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Spartans edge past Tynecastle to reach semis

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  • Sunday, 05 March 2017
  • Saughton
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup – Quarter Final

Spartans FC progressed through to the semi-final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after edging past Tynecastle FC by one goal to nil. It was a close fought match throughout the match with both teams giving it their all but it was Spartans’ player, Lorcan Gray who was the difference that saw his team progress into the next round of the competition.

The match kicked off with Tynecastle appearing to be in control of the fixture as they dominated possession. Their impressive start was rewarded with chance to put them ahead in the 26th minute. Kieran Ngwenya took the ball into the penalty box where the player attempt to challenge the Spartans keeper, Niall McFadden.

However, the effort was blocked as the keeper dived at the feet of Ngwenya to save the effort.

This effort was matched with Spartans’ own in the 28th minute. Reece Mason pushed up the field on the left-hand side to then enter the penalty box where he fired on goal but Tynecastle keeper, Aaron Heap met the effort. 

However, it was the Spartans who took the lead in the cup competition in the 36th minute.

Gray, who had been influential in the match up to this point was rewarded for his efforts as he received the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty box to then fire the ball high into the centre of goal, leaving Heap no chance to save the effort, as Spartans went ahead into the half time break. 

  • Half Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 0-1
  • Spartans FC

It was a battle of attrition in the second half as both teams were pushing up into their opponents’ defence, one side looking to double their lead, the other was out for an equaliser which almost came in the 58th minute.

Blair Ramage was dribbling the ball outside the penalty box on the left side where the Tynecastle player decided to fire an effort on goal, however, the shot was met by the back of the Spartans’ defender and deflected wide of the left post.

A minute later and Spartans almost took their own opportunity to double the score. Keir Russell blasted the ball off his right foot outside the penalty box on the left-hand side but the shot was met with the diving effort from Heap.

Tynecastle managed to stop a clinical chance from the Spartans in the 71st minute. Spartans’ player, Nicholas Reid was pushing up the right flank of the pitch when the player played the ball across to Jack Crombie at the opposite side of the penalty box who shot on goal but the effort was saved on the line by the Tynecastle defender. 

The last opportunity to level the score for Tynecastle came in the final stages of the game. In the 81st minute, the ball was played from a free kick on the right side to reach the head of Ivan Alapiki on the left side of the penalty box but McFadden was there to save the effort as his side held on for the win. 

  • Full Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 0-1
  • Spartans FC


Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC
1 Aaron Heap
2 Jack Gammie
3 Luke Wilkie
4 Josh Winnik
5 Scott Jardine
6 Jacques Crane
7 Scott Hunter
9 Jack Carr
10 Ivan Alapiki
11 Kieran Ngwenya
14 Steven Shore
Subs 8 Evan Scott
12 Kyle Robertson
15 Blair Ramage
16 Ross Watson
17 Dean Murray
1 Niall McFadden
3 Jonathan Jarron
5 Kieran Moyles
9 Reece Mason
10 Jack Crombie
11 Joseph Evenden
12 Lorcan Gray
13 Kornel Durda
14 Keir Russell
17 Luke Morris
23 Nicholas Reid
Subs 4 Thomas Baur
8 Daniel Troup
15 Campbell Swanson
18 Robbie Walker
19 Reuben Walsh
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC
Tynecastle’s Jack Carr was influential in the creation of chances throughout the match. His runs down the right flank saw him beat players with ease whilst keeping good control of the ball at his feet. Carr created several clear-cut opportunities for his team to score and level the game, he was unfortunate to get an assist for his efforts.
Spartans’ Lorcan Gray was the real difference in Sunday’s cup clash. His movement on the ball throughout the match was impressive and powerful finish for his goal was sublime. Gray got better as the match progressed, especially after his goal as the player’s confidence boosted as he made several solo dribbles in the heart of the midfield to feed off the ball to his teammates to double their lead. If Gray can pick up the same form in his next match, then he will only develop even more.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC
Tynecastle’s magic moment came in the closing stages of the match which almost saw them level the score. A free kick taken by Kyle Robertson on the right-hand side of the pitch was met by the headed effort of Kieran Ngwenya in the centre of a crowded penalty box. However, the ball narrowly flew over the crossbar.
Spartans’ magic moment was the moment that they went ahead in the match thanks to Lorcan Gray’s strike. Receiving the ball in the right-hand side of the penalty box, Gray thundered the ball through his laces to arrive high and centre of the goal, leaving the keeper no chance to save it. The Spartans’ team all came together to celebrate the effort and the passion from the players for their team was shown.
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