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Drama aplenty as Spartans twice fight back to beat Musselburgh

Spartans Reds 3

Brady 38', Dawson 63', McCreadie 71'

Musselburgh Windsor 2

Greig 35', Kynoch 57'
  • Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • New Countess Park, Dunbar
  • Under 17´s
  • South East Region Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Spartans FC Reds made the South East Region Cup their third piece of silverware of the season with a 3-2 win over Musselburgh Windsor in an engrossing match. They added to the Prison Officer’s Cup and the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup with a glorious comeback. Musselburgh had been in front twice but lost the decisive third with 19 minutes to play.

Ross Greig struck first with a fabulous free kick to give them the lead, against the run of play, but Matthew Brady volleyed Reds level three minutes later. Lewis Kynoch restored Windsor’s advantage 12 minutes into the second half before Cameron Dawson headed another equaliser.

The eventual victors took the lead for the first and last time thanks to a composed finish from substitute centre back Jake McCreadie, and he and his team-mates saw off some late Windsor pressure to hold on.

Dawson had an early opportunity but was foiled by Jack Stewart, while Greig took advantage of some hesitant defending at the other end but sent his shot over the bar.

Spartans began to dominate the ball, and always looked to build through Lewis Hall and James Pringle in the middle of the park. Hall in particular was making things tick.

Dawson had a header blocked near the line before the same player had the ball in the net, only to be ruled offside when he tapped in at the far post.

Ross McLaren had a clear sight at goal for Musselburgh but his volley was held by Jamie Mitchell.

Greig earned his side the lead in spectacular fashion after 35 minutes. His Beckham-esque free kick bent over the wall from the right hand side and onto the opposite stanchion before ending up in the net.

The joy was short lived though when striker Brady evened it up. Oran Hosey crossed from the left and Brady met it first time on the volley which he buried past Stewart.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 1-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Windsor had two opportunities to score at the beginning of the second half before they eventually did take the lead. Sean Brown stung Mitchell’s hands with a sharp turn, and strike, and Ross McGuire somehow missed the target from close range when Andrew Fleming cushioned a header to him in front of goal.

The second goal came when Kynoch cut in on his right foot and his shot looped up over the despairing Mitchell.

Kynoch then latched onto a long clearance before crossing for Brown but he hooked wide.

It was 2-2 with 18 minutes left. Dawson showed strength to beat everyone else in the box and get on the end of Murray Hand’s delivery to nod past Stewart.

You could not take your eyes off this for a second as play raged from end to end. Had you done so you would have been likely to miss something.

The big striker almost had another soon after when he rounded the keeper but Kieran Savage made a crucial intervention.

McCreadie then fired Spartans in front when the ball broke to him at the edge of the box, following a corner, and he sent a low strike through a ruck of bodies.

They could have added to their lead on a few occasions, with Hall spurning the best chance, after Bradys fierce attempt had come back off the post.

But they had to do some defending towards the end as Musselburgh tried in vain to tie it up.

Kynoch had a header blocked by a defender and was then granted an opening from Brown’s cross, but Mitchell did well to beat it away.

With the last kick of the ball, Greig tried the spectacular again, but his swerving shot was well watched by Mitchell.

With Spartans in another two cup finals and sitting top of the league, this could turn out to be a very memorable season for them.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 2-3
  • Musselburgh Windsor


Spartans Reds
Musselburgh Windsor
1. Jamie Mitchell
2. Daniel Sutherland
3. Josh Williamson
4. James Pringle
7. Matthew Brady
8. Lewis Hall
9. Mark Mackay
10. Oran Hosey
11. Ryan Farrell
12. Michael Allan
13. Jake McCreadie
14. Cameron Dawson
15. Sean McCorkindale
17. Ogulcan Yildirim
18. Jack Murray
20. Liam Currie
22. Murray Hand
1. Jack Stewart
2. Ross McGuire
3. Kieran Savage
4. Liam Mitchell
5. Jack Combe
6. Daniel Mackinnon
7. Murray McDougal
8. Ross Greig
9. Lewis Kynoch
10. Ross McLaren
11. Sean Brown
12. Ross Hope
15. Andrew Fleming
16. Liam Gregory
17. Callum Downie
21. Grant Goodfellow
22. Brok Robertson
Star Player
Spartans Reds
Musselburgh Windsor
Lewis Hall - Controlled and dictated play for large spells. Ball seemed glued to his feet at times as opposition struggled players struggled to get near him. Barely misplaced a pass.
Sean Brown - Lively up front. Did not manage to get a goal but showed good movement and touches.
Magic Moment
Spartans Reds
Musselburgh Windsor
McCreadie's winning strike was met with as much surprise as it was delight. The unlikeliest of heroes.
Ross Greig's free kick is described as "Beckham-esque" in the report and that is no exaggeration. An exquisite goal.
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