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Hutchison Vale progress after battle in windy St Andrews

St Andrews Colts 1

Baldie 12

Hutchison Vale Colts 4

Barr 10, Elder 23, Barr 29, Galloway 39
  • Sunday, 26 October 2014
  • Tom Morris Ground
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

Grant Ross | YFS East Region Journalist
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Hutchison Vale Colts travelled to St Andrews, as St Andrews Colts played host for this third round tie. Hutchison Vale had defeated Shotts YMCA and Fauldhouse Foxes to reach this stage. While, St Andrews had seen off Glenrothes Strollers and Luncarty.
 
The first chance had begun just seconds after the whistle was blown. Craig Begg skipped majestically through the Hutchison Vale defence and was unfortunate to see his shot glance the crossbar.
 
Vale looked dangerous in the early stages too. Lyall Constable had to be alert to hold onto a dangerous Kyle Hutchison cross.
 
It didn’t take long for the goal tallies to start to rise. Galloway charged down a lofted ball forward to prompt a break for Hutchison Vale. He then threaded a precise pass to Barr who was able to take the ball around Constable in their one on one and convert into the net.
 
Their advantage didn’t last long though. Scot Cunningham, from the edge of the box knocked the ball to Baldie who finished powerfully from a tight angle.
 
Both sides had done well to create and then take the chances they did in blustery conditions early on in a very balanced game.
 
It took a brave defensive header by Jay Peel to stop Begg advancing into a one on one with Cameron Bryce. Begg and the St Andrews bench thought they were ahead just moments later. He controlled a high ball to him in the six-yard box and turned and fired into the net but had fouled Bryce in the process.
 
But it was Vale who put themselves ahead. A throw from Hutchison to Barr, deep in the St Andrews half, allowed Barr to play a low and fast cross which evaded all but Elder who calmly slotted home from six yards.
 
A Grant Aitken corner almost brought parity. He whipped the ball in and it would have curled straight into the net if it was not for the fast reactions of Aidan Cross who headed off the line marvellously.
 
As the half entered its closing stages the gap widened. Hutchison provided the well timed pass to Barr who hammered the ball towards the opposite side of the goal for a two goal advantage at half time.
 
Two strong sides had contested the half with St Andrews unfortunate to have come up against a strong Hutchison Vale defence. While Hutchison Vale themselves could have had more were it not for several timely interventions by Dylan Syme and Lewis Cunningham.
 
  • Half Time:
  • St Andrews Colts
  • 1-3
  • Hutchison Vale Colts
The second half began in the same fashion as the first. St Andrews’ Aitken had a fabulous solo run. He switched feet several times and his waltz towards goal was only halted when Kieran McCauley shepherded him out of play for a corner. The good delivery from the corner was headed narrowly over by Syme.
 
Galloway delivered the crucial blow to St Andrews hopes. Barr had lifted the ball back to him from the by-line and Galloway was delighted to volley home from close range.
 
Hutchison Vale could have had a fifth and Barr a third had Syme not been on hand to clear his shot off the line and it fell to Cunningham to force Galloway who had picked up the clearance out of play.
 
In the closing minutes the Hutchison Vale defence, of McCauley and Adam Elmi had to escort a dangerously looking Begg out and concede a corner, which was successfully cleared.
 
Although Vale had the better chances in second half both sets of Colts defended well for what was prominently a midfield battle. Both sides can look forward to getting back to league duty after a strong performance and Hutchison Vale are one step further forward on the road to Airdrie.
 
  • Full Time:
  • St Andrews Colts
  • 1-4
  • Hutchison Vale Colts

Lineups

St Andrews Colts
Hutchison Vale Colts

20. Lyall Constable
2. Scot Cunningham
3. Lewis Davis
5. Dylan Syme
6. Archie Renton
7. Jack Williams
8. Taylor Baldie
9. Grant Aitken
10. Craig Begg
11. Alex Thomson
12. Liam Thomson
14. Lewis Cunningham
16. Callum Wishart
17. Peter Vissochi
18. Lewis Stephen
24. Luke Provan

1. Cameron Bryce
2. Brendan Meikle
3. Jay Peel
4. Kieran McCauley
5. Adam Elmi
7. Kyle Hutchison
8. Ryan Galloway
9. Findley Barr
10. James Robertson
11. Josh Elder
12. Aiden Cross
14. Harris McClean
15. Connor Stewart
16. Thomas Purves
17. Aiden Duffy
18. Emre Karaduman

Star Player
St Andrews Colts
Hutchison Vale Colts
Craig Begg was industrious throughout. He was unlucky not to have scored on a couple of occasions and certainly ruffled some feathers in the Hutchison Vale defence with his physicality
Findley Barr was fantastic through the whole game. He was involved in all four of his sides goals and was clinical whenever he had the chance.
Magic Moment
St Andrews Colts
Hutchison Vale Colts
Grant Aitken's solo run in the box. He shifted his weight so often it was impossible to know which way he was going to go from the sidelines never mind if he was right in front of you.
Ryan Galloway's pass was perfectly weighted and directed to set up Barr's first goal. It rolled right in front of Barr having travelled at least twenty yards
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