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Tynecastle show resilience and spirit to claim Cruden Bowl Cup

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Scott 19' Walker 23'

AC Oxgangs FC 1

Murray 37'
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Tynecastle FC claimed the Cruden Rose Bowl Cup at the weekend as they overcame strong opposition in the form of AC Oxgangs in a very weather-affected game at Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park. Determination and endeavour were paramount in their success and they managed to break down an organised Oxgangs side to win 2-1.

Stephen Scott opened up the scoring for Tynie and it was adept central midfielder Joe Walker who doubled their lead. Winger Lewis Murray pulled one back for Oxgangs but the second half proved to be goalless and it was the team in maroon who eventually triumphed.

The encounter was as expected for the opening stages of the game, with a draw and a win for Tynecastle in the league games between the sides showing that they were well matched. The opening proved to be very even as both teams looked to settle into the game quickly.

After a few half chances, notably Tynie’s Stephen Scott heading wide from a corner, it looked as if Tynecastle were beginning to move the ball around with added confidence and on 19 minutes it was Scott himself who bagged the first goal of the game. The ball fell kindly for Scott from a knock down and he did not hesitate to lash the ball into the top left corner from 18 yards leaving the opposition keeper with little to no chance.

The losing side looked to get back into the game as soon as possible and they had a good opportunity to level when Murray was brought down on the edge of the box. A well-practiced free kick routine opened up space for Tom Embleton to have a shot at goal but Tynie keeper Chris Burt made a comfortable save.

Tynecastle doubled their lead through Joe Walker. Some excellent footwork from Anton Dowds on the wing opened up space to cross and his pull back fell to Walker who made no mistake in firing a shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards to further their lead.

The winning side were beginning to take hold of the game and some excellent short, sharp tiki-taka play between Kyle Scott, Stephen Scott and Dowds opened up the Oxgangs defence only for the resulting shot to be blocked.

However, the team in blue showed they were not going to let Tynecastle win without a fight. Lewis Murray had shown exceptional talent on the ball when Oxgangs were in possession and he looked very likely to be the man to bring them level. He picked up the ball from the left and drove his way inward with his resulting strike from an ambitious angle smashing the roof of the net as it's power left the keeper standing to make the score 2-1.

The strong winds at Dundas Park were beginning to affect play as both teams struggled to keep possession with the only chance in the closing stages of the first half coming from Anton Dowds’ free kick which went narrowly wide from 20 yards.

The second half started like the first with both teams trying to carve the other open. It was Tynecastle with the first chance of the second half as Walker’s shot went high over the bar after a good ball from Kyle Scott.

The game evened out a lot more as Oxgangs began to work harder to find the goal they needed. They began to press the opposition harder and the sun was beginning to cause problems for the Tynecastle defence when dealing with long balls.

As time began to run out for Oxgangs they turned up the pressure, Jamie Hamilton’s shot from the left side of the box went narrowly wide of the right post after 82 minutes with the losing side looking desperately for the goal they needed.

The team in front were still causing problems however, substitute Ciaron Small was working hard down the right wing and he showed great technique to shoot with the outside of his foot after cutting inside only for the opposition keeper to make another good save at the near post.

There was alarm for Tynecastle in the closing stages as Hamilton was through on goal with only the linesman’s call for offside bringing relief to the back four.

Time ran out for AC Oxgangs however and despite their tenacity and fight, it was Tynecastle who proved to be the better team on the day with both goals needing excellent play to open up a strong Oxgangs defence. It was a tight game throughout and Tynie were deserved of their victory as it was extremely hard fought with a mix of individual brilliance and team cohesion managing to defeat their opposition.

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Tynecastle FC
AC Oxgangs FC
1. Chris Burt
2. Bradd Campsie
3. Matthew Graham
4. Matthew Quinn
5. Ewan Herriot
6. Barry Hogg
7. Kyle Scott
8. Joe Walker
9. Connor Brydon
10. Anton Dowds
11. Stephen Scott
12. David Henderson
14. Ciaron Small
20. Darren Mitchell
1. Andrew Dunnett
2. Tom Embleton
3. Campbell Stephen
4. Sam Philp
5. Sam Leslie
6. Elliot Sked
7. Shaun Marshall
8. Neil Middleton
9. Murray Cockburn
10. Gavin Reid
11. Lewis Murray
12. Lewis Temple
14. Jamie Hamilton
15. Paul Macari
16. Jack Montgomery
17. Matthew Gray
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
AC Oxgangs FC
Anton Dowds - Popped up everywhere on the attacking front for Tynecastle, created the second goal and constantly fed his attacking team mates showing he had a wide range of abilities to utilise when attacking.
Lewis Murray - A very bright attacking outlet for Oxgangs. He was smart on the ball and could take on an opposition player with ease to open up space for his team. His prowess was on show also with his goal and he worked very hard down the left wing to cause problems for the Tynecastle defence.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
AC Oxgangs FC
Joe Walker's goal - Not only was the finish from Walker clinical but the way Dowd created the assist was also very special. He showed great skill to go past the fullback and Walker's finish was just as skillful, well placed into the top of the net.
Lewis Murray's goal - He looked very likely to deal damage to the Tynecastle defence and he did. His powerful strike was from an ambiguous angle and that made it all the better as his work down the wing was rewarded with a great finish.

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