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.