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Robertson wins Regional Cup for Broxburn

Broxburn Athletic Colts FC 1

Robertson 9'

Tynecastle FC 0

  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Hallhill, Dunbar
  • Under 16´s
  • South East Region Cup
Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Ryan Robertson's early first-half goal secured victory for Broxburn Athletic in their South East Region Cup final match against Tynecastle.

In a frantic opening 20 minutes, Robertson had Broxburn ahead but Cameron Dawson had had chances for Tynecastle to reply. 

Sean Brown then struck the junction of the crossbar with a delicious strike from just outside the area - the one time where it looked like the Broxburn keeper Shaun Donoghue could have been beaten.

Donoghue saved everything that came his way, including a fabulous late save to deny Tynecastle's Murray Rose in the dying moments. Broxburn had chances to add to their lead, but going by their outpouring of joy at the full-time whistle, it's pretty clear they were more than happy with their 1-0 win.

The first real potent attack of the game resulted in Broxburn opening the scoring. Ryan Robertson slipped his marker and despite a combination of goalkeeper Fraser Briton and a defender blocked the initial effort, the forward gleefully tapped home the rebound into an unguarded goal.

Broxburn were going on the offensive against the former Scottish Cup champions, and inside 12 minutes they were nearly two goals to the good - Lewis Junner testing Briton with a drive from distance.

Five minutes later, Cameron Dawson had a couple of chances in quick succession to grab an equaliser. His initial shot was deflected onto the side netting. From the resulting corner, Broxburn keeper Shaun Donaghue parried Dawson's header to safety. 

Up the other end, Robertson had a pop from distance - this time Briton held the ball and kept the match at 1-0.

Sean Brown came closest yet for Tynecastle on the half-hour mark, but his sweet effort crashed back off the junction of Donaghue's woodwork.

The game began to fizzle out into a slower pace, but with half time looming, Tynecastle again threatened. A great move resulted in Ryan Farrell going one-on-one, but the keeper produced a smart stop with his feet.

  • Half Time:
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
  • 1-0
  • Tynecastle FC

10 minutes after the restart Dawson missed a glaring chance to equalise for Tynecastle. An inch-perfect corner was begging to be headed in, but the striker nodded the ball beyond the near post.

Then, Robertson almost scored from a swift counterattack but the forward dragged his shot wide.

Some fine individual play from Junner allowed the striker to run through on goal - however as the angle closed in on him he only succeeded in firing over the crossbar.

Tynecastle's best chance of the second half came on the 70-minute mark. Farrell almost wrong footed Donoghue with a curling effort. The keeper managed to parry the shot, but it came dangerously close to the feet of Murray Rose. Fortunately for Broxburn the Tynecastle captain could not adjust his body in time to get a shot away.

The pivotal moment of the second half though was Donoghue's save from Rose with only six minutes remaining. The midfielder was by now pushed up-front in a last ditch bid to salvage something from the game. When the ball came to him eight yards out all he had to do was beat the goalkeeper. Donoghue was not to be beaten, and produced yet another great save to maintain his side's advantage.

Robertson had a late chance to make sure of victory, but he skewed his shot from the edge of the area well wide. Junner too tried to better his side's lead with a long-distance drive, but it did not sufficiently trouble Briton's goal.

Liam Willis almost took the game to extra time with a sweet strike from thirty yards deep into injury time but it flashed by the post, and just a flash of time later Broxburn were crowned South East Region Cup winners.

It was a game that climaxed perhaps early, but nonetheless was full of suspense throughout and another classic cup final that will live long in the memory of the players.

  • Full Time:
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
  • 1-0
  • Tynecastle FC

Lineups

Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
Tynecastle FC
1. Shaun Donaghue
2. Ben McArthur
3. Shaun Ritchie
4. Ryan Robertson
5. Anton Thom
8. Cameron Johnston
9. Taylor Shevlin
10. Lewis Cole
11. Craig Ferguson
12. Thomas Henck
14. Kieran Flynn
15. Marc Quipp
16. Liam MacGee
17. Lewis Gannon
18. Alieu Donaldson
19. Lewis Junner
1. Fraser Briton
2. Brok Robertson
3. Lewis McKay
4. Liam Willis
5. Bruce McCrorie
6. Murray Rose
7. Ryan Farrell
9. Cameron Dawson
10. Jay Kilboy
11. Mark Donoghue
12. Sam Rutherford
14. Cameron Lidell
15. Sean Brown
16. Robbie McPherson
17. Cameron Scott
18. Rhys Dickson
19. Jordan Wilson
20. Jack Stewart
Star Player
Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
Tynecastle FC
Shaun Donoghue - Broxburn played as a team, and no one put a foot wrong. The striking duo of Lewis Junner and Ryan Robertson always looked dangerous, but credit goes to where it is due - Broxburn goalkeeper Shaun Donoghue was superb. He made a number of key saves and kept a clean sheet in a cup final, what more could you really ask of your goalkeeper?
Murray Rose - The Tynecastle captain did not deserve to be on the losing side. He was solid in midfield before going up front to try and snatch a late goal, which he almost did, but he was up against a keeper at the top of his game today.
Magic Moment
Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
Tynecastle FC
The only goal of the match has to be the Magic Moment for Broxburn: a goal none of the players will ever forget.
Sean Brown's drive off the junction of the crossbar was a fine display of technical ability - had it been millimetres lower the result could have been entirely different.
Club Views
Broxburn Athletic Colts FC
Tynecastle FC
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