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Musselburgh Windsor were crowned champions of the Inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup at Under 15s level with a 3-2 win over Tynecastle in a pulsating game of football for the supporters, neutral, officials and players involved in this contest.
Tynecastle beat Broxburn Whites, Spartans Youth, Aston Villa, Giffnock North, Burntisland Shipyard, Glenvale and AFC Glasgow whilst Musselburgh dispatched of Hillfield Swifts, Hutchison Vale Colts, Caledonian, Blantyre, Kilsyth and Dyce BC.
Musselburgh threatened early on in the game with Robert Hunter playing a nice diagonal ball out wide which was met by Tyler Pryde who then broke into the danger area and sent a lovely ball into the box however nobody was on the end of the cross and Tynecastle dealt with the ball with ease.
Tynecastle had the first real chance of the game, the Maroons were patient in their play during the opening exchanges of the game however seen a release in the Windsor defence to try and break an opening, Murray Connolly found Charlie Nairn however a half volley by the forward went over the bar.
A Musselburgh attack on nine minutes almost resulted in the opening goal of the match after a fantastic ball from the right hand side came into a dangerous area in which Jacob Shyngle pulled the trigger from 12 yards however his own player Robert Hunter blocked the ball on the goalline before a header by Josh Murray was saved by Josh Philp.
Tynecastle took the lead on 10 minutes, a fantastic ball came into the box by Corin Brown which troubled the Windsor defence in which Sam Hood parried the ball away but only came into the pathway of Callum Todd 12 yards out who kept his composure with a lovely finish past the jam packed goal line beating Hood and his Musselburgh defence, Windsor had threatened on a few occasions prior to the attack however Tynecastle played some great football on the counter attack which paid off in the end.
Musselburgh pressed again in search of an equaliser, Daniel Combe doing well to get apart of his Tynecastle counterpart however a good effort from the winger hitting the side netting, Combe had done well for Windsor and looked a danger when he got on the ball, Windsor went forward more times than Tynecastle did in the opening 20 minutes of the game however didn't produce much quality in the forward ranks compared to Tynecastle with the Maroons taking their chance when it mattered.
The,last period of the first half was quite subdued in terms of chances however Musselburgh continued to try and get themselves back into the game with Tyler Pryde having a chance from just inside the box going wide of the right hand post, at the Tynecastle goal kick, the ball came into the path of Charlie Nairn who then curled in a good ball from the left hand side and the ball came into Koren Brown who volleyed at goal however regardless, was denied by an offside call from the linesman.
Musselburgh equalised on 36 minutes with Evan Fleming and Josh Murray linking up very well together, Murray put the ball out wide into the feet of Fleming who ran up the wing before sending in a fantastic ball which was met by an unmarked Murray 15 yards from goal who headed the ball into the net beyond Josh Philp in the Tynecastle goal, the tall goalkeeper didn't even attempt to save the ball with a fantastic header from Murray, the goal was just rewards as Musselburgh had played some great football however missed getting that all important goal.
Windsor continued to threaten immediately after the goal and retrieved the ball right away and got a free kick in a good position just a couple of minutes later, a free kick by the talented Daniel Combe looked like it was going into the back of the net however the only burden for Windsor was the crossbar which was a blessing for Tynecastle, Musselburgh had been well on top in the latter stages of the half with Tynecastle delighted to see the half time whistle.
Four goals from Brian Connor helped Glenvale retain the Scottish Cup as they blew Fairmuir away in Airdrie.
Connor’s four goals were added to by Euan Rodger, Fraser Lee and John Cumming as Glenvale lifted the trophy for the second consecutive season.
Glenvale couldn’t have asked for a better start as they took the lead after just three minutes through Euan Rodger. Fraser Lee picked the ball up in midfield and released Brian Connor in behind the Fairmuir defence.
Connor’s strike was tame but an uncharacteristic mistake from Cameron Hendry saw the Fairmuir keeper spill the ball into the path of Rodger, who bundled the ball over the line from a matter of yards out.
It was a nightmare start for Fairmuir, whose first chance came courtesy of a long-range effort from Mark McCrory on the 10 minute mark.
Things got better for Glenvale after 12 minutes when Rodger turned provider for Connor with a volleyed pass that Connor gathered before rounding Hendry and slipping the ball into the net.
Two minutes later, Connor had the ball in the net again as Glenvale added to their lead. The striker flicked the ball through to Sean Borland, who cut the ball back for Connor, who squeezed it past Hendry into the bottom corner.
Fairmuir were beginning to see more of the ball but couldn’t ask any questions of Ciaran McDowall in the Glenvale goal.
Glenvale added a fourth goal on 27 minutes when Connor’s cross was cleared as far Fraser Lee, who fired a low shot home through the legs of Hendry from eight yards.
Connor completed his hattrick after 32 minutes when he was played in by Aidan McLaughlin, before once again rounding Hendry and slipping the ball into the net.
Ross Hazel hit a shot wide from 20 yards for Fairmuir before Connor saw a header bounce over the bar from close range.
Connor found Borland with a deft flick that sent the midfielder through one-on-one with Hendry, but the Fairmuir keeper stood up and kept out the low effort.
In first half injury time, Glenvale got their sixth goal through John Cumming, who powered a header home from a corner.
Dyce produced a thumping second half to defeat Airdrie 4-0 and take the U13s Scottish Cup. Two goals from Matt McFarlane were complemented by a long range strike from Ethan Sutherland and an Aidan Brookes penalty, giving the Aberdeen side their silverware in the Lanarkshire team’s own stadium.
The opening half was scrappy and often lacking in concentrated possession. Dyce were quicker into the game, with their attacking players getting touches of the ball advanced within the Airdrie half. However, bar a 20 yard free kick by Brookes and cross-shot by Sutherland, in the 6th and 7th minutes respectively and both comfortably saved by Airdrie number one David Milligan, the pressure was at a distance.
Airdrie’s place in the match strengthened with a quarter of an hour played. Initially their endeavours produced no more than throw-ins, but soon direct balls began to show promise. These encouraged striker Michael McKinley to chase against the centre backs, and he won space for a brace of long but wayward shots.
On the half hour a fine saunter out of defence by Dyce’s Scott Robertson led to an unsuccesful penalty claim by Sutherland, and for a few minutes the final found a previously lacking bite. This piqued attitude duly produced the best chance of the half, as McKinley caught a hopeful punt, wrestled inside his two markers, and was only denied by the out-rushing Sam Inglis.
The Excelsior stadium welcomed Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Harmony Row as they went head to head in the hopes of clinching cup final glory in the Scottish Youth FA Cup.
After a hard fought 90 minutes and extra time from both sides, Kirkintilloch sealed themselves victory on penalties after Callum McAuley’s excellent save of Ben Harwood’s powerful shot, which was ultimately the deciding factor in the tie.
Both teams set the tone for the fixture early on as Kirkintilloch’s Greg Miller piled on the pressure for the Harmony Row Goal Keeper, Dylan Austin; while Harmony Row’s Greg Murphy had a series of crunching tackles.
As Harmony Row found themselves comfortable within the game, the fifth minute saw Charlie Freedman race up the left hand side before firing the ball into the back of the net, only to have the effort called offside.
It wasn’t long before Kirkintilloch were hitting back at the other end though, as Miller had a shot that was taken comfortably by Austin in the sixth minute.
It was in the 14th minute, however, that Kirkintilloch caught a break as Kian Gilday sent an excellent ball over to the opposite side of the box to Luke McNiven, who picked out the feet of Fraser Dawson in the box. Dawson calmly slotted the ball past Austin and Kirkintilloch found themselves 1-0 up within the first 15 minutes.
After a series of long balls that didn’t seem to come off for Harmony Row, their determination paid off in the 27th minute after they gained a crucial corner that would change the dynamic of the game once again.
The effort brushed the head of Harwood but didn’t come off as he may have hoped; however, it fell behind him for Kieran Robb, who fired a low shot into the left-hand corner of the net, bringing the fixture even once more at 1-1.
After equalising, Harmony Row seemed to gain the confidence to take hold of the match, Harwood in particular continued to send wonderful balls into the box before one dropped for Kyle Elrick who was unable to take advantage.
An action-packed Cup Final clash at Hampden Park on Friday saw Dundee's St. John's High School triumph over Graeme High School of Falkirk to claim their second Senior National Shield since 2016.
While St. John's certainly earned their victory, both teams had their fair share of chances throughout the fixture; including the effort in the 11th minute from Romanis which was saved by Ross Matthews in a one on one encounter.
Kai Fotheringham also found himself unlucky with an effort in the 44th minute which was hammered at Matthews and sent out for a corner.
The 37th minute saw both teams attempting to hit one another on the break, as the Hampden crowd were treated to end to end action.
Soon after in the 40th minute, St. John's Captain, Ross McNaughton, who commanded midfield throughout the fixture, raced up front before sending a low ball through to Grady McGrath, who's shot was well defended by the Graeme full backs.
Nathan Young-Coombes sealed Youth Cup glory for Rangers over their arch-rivals Celtic after a brilliant 3-2 victory at Hampden.
Rangers netted twice in the opening ten minutes before Celtic pulled it level with a couple of their own in the early stages of the second half. Young-Coombes became the hero for his side, converting a header to give the young Gers victory.
In the opening couple of minutes Young-Coombes showed how much of a threat he could be, finding space in the Celtic box, before seeing his shot deflected wide.
Only five minutes had been played before Ciaran Dickson put Rangers in front. The youngster picked up the ball on the edge of the area and sent a lovely side footed shot into the bottom corner.
Adedapo Mebude doubled Rangers’ lead two minutes later. The forward found some room in the Celtic penalty area and blasted his shot past goalkeeper Liam Hughes.
Some sloppy play in the young Gers midfield allowed Celtic forward Cameron Harper to break away on the counter. The move eventually came to nothing as Harper’s shot was turned around the post by Rangers stopper Lewis Budinauckas.
Joshua McPake missed a good opportunity to all but end things on the 42nd minute mark, but his shot from the left fizzed just wide of the post.
A 45th minute winner from Matt McFarlane was enough to send Dyce BC to the Scottish Cup final to set up a meeting with Airdrieonians Real BC at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie on May 19th. Both teams tried to play the game in a positive way however a gusting wind was the burden behind that with only a set piece the difference.The attendance was 300.
Dyce beat CBC Hilton, East End Boys Athletic, Spartans, Glasgow Boys, Pollock United and Tynecastle. BSC Glasgow Lightning beat Thorn Athletic Blues, St Cadocs County, Ardencaple, Valspar, West End Reds, Currie Star and Hutchison Vale.
The other winner who deserves a mention is Dyce Juniors committee member David Bartlet who got his wife to drive him to Ian Mair Park at 5am on Sunday morning in order to get the game to go ahead after extreme weather on Saturday forced the game to be a doubt.
Both sides had a few half chances in the early exchanges of the game with Broomhill having the most notable chance on eight minutes. A good long range strike by Zak Murray was tipped away by Sam Inglis in the Dyce goal, the first half was a little bit subdued with the wind dominating proceedings in this game.
Dyce had a few chances afterwards in an effort to get that all important break through with Ethan Sutherland trying his luck however a good save by Hursh Sharma denied the striker, McFarlane also had a good chance with a 25 yard effort which was also denied by the talented Sharma.
The final chance of the half came to the hosts with Sutherland and McFarlane linking up again with the latter having a chance denied by Sharma, nothing to seperate the teams heading into half time, Dyce were playing well however lacking that final ball whilst Broomhill were battling away however had a lack of chances in front of goal.
Nairn Bonnar’s second half goal sealed Fairmuir’s place in the final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup as they edged out Ferry Athletic at Tannadice.
Both teams came into the match looking to do what no Dundee team had done since Dundee United SC in 2013 and reach the Scottish Cup final. Not even an early morning sleet storm could put a dampener on two of the city’s top sides.
With a place in Airdrie at stake a repeat of the sides 5-4 league meeting in August was unlikely as both teams searched to assert themselves early on. Ferry’s first chance fell to Mitchell Smith who cracked a volley wide from the edge of the box inside the opening minute.
Nairn Bonnar has been a standout for Fairmuir this season and the pacey forward made his intentions clear when he drove from inside his own half into the Ferry box, but he saw a well hit strike matched by a smart diving save from Ferry’s Connor Milton.
Ferry were getting a lot of joy in the wide areas early on, but Owen McColgan failed to trouble Cammy Hendry with an overhead kick.
For all their possession Ferry were failing to test Hendry in the Fairmuir goal. A low ball across the face of the Fairmuir goal looked certain to provide the opener, but nobody in a yellow shirt was on hand to turn the ball in.
At the other end, Alex Stewart’s ball was collected by Ross Hazel, who looked to have broken the deadlock with a dipping volley from inside the box until Milton leaped to tip the ball over the bar.
Ferry continued to see plenty of the ball but Fairmuir continued to pose a threat on the break. A long ball released Jake Grady down the right only for his cross to not quite fall for Bonnar, who eventually teed up Mark McCrory only for the Fairmuir captain to lash the ball wide from 25 yards.
After a cagey opening the game was beginning to open up and Ferry thought they had broken the deadlock when Jake Stewart swept home from McColgan’s pass only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside.
Fairmuir went close through a dipping strike from Bonnar before failing to capitalise on a poor goal kick from Milton. Hazel and Grady appeared to leave the loose ball for each other before Hazel played in Grady, who failed to hit the target with his effort.
With half time approaching Fairmuir’s Alex Stewart brought the ball out of defence before shooting wide after neat interplay with Jamie Timmons.
Ferry’s final chance of the first half fell for Greg Breen who swept his shot wide from the edge of the box after good play down the Ferry right. In injury time Rory Jagusinski teed up Grady, but he dragged his effort wide.
In a game where we saw all four seasons at New Tinto Park, Barrhead and Rossvale were involved in an entertaining affair to see who could progress to the Scottish Cup U21s final.
Things started slowly for both teams with Barrhead looking slightly stronger than Rossvale in the opening stages of the game, but no chances seriously threatened either goal.
As the game approached the half hour mark the first big chance came for Barrhead with Joseph Manderson striking well from the edge of the box, the ball was heading into the top corner of the goal however Rossvale keeper Stuart Goodfellow saved brilliantly to prevent Barrhead from taking the lead.
The resulting corner from Malcolm McDonald saw Barrhead come painfully close again when Dylan Stewart's header came crashing off the post. However, Rossvale's resolve broke down when the ball came back into the box just seconds later and Goodfellow failed to catch, leaving Dylan Stewart with the opportunity to finish this time, sending Barrhead 1-0 up.
Rossvale started to come back into the game after this as they looked for an equaliser, with a shot from John McCrae going just over the bar, however they were unable to score before the first half came to a close.
It was Hearts who prevailed in an entertaining Edinburgh derby on Friday night, edging local rivals Hibs in a 3-2 thriller. The home team saw more of the ball throughout the game, and ensured their superior possession did not go to waste as they seized a three goal lead, thanks to goals from Connor Smith, Leeory Makaovora and Cameron Logan.
Hibs were determined not to go down without a fight however; Callum Yeats pulled one back for the visitors, but Josh O’Connor’s late tap in proved too late as Hearts claimed bragging rights on Derby Day.
Hibs made their attacking intent clear in the opening seconds of the game when centre half Jayden Fairley released pacey striker Yrik Galantes, but a timely tackle from Arron Darge, who was imperious throughout, quelled the danger to the Hearts goal. Hearts’ first chance came from a Makovora cross that found Ryan Schiavone, but the target man headed wide of Jay Cantley’s goal.
The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when Smith fired Hearts into the lead. A throw in resulted in the Hearts captain collecting the ball on the right hand side of the box, with options in front of him, Smith elected to float into the box, whilst skilfully evading multiple Hibs tackles. He then picked his moment perfectly, unleashing a ferocious strike that flew across goal into the bottom right corner to give Hearts the advantage heading into the break.
Hearts may have doubled their lead before half time had it not been for an excellent save from Cantley. Schiavone used his strength to fend off the Hibs defence, but was denied by Cantley’s quick reflexes, as Hibs’ number one tipped the volley over the bar.
Rangers booked their passage to the Scottish Youth Cup Final on Friday, as they came from behind to advance with a 3-1 win over Aberdeen in Cove.
Both teams had produced strong runs in the competition to reach this stage, and the match promised to be tightly contested, with a place at Hampden on the line.
It was the young Dons, who saw off Kilmarnock in the last round, grabbing the early initiative here. A goal kick by Rangers stopper Nicky Hogarth was returned by the hosts’ midfield with emphasis, the looping ball evading the jump of centre back Daniel Finlayson. Aberdeen’s Kevin Hanratty raced through on the net, and his low cut back found Connor Barron for 1-0. The young man showing great desire to arrive in the area and slide the ball home neatly through a crowd of bodies.
Winger Lewis Duncan was next to test the Rangers rear-guard with eight played. One on one with Nathan Patterson, he fizzed a dangerous cross in from the right. Hogarth this time displaying smart reactions to get down and push the first danger away across goal. With the ball now on the left of the box, possession was recycled and Jack Chesser had space on the edge, but pulled his effort wide of the post.
In reply to the concession, Rangers were trying to build play up to their own forward players. Striker Adedapo Mebude went hunting several times to get involved, and had done a good job, tasking himself with dropping slightly shorter from the frontline and holding the ball up for his teammates. This work would pave the way for the equaliser on nine. Mebude tracked to steal the ball back from Lloyd Robertson. After a quick exchange with Joshua McPake, the latter weighted a ball for Ciaran Dickson, piercing the defence. Dickson’s first shot was blocked nicely by Archie Mair, but the rebound fell for him to tuck in. The game now level at 1-1.
Beginning to settle into a flow, the chances kept coming for both teams. Hanratty had another left footed effort saved, whilst Rangers forced a pair of quick corners.
What was clear at this stage was an attacking approach adopted by either side on the ball. Nobody was giving an inch, with the intense pressing of the fullbacks pivotal in forcing the ball forward; an escape from the tightness of midfield. Harris O’Connor provided this for Rangers on several occasions throughout. Probing on 19 minutes, his interchange with McPake nearly created the next opening, but was thwarted.
Then it was defensive duty two minutes later. Hanratty this time skipping past O’Connor, but he couldn’t pick out Kieran Shanks as he stabbed the ball to the centre. Chance gone.
Ben Williamson was instrumental in two following opportunities for Rangers. First his clever pass put McPake in the clear. Mair again matched him with the save, and Mebude lashed the bobbling rebound over. Williamson then presented O’Connor with the time to carve out a cross. Plucked out by Mair ahead of McPake.
Aberdeen’s best chances came on the break, with Rangers now beginning to take control of relatively safe possession. On 35, Kieran Shanks, back to goal, had the opportunity to release Lewis Duncan, instead opting to lay the ball off for Ethan Ross. Ross then did well to burst forward, but the space to shoot was closed off by Kyle McLelland.
Adedapo Mebude called Mair into action again after a reversed pass from McPake. The keeper denying him. Moments later though, we would close the half with a Rangers goal.
Four minutes from the break, strength from Joshua McPake saw him hold off Aberdeen’s Luke Turner on the edge of the area. Spinning, the forward found a yard to notch the visitor’s second into the bottom corner. 2-1 at the whistle.