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Newcraighall U14s reclaim South East Region Cup

Tynecastle FC 0

Newcraighall Leith Vics FC 1

Gallantes 30'
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Hallhill Sports Centre, Dunbar
  • Under 14´s
  • South East Region Cup
Kieran Green

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

The second South East Region Cup final of the day was between Newcraighall Leith Vics and Tynecastle FC. Somewhere in between the end of the first game and the beginning of this the wind decided to crank up to full power, which unfortunately ruined a potentially good game of football. But credit to both players who did try to keep the ball on the deck and knock the ball around.
The only goal of the game was scored five minutes before half time, with Newcraighall striker Yrick Gallantes scoring at Dunbar once again for the Vics. 
The game never came to life until 15 minutes in when Tynie's Liam McCue fed in striker Paul Smith. Vics defender Arran Bathgate matched the big striker all the way and a deft touch allowed goalkeeper Tyler McGhee to get out and clear the danger, beating Smith to the ball. This was the first time either goalkeeper was called into action. 
Vics first chance of the match came on 23 minutes and it fell to target man Yrick Gallantes. John Robertson's' free kick from just outside the left side of the penalty area was whipped into the six yard box and Gallantes was unmarked in the centre of the goal, but somehow managed to miss the target completely with his header. 
The game lacked that cutting edge that was required, and Smith had a free kick 30 yards out, and his coach Ian Black suggested driving the ball into the hurricane-like wind in order for the ball to swing back in towards the goal. However, Smith opted to shoot directly for goal, and the wind carried the ball high and wide of the target. 
Only a couple of minutes later, the deadlock was broken and Newcraighall took the lead. A free kick was played short by the Vics, and the ball found its way to Gallantes inside the penalty area, and despite the tight looking angle, he fired the ball with some venom across Tynie keeper Aiden Black into the side netting. A wonderful effort, with the net still probably rippling in Dunbar. 
  • Half Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 0-1
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics FC
The second half was only a few minutes old when Tynie were awarded a free kick 20 yards out, and this signalled the use of the much anticipated 'vanishing spray'. Referee Jim Markey couldn't get the can out the holster quick enough as he paced out the 10 yards, and with a swift movement, the spray was on the grass. Unfortunately for Tynie, Ross Young hit the ball superbly well but the wind caught it and the ball ended up on the railway behind the goal.
Tynie were very much on top at the beginning of the second period, and Young was proving to be pivotal in almost all of Tynie's attacks. On this occasion he fed the ball expertly through to Liam McCue, and the dancing feet of McCue allowed him to evade the challenge of Bathgate, and his quickly taken shot flew agonizingly wide of Tyler McGhee's left post. The keeper must of had a shout to let the ball go, as it looked inches wide. 
Robertson drove down the left hand side for Vics, finally getting the better of the superb Rhys Campbell, then played in Gallantes, and the Vics would of had their second goal of the game had it not been for an excellent sliding challenge from Alex Adam. He threw himself in front of the ball to prevent Gallantes from getting his shot away at goal. 
A Tynie corner was punched clear by Tyler McGhee, and Brandon Blair was played in by Gallantes midway through the second half. He had a clear run on goal, spotted Black off his line, lofted the ball up into the air over the keeper, but luckily for Tynie, and unfortunately for Vics the ball held up in the wind, allowing Black to get back and pick up the loose ball. 
Vics were growing into the second half more and more, gaining control of possession more frequently and trying to make the most of it. Gallantes at the heart of it again, he drove down to the byline, cut the ball back towards the penalty spot and waiting was Campbell Notely, but he dragged his shot wide of the post. 
The final chance of the game was to Tynie, and their last chance to take the game into extra time. Rhys Campbell was up and down the right wing all afternoon, and his crossing was sublime. He didn't disappoint here either as his half volleyed cross was inch perfect onto the head of Matthew Dillon, but the Tynie player couldn't get a clean contact on the ball and it ended up wide of the target. 
That was that, and Newcraighall retained their SportsAssist South East Region Cup from under 13's, by winning it at under 14's. 
  • Full Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 0-1
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics FC


Tynecastle FC
Newcraighall Leith Vics FC
1. Aiden Black
2. Alex Adam
3. Blair Ross
4. Christopher Finnie
5. Sean MacDonell
6. Ross Young
7. Rhys Campbell
8. Cameron Russell
9. Paul Smith
10. Liam McCue
11. Craig Turnbull
12. Charlie Green
14. Harvey Lyne
15. Matthew Dillon
16. Daniel Lock
1. Tyler McGhee
2. Josh Sharkey
3. James Henderson
4. Dan McKinlay
5. Arran Bathgate
6. Finlay Connor
7. Jordan Daly
8. Campbell Notely
9. Yrick Gallantes
10. John Robertson
11. Sean Ward
12. James Smith
14. Brandon Blair
15. Mark Tennant
16. Andrew John Mackay
18. Louis Flucker
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
Newcraighall Leith Vics FC
Liam McCue - A few players for Tynie stood out, but Liam edges it for me. He always looks to keep possession of the ball, he is capable of playing that killer ball. He was calm on the ball, and when not in possession, he is working doubly hard to get it back.
Yrick Gallantes - It's easy to pick out the goalscorer as the man of the match, but Yrick all round is a joy to watch. The whole concept of his role as a striker is to bring other people into play, create chances, and score goals, and he did all of that expertly. Scoring the winning goal in a cup final is what he must of dreamt about the night before.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
Newcraighall Leith Vics FC
Not many going forward for Tynie, but equally as important as a goal was for Tynie, also preventing themselves from going two goals behind was massively important. Alex Adam's goal saving block from Yrick Gallantes was outstanding defending, keeping Tynie in the game.
Yrick Gallantes fired Newcraighall into the lead, and it proved to be decisive. His movement into space to receive the ball was similar to that of a young Thierry Henry.
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