Hutchison Vale progressed in the Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup after overcoming Dryburgh Athletic 3-1 in their 4th round tie. Blair Conway scored early for the visitors before Mitchell Hay equalized in the second half. A late Cameron Stewart double sealed the victory for Hutchison in what was a tough encounter for both sides.
The match started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to make an early impact. The first chance arose in the fifth minute when Dryburgh’s Ryan Smith fired a shot wide of the target from inside the penalty area.
Six minutes later and the frantic pace produced an early goal for Hutchison Vale. Following Dryburgh conceding a free kick on the half way line Hutchison’s right back, Harry Pullar, stepped up to launch the ball into the 18-yard box. The Dryburgh defence attempted to deal with the long ball but only succeeded in diverting it towards the feet of Hutchison’s Conway. The number nine duly dispatched the ball into the top right corner from close range.
Following the goal both sides developed the same problem. Getting the ball to the final third of the pitch was fine but beyond that they encountered issues. Both teams couldn’t quite find the right passes to open up the defences who, in fairness, were having solid games.
As a result only one clear opportunity arose for the remainder of the first half. A Dryburgh free kick was sent into the penalty area and, after a couple of ricochets, it arrived at the feet of Reece Coats. The resulting shot was low and powerful but it was blocked and diverted out by the Hutchison Vale defenders.