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Musselburgh Windsor and Hillfield Swifts share the spoils in hard fought affair

Musselburgh Windsor 2

Martin 30, Hamilton 55

Hillfield Swifts 2

Proudfoot 17, Adam 33
  • Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • Pinkie High School
  • Under 14´s
  • SERYFA Division 1
Musselburgh Windsor managed to salvage a point in an enticing 2-2 draw with Hillfield Swifts played at a freezing Pinkie High School.
 
The game started at a fiery pace from both sides, eager to get the early upper hand. A tempo that was nearly impossible to keep up throughout the whole match.
 
Once the play had settled, it was the away side who took control and created the first opening.
 
Daniel Adam, who was to be the attacking focal point for Swifts all afternoon, turned inside neatly before threading a slightly over-weighted pass into the impressive Takudiwa Siva to latch onto. His first time shot to close to the keeper though, who read the situation well and closed the angle.
 
A lot of territorial play ensued during the opening 15 minutes as both sides battled for limited chances and possession.
 
Following a number of half chances; a free-kick from Swifts’ Adam and a dragged shot from Windsor’s Mathew Combe, Swifts took the lead on 17 minutes.
 
It was Brogan Proudfoot with the goal, cutting inside and back onto his favoured right foot to blast a shot above the helpless Fraser Machray in goal, after receiving a great pass from Owen Gray.
 
The lead was deserved from Swifts but it provoked a reaction from Musselburgh and they started to impose themselves in the game more on the back of conceding.
 
Their reward was an equaliser on 30 minutes. Swifts cleared the box of an attack only to see it lobbed back in over the top for Robbie Martin to run onto a slot it underneath the goalkeeper from a fairly narrow angle.
 
Without really creating much Windsor had found themselves level but their concentration dropped immediately after, when they conceded in the 33rd minute.
 
Following a scramble on the edge of the box it was inevitably Adam who it fell to and he struck a powerful first time shot into the top corner from 18 yards.

 

  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 1-2
  • Hillfield Swifts

As the bleak weather continued in the second half, Windsor needed to create more chances if they were to get anything from the game.

Swifts were still threatening but lacked a final ball or someone willing to shoot from range much to the dismay of their manager.
 
On 56 minutes, Musselburgh carved an opening from a deep pass from midfield in behind the Swifts defence. Substitute Dylan Hamilton found himself clear with a chance to score and he made no mistake with a composed finish.
 
Musselburgh hadn’t created much but they certainly took their chances well.
 
As the game wore on, Adam and Seva were looking the two likely players to snatch a goal for the away side with good link up play all over the park.
 
Their best chance fell to Seva after he linked up well with Adam but Machray pulled off a wonderful save to deny him and potentially earn his side a point.
 
Swifts continued to apply the pressure deep into the game and the final chance was presented to Joseph Cairaldi but his shot was comfortably caught by Machray this time.
 
Hillfield Swifts may have felt they deserved all three points but Windsor were hard to break down and were clinical in their chance taking to earn a worthy point at home.
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 2-2
  • Hillfield Swifts

Lineups

Musselburgh Windsor
Hillfield Swifts
1. Fraser Machray
2. Ollie Short
3. James Low
4. Arron Cockburn
5. Matthew O'Connor
6. Harry Jeffery Hood
7. Robbie Martin
8. Mathew Combe
9. William Aitken
10. Steven McCole
11. Greg Jones
12. Dylan Hamilton
14. Matthew Fraser
15. Jack McAlpine
1. Craig Richardson
2. Reiss King
3. Joseph Cairaldi
4. Gregor Barr
5. Oskar Spellmeyer
6. Robbie Hamilton
7. Cameron Allan
8. Brogan Proudfoot
9. Reece Dunnett
10. Takudiwa Seva
11. Daniel Adam
12. Kane White
14. Euan Balfour
15. Dylan Hall
16. Owen Gray
17. Stewart Rogers
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor
Hillfield Swifts
Has to be Fraser Machray in goals for his save in the remaining minutes of the game. Really was crucial in earning a point for Windsor.
Daniel Adam upfront. He was the key player from the beginning and was constantly creating openings and running at the Musselburgh defence. Rewarded with a great strike too.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor
Hillfield Swifts
Shortly after conceding they really started to play some excellent football on the ground for a spell. One specifically memorable move heavily involved McAlpine who was also great on the day.
A confident run from Takudiwa Seva in which he beat two men with ease starting from nearly the half way line and was just foiled at the final hurdle by a defender. Excellent ball control and pace nonetheless.
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