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Redhall Star leave it late to overcome Tynie Colts

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Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Tynecastle FC Colts U16s
Competition: South East Region YFL U16s Division 2
Venue: Redhall Park
Date: Sunday 18th October 2015
Redhall Star YFC U16's left it late to pinch the points in a pulsating league match at Redhall Park in a 3-2 victory over Tynecastle Colts. The visitors led with a penalty from Gary Tickle but Redhall levelled before the break with a fine strike from Adam Shortiss. Tynecastle regained the lead with the unfortunate Grant Doyle knocking the ball into his own net. Redhall struggled for most of the second half with keeper Ryan Green making several saves to keep the home side in the game. Five minutes from the end Robbie Campbell knocked in an Adam Shortiss cross to tie the scores. Both sides went for the win but it was Redhall who got the winner as Josh Slow-Clayton turned in another Adam Shortiss cross from 12 yards. Still time for Green to make another fine save to secure the points for Redhall. 

Midway through October and this was Redhall Star's first home league game of the season. Couldn't have asked for a tougher game than hosting Tynecastle Colts, who comfortably won both fixtures last season without conceding a goal. Both teams have been in decent form this season and there was plenty of commitment in the early stages as both sides fought their battles. 

The first chance of the game fell to Tynecastle, but Green held on well from a long range shot. Redhall responded with a shot from Slow-clayton which ad the keeper scrambling, but flew wide of the Tynecastle goal. Cameron Mills was a dangerous outlet for the visitors and from one run he cut inside the Redhall backline and his shot crashed off the face of the crossbar. Up the other end, some neat play between Henderson, Shortiss and Slow-clayton ended up with a shot which was well blocked by Tynecastle's Balloch. 

It wasn't too long however until the deadlock was broken, and it was Tynecastle that took the lead from the penalty spot. On 20 mins the dangerous Mills was caught in the box by Lewis Blues. No complaints at all, and Gary Tickle stepped up to send Green the wrong way.
Redhall were sloppy from the restart and it took a smart reaction from keeper Green to prevent a second goal for Tynie. From the resulting corner Tickle attempted an overhead kick which was again superbly saved by Green for another corner, which then came to nothing. Redhall's Sam Donachie created a chance after a fine run from the right side as he drove past four defenders but his shot flew over the bar and into the nearby trees. 

Redhall's backline of Doyle, Robertson, Mitchell and Henderson were getting a good workout, but they held firm by winning their challenges and headers to keep Tynecastle at bay. Another penalty claim against Redhall was waved away by the referee as Tynecastle pressed for another. Tickle took a sore one from a late Robertson challenge which went suprisingly unpunished. 

As we approached half time Redhall did manage to draw level. Cameron Grant won the ball in midfield but was caught by a late challenge. Referee MacBeth played a superb advantage as Slow-clayton drove forward. A pass to Adam Shortiss was thumped high into the roof of the net to level up the scores. A great finish, and a great advantage from the referee. 

Half time: Redhall Star YFC 1-1 Tynecastle FC Colts

Redhall made two changes at half time as Anderson and Campbell replaced Parente and Grant but it was Tynecastle who got their noses in front. A shot across the box was saved by Green but the ball deflected off poor little Grant Doyle and ended back in his own net. Such an unfortunate goal to lose. 

Tynecastle got a lift from this early goal and pushed for more. Shots were fired on the Redhall goal but Green was in fine form as he saved shots from Tickle, Whalen and Mills. Redhall were struggling to create anything and were chasing shadows for long periods in the second half. Tactical changes were made in an attempt to get back into the game. Green saved again and again before a break from Redhall had Donachie chasing down a through ball. He clashed with keeper Colley. Now, it was a brave move from the keeper to allow a collision with Donachie to happen. I certainly wouldn't want to run into the 6ft 2 striker. Colley, after treatment was replaced by Fielding in goal.

Redhall were soon under the cosh again but Green was on hand to keep out shots from Miranda and Mills. Tynecastle had a great chance to seal the points but Miranda screwed the shot wide when through on goal. A real let off for Redhall. Two more changes for the home side in a final push to get something from the game as Nathan Robertson and Cameron Markham replaced Henderson and Donachie. 

Tynecastle lost Tickle to injury after strong challenges from Slow-clayton and Markham, and yet again Green made another save from a shot by Miranda. From Green's clearance Redhall drew level as Nathan Robertson won a corner after skipping past Balloch's challenge. The corner was half cleared by Tynie, but the ball was fed wide to Shortiss who fired a low cross into the box. Running onto the cross was Robbie Campbell, who shot low into the net, giving Fielding no chance, to level the scores up at 2-2. 

Straight from the restart Tynecastle pushed forward to try and get their noses infront again, but again Green saved and conceded a corner. From the corner, Mitchell headered away and Redhall were looking for the counter attack. The ball to Shortiss, but his attempted cross-field pass was well intercepted by Balloch. Tynecastle poured forward thanks to this interception, but to no avail. Once again Redhall held firm and it was the home side that managed to take the lead in the final few minutes. Shortiss received the ball out wide, eased past his marker and drove the ball into the area. The ball ended up at the feet of Slow-clayton who controlled and fired high past Fielding in the Tynecastle goal.
With time almost up Tynecastle thumped the ball forward. Green blocked a shot and pounced on the rebound before Smith could get to the ball. The ball was cleared upfield and referee Paul MacBeth blew the final whistle. What a game! 

Full time: Redhall Star YFC 3-2 Tynecastle FC Colts

It certainly wasn’t the best performance from Redhall but they showed great desire especially as Tynecastle bossed the second half. Tickle had a fine game for Tynecastle in the midfield and Redhall had Green to thank for keeping them in the game with several fine stops. Shortiss also had a fine game with a goal and two assists for Redhall.
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