Sutherland
Todd Teviotdale
 
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Andrew Dempster scored twice for Spartans and was a constant threat.
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Aaron Wilson was excellent at the back and set up the winner too.
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Hutchison Vale
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Musselburgh Windsor
Auriemma (2)
Hendry (2)
Goodall
Fox
Currie (2)


 

 

U15 SERYFL Division 1 LC - Final
Olive Bank
06/06/2013

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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Musselburgh, in glorious sunshine, no wind to speak off, a very good crowd, a night indeed to remember for all that is good in youth club football.

All I wanted to do was watch Musselburgh Windsor and Hutchison Vale in action. ACTION, did I say? It was more than that, much, much more and how I enjoyed it along with all the other lovers of the greatest team game in the world?

Is the current Hutchison Vale under-15 squad one of the best this prolific football nursery club has ever had? I just don’t know, but what I can say is they are an exceptional squad of young, promising, well-coached, disciplined, very fit and totally committed group of young footballers.

And that brings me to Musselburgh Windsor, one of my other favourite clubs in youth football. Not quite as good as Hutchison Vale yet, but well on the way to being another crack outfit in youth club football. And the sportsmanship and respect both sets of players had for each other was evident throughout.

At Olive Bank, it was a night to savour. It was a colourful scene and the refreshments stall did brisk business while, on the pitch, it was youth club football at its very best. Vale have swept all before them this season but Musselburgh Windsor were not there just to make up the numbers. No siree! Aaran Currie scored both Windsor goals early in the second half, reducing Vale’s 3-0 lead from the first half, to 3-2! The opening stages of the second half were the highlight for Windsor! Vale did most of the attacking in the first half, not all of it, but for most of it! Their short passing game is something to watch! Fascinating in every way. Musselburgh Windsor had exceptional youngsters in their ranks as well. Big No 17 - did I say big? - Jack Lansborough looked in great form. So too did the Windsor defence and their goalkeeper with protective glasses on, Jack Stewart! He brought off several wonder saves in a night he will not forget in a hurry.

Vale scored an early goal from Gabrie Auriemma, and how I hoped that was not to be the forerunner of many more to come from Vale. Certainly not! Windsor worked so hard and they set up good attacks on the Vale goal. No 9, Aaran Currie, looked in good form and others in the Windsor colours also did their bit. It was a super game of attacking football from both sides.

So, play went from end to end with lots of good individual skills, great surging attacks, shots both near and far at both goals as the pressure built up. In 31 minutes, Vale went 2-0 in front. It was I thought, rather an easy goal for big No 16, Innes Goodall, from a header close in. that made it 2-0 for Vale. Still time for Windsor to hit back and they did too, with Lansborough and Chris Robertson impressive. I thought as the game got even better, so too did Regan Hendry in the Vale No 11 jersey. The industrious Fraser Paton was as usual in his never-say-day attitude and he was up against some very good defenders in the Windsor rearguard. Fraser won a free-kick in a good position and it was super-confident Hendry who sent a great delivery screaming just over the Windsor cross-bar.


Adrian Shala, No 15 for Windsor, was tremendous in his central defence role. Soo, too, was No 4, Euan Tarry. Yes, a real night for heroes in both camps. Just before the half-time whistle, Vale went 3-0 up and what a goal it was, too. From No 9, Ryan Fox, and this talented Vale striker keeps on producing stunning goals, and his one at Olive Bank was another in that category. The ball came back to Ryan to the right of the Windsor goal and, wham, he bulleted the ball past the helpless Jack Stewart. 

Then Callum Bryson called a halt to a great first half of superb football. At the break, more than 100 kids poured on to the pitch from behind both goals!

Half Time: Hutchison Vale 3-0 Musselburgh Windsor 

Musselburgh Windsor were a different team on the restart and it was nothing short of marvellous to see the home town team get tore in to Vale. And when Aaran Currie made it 3-1 with a great solo effort, that was just the boost this final required. Aaran lost his marker as he homed in on the Vale goal, just to the left, took the ball around the diving goalie, Byron Gibb, then stroked the ball in to the empty net. Time, then, for kisses and hugs from his team-mates.

The game roared in to life with Windsor hell-bent on getting another goal. Well, they did just that in the 14th minute of an explosive opening stage. It was Currie again who was the hero for Windsor, beating Gibb in a race for the ball before scoring Windsor’s second goal. 

However, Windsor’s purple patch ended. Not quite completely, but more or less. Vale switched things around and used all their allowed subs to win back control. For some reason, the great young Ethan Hamilton, appeared to be playing on the left-side of the Vale defence, while Hendry, Fox and the magical No 17, Cameron McAlpine, caused the home defence all sorts of problems. McAlpine’s close skills had to be seen to be believed. Pure magic! Adrian Shala continued his defiance in the centre of the Windsor defence along with big No 4, Euan Tarry. Great potential in these two young Windsor stars!

The tide had turned, not just down at Musselburgh Harbour, but at Olive Bank as well. It looked ominous for Windsor as Vale swarmed around their goal. And Vale duly scored a fourth goal, with Hendry supplying Gabrie with the ball and the Vale No 14 scored from close in to make it 4-2.

Jack Stewart palmed another piledriver of a shot over the bar for a corner. In the 35th minute of the second half, it was 5-2 for Vale. The on-fire Regan Hendry sent a terrific shot wide of Stewart in to the bottom right-hand corner. But the goal of the game was still to come. It was such a beautifully constructed goal and, for me, it summed up the greatness of this Hutchison Vale under-15 squad. The move started away back on the right-side of the Vale defence, from Jack Cook, then five other Vale players kept it going with wonderful passing and close skills, until the ball was played back in to the path of Regan Hendry. The Vale No 11 left two Windsor opponents in his wake, just to the right of the home goal, and as Stewart advanced off his line, Regan carefully slotted the ball inside the left-hand post to make the final scoreline 6-2. I have to admit, from start to finish, the move that ended with Regan scoring the final goal of the game was simply beautiful in every way. I hope I am allowed to say it was a footballer’s goal.

Thanks, indeed, to both Musselburgh Windsor and Hutchison Vale for allowing me the privilege of seeing two good teams in action. Thanks, too, to the officials of SERYFA for arranging such a great game in the sunshine and in the civilised home base of Musselburgh Athletic JFC. Thanks to all the real football fans who were out in such large numbers at Olive Bank.They saw the presentation of individual awards and the cup to Vale skipper for the night, REGAN HENDRY. Thankfully, hundreds of other people stayed on to show their respect and admiration for both sets of players.

Full Time: Hutchison Vale 6-2 Musselburgh Windsor

Hutchison Vale Musselburgh Windsor
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Byron Gibb
Cameron Milne
Fraser Paton
Sam Birch
Cameron McAlpine
Cameron Begbie
Thomas Prior
Shaun O’Donnell
Cal Sheridan
Ryan Fox
Ethan Feachan Hamilton
Regan Hendry
Gabrie Auriemma
Cameron Fraser
Innes Goodall
Lewis Swaney
Aaran Singh
Jack Cook
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Jack Stewart
Euan Tarry
Jamie Strachan
Sean Gilroy
Blair Millar
Sam Ballard
Aaran Currie
Kieran Johnstone
Darren Drever
Jack Gilchrist
Adrian Shala
Cameron Wilson,
Jack Lansborough
Chris Robertson



 
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Skipper for the night Regan Hendry led by example and scored two fine goals.
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Jack Lansborough impressed for Musselburgh, putting in a fine display.
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