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Spartans under the weather as Hutchie progress

Spartans Reds 0

Hutchison Vale 2

Hunter 38,55
  • Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Division 1 League Cup
Harvey Nafpliotis

Charalambos (Harvey) Nafpliotis | YFS South East Region Journalist

Two of the league’s top sides locked horns as Spartans Reds U16s hosted Hutchison Vale U16s in the Division 1 League Cup. Hutchie took home the spoils in what was as at times a game adversely effected by poor weather conditions, meaning neither side could produce their usual brand of attractive football.

With the game in its infancy it was Spartans who looked the more dangerous of the two sides. Michael Allen tested Hutchie goalkeeper Martin with a close range shot on around the 3 minute mark, the forward making space in the box after a decent delivery from a corner, but Allen was to be denied by a smart reflex save from Martin on this occasion.

Allen would be at the forefront of the Spartans attack again soon after as he took responsibility of a dangerous free kick just outside the visitor’s box on 4 minutes. A great ball in was once again well stopped by Martin in the Hutchie goal, the keeper this time rising highest to bring the ball in to his chest and stop what looked like a dangerous chance from forming.

As Spartans continued to press Murray Hand showed he was not afraid of having a go. The midfielder picked up the ball with a good 25 yards between him and attempted a long drive, this was comfortably saved by the Hutchie goalkeeper. Hand was not to be deterred from his long range shooting however, as just minutes later he attempted a similar effort, this time drawing out the best in Martin who turned the ball behind for a corner.

Its fair to say that with 18 minutes gone it was Spartans who had the lion’s share of possession.  It was Fareid Yassein for Hutchie who would look to change that. The central midfielder looked composed as he took hold of the ball playing neat passes to his teammates and looking to form an attack. Indeed it was Yassein who linked with Callum Mackie and sparked what seemed to be a turning of the tide for Hutchie. Yassein found Mackie who produced a sweet through ball down the wing for Kyle Hunter who did well to produce a good cross however this was well cleared by Oran Hosey of Spartans who was very alert to the threat and dealt with the ball in well.

Hutchie pressure would continue in to the latter stages of the first half. Yassein was imposing again, this time producing a great ball on the edge of the box for Hunter who found himself face to face with Jamie Mitchell in the Spartans goal. Hunter’s low drive well saved by Mitchell however as the goalie got down low and threw his body over the shot to keep the score level.

With 30 minutes played it was evident that it was now Hutchie who were in the ascendancy. Yassein may well have been cursing the weather has he produced a great 20 yard ball from deep that saw the ball caught by the wind and taken out rather than finding Ross Waters who was the intended target and in yards of space, ready to strike.

With 36 minutes on the clock despite the recent domination by Hutchie it was very nearly Spartans who opened the scoring. A brilliant free kick by Yilidirm zipped just over Martins bar drawing a gasp from a nervous crowd.  Just two minutes later however Hutchie would get their reward for their domination. A short corner on 38 minutes saw Waters find himself with time in the box and he knocked the ball to the awaiting Hunter who finished well, low in to the corner to give the visitors the lead going in to the half time interval.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 0-1
  • Hutchison Vale

The second half started at a fierce tempo and Spartans found themselves conceding a number of free kicks in the midfield as they looked to gain control of the game and bring themselves back in to the tie.  The weather played a major part in effecting both sides’ play, high winds and at times rain not exactly conducive to the passing game both sides are known for. On the other side of the coin however many long balls were caught up in the wind and sailed away from their intended targets.

With 50 munutes played Murray Hand once again tried his luck from distance but this time the ball whistled past the post without troubling the Hutchie goalkeeper. It would be hard to blame Hand for the effort, with his team trailing and his last effort which drew a fantastic save from Martin fresh in his mind, the young midfielder looked for the spectacular to level the game.

With the weather doing its best to ruin a good game of football there was to be a player who would stand up against the adverse conditions and produce a brilliant display as he attempted to drag his team back in to the game. Yilidirim playing on the left side for Spartans showed glimpses of brilliance from the early stages of the second half. With 53 minutes played he interlinked with substitute McCorquindale down the left side and produced a brilliant cross, only matched by a fantastic clearing header by Hutchie’s Cameron Stewart.

Hutchie continued to press and with 55 minutes on the clock the added their second of the game. It was to be a day to remember for Kyle Hunter of Hutchie has he seemed to draw inspiration from Spartans’ Hand when he attempted a long range effort a good 30 yards from goal. In football when a goalkeeper makes a serious mistake more often than not it costs their team a goal. This proved to be the case as Hunter’s 30 yarder was fumbled and went through the legs of a clearly dejected Mitchell making the score 0-2 to the visitors. Perhaps Mitchel can seek some comfort in the fact that the conditions may well have played their part, one thing is for sure the Spartans captain seems to have a bright future ahead of him and will surely put this particular mistake behind him.

With the score at 0-2 Spartans looked visibly shaken and Hutchie tried retained the ball as the hosts chased down their opponents looking for a way back in to the game.  With 63 minutes on the clock Hutchie looked to stretch their lead Harry Pullar finding Jamie Watson who controlled the ball well and produced an early cross from the right hand side which had just a little too much pace on it for the onrushing attackers and went out for a goal kick.

On 65 minutes and against the run of play Spartans had a real chance to get back in to the game as Harry Girdwood latched on to a long ball from Lewis Hall and beat the keeper for pace firing from a tight angle on the right side at what looked like an open goal. Euan McGuire had other ideas as the Hutchie stopper cleared the ball of the line at the last minute retaining his side’s two goal cushion.

As the game drew to its conclusion both Yilidirim and Pirie can count themselves unlucky not to have scored for the hosts. First it was Yilidirim who produced another fantastic cross on 70 minutes after being released down the left side once again by McCorquindale, this time the ball was met by Lewis Hall but his effort failed to test Martin in the Hutchie goal. The last chance of the game fell to Spartans’ Pirie on 78 minutes who showed fantastic skill to control a neat lofted pass from Yilidirim and striking the ball on the volley. Unfortunately for Pirie and Spartans the ball flew directly at Martin who made a comfortable save. Nonetheless a fantastic effort from Pirie. Good ball retention in the last couple of minutes from Hutchie saw them end the match as 0-2 victors at Ainslie Park.

In the end a game which Hutchison Vale deserved to win as they took their first goal well and benefited from a slice of good fortune for the second. Credit to both teams for trying to play football at times in what were poor conditions. Congratulations to Hutchie who progress and commiserations to Spartans who at the very least know victory in their next game against Lochend can see them progress in the competition despite this defeat.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 0-2
  • Hutchison Vale


Spartans Reds
Hutchison Vale
1. Jamie Mitchell
2. Daniel Healey
3. Oran Hosey
4. James Pringle
6. Daniel Sutherland
8. Kieran Pirie
9. Lewis Hall
10. Calum O'Neil
11. Micheal Allen
12. Murray Hand
13. Harry Girdwood
15. Sean McCorquindale
17. Ogulcan Yilidirim
18. Jack Murray
19. Dillon Floyd
1. Patrick Martin
2. Harry Pullar
3. Callum Mackie
4. Euan McGuire
5. Cameron Stewart
6. Rayaan Singh
7.Robbie Polson
8. Callum Fitzpatrick
9. Blair Conway
10. Kyle Hunter
11. Ross Waters
12. Jamie Watson
14. Murray Young
15. Owen Richardson
16. Fareid Yassein
18. Lewis Wright
Star Player
Spartans Reds
Hutchison Vale
Ogulcan Yilidirim An easy award for the young winger. Flashes of brilliance and a very strong performance . He was unlucky not to see one of the chances he created converted by a team mate.
Fareid Yassein It would be easy to give the award to the scorer of the two goals. Arguably however these would not have been possible without the fantastic efforts of Yassein in midfield, an assured display.
Magic Moment
Spartans Reds
Hutchison Vale
One of many long range drives by Murray Hand, his second which drew a marvellous save from the opposition goalkeeper. On another day that shot would have whistled in to the top corner.
Yassein's brilliant through ball with around 18 minutes played. A well delivered ball played at just the right pace to set up a dangerous attack down the wing. Very impressive.
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