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Loanhead MYFC defeat Musselburgh Windsor to lift the David Murray Cup

Loanhead MYFC 4

Tragis (o.g) 12, McCraw 66, 73, Higgins 82

Musselburgh Windsor 96 1

Turner-Law 61
  • Sunday, 12 April 2015
  • New Douglas Park
  • Under 19´s
  • David Murray Cup Final
Loanhead MYFC Under 19's were crowned 2015 David Murray Cup winners after they defeated Musselburgh Windsor 4-1 in the final held at a sunny New Douglas Park.
Loanhead came out of the traps quicker than their counterparts and should have taken the lead on six minutes when they won the first corner of the game. the corner was played in by Samuel Jones on the right which was met by the head of Liam Taylor but he put the ball over the bar when he should have at least hit the target, if not score.
Loanhead created a few chances through Darren McCraw who fired his shot from the right into the side netting and Liam Matthew was denied by a great tackle from Musselburgh’s Lewis Tod.
The men from Midlothian opened the scoring on 12 minutes when a free kick 23 yards out was played into the defensive wall by Ryan Porteous. The deflection of the wall fell nicely for McCraw but his shot came back of the base of the post and Stuart Tragis could only deflect the ball into his own net as he tried to clear the danger from four yards out.
Twenty minutes gone and it was pretty much all Loanhead at this stage and Craig Hunter in the Musselburgh goal had to make sure his handling was top notch when he came to collect the ball from a Liam Matthew cross, as McCraw was ready to pounce on any mistake.
The closest Musselburgh came was from Darren Handling but his ambitious effort from distance went wide of the right hand upright. Hunter in the Musselburgh goal was then called into action again to prevent Loanhead’s danger man McCraw from increasing their lead when he saved well with his feet. McCraw then had the Musselburgh number one scrambling across his goal as his shot narrowly went wide of the far post.
The men from down the East coast were struggling to cope with the relentless Loanhead wave after wave of attack with Connor Lawrie’s shot scrapping the bar as it went over and minutes later, Hunter was the saviour of Musselburgh again. Samuel Jones drove into the box from the left hand side and from eight yards out he squared the ball where two of his team mates were waiting for a tap in. Hunter had different ideas and used every millimetre of his frame to reach the ball to knock it out of the path of the waiting duo.
Musselburgh had very few flurries up field but were granted an opportunity to get the ball in the box when Joe Turner-Law was fouled down the right hand side, 20 yards from goal. Thomas Meldrum played the ball to Handling on the 18 yard line who hit a good strike but sadly his effort flew just over the bar.
Loanhead were awarded a free kick 26 yards from goal on 38 minutes. Liam Taylor stepped up and hit a superb free kick which was heading for the postage stamp of the right hand corner for Hunter to pull off a world class one handed save to tip the ball behind for a corner.
The local men were looking for another goal before the break with Jones, McCraw and David Wright all having chances in the closing minutes of the half. Into added on time and Musselburgh had the ball in the Loanhead goal but Meldrums joy was short lived as the far side linesman had flagged for off side.
  • Half Time:
  • Loanhead MYFC
  • 1-0
  • Musselburgh Windsor 96
Loanhead started of the second half as they finished the first one the attack with McCraw driving into the box but his advancement was halted by a great tackle from Callum Marr. Nice combination play between Andrew McNeill and Porteous set up Jones but he put his effort wide of the right hand post.
Hunter in the Musselburgh goal came to the rescue again when he pulled of another stunning save on 54 minutes to deny Porteous with another great one handed save to knock the ball out to his left.
Musselburgh’s Dean Ballantyne showed great ambition down the right flank and did well to fire a great ball into the near post area under pressure where it was met by James Rogers-Jones but he could not turn the ball home. Musselburgh were starting to get into the game especially down the right side and this was the case again when Ballantyne found Turner-Law and his shot from eight yards out was well parried by Ben McKenzie in the Loanhead goal.
The pressure paid off in the 61st minute when Musselburgh got themselves on level terms. A corner played in by Meldrum caused confusion in the Loanhead box and when the ball came to Turner-Law he fired a low driven shot through the crowded box from 16 yards out to find the left hand corner.
Loanhead were only on level terms for five minutes after Wright played a ball into McCraw who was given far too much freedom in the box which gave him time to turn inside the box and fire a low driven shot beyond Hunter to retake the lead. McCraw who was causing panic every time he got on the ball and got on the score sheet again when he showed great skill on the left hand side of the box. A tight angle did not put him of as he drove the ball into the far corner to give his team a bit of breathing space with a two goal advantage.
Musselburgh were struggling to get anything from the game and it was a matter of stopping Loanhead adding to their goal tally and this was not going to be easy. Loanhead piled forward again and Weston had a shot blocked on the edge of the box and moments later Jones fired just wide of the far post from 16 yards out.
Loanhead had not finished yet and after Hunter did well to stop the initial shot from Jones, Liam Higgins was left with a tap in from close range to put the game well beyond Musselburgh with eight minutes left on the clock. McCraw who was a goal away from his hat-trick was given the opportunity to claim just that when the ball fell at his feet 10 yards out but he hit the poorest shot he had hit all day and Marr cleared the danger for Musselburgh. 
A match that in all honesty did not see Musselburgh play at their best but Loanhead did not let that distract them with a well deserved win as they were the better team and worthy cup winners on the day.
  • Full Time:
  • Loanhead MYFC
  • 4-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor 96


Loanhead MYFC
Musselburgh Windsor 96
1. Ben McKenzie
2. Calum Smart
3. Liam Taylor
4. Jack Fairgrieve
5. Ross Currie
6. David Wright
7. Liam Matthew
8. Samuel Jones
9. Ryan Weston
10. Darren McCraw
11. Connor Lawrie
12. Andrew McNeill
14. Michael Gray
15. Liam Higgins
16. Dean McCafferty
17. Michael Hutchison
18. Ryan Porteous
19. Lawrence Naismith
1. Craig Hunter
3. Shawn Lawrence
4. Calum Marr
7. Darren Handling
9. Thomas Meldrum
10. Dean Ballantyne
11. Stuart Tragis
12. Lewis Tod
14. Joe Turner-Law
15. Stuart Mackay
16. James Rogers-Jones
17. Gavin James Birrell
18. Sam Rintoul
22. Scott Chapman
Star Player
Loanhead MYFC
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Darren McCraw - A very busy player who worked hard through out the game and looked dangerous every time he got on the ball. Scoring two goals capped of a good display.
Craig Hunter - Saved his team on numerous occasions especially with his two outstanding one handed saves .
Magic Moment
Loanhead MYFC
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Lifting the Cup.
Highlights of a disappointing day was Joe Turner-Law's goal to get his team back on level terms at 1-1 along with Graig Hunters two wonderful saves.
Club Views
Loanhead MYFC
Musselburgh Windsor 96
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