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Penalty drama as Albion clinch Scottish Cup crown

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Albion BC Under 16s
Tynecastle Under 16s
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup - Final
Venue: Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Date: 13/05/2012
Author: Sam Robertson

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Albion BC vs Tynecastle - Under 16sAlbion BC won the SYFA Challenge Cup on penalties after a goalless draw with Tynecastle. The game was a very physical one which could have gone either way and it was Albion who came out on top.
The game started with a real midfield battle. Albion made a good start to the game and nearly took the lead when their striker was played through but was denied by the feet of Tynecastle Goalkeeper Tulloch.
The best chance for Tynecastle in the first half came on 9 minutes when a cross came into the box, Albion goalkeeper missed the ball completely but his defender on the line saved him from conceding a rather soft goal.
The chances in the first half were limited with the game being a real midfield battle. The physicality of both sides was on display with some tasty challenges being made.
The strength of the two sides' defence was also there to be seen with attackers finding it difficult to get in behind them and create goalscoring chances.

Half Time: Albion BC Under 16s 0 - 0 Tynecastle Under 16s
Albion BC vs Tynecastle - Under 16sThe second half started in dramatic fashion as Albion were awarded a penalty by the referee for a foul in the box. However, after consulting his linesman the referee overturned the decision to the disappointment of the fans and players of Albion. Albion kept up the pressure and looked closer to scoring as their centre back headed over from a corner.
Tynecastle started to come in to the game and had chances to score. Firstly, Ryan Clarke headed wide with a free header from a corner, then James Redpath saw his powerful free kick parried away by the Albion 'keeper.
Albion did have the ball in the net on 65 minutes but it was disallowed for a foul on the Tynecastle goalkeeper.
Both sides had chances to score in injury time but neither team could capitalise. First Lewis Pashley was played through on goal but was denied by the feet of Tynecastle 'keeper . Then, just seconds later, Tynecastle's Blake Wales made space in the box but was denied by the post and the match entered extra time.
Extra time started on a sour note when Tynecastle's defender Scott Siegel was sent off for a mistimed tackle. Tynecastle were forced to play the rest of extra time with 10 men which was a real uphill struggle.
Albion almost scored 15 minutes into extra time when a free kick was saved acrobatically by Tulloch. Then Albion somehow failed to score from the resulting corner in a scramble in the box with the ball ending up over the bar.
A similar scramble followed minutes later and Albion again failed to score. The best chance to score was with a volley which was saved well by the Tynie 'keeper. In the final minute Aaron Baker missed the target with a speculative bicycle kick and the SYFA final went to penalties.
Full Time: Albion BC Under 16s 0 - 0 Tynecastle Under 16s (Albion win 5-4 on pens) 
A tense shoot-out saw the first eight scored with great composure. The next five were missed, giving Albion's Pashley the chance to become a hero and that he did.
Not a classic final by any means but the drama of penalties definately made up for it. A physical game which could have gone any way so congratulations to Albion and commiserations to Tynecastle.
Albion BC Under 16s
Tynecastle Under 16s
1. Nico Berton (GK)
2. Liam Meldrum
4. Ray Gordon
5. Macauley Rae
6. Josh Milne
7. Devon Kennedy-Colbert
8. Chris Davidson
11. Darren Sinclair
14. Chris Liversedge
15. Aaron Baker
18. Harry Milne
9. James Gibb
10. Jack Smith
12. Lewis Pashley
16. Kyle Bridger
21. Miller Knowles
1.  Cameron Tulloch (GK)
2.  Taylor Black
3.  Gavin Birrell
4.  Scott Siegel
5.  Bradd Campsie
6.  James Redpath
10.  Ryan Clarke
11.  Euan Lannon
12.  Gregor Lockhart
14.  Darren McGrath
15.  Blake Wales
7.   James Lancaster
8.   Andrew McBride
16.  Clayton Crowther

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18.  Shaun Munro
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