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Spartans FC
Edinburgh City
Underhill 82
Own Goal 115
Osborne (Pen) 16


U19 EOSFA Challenge Cup - Final
Tynecastle Stadium

Kieran Green

By Kieran Green
YFS South East Region Reporter
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This was the third time in as many days that I was at Tynecastle Stadium. On Wednesday I was reporting from a fantastic Under 15's School Shield final, and Thursday I was playing myself in the Federation of Hearts Cup Final. Back to the job of reporter for the Under 19's East of Scotland Challenge Cup Final between Spartans and Edinburgh City. 

City took the lead earlier on through striker Mark Osborne from the penalty spot, and it was emphatically tucked away. However, his strike was cancelled out by Matthew Underhill who equalised for Spartan's after an unfortunate error from City Keeper Chris Anderson. With City having 2 men sent off Spartans scored with less than 5 minutes of extra-time remaining, through an unfortunate own goal which trickled into the net. 

Spartans started the brighter of the two sides, and immediately were on the attack. Matthew Underhill the bright spark for Spartans. Driving at the City defence and winning a corner in the first 30 seconds of the match. The corner taken by Harvey McIntosh from the right hand side, in-swinging to the back post, and Alex Imlah rose well but his header was over the bar. Early scare for City. 

Spartans were completely dominating the play, and City keeper Anderson had to be quick off his line to beat McIntosh to the ball on the edge of the box. A great ball over the top from Bradley Raiker into the path of McIntosh but Anderson was alert to the danger. 

Spartans must have had at least 70 percent of the posession in the first 15 minutes of the game, and completely against the run of play, City opened the scoring. A free kick around 25 yards out from Liam Ireland smacked the underside of the crossbar, and Spartans left back Reece Cochrane attempted to clear, but what appeared to be a foul by City striker Osborne on Cochrane forced the full back into the ball striking his arm and the referee pointing to the spot with no hesitation. Osborne made no mistake with the penalty kick though, firmly placing the ball to Iain McTurk's left, with the keeper going the right way, but the ball was places perfectly into the corner of the goal. 1-0 to City completely against the run of play. From what i recall, their first real attack of the game. 

Spartans didnt seem too phased by City taking the lead, and almost immediately hit back with an equaliser. McItosh's wicked left-footed delivery from the left hand side, inbetween the 6 yard line and penalty spot for captain Martin Lackie to attempt to head home, but Anderson stood firm and held onto the ball. 

Spartans had another free kick on the left hand side, and it was taken short quickly to McIntosh, but his first time cross was blocked for a corner. Sean Stewart this time delivered from the left hand side, and his delivery found Imlah again at the back post, but his volley cross was saved well by Anderson. 

City's next attack was very promising indeed, and almost brought the second goal. Liam Ireland beating 4 Spartan's players and cutting inside to first a low drive but McTurk was equal to the striker, tipping it round the post for a corner. The corner resulted in a free kick to Spartans for pushing by City striker Osborne in the box. 

In the last action of the first half, City left back Greg Powrie was booked for persistant fouling. How he managed to escape a booking before now was beyond me! A few meaty challenges from both sets of players, and the referee trying to keep his cards in his pocket. 

Half Time: Spartans FC 0-1 Edinburgh City

The first action of the second half was in the Spartans box, and it was a a piece of outstanding action all round. Shaun Turnbull turning in the box and firing a striker which seemed destined to double City's lead, but McTurk produced a brilliant piece of Goalkeeping by reacting very sharply to tip Turnbull's effort round the post. Great save, but also a great turn and shot from Turnbull. 

A great chance for Spartans for equalise, this time from substitute Jack Cousin. He found himself in some space on the left side of the 18 yard box, after a great switch pass from Stewart, but Cousin's shot was wayward. Another wasted opportunity for Spartans to get back on level terms in the match. 

At the other end of the pitch, City striker Corey Gilmour weaved in and out of the Spartans defenders and went over in the box, but no hesitation from the referee, he booked Gilmour for diving. Not something you see everyday in youth football, but his decision was 100% correct, and there were no complaints from Gilmour either. A few of his mates were in attendance and giving him some stick for the dive. Some claiming he could get an oscar for that performance. 

The match was very much end to end now with City trying to double their lead, and Spartans trying to find an equaliser. A great diagonal pass into the path from Raiker into the path of Underhill, the ball was taken down and poked goalwards by the striker, but once again Anderson was equal to it and preserved his clean sheet and kept City ahead. 

However, Anderson couldnt preserve his clean sheet any longer, with under 10 minutes of time to go, Spartans found an equaliser. Callum Donnelly's through ball to Underhill looked to have been cut out but City keeper Anderson, but he misjudged the bounce of the ball, his missed it completely and Underhill had the empty net to score into to equalise for Spartans. 

This was the final goalmouth action of the Second half, however City right back Connor Pont received his marching orders from the referee, as he received his second booking for a foul on the halfway line. Unfortunate for City as the linesman on the near side had signalled that the Spartans player was offside when the ball was played, and he rose his flag before the referee had blown for the free kick and sent off Pont. This decision angered the City bench.

Full Time: Spartans FC 1-1 Edinburgh City

Despite City being down to 10 men, they put up a great battling performance in extra-time to keep Spartans at bay for as long as possible. The first attack of extra time came from City in the form of star performer, and now lone striker Mark Osborne. He drove at the heart of the Spartan's defence and his powerful effort was heading towards the back of the net, but for the fingertips of McTurk in the Spartans goal. However, the ball appeared to have crossed the line after McTurk had tipped the ball onto the underside of the bar. Osborne was outraged at the linesman, and he clearly felt that it was a clear goal. 

City were then reduced to 9 men. Left back Greg Powrie receiving a second yellow card for a foul which prevented Spartans from having a clear attacking opportunity. City now had their backs to the wall in hope of keeping Spartans out and taking the game to penalty kicks. Unfortunately for City, this was not to be. From the free kick given away by the departing Powrie, Raiker floated the ball into the packed City box, and a slight touch from a City player diverted the ball past on-rushing keeper Anderson into the corner of the net, much to the delight of the Spartans players, and to the dismay of the City players. A real sucker punch for City as they battled hard for extra time with 10, then 9 men. 

In the very last minute, City managed to win a corner. Everyone apart from keeper Anderson in the Spartans box. Kyle Brown swung the ball in, Jaxon Wishart managed to get his head on the ball, but it ended up over the crossbar to the relief of the Spartans players. 

The referee blew his whistle and joy filled the faces of Spartans, but dismay for City. 

A very entertaining game here at Tynecastle, which finished with a result that was probably justified with the overall complex of the game. Both sets of players producing moments of magic. However, on the flip side, eight yellow cards were shown and two red, and all appeared to be the correct decisions from the referee. A few meaty challenges were thrown in, but didn't overshadow the good footballing nature of the match.

Final Result: Spartans FC 2-1 Eidnburgh City (AET)


Spartans FC Edinburgh City
1. Iain McTurk
3. Reece Cochrane
2. Alex Imlah
6. Lewis Hawkins
10. Callum Donnelly
8. Bradley Raiker
4. Martin Lackie
7. Sean Stewart
5. Kris Buchanan
9. Matthew Underhill
11. Harvey McIntosh
14. Hayden Crane
15. Jack Cousin
12. Allan Clark

1. Christopher Anderson
12. Jaxon Wishart
3. Greg Powrie
2. Connor Pont
6. John Sanderson
5. Shaun Turnbull
9. Corey Gilmour
8. Mark McConnell
7. Kyle Brown
11. Liam Ireland
14. Kieren McGraw
10. Mark Osborne
15. Lewis Cockburn
16. Jonathon Whiteman
17. Mark Horsburgh
4. Murray Dobie
Matthew Underhill was the bright spark for Spartans. He was involved in most of the attacking play and took his goal well, finishing from a tight angle. Working hard closing down defenders and a thankless shift up top himself for a large chunk of the game.
When City were reduced to 10 men, they had to drop a striker back into midfield, and Mark Osborne was left up top on his own and he worked tirelessly and tried and tried again to win it for City. His penalty was emphatic and was the livewire for City all night.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 21:49

Saints crowned West Lothian champions

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St. Margaret's Academy
Deans Community HS
U14's WLSFA League Championship
St. Margaret's Academy finally clinched the West Lothian Schools' FA Under 14 League Championship with an emphatic 6–0 home win over second placed Deans Community High School.

Although both teams were tied on 18 points each, this was the final match for Deans who had take to at least a point and then hope that St. Margaret's lost their final match with Bathgate next week in order to force a League Championship play off.

On a wonderful sunny afternoon in Livingston, the St. Margaret's boys immediately took the game to Deans, forcing 2 corner kicks within the first 3 minutes.

The opening goal for the Saint's came in 14 and it was one hand on the trophy for the home side.

Although St. Margaret's created the better of the first half chances, the visitors from Deans created a few of their own and trailing by only 1–0 at half time were still very much in the championship race.

Half time: St. Margaret's Academy 1-0 Deans Community HS

However in a devastating second half display, the home side were unstoppable and went 2–0 ahead within 5 minutes of the re-start through Teni Akintola. That crucial second goal seemed to settle the Saints who then went all out in attack looking to put the result and the destination of the league championship beyond doubt.

A spectacular hat trick in the space of 15 minutes from the highly impressive Shaun McKibbens and it was all over before Shaun Donoghue added his name to the St. Margaret's roll of honour.

West Lothian Schools' FA congratulates the St. Margaret's boys on winning the Under 14 League Championship with an undefeated record.

The Deans boys too have had a wonderful season and despite what must have been bitter disappointment in the final game, their sportsmanship towards the new league champions before, during and after the presentation by Mark Burchill, Assistant Manager at Livingston FC, was outstanding.

Full time: St. Margaret's Academy 6-0 Deans Community HS


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Lochend YFC
Musselburgh Windsor
Spowart 61'
Lyall 82'
Stewart 59' 


U19s Cruden Bowl Final
Olive Bank Stadium Musselburgh


By Robin Haskins
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An early evening midweek final drew a significant crowd to a game that was pulsating to watch and a great contest, punctuated with end to end football, contested refereeing decisions and goals coming quickly at the latter stages of the game. Certainly those on the side-lines enjoyed a compelling match and, no doubt, some hearty celebrations afterwards.

The game kicked off with Lochend twice attacking down the right wing and winning an early set of corners from which Connor Spowart almost made a run to enable him to have a shot. Lochend then almost got a ball in behind the defence after 4 minutes but it was intercepted well.

Spowart put
 himself about a bit and some minor retaliation from Musselburgh drew a foul which Lochend wastedand Musselburgh played the ball out wide right and the following cross was cleared. The ball out was good and Spowart once more would have been away but was really unlucky to stop the ball with his trailing foot.

Musselburgh played the ball inside the full back on 8 minutes but it was ruled offside and it looked harsh. The free kick was hit up-field and then cleared out of the ground. Musselburgh took the throw in and move forward and their next throw-in was hoisted into the area, cleared again and Spowart was fouled. Lochend took it quickly out to Paul Henderson who hoisted a forward pass just a bit too long and Musselburgh recovered the ball and went on an attack down the left with good technical skill being demonstrated on the deck between Jack McIntyre and Kevin Keane who was subsequently fouled. Lochend weren't going to allow any of that!

The free kick came to nothing and the ball was cleared by Lochend, the counter attack being thwarted by Daniel Moffat and Craig McLeod who were clearing their lines with competence. For the next few minutes the game opened up slightly, allowing both sides to start demonstrating some of their passing ability.

After quarter of an hour, Moffat cleared with a step forward out of defence and a good pass on to Ewan Ralton who played a deflected ball out to Ryan McConville and after a couple of attempted crosses one came in but Jack McIntyre was out-jumped by the Lochend defenders. A foul by Musselburgh led to a free kick and from the Lochend half it was lofted in to the position of maximum affect as it's known at the rear edge of the area and Lochedn did well to prevent a couple of crosses from that side before Ross Grant shot over.

Ralton played it down the wing and the cross was blocked for a corner which Jack Thomson crossed and Ralton nearly got a head on it at the near post. It was cleared and Jamie Todd and Grant counter attacked immediately, aiming for the spaces with good interchanges down the right wing before the ball went out for a throw. When it came in, Spowart managed to get a foot on the ball but it was blocked and looped up in into Daniel Laing's hands.

Shortly after the clearance, McIntyre collected a loose ball, flicked it inside and his shot went high. For Lochend, Kevin Hamilton ran past the midfield and into space but the deft reverse ball to the edge of box where his winger was running in was cleared and Hamilton couldn't get it back in from the left. Play came back and eventually Todd was out wide right on the edge of the area and had a great left footed in-swinging shot towards the top left well saved by Laing.

On 23 minutes, a free kick awarded to Musselburgh was wasted and Lochend surged forward. Kieran McHarg saw the danger and pelted across to slide in and prevent the danger from materialising any further. From the throw in, Musselburgh passed it around well, getting it spread nicely out to the left before Micheal Downie was able to nick it and burst clear, seeing a shot on target tipped over.

On 26 minutes Ralton for Musselburgh played a ball in over the left fullback for McConville, raiding up and down the flank on the right. He just reached the ball at the corner and crossed it in but it went out at the near post. McLeod played a good ball over to McIntyre who nicked it off the fullback to win a corner and it came in and McHarg headed it intelligently back across the goal where Ben Stewart was waiting and volleyed it hard from close in on target. It was blocked by a defender though and was out for another corner which floated straight out of play.

Ralton for Musselburgh played another ball down the right flank into McIntyre soon after. He was dictating a lot of the good play for Musselburgh going forward.

Lochend's own stalwart, Spowart, broke down the right and won a corner which came fast into the box and was almost scrambled in before the referee called a foul. Aaron Blues turned well in his own half to avoid having the ball nicked off him before putting a through ball in and seeing it go all the way through to the keeper.

Spowart took charge of another free kick and sent it curling towards goal but with not enough pace it was little trouble for Laing. Downie brought play forward for Lochend with a clever ball inside to Grant who got a first time ball out right to Spowart who spurned the opportunity to get through on goal.

On the 35 minute mark, Ralton for Musselburgh came inside from the right then took a fine left footed shot which troubled the keeper Jake Louden, peddling across to his left and watching it go just over. From the goal kick Ralton won the header and got it to McIntyre who couldn't quite reach it going forward. Moffat then had some good play in defence and he spread it wide to begin an attack where Ralton hit a very high ball across the field for McConville who brought it down very well but couldn't quite get in a shot.

Ralton, seemingly involved in everything, lined up a free kick fully 30 yds out and did extremely well with it, controlling the flight of the ball with speed and power towards goal but the keeper was behind it. Soon after, McIntyre nicked a header for Keane to run onto and he was tackled just before he pulled the trigger.

With Lochend looking to wrestle back the initiative, Paul Henderson started to dictate the pace of play more from left back and worked it forward cleverly to Downie along the flank whose shot went wide, pulling across it slightly.

From a goal kick up field the ball bounced right over the Musselburgh defence and Spowart was immediately onto it but by the time he was ready for a shot he was slide blocked by Moffat. Ross Grant was able to come back inside with it and it opened up but instead of shooting Grant selflessly played in Spowart who so nearly went past the last defender. Moffat then played it to McHarg on the right flank who flicked it inside to his colleague and a clever first time ball down to the corner saw Ralton front up the fullback allowing a slide pass forward to McConville at the by-line whose cross was block tackled by Henderson now heavily involved, doing extremely well at left-back.

This was to be the last significant play of the first half and as the whistle was blown, both sides headed to the dressing rooms without a goal but the crowd was suitably impressed to suggest that the half had flown by.

Half Time: Lochend YFC 0-0 Musselburgh Windsor 

Lochend kicked off the second half with a play that went straight through to Laing in goal. His clearance saw Kevin Keane go down the left wing and win a throw but that was cleared from the box and immediately it was Lochend instead who are through on goal with Spowart before Moffat came in and made a tackle.

From here a free kick was awarded to Lochend and was fired in by Hamilton and Grant couldn't slow it in the box and it went out.

At the other end now, McIntyre dummied a ball into him and looped around to collect it up tight against the by-line winning a corner which was cleared. Up field for Lochend, Hamilton played it out to Tommy Lyall who put in the cross from the left straight on to the head of Spowart but he couldn't take all the power out of it and loop it into the far corner of the net quite as he wished.

Then Jack Moffat had a powerful left foot shot blocked, it rebounded and he collected it again before, from left back, playing a high into the air which appeared aimless in intent but proved exceptional in vision as McIntyre appeared under it at the far post with a subtle attacking header down which beat the keeper but unfortunately the post as well. Quarterback captain Jack Moffat had his head in his hands - that would have been the pass of the season without a doubt.

A free kick awarded to Lochend on the left corner of the area didn't clear the wall, came back to the taker and the follow up shot went wide against cries of anguish from the instigator. Lochend were starting to pass the ball around on the deck well now and were making in-roads from it as a result.

With 11 minutes of the second half gone, McConville went off and Jordan Burrows came on to be welcomed by some heavy tackles which felt vicious on the dry surface of play.

Ralton was again showing the good skill which had allowed previously allowed him to determine much of the 1st half's better opportunities, and this time it won his team a free kick. Jack Thomson played the ball deep into the box, curling it in towards the goal and awkward for the defence to follow. Two Musselburgh players were bearing down and, with McIntyre lined up just behind, Ben Stewart stooped and headed it down and into the back of the net. 59 minutes on the clock and Musselburgh had found the breakthrough in the deadlock.

Having just cleared the ball well from a Michael Downie free kick, McHarg went off and Craig Turnbull came on after Musselburgh's counter where Ralton linked up with McIntyre again. Then Downie came into the right corner of the pitch just inside the area and struck a hard crossed ball which ricocheted off the captain Jack Moffat. Before play continued though the linesman had seemingly put his flag up and between him and the referee a handball ruling was made and a penalty had been awarded to Lochend.

Whoever called it, it seemed like a truly harsh calling against the ball to hand dictate but Lochend weren't complaining and Spowart, who else, was already spotting the ball. With an exuberant confidence he stroked the ball home a little right of centre and the scores were suddenly and unexpectedly level.

Moffat had continued his debate with the officialdom for a little too long as the game was resumed and found himself in the book.

Jordan Burrows had a strong shot blocked once play on 62 minutes and another strong tackle gave away a foul for Lochend from which Grant crossed from the right and the goalkeeper claimed it.

Then Ralton escaped down the right but an unusually heavy touch put it out but he was unlucky and must have known the opportunity for a dangerous pull back in the box was on.

After 65 minutes the Musselburgh goalkeeper could be heard shouting "You've gone quiet!" to his team mates, "C'mon!" as understandably his team were a mite deflated after having all their hard work in gaining the lead taken away from them in such circumstances.

However, they bucked up and soon enough it was Jack Moffat who played a ball out to Thomson and then into McIntyre who was tackled strongly front centre of goal. Thomson took the free kick and hit it, left footed, hard and low towards the goal and it took a deflection to cover. Apparently though there was some foul play in the box by Musselburgh. I have to say, they really didn't seem like that sort of team.

After 69 minutes Thomson came off to be replaced by Wayne Simpson. Musselburgh were playing it around well, spreading it wide and coming back across the defence, with Jack Moffat and Ben Stewart instrumental in this and in earning them a corner. Jack Moffat sprayed the ball towards McIntyre too hard and it reached Burrows who was out right and he won a corner which was cleared.

For a few minutes then the match became a long ball game with Musselburgh trying to play it around but with Lochend's big tackles coming in to prevent them. After half an hour of the second half, Downie shot from the edge of the box left footed swerving it away across the goal and it looked dangerous until the goalie, Laing, proved he was still alert against the run of play and was there behind it. It was then a period for Lochend to continue playing it around with Daniel Moffat soon saying to his team to "Lift it".

They responded and McIntyre played it out to Burrows and Keane in the centre provided a first time ball out to Ralton who ran onto it and into the area. He had a touch inside and shot against the keeper Jake Louden.
A period of vertical passing now happens and the attacking was end to end. Burrows went down the left then all of a sudden Spowart was up the other end coming inside and through the legs of the defender. He got away a low ball into the box which was intercepted by McLeod who was then yellow carded for complaining about the level of niggling fouling that is undoubtedly happening as Musselburgh's captain lay injured awaiting treatment on the floor of the area.

After a lengthy treatment had been applied, the teams lined up for the free kick just outside the right hand of the area. With captain, Jack Moffat, still clearly struggling from the injury but unable to be substituted off, the ball was whipped in fast and it looked like Spowart, stooping in was going to glance it, and maybe he did, but not very much as behind him Tommy Lyall was there pouncing against a melee to power it in to the top corner of the net past the keeper's outstretched hands. In the final minutes, Lochend had stolen the lead!

With 8 minutes remaining, Musselburgh went on the offensive and a goalmouth scramble as soon being contested with claims it had crossed the Lochend goal line audible on the touchline. These were waved away by the referee and play continued. Musselburgh upped the tempo and, visibly aggrieved and determined, Jack Moffat powered down the left wing, trying to find the equaliser. Then Keane was down the right winning a corner and Ralton took it low and hard and at least four Musselburgh feet swung past it and missed the ball, pleading with them to be knocked into the net.

Musselburgh were working it well down the right between Ralton and McIntyre and this led to Spowart receiving a yellow for the concession of the foul. A left footed volley from Musselburgh powered its way through the crowd in the area from the free kick and the spectators' glee was somewhat expectedly ruled out for what appeared to be very little pushing in the box and, with that as the last fitting action of the game, the referee called time and the Lochend players swarmed together to celebrate their hard victory.

Full time: Lochend YFC 2-1 Musselburgh Windsor


Lochend YFC Musselburgh Windsor
1. Jake Louden
2. Declan Fergus
3. Paul Henderson
4. Aaron Blues
5. Jamie Todd
6. Connor Gannucci
7. Michael Downie
8. Tommy Lyall
9. Ross Grant
10. Connor Spowart
11. John Robertson
13. Mark Heard
14. Darren Thomson
16. Darryn Gold
17. Kevin Hamilton
18. Kerr Mathieson
1. Daniel Laing
3. Patrick Harrold
4. Craig McLeod
5. Kieran McHarg
6. Jack Moffat
7. Ryan McConville
8. Daniel Moffat
9. Jordan Burrows
10. Craig Turnbull
11. Kevin Keane
12. Jack Thomson
13. Jack McIntyre
14. Gary Scott-Learmonth
15. Ben Stewart
16. Wayne Simpson
17. Ewan Ralton

Tommy Lyall initiated the majority of structed attacks for Musselburgh and his steely determination was eventually rewarded with the winning goal. 
Ewan Ralton instrumental in forging incisive forward plays through much of the first half and cont the threat in the second.
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George Heriot's School
Glasgow Academy
Senior SISFA Cup - Semi Final
Riccarton Sports Centre
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George Heriots cruised into next weeks Scottish Independent Schools FA Cup Final with a comfortable 7-0 win over Glasgow Academy at Heriot-Watt University tonight.

It took Heriots just over 15 minutes to break the deadlock, Matt Underhill rising to head home for the lead. A scrappy first half saw no further scoring although there were strong appeals for a Heriot's penalty and Finn Donaldson in the Heriots goal produced an excellent save from a free-kick which somehow eluded his entire defence.

The second half began with Heriots immediately the more threatening of the teams. Max Todd saw a curling effort come back off the post only for Glasgow Academy (who had no numbers on their shirts, making things confusing!) to sweep the other end of the pitch and force a corner which came to nothing.

Heriots were immediately back at the other end of the park though and this time Todd made no mistake, finishing neatly from a Devin Burnside cross to double the advantage (click here to watch video of goal).

Two minutes later, it was 3-0 as Burnside again provided a good ball, this time for Underhill to finish with a well directed header.

It was now one way traffic and Heriots made it 4-0 after 15 minutes of the second half with a crisply struck shot from Jordan Law.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, play then lulled for a while, only for Heriots captain Euan Lannon to recommence the scoring 10 minutes later, shooting home from the edge of the box after some nice interplay between his team mates.

With ten minutes left to play, brothers Lewis and Murray Cockburn came on for Heriots, both having an immediate impact: Murray scored the goal of the game from fully 25 yards and five minutes later, in an act of filial love, Lewis unselfishly crossed for his brother to complete the scoring with a tap-in.

Heriots players thoughts were clearly drifting towards next weeks final vs Stewarts Melville to be played at Heart's Tynecastle Stadium and almost allowed Glasgow Academy to snatch a late consolation goal, but substitute 'keeper Chris Thomson was on hand to safe bravely and preserve the clean sheet.

Full Time: George Heriot's School 7-0 Glasgow Academy
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:14

Tynecastle strike late to break Hutchie hearts

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Hutchison Vale
Tynecastle FC



U14 William Bauld Cup - Final
Tynecastle Stadium

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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Everything comes to he who waits...

That is a very true saying and in my case, the Willie Bauld Under 14 Final at Tynecastle was played in sunshine... to rain! But it could have rained all it wanted to as I and lots of other lucky people were under cover. In Edinburgh and under cover, how is that for such a special occasion? Mind you, there was a wee hail storm about an hour before the start just to remind us of where we live.

But this is an easy match report for me as I just have to record what happened throughout this glorious example of all that is good in youth club football and leave the rest to your imagination!. Tynecastle scored a dramatic (I’ll say) winner in the very last minute to run out 3-2 winners against Hutchison Vale. It could not have got any closer than that and to make it worse for Vale, I thought they were the better side in this final! 

Now, it is time to step up to the mark Ian and let people know just how good these boys were in the Willie Bauld Final.

Hutchison Vale attacked from the start and Tynecastle were forced to defend their goal. A cross in to the Tynecastle goal was headed in at the left-hand post by No 4, Kacper Balaban, with only two minutes on the clock! The Tynecastle players looked a wee bit shocked at losing an early goal! A magnificent free-kick soared through the air in to the Vale goalmouth, but that was cleared. Then Vale were awarded a free-kick about 40 yards out in the centre of the pitch and that too was cleared, but only as far as the waiting No 8, Calum Watson, but his shot went straight through to Tynecastle keeper, Fraser Briton. Good play from the boys in maroon up the left; then even more good play from Tynecastle on the right, but the Vale rearguard gave nothing away.

In another Tynecastle attack, No 8, Liam Willis, went down in a tackle in the penalty box! The referee waved play on against a background of roars from the stand! Then Vale No 14, Euan McGuire, fed a lovely pass in to the path of Lewis Hall, but the Craigmount HS pupil, could only lob the ball in to Briton’s hands. Callum Crawford (No 7) set off on a good run towards the Vale goal, only to be halted in his tracks, then Liam Willis, was shunted off the ball by Vale No 6, Alistair McCann. This cracker of a final raged on with good play from Vale No 4, Kacper Balaban and then it was Tynecastle again as they made tracks for the Vale goal. Willis got in a good header but his net-bound shot was cleared off the line by Vale No 6, Alistair McCann.

What a game it was! Good players showed up in all a areas of the big pitch and I will be forgiven if I mention Vale No 3, Lewis Hall, again. He was just outstanding, but maybe I am a wee bit biased as Lewis is a member of the Craigmount HS under-14 squad that will play Braidhurst (Motherwell) in the final of the SSFA Shield at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, next Monday night, May 20th. Good luck, Lewis! You will need it I think! Euan McGuire and Robbie Polson combined for Vale in another raid on the Tynecastle goal, but Willis cleared up that dangerous move.

The biggest player/person on the pitch, Tynecastle No 9, Cameron Dawson, came off second best in a challenge with Hall in another magical moment in this game of games. A good effort from Polson was blocked by Tynecastle keeper, Briton, and Girdwood’s good effort to score from the rebound came off a Tynecastle defender, spun up in to air and in to the waiting arms of Fraser Briton. Goodness me, talk about thrills galore! There were so many in this final!

Callum Crawford gave the fans an example of his individual skills and Vale went on the attack again. No way through the Tynecastle defence, however. Dawson was chopped down in a tackle and Tynecastle were awarded a free-kick, some 25 yard out and to the left of the Vale goal. Up stepped the ‘long haired lover from Liverpool' (words of a song), Murray Rose, and what a magnificent free kick from the Tynecastle No 6, and skipper! Glory be, Rose fired an unsavable shot in to net at the right-hand post and the teams were level again at 1-1. That was in the 25th amazing minute of this stunner of a final, And the Tynecastle fans in the main stand rose as one to acclaim the goalscorer. Vale went looking for another goal and it took a very brave (indeed) block by Briton at the feet of Blair Conway to stop the No 9 scoring! Play speeded up - honest! 

There was no hiding place for any of the great young players at the home of Hearts FC! A good passing move by Vale No 6, McCann, No 14, McGuire and No 16, Jamie Mackay, won Vale a corner on the right. Polson delivered the corner to the near post, but Mackay headed wide. A great surging run from Tynecastle No 2, Brok Robertson, came unstuck, when Brok lost control of the ball. Blair Conway was back in defence for Vale as the pressure built up - and so, too, did the roars from the main stand! Play, as they say, raged from end to end. Girdwood was caught offside at one end, while Rowell went close for Tynecastle at the Vale end. It was still 1-1 at half-time.

Half Time: Hutchison Vale 1-1 Tynecastle FC

The noise in the main stand subsided for a while during the break, but rose to a crescendo in the maelstrom of action that followed on the restart. Conway got Vale off to a good start with a run at the Tynecastle defence but Murray Rose, again, dealt with that very well. Mackay hit another good effort over the Tynecastle crossbar. A promising move by Tynecastle’s McCrorie, Dawson and then Willis, was halted by McCann (what a super game he had). Free-kicks and corners produced more great goalmouth action at both ends and it took a great saving tackle from Mackay to clear up good move featuring Rowell and McPherson. I felt like ‘johnnie-come-lately’ as I tried to jot things down in my notebook and in so doing, took my eyes off the game! No moment of this final was to be missed, indeed!

The tension on the pitch built up while the noise from the main stand increased to full pitch. It was bedlam. Sheer wonderful bedlam! It was, therefore, like an explosion, when Vale went back in front in the 17th minute of the second half. Calum Watson was the goalscorer for Vale and the No 8 disappeared under a mound of celebrating players. I think a lot of spectators would like to have got in on the celebrations as well, but they were stuck in the stand! Hall then brought down Tynecastle No 10, Murray Hand, on the edge of the 18 yard box and it was squeaky bum time for all in the Vale camp. But no free-kick and I was amazed as it looked a certain foul on the Tynecastle player. Their fans in the main stand were less than pleased, I can tell you! Howls of protest and Ronnie Lauder’s parentage was called in to question. But it was not only the fans who exploded in this game, the final itself built up to a deafening finale.

In the 22nd minute of the second half, Tynecastle scored another equaliser to make it 2-2. The goal came when Crawford won a free-kick for Tynecastle and it was, indeed, squeaky-bum time for all the Vale contingent when Murray Rose strode forward to deliver a great ball in to the danger area in front of the Vale goal and with bodies all over the place, it was big Cameron Dawson who managed to force home Tynecastle’s second goal! That brought a response with the Tynecastle fans’ very own version of the Hallelujah Chorus!

It is difficult for me to write what followed as it was much better just to be at Tynecastle to see the action, commitment and downright bravery, from all the young players on the pitch. It was sensational and it was in the very last minute when the proverbial ‘roof fell in’ on Hutchison Vale. Both goals had survived so many great attempts but it was to be Tynecastle BC’s lucky night and when the Vale defence got in a tangle in yet another all-out raid on their goal and it was No 4, Ben Voy, who managed to force the ball over the Vale goal-line at the right-hand post. As the Tynecastle players descended on top of the goalscorer, I could swear I saw the old main stand at Hearts FC’s ground tremble. Everything, indeed, had come to he who waits. The male and female Tynecastle BC fans, players, coaches and others.

That then, is my match report. I do not know what anguish Hutchsion Vale went through after losing the goal so late in the game, neither do I know just how relieved Tynecastle were to win the beautiful trophy bearing the name of the legendary Willie Bauld. I can only guess! And there to present the Cup and individual awards was one of Willie Bauld’s team-mates from the glory days at Tynecastle - JIMMY MURRAY! It was, a wonderful end to a truly great night for football. Well done, to Tynecastle, and hard, hard luck to Hutchison Vale. ‘The stars at night were big and bright, deep in the heart of Gorgie!’ Ah, they don’t have songs like that anymore!

Full Time: Hutchison Vale 2-3 Tynecastle FC

Hutchison Vale Tynecastle FC
Jamie Mitchell
Murray Young
Lewis Hall
Kacper Balaban
Owen Richardson
Alistair McCann
Calum Watson
Blair Conway
Robbie Polson
Harry Girdwood
Euan McGuire
Dillon Floyd
Jamie Mackay
Euan Lee

Fraser Briton
Brok Robertson
Bruce McCrorie
Ben Voy
Callum Downie
Murray Rose
Callum Crawford
Liam Willis
Cameron Dawson
Murray Hand
Matthew Brady
Robbie McPherson
Tod Rowell
Jay Kilboy
Lewis Docker
Cameron Liddell
Blair Conway got Hutchison Vale off to the perfect start and was busy all night, making things happen for his team.
Murray Rose scored a fantastic goal, set one up and lead by example at the back. A classic captain's performance.
Monday, 13 May 2013 20:08

Craigmount clinch cup glory ahead of big day

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Craigmount HS
Portobello HS
Allan (2)



U14 Edinburgh SSFA Cup - Final
Forrester High School 3G

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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Craigmount High School under-14s were celebrating again when winning the Edinburgh Secondary Schools League Cup on Saturday. This good side had already won the league crown and, on Thursday of last week, beaten St Andrew’s from Paisley 3-0 in the semi final of the Scottish Schools FA Shield.

So, there is the biggest game of their young lives to look forward to next month, when they take on the mighty Braidhurst from Motherwell in the final at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie. The date for that massive occasion for each and every one of the players in the Craigmount and Braidhurst squads has still to be confirmed. It should be a truly great occasion for both schools and hordes of spectators are expected and, considering the closeness of Motherwell to Airdrie, most in the big crowd are likely to support Braidhurst. Did I say Craigmount have a mountain to climb? They most surely have!

Their 4-1 win against Portobello HS was unexpected easy and it was only towards the end of the final at St Augustine’s/Forrester complex that Portobello started to play better. Obviously, Craigmount played with a lot of confidence, after their great 3-0 win against St Andrew’s at rain-soaked Bathgate last week. The reason I like schools football so much is it gives me the chance to really enjoy games and every player gets game time. It can be a real mix at times, with very good players and those not so good - but getting the chance to play along side one’s school-mates is something, I think, to treasure.

In the Under-14 League Cup final, Craigmount were the better side for most of the game. As usual it was a a good, brisk start to the game by excellent match referee James Campbell and play did, indeed, surge from end to end. Excitement and expectation was high among the Porty fans, particularly one woman who could hardly contain her excitement. Calm down, dear, it is only an Under 14 Cup final! Porty No 15, Jack Thayers (that is the name given to me) looked a good player early on but he lost the ball on several occasions to the eager Craigmount players. Big goalkeeper, Euan Page, was in great form for Craigmount and he too did well early on to win the ball in a challenge with Porty No 10, Ogi Yildirim.

Portobello’s defence looked good when Craigmount mounted attacks on their goal but it was the Scottish Shield finalists who went 1-0 in front with and it was arguably the best player on the pitch, Lewis Hall, who headed home the first goal of the final in the 23rd minute of non-stop action. Andrew Hunter continued his impressive form for Craigmount and a great free kick from the big No 14 simply crashed just over the Portobello crossbar.

Porty keeper, Scott Capaldi, was lucky when he came off his line in a bid to clear a loose ball but Craigmount’s No 10, Michael Allan, blocked the clearance but just could not get enough on the ball to score a second goal for the west Edinburgh school. Jack-the-lad, No 15 in the Porty ranks, set off on a good run at the Craigmount goal, but he held on to the ball too long and the danger was cleared.

Big Daniel Baur, No 6, had a go at adding another goal for Craigmount from a free-kick, but the ball went harmlessly over the bar. Lewis Hall was prominent again when Craigmount attacked along with Michael Allan (No 10) and it was Allan who scored what I can only say was a brilliant goal after good work by Baur and that made it 2-0 for Craigmount - and they were virtually coasting from then on.

It got even better for Craigmount when the impressive Andrew Hunter made it 3-0. Andrew has grown a lot in the past year and he looks a well-balanced and good prospect. I so much hope he and all the others look to their game and get better and better as time goes on. Boys will only get out of life all that is good, if they put the effort in to improving their skills and awareness, particularly in sports such as football - the greatest team game in the world.

Trailing 3-0, Portobello were lifted by the shouts of the woman on the touchline, when she stopped gossiping with two other women (some things never change when females are about)! Portobello No 2, Jordan Smith, let fly with a good effort at the Craigmount goal, but Euan Page was in sparkling form in this final and he saved well to clear. The game was as good as over when Michael Allan, again, scored to make it 4-0. Once again, it was Craigmount who were on the crest of a wave and Portobello were in danger of going under completely. I could add they were out of their depth. Even water way to go! Down by the seaside and all that! Portobello had a chance to reduce the deficit from a free-kick in a good position, but the ball flew wide of the right-hand post.

When Portobello did get shots on the target, Euan Page, looked unbeatable! However, as both sides used up their subs, the game did change in favour of Portobello and it was No 15, Jack, you-know-who, who scored a superb goal to make the final scoreline 4-1.

Full Time: Craigmount High School 4-1 Portobello High School

Craigmount High School Portobello High School
Lewis Hall was a star performer for Craigmount. After opening the scoring he oozed class in his play and worked tirelessly for his team.
Jack Thayers was Portobello's best player on the day. He scored a well taken goal and looked dangerous from the first whistle to the last.
Monday, 13 May 2013 19:35

Leith stage comeback to lift David Murray Cup

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Bonnyrigg Rose
Leith Athletic
Thomson (2)



U19 David Murray Cup - Final
New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter

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My last final of the weekend was for the David Murray Cup and I wonder if you will believe me if I say AGAIN just how good a game it was. Stunning in fact and it built up to the most incredible finish. It was another step in to the unknown for me as I did not know just what to expect from Bonnyrigg Rose and Leith Athletic. In the event, it was simply as good as it gets for me at this age level. If I tell you Leith Athletic won 3-2 you may think it was just an average under-19 youth club finale. It was not! In my humble opinion, it was a fantastic game to watch with wonderful goals and, well, Leith Athletic’s winner in the last minute of the game was simply something very special.

Bonnyrigg beat Edinburgh United Juniors 1-0 in a final the previous week and would you also believe me if I said they played even better, much better, against Leith Athletic - but lost! Even more of a mystery is the fact Bonnyrigg went 2-0 in front in the first half from two stunners of goals from No 11, Thomas Thomson. Was the Bonnyrigg player fired up for this latest final, no, he was simply on a different planet and in a world of his own. His celebrations when scoring in the 12th minute and again in the 24th minute. Help ma boab, I thought Tom was going to blow a fuse and from then on he just could not calm down. He was like a man possessed with the most incredible desire to win.

This game, as I have already mentioned was an old-fashioned humdinger of a cup final. The pace was frightening and every blade of grass on the big pitch at New Dundas Park in Bonnyrigg was covered and so too up the outside of the touchlines. It was damn scary at times, I can tell you and how I did not get the ball in my mush (face) I’ll never know. Even before the start, when Bonnyrigg warmed up, goalkeeper Liam McCathie almost clocked me one on the back of the head when practising his clearances from hand. And to think I praised Liam to the hilt for his performance the week before. There is gratitude for you. Liam tried to shut me up for good but the ball hit the wall near the changing rooms. I was just about to put my notebook in my pocket, Liam, and give someone my cameras to keep, while I sorted you out, but it was all in my head. I could not take care of a mouse these days. But the pen is mightier than the sword as they say, so read on baby doll. I will have my say about you!

Players from both sides played above themselves in this final, aye, including Liam McCathie (spoil sport). The blistering pace never slackened and when Bonnyrigg went 2-0 up from the David Bowie in their side - ground control to major Tom and all that jazz - people on the terracing just could not believe what they were seeing. I was at the end where Thomson scored both his goals and I can assure everyone he wanted more. I must say I do not know if Thomson arrived in a space craft but all that was missing was antennae sprouting from out of his head. Thomson just did not score two goals, he just about ripped the net apart with the force of his shots. When his team-mates got a hold of him to celebrate, I thought Thomson would have ripped them apart physically. I expected a blood bath! But, in my experience, all teams from Leith never give in and they are also full of character. And this current Leith under-19 squad fitted the bill exactly. Sorry Tom Thomson, but it was Leith who got ripped in to Bonnyrigg. Wonderful football all over the pitch and I have to give praise to Bonnyrigg No 8, Harry Tranent, who had a quite superb game in midfield for his side. Well done, Harry. You know what I mean, ‘Arry!

This game benefited from having a great referee in Kevin Ferguson. He was well nigh perfect in every way with his decisions. And, let’s face it, he had to or Thomson would have had Kevin for tea! With or without salad! Leith No 10, Sean MacPherson was just one of the many, many stars in the famous black and white colours of Leith Athletic. Trailing 2-0, there was no chance at all that Leith would not get goals. Urged on by inspirational skipper, Llyndon Leonard (No 6) the Leith players accepted the challenge from this tanked-up Bonnyrigg side and it was just brilliant to watch. And in such good spirit as well. I have tried to keep his name out of my report, but Liam McCathie had another very good day, indeed. Huh, why mention just Liam however, as all the players in both teams contributed to a great, great game of football. And the coffee, tea, bacon rolls, sausage rolls and sweets for sale in the café round the back were very good as well.

Bonnyrigg No 14, Lewis Turkington, tried to steal some of the thunder away from David Bowie, sorry Tom Thomson (without a pee) with a good effort that fully tested Reece Smail in the Leith goal. Harry Tranent even tried to score from 40yd out - yes, it was that kind of game! A mistake in the Bonnyrigg defence - how do you account for that, Liam McCathie. Come on, tell me, own up! The ball went to Liam Conaghan (No 11) but the Leith player shot wide. How could you, Liam Conaghan! Did you not know I had it in for Liam McCathie. I wanted to criticise him for trying to belt me on the head with the ball! But, yes ha ha, Leith scored their first goal of the game. Euan Morrice (No 14) did all the hard work on the right before delivering the ball across McCathie’s goal and No 9, Ross Davies finished off superbly.

That made it 2-1 and it was hee haw time for Liam McCathie. Play did not just surge from end to end, it just about blew me away such was the speed and commitment of all the players on the pitch. A Jed Baxter corner for Bonnyrigg was headed goalwards by Harry Tranent but the net-bound shot was cleared off the line. I can only imagine what the celebrations would have been like if Harry had scored. Maybe the next time, big man! Then Bonnyrigg No 16 was aggrieved when he was shunted off the ball while on a run on the left by Llyndon Learnard. Calum Murray was next to make his mark on the game with a surging run at the Leith goal, only to lose control of the ball at a vital time. Up to the other end and a good cross in to McCathie’s goal was scrambled away. What the hell is the referee blowing his whistle for? Oh, sorry, it was half-time.

Half Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 1-2 Leith Athletic

Bonnyrgg started the second half as if they had rockets up their backsides. Bonnyrigg on the right; Bonnyrigg on the left; Bonnyrigg through the middle - but they met their match in the Leith defence. Then a sweeping Bonnyrigg move involving Dean Whitson and Harry Tranent produced a great shot from Whitson, but Reece Smail was perfectly placed to gather the ball in and clear. Oh, how close was that?

Leith No 8, Callum Mein, was so close to getting the equaliser. But it was coming. I knew because I could feel it in my water! McCathie came away off his line to clear from Ross Davies, but the pressure on Bonnyrigg built up. Leith No 5, Sean Melvin, slammed a wonderful shot off Bonnyrigg defender but McCathie’s time was running out. I could just feel it! No-one tries to down old Ian with a football! No, not even Liam McCathie! Hee, hee, I have to say some of Liam’s clearances in to the wind were erratic. Nice word, that! I will try to use it again!

Lewis Turkington continued to impress for Bonnyrigg (as well as Liam McCathie and big ‘Arry). Bonyrigg’s luck ran out in the 11th minute of the second half when a wonderful wind-assisted free kick slammed off McCathie’s left-hand post and No 10, Sean MacPherson followed up to score the equaliser. 2-2, hallelujah! The shit really hit the fans from then on! Some idiot or a spectator was told to leave the ground for alleged racist remarks and it appeared to me the group who were sent packing then appeared on a the roof of a garage behind one of the goals at New Dundas Park, outside the stadium.

Leith attacked as if their very lifes depended on it. It was simply marvellous and Liam McCathie was outstanding again. Darren Gallagher blasted a shot over the Bonnyrigg goal and, when play went to the other end, Smail was alert to clear. Then came the goal of the game - NOT! Leith broke out from their own half and when a wonderful cross was delivered in to the Bonnyrigg goal No 9, Ross Davies, met it perfectly to score with a header. But linesman Billy Connor had his flag up for offside against the Leith striker.

It was Leith Athletic who were on fire at that stage and they went hunting for the winner. And they duly got it - in the last minute of normal time. It was chaotic in McCathie’s goalmouth as the ball bobbed about all over the place until it landed just right for Callum Mein to score with a low shot in to the right hand corner of McCathie’s goal. That made it 3-2 for Leith and it also brought down the curtain of a wonderful under-19 cup final. In time added on, Bonnyrigg tried their best to get an equaliser of their own, but not this week.

Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 2-3 Leith Athletic

Bonnyrigg Rose Leith Athletic
Liam McCathie
Craig More
Michael Stewart
Robbie Wilson
Nicholas Munro
Calum Murray
Dean Whitson
Joshua Anderson
Rory McIver
Thomas Thomson
Chris Duncan
Jed Baxter
Harry Tranent
Lewis Turkington
Brian McKie
Reece Smail
Ryan Agate
Jack Brien
Kieran Davidson
Llyndon Learnard
Darren Gallagher
Callum Mein
Ross Davies
Sean Macpherson
Conway Hunter
Jordan Currie
Liam Connaghan
Euan Morrice
Sean Melvin
Lewis Wardrope
Thomas Thomson scored twice and was the driving force behind Bonnyrigg's superb start to the game. Only good defending and goalkeeping from Leith denied him a cup final hat-trick.
Sean MacPherson was the strongest performer for Leith Athletic. His goal came at the perfect time and inspired Leith to a superb comeback.


Loanhead Miners
Tynecastle FC
D. Purves


U13 Peter O'Neill Cup - Final
New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg

Ian Mackay

By Ian Mackay
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Tynecastle Football Club under-13s produced a remarkably good TEAM display on their way to beating a very good Loanhead combine in the final of the Peter O’Neill Cup. It is rare indeed to see such young boys play in such a way as Tynecastle did in the final at New Dundas Park in Bonnyrigg. Every player in the Tynecastle colours was exceptionally good against a hard-working Loanhead team and those of us up and early on Sunday morning to see the game being played (in the rain) in Midlothian were even treated to a spectacular display of celebration from a Tynecastle player that included a couple of backward somersaults. Oh, to be young again!

It was indeed, lovely to see, in a game played in such wonderful, genuine and honest manner. What a great credit both clubs were to youth club football. Of course, in a team game, some players were that bit better and in this final, Tynecastle had better players than Loanhead in all areas of the big pitch at Bonnyrigg. And, none, better on both sides than Tynecastle No 8, Daniel Purves. This is a boy with huge natural talent in my humble opinion. A young footballer who knows when to pass the ball and, my, how well Daniel passed the ball in this game. Loanhead, too, had good players but one or two of them could possibly take a lession from Daniel Purves and NOT get caught on the ball. Remember I said Tynecastle had an almost faultless team game, well Daniel and all the others in the maroon jerseys were streets ahead of Loanhead on this occasion.

Good football was in evidence in what was surely a great opening spell with Stuart Robertson, the referee, allowing the game to flow. Did I say it was a team game? Well to illustrate that comment, Tynecastle No 4, Jordan Purves (yes, from the same address) was brilliant in the Tynecastle defence. I just cannot remember if Jordan even wasted one ball out of defence. But, it is possibly wrong of me to pick out individuals among the boys in maroon, as they were all so good in this wonderful example of under-13 boys club football. The coaching and encouragement from both touchlines at Bonnyrigg was top class. It was indeed a brilliant wee game of football. Loanhead were caught offside in early raids on the Tynecastle goal and for a while, it was the team from the football hot-bed of talent in Midlothian who looked in the mood to go in front. But, gradually, Tynecastle forced their way in to the game with studied, brilliant football. It was, for me, a morning of enlightenment! Loanhead No 7, Matt Reitvelt, went close to opening the scoring with a shot that whizzed just wide of the Tynecastle left-hand post.

As the Midlothian outfit continued their raids on the Tynecastle goal, they came up against another star in a maroon jerseys, No 2, Robbie Telfer. Loanhead No 3, meanwhile, Matt Crosbie, was brilliant for his side and his tackles took my breath away. Great play, Matt! Oh, here I go again, Tynecastle No 10, Dylan Brown, showed up so well on attacks on the right while Matt Rietvelt, (No 7) was working his magic for Loanhead. What a super game it was to watch! Declan Glass (No 10) slammed in a good effort that was well saved by Tynecastle keeper, Jordan Brown.

Then, possibly against the run of play, Tynecastle went in front. And guess who scored the goal. Yes, it was the mercurial No 8, Daniel Purves, who scored a tremendous goal at the left-hand post to put his side 1-0 up. I have to add Loanhead had done nothing wrong up till then. On the restart, Dylan Brown (No 10) led another Tynecastle attack but, once more, Matt Crosbie, produced a well-timed tackle to win the ball and clear the danger.

The Loanhead goal survived another good attempt that flew just wide of the target. The pace of the game and the skill on view from both sets of players was quite exceptional (I think I have already said that). And so Tynecastle’s attacks built up with, ahem, you know who (Daniel Purves) looking better and better on the ball. At the other end, Kyle Brockie (No 14) was sent tumbling in a Loanhead raid on the Tynecastle goal, but the referee awarded a free kick to the chagrin of the Loanhead fans. Declan Glass sent in a good free-kick at the Tynecastle goal, but Jordan Brown saved well. A through ball for Kyle Brockie to chase went behind for a goal-kick. Loanhead had upped their game but on this occasion Tynecastle were in brilliant form as a team. Another good move at the Loanhead end saw the ball passed from Ciaran McKenzie to Callum Bremner then on to Craig Ferrier, but the Loanhead defence did well to clear and it was still only 1-0 at the half-way stage.

Half Time: Loanhead Miners 0-1 Tynecastle FC

On the restart, Tynecastle scored a second goal when a mistake in the Loanhead defence left the goalie exposed and Craig Ferrier sent a well-controlled header in to the empty net and Tynecastle were then two goals in front. More brilliant play from Tynecastle almost produced another goal as play zipped along. When Loanhead broke, Ciaran McKenzie (No 5) was on hand for the Edinburgh side to clear the danger. Another super young talent, dare I say! Loanhead set up their own good passing moves and, in the process, won several free-kicks. Two corners as well, but no goals.

Then it was the turn of the Loanhead keeper, Bryan Cairns, to be under pressure again when Tynecastle attacked in force. In a bizarre moment, Dylan Brown, sent a soaring shot away over the Loanhead crossbar and the only living beings in danger were some birds flying over New Dundas Park. Enter stage right again, No 8 Daniel Purves, with a cracker of a shot that was blocked by the Loanhead defenders. Aaron was prominent in the next Tynecastle attack while Matt Reitvelt (No 7) shot wide from a good position at the other end.

What a superb game! Then another mistake in the Loanhead rearguard allowed Dylan Brown to fire in a good effort - straighht at goalie - Bryan Cairns. The fortunes in this final changed again when Declan Glass sent a 26 yard rocket of a shot in to the Tynecastle net to make it 2-1. That was followed with another great attempt from No Matt Reitvelt who brought out the best from Tynecastle keeper, Jordan Brown. And play, simply, roared on. Lots of free-kicks to both sides but no more goals. Callum Bremner it was who sent in a good shot at the Loanhead keeper while Declan Glass produced another magic moment with his close skills and he let fly with a powerful shot that belted up against a team-mate. It was that kind of day for Loanhead.

Then Glass won a corner but that was also cleared by the on-form Tynecastle defence. Something had to break and it was the Loanhead defence once again. A real sucker punch of a goal it was, too, with a Loanhead free-kick cleared away up the left and the ball was taken on a run by Craig Ferrier who then sent over a truly precise cross to the back post for Dylan Brown to score with a great header. Surely, a goal fit to win any game of football?

There was a moment of light relief when referee’s assistant, Philip Duncan, went flying on the far touchline and he looked to have hurt himself. But it was only Philip’s pride that was bruised in the fall, although his outfit was mud-splattered! Nice one, Philip, my boy! Hee, hee, hee, ho, ho ho! Just before the final whistle, Tynecastle won a corner on the right and No 12, Aaron Wilson sent over a great in swinger of a ball that appeared to me to go right in to the back of the net without any assistance. But No 16, Lewis Alexander, claimed the last touch.

Whatever, that made if 4-1 at the final whistle at this exemplary game of under-13 football. It was a sheer pleasure to watch all the players in action. A great game of football indeed. Well done, Tynecastle and so, too, Loanhead. It was a day when all the players could walk tall and be proud of their input in to such a good Peter O’Neill final and each team got a bag of goodies for the players from sponsor John Green (Edinburgh City). Yes, indeed, it was quite a wonderful Sunday morning for everyone at New Dundas Park.

Full Time: Loanhead Miners 1-4 Tynecastle FC 

Loanhead Miners Tynecastle FC
Bryan Cairns
Cameron Watson
Matt Crosbie
Ewan Hopper
Daniel Roulston
Nicholas Weir
Matt Reitvelt
Kieran Williamson
Declan Glass
Bradley Barratt
Kyle Brockie
Nathan Tettleh-Larkey
Ryan Cottrell
Michael Brown
Fraser Jackson
Jordan Brown
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 Teviot Dale
Declan Glass was Loanhead Miners' strongest performer on the day. He scored a good goal and could have had a few more but for the superb defenders and goalkeeper he was up against.
Daniel Purves was Tynecastle FC's star man. He got the show on the road with a fine goal and never looked back, putting in a fine display from start to finish.

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Mitchell 47
J. Kerr 60
Quinn 70
Graham 72


U16 SYFA Challenge Cup - Final
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

Scott Thomson

By Scott Thomson
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Tynecastle FC Under 16’s made it a Scottish Cup double, to add to the victory of their Under 14 side who had won earlier in the day. The side which has reached four Scottish Cup finals as a team since Under 13 level, made it their third national cup victory with a rampant second half performance which reaped four goals.

Tynecastle started the brighter of the two sides in the opening minutes; they were intent on getting the ball down and playing it on the deck of the slick surface. Their first opportunity came when Kyle Mitchell did well to keep the ball in and passed back to Liam Thomson who floated a cross into the back post but it just went over the head of Greg Kerr.

Tynie captain Craig Russell was very vocal at the back, encouraging his side and taking them through the motions from his centre back berth.

The first corner of the match went to Clydebank after Calum Cowan slid in to prevent Kane O’Neil getting his cross into the box. The resulting corner was cleared however.

On the counter attack Thomson crossed from the left but Greg Kerr could only get a slight touch on the header and was unable to divert it on target.

Tynie got the first shot on target after ten minutes. On the counter attack Mitchell picked it up on the left and cut inside but his shot was straight at Clydebank goalkeeper Ben Collinson.

Tynie had another chance to open the scoring and they really should’ve taken advantage of Collinson’s mistake. Thomson curled in a corner, Collinson went to gather the ball in the box but flapped at it, Tynie couldn’t capitalise though and it was cleared.

Experienced SYFA Challenge Cup finalists Tynecastle were mounting pressure on Clydebank with Thomson creating an abundance of chances down the left, but they keep getting themselves caught for offside in the first half, to the frustration of their vocal support.

Scott Holms had the Glasgow side’s first real chance, his shot from just outside the box, drifting wide of Tynecastle goalkeeper Billy Talor’s left hand post.

Clydebank didn’t offer much in the opening 40 minutes going forward, resorting to long balls to their strike force as they looked to break the deadlock.

Just short of half-time a hopeful ball over the defence fed in Greg Kerr, who looked to round Collinson and finish, but Collinson advanced out of his goal to quell the danger and slid in wonderfully to prevent Kerr from getting round him.

Half Time: Clydebank United 0-0 Tynecastle FC

David Wright conceded possession to Clydebank five minutes into the second half, with Holms picking it up just outside the area. His first time shot, curled towards the bottom corner, looked to be heading in but just drifted wide of the post.

Tynecastle, boosted by their near escape, went straight up field and grabbed the opener, Mitchell with an audacious chip which sailed over the head of Collinson and into the net.

Kyle Rafferty almost caught out Taylor with a long range free-kick for Clydebank; the goalkeeper looked as if he was going to leave it, but grasped it above his head at the last minute. Then Greg Kerr almost doubled Tynecastle’s lead midway through the second-half, after being teed up by Matthew Quinn, his half volley went just wide of the post with Collinson stranded.

Tynecastle introduced influential midfielder Ryan Currie and striker Ciaron Small into the fray with fifteen minutes remaining and they provided the much needed spark to secure Tynie’s second of the match.

A corner was played in and Jason Kerr was at the back post to produce a composed finish into the bottom corner after Quinn had got a nick onto the initial ball in at the front post.

Tynecastle made it three when a dangerous free-kick played in by captain Russell was met by the diving torso of Quinn who got a head onto the ball to divert it into the net. It was what the big centre back deserved after an assured display at the back and as an imposing attacking force from set pieces.

Euan Graham, on as a second half substitute made it four, his strong finish into the bottom corner after the ball broke to him in the box, highlighting the strength in depth of the Tynecastle squad.

Clydebank seemed a bit star struck by the ruthless finishing from their opponents and after matching Tynecastle in the first half, they let the occasion get to them after the interval, coming off second best.

In the end Tynecastle were worthy winners, a bright future lies ahead for the fruitful batch of youngsters who, for many, secured their third SYFA Challenge Cup victory in five attempts. 

Full Time: Clydebank United 0-4 Tynecastle FC

Clydebank United Tynecastle FC
1. Ben Collinson
2. Darren McKinlay
3. Kyle Rafferty
4. Andrew Gavin
5. Brayden Coulman
6. Andrew Weir
7. Mark Callaghan
8. Corey Pearson
10. David Coyle
12. Stuart Andrews
14. Kane O'Neill
15. Rob Harwood
16. Scott Holms
17. Christian Zihaliwa


Team Statistics
Free kicks won: 20
Free kicks conceded: 8
Corners: 6
Shots: 6
Shots on target: 2
Headers won: 20
Tackles won: 8
Passes completed: 49
1. Billy Taylor
2. David Wright
3. Calum Cowan
4. Matthew Quinn
5. Euan Graham
6. Craig Russell
7. Jamie Purves
8. Jason Kerr
9. Greg Kerr
10. Kyle Mitchell
12. Mark Shiells
14. Ciaron Small
15. Ryan Currie
17. Liam Thomson
18. David Henderson
19. Joseph Walker

Team Statistics
Free kicks won: 8
Free kicks conceded: 20
Corners: 2
Shots: 7
Shots on target: 5
Headers won: 36
Tackles won: 12
Passes completed: 88 
5--Mark-Callaghan   Mark Callaghan was Clydebank's best performer on the day. He worked hard from start to finish and looked to make things happen. Like his team-mates, impact faded in the second half.
Matthew Quinn Matthew Quinn was a rock at the back for Tynecastle, inspiring the team to a Scottish Cup final clean sheet. Popped up with a goal, which was the icing on the cake of a fantastic display.
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