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Inspired performance from Hendry sends Redhall into the last eight

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Fixture: Spartans Reds v Redhall Star YFC U16's
Competition: Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy
Venue: Spartans Academy
Date: Sunday 15th November 2015
 
Redhall Star advanced to the quarter finals of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy with a hard fought 2-1 win over Spartans Reds at Ainslie Park. After a tight first half with the game goal less, Redhall took the lead in the second half throguh Tommy Hendry. Spartans levelled from the penaly spot, but Adam Shortiss grabbed the winner for Redhall 5 minutes from time.

Spartans Reds have been a bit of a bogey team for Redhall in recent times, and this was clearly visible in the opening exchanges as Redhall looked nervous as passes were misplaced and touches were heavy. The first effort in the match was a strike from distance from a Spartans player, but if flew well wide of the Redhall goal.

Redhall settled into the game and forced the Spartans keeper into a fine save from a fierce shot from Sam Donachie. From the resulting corner Adam Robertson rose highest but headed the ball over the bar. Soon after, Redhall were forced into an early change as Robertson suffered a recurrence of a back injury. Jack Anderson replaced the stricken Robertson with Cammy Grant dropping into the back line, and Anderson slotting into midfield.

Tommy Hendry was causing Spartans major problems down the right side with his pace and trickery, and almost broke the deadlock when he fired a fierce shot inches wide of the target, with the keeper well beaten. The visitors were limiting Spartans to shots from distance, which were causing Ryan Green no problems.
 
Half an hour into the game, Redhall almost took the lead. Sam Donachie took the ball past 3 Spartans players with ease on the edge of the penalty area, dinked a delightful ball into the path of Nathan Robertson, 8 yards out, but instead of hitting it first time he took a heavy touch allowing the Spartans keeper  to pounce on the loose ball. Redhall gaffer Jimmy MacCusker tearing his hair out. Well, if he actually had any to tear out he would of done so.

Approaching half time and Spartans almost snatched the lead. After a fine run from their forward, he managed to evade the challenges of Mitchell and Grant, but as he faced a 1-on-1 with keeper Green, he screwed his shot well wide of goal.

Half Time: Spartans Reds 0-0 Redhall Star YFC

Spartans got the second half underway, but it was Redhall with the first chance of the half, however Josh Slow-clayton couldn't get the ball past the Spartans centre half as the shot was blocked. Hendry and Slow-clayton then combined down the right with a final pass into the feet of Robertson, but his lay off to the edge of the box was cleared.

Changes were made by Redhall with Lewis Blues replacing Robbie Campbell and Adam Shortiss replacing Robertson. Shortiss took up the wide left position with Donachie leading the line on his own. The deadlock was almost broken shortly after as Shortiss picked up the ball in midfield and drove at the Spartans defence. He cut inside on his stronger right foot and unleashed a powerful dipping shot from 25 yards had the keeper scrambling to deflect the ball wide for a corner, which then came to nothing.

Redhall's keeper Ryan Green was called into action with a fine stop after the Spartans forward burst clear from Ewan Mitchell and Grant. The shot was well blocked and then cleared by Mitchell. A Good chance for the home side to break the deadlock, but well saved by Green.
 
From the next attack, Redhall eventually took the lead. Slow-clayton and Hendry combined again on the right with Hendry bursting forward past two challenges as he hit the byline. Everybody thought the ball was about to roll out of play, but somehow he managed to keep the ball in play, and his superb cutback towards goal took a deflection off of the Spartans defender as the ball nestled in the corner of the net, and Redhall had a deserved lead.

Another change by Redhall had Grant Doyle replacing Grant with Hannah moving into the centre of the defence. Redhall were looking for a second goal as Shortiss and Hendry were causing havoc for the Spartans full backs. Another run from Hendry had him driving a ball across the box. Shortiss arrived at the back post but somehow managed to put the ball wide of the target.

The home side were under the cosh and another run from the superb Tommy Hendry ended with a dangerous ball into the area. Like a repeat of the earlier chance it was Shortiss at the back post but again he completely fluffed the shot, and effectively cleared the ball to safety. 2 chances in as many minutes could of killed the game.

With Redhall only being 1 goal ahead, Spartans were always still in the tie and Redhall received a reminder of this when the Spartans forward burst clear of the visiting defence, latching onto a long ball. However, the strikers heavy touch allowed Green to rush from his goal to clear.
 
Spartans were then awarded a chance to level the game as Hannah was penalised for a challenge in the area, with the referee pointing to the spot. It looked a very harsh decision as no Spartans player claimed for it and from my position I thought the referee had awarded a goal kick. Complaints from Redhall were brushed aside by the official who had words with Hannah. The Spartans number 7 player hit the penalty to Green's left and despite the keeper getting a hand to the spot kick the ball hit the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Spartans got a lift from the leveller and poured forward for the winner. A succession of corners were dealt with by Green, Donachie and Mitchell as Redhall survived the Spartans pressure. Both teams were going for it as extra time loomed.

As we entered the closing stages Redhall took the lead. Slow-clayton had won a corner which was headed well clear by the Spartans defender. Grant instantly controlled the ball and fed Hendry. Another run and burst into the box ended with Hendry firing towards goal. The Spartans keeper did well to save Hendry's fierce shot, but the alert Shortiss was on hand at the back post, and it was third time lucky for him at the back post as he slotted the ball calmly into the back of the net to send Redhall Star into the quarter finals of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy.
 
Lorenzo Parente replaced Slow-clayton with Donachie heading into the back line to shore things up. Spartans attempted to get the ball forward but the Redhall defence held firm.

Full Time: Spartans Reds 1-2 Redhall Star YFC

Not a great performance from Redhall, but the boys dug in and showed plenty of spirit in securing the win. Hendry was in superb form with Hannah outstanding at the back for Redhall. Credit to both sides for a decent cup tie played under the lights at Spartans Academy.
 
Man of the match: Tommy Hendry
 
 

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist
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