Hutchison Vale FC came to the 'four' in the final ten minutes of this game to propel themselves into the final of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup where they will face Spartans Reds after defeating Knightswood Bc 4-0 at Albyn Park, Broxburn.
Four goals in a nine minute spell at the end of the game from Cameron Paton (2), Cameron Stewart and Lewis Wright secured the Edinburgh sides appearance in the show piece final being held at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium at the beginning of May.
Hutchison Vale claimed their semi final spot but only after requiring extra time to defeat Glenboig United FC 3-2 at home whilst Knightswood Bc secured a 2-1 away win against St Convals to claim their chance to make it to the final.
Hutchie got the game underway and the first piece of action came when Knightswood were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. George Munro stepped up and played a ball in looking to release Lewis Dibble but the ball was over hit and went out for a goal kick.
The game started at a hectic pace with Kyle Hunter and Jamie Watson combining well on the left flank for the Edinburgh side but Reece Stepney did well to come across for Knightswood to halt their progress.
Hutchie won the first corner of the game on five minutes but Knightwood dealt comfortably with Lewis Wright's low driven corner when Darren Robert Halligan cleared the danger at the near post.
Jack Torrance in the Knightswood goal produced a great one handed save at full stretch to divert Fareid Yassein's low driven shot to his right after being played in by Wright on seven minutes.
Both teams were going for it and looked two pretty evenly matched sides in the opening stages of this cup tie. A free kick 20 yards out gave Knightwood a good opportunity to test Martin in the Hutchie goal but Munro drove his kick into the Hutchie wall which stood firm, Munro then played the ball back into the danger area which Hutchie cleared.
The midfield was becoming a bit bogged down as both teams were cancelling each other out in the middle of the park in this East versus West encounter with both teams looking for the long ball in behind. A well timed sliding tackle halted Wright's advancement after he was found by Harry Puller on the right.
The resulting throw in was cleared behind by Sean Soave for a Hutchie corner which saw Wright play in the in swinger but Halligan met the ball with a powerful header to clear for Knightswood.
Munro showed some good initiative when he took a quick free kick and tried to find Halligan but Pullar was on hand luckily to just cut the ball out before it reached the Knightswood man.
Hutchie's Wright forced Torrance into a brilliant save when he come out to smother the ball at the forwards feet, then Hutchie came close again when they created another good chance when Ross Water was found out on the right, after some good skill he pinged the ball into the far post which found Wright and he played the ball back to Puller but unfortunately his effort was not as fruitful as the move when his shot went well wide.
Knightswood were next to threaten when Dibble played a great ball inside for Kyle Harley but Rayaan Singh was on hand to stop the ball reaching the intended target, then another free kick in favour of the men from the west just inside their own half. Hannah played a long wind assisted ball into the box which Martin in the Hutchie goal had to watch carefully as Dibble was on hand to knock home any spillage from the keeper.
A corner on the right saw Pullar put his header wide of the left hand post when he got on the end of Euan McGuires ball in then Hutchies Hunter showed great tenacity when he picked the ball up tight in the corner on the right side, turned two opposition players inside out to then drive into the box and produced a great cut back for Yassein who was unlucky to see his shot blocked.
Knightswood's Soave showed great control not to just dive in when Robbie Polson drove into the box off the left side at full pelt as it would have been so easy to give a penalty away but he stood up and made himself big to win the ball. Hannah then showed his defensive qualities after Pullar showed good skill getting along the by-line but the Knightswood man cleared.
Hutchie were giving away needless free kicks and this was the case again when Calum Nicholson was taken out by Sean Mitchell, Halligan took responsibility but from 28 yards out he blasted his effort over the bar. Another silly foul and another free kick for the team from the west and this time Hannah played the long ball into the box and when Singh miss headed his clearance up in the air, his keeper came to his rescue to collect.
Into the final minutes of the half and Hutchie were pushing for the opener but Knightswood were defending in packs and this denied Hunter on several occasions from getting his shot away and also frustrated Cameron Paton on the edge of the 18 yard box as they crowded him out.