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Scintillating Spartans stroll to Belmont Vauxhall Cup glory

Spartans FC Whites 5

Ndlovu 2' 6' 40' , Brincker 20', Little 37'

Peebles FC 1

Kitching 35'
  • Sunday, 26 March 2017
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Belmont Vauxhall Cup
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Spartans ran out comfortable winners in the Belmont Vauxhall Cup final, on a day where everything fell perfectly into plan for the Edinburgh side at New Dundas Park, as they hit Peebles for five on their way to cup glory.

The eventual winners created the first chance of the tie with just a minute gone, and it was a sign of things to come. Luke Fyvie would have been disappointed when he missed an excellent opportunity at the back post after Harry Little’s pinpoint cross, however only a minute later Spartans went one better.

Little was once again the tormentor of the Peebles defence as he drove down the wing and fired a low ball across goal where Lusanda Ndlovu was on hand to tap home from close range. His side could hardly have dreamt of a better start, and his day was about to become even better.

A few minutes after a decent effort from Logan Cameron flew over the bar, Spartans lead was doubled on six minutes, and it was Ndlovu who found the target again. Adbou Thiam forced a corner after his long range drive brought the best out of Oliver Gray in Peebles’ goal. From the ensuing corner, a goalmouth scrambled followed, with Ndlovu coming out on top from close range. Spartans had started the cup final flying out of the blocks.

It was now-or-never for Peebles at this early stage in the game, with Rory MacDonald having their first threatening chance of the game straight from kick-off, although his shot never matched his run and it drifted wide of Dylan Tas’ goal.

In the 9th minute the frantic pace to this cup final only continued, when Lewis Scrimger was put through on goal following a neat one-two. He looked set to half the deficit before Daniel Hood nipped in to clear the ball for a corner; a tackle that had to be timed perfectly, and it was.

In the 20th minute Spartans took a huge stride to wrapping up the trophy early on. A lovely looped ball over the top of the Peebles backline from Little found Cameron Brincker who had made a clever run through the middle. He brought down the ball with ease, side-stepped a defender and placed his shot beyond the goalkeeper to give his side a three-goal advantage. It was a goal full of quality and composure, leaving Peebles in a sticky scenario with plenty left to play.

The team facing an uphill battle had a glimmer of hope right on the stroke of half-time. It was a relatively simple yet well-taken goal from Keith Kitching, as he drove through the Spartans defence with the help of a few deflections, and powered a great curling shot into the top corner. It was the perfect way to end a forgettable half, and made the outlook of the second-half more interesting.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 3-1
  • Peebles FC

Unfortunately for Peebles, their goal just before the half-time failed to spur them on, as Spartans started the second half in the exact same urgent manner with which they began the first. Little, who had been providing chances all throughout the opening-half, was due a goal for his performance, and he got exactly what he deserved in the 37th minute. It was Ndlovu’s turn to swing in the cross this time, and Spartans number 11 simply couldn’t miss at the back post, where he tapped in to surely put this cup final beyond doubt.

Spartans didn’t have to wait much longer to extend their advantage and put one hand on the trophy, with Ndlovu sealing his hat-trick in the 40th minute. When Cameron played a corner right into the middle of the penalty area, few people would have bet on the diminutive striker getting his head on the end of it. However, he did just that, bagging himself the match ball and capping off a five-star performance for his side.

Peebles were almost able to grab a consolation goal a few minutes after their opponent’s fifth, when a low cross reached Evan McConnell, but he was always stretching and failed to get his effort on target.

McConnell had a very similar chance with ten minutes remaining on the clock, but once again it was a difficult ball to reach and he could only direct the ball wide of the goal. Moments before, Finlay Halton for Spartans found himself one-on-one with Gray after a neat one-two, but the keeper was alert off his line and managed to smother the effort.

The remainder of the game was played out rather quietly, considering the result was beyond doubt at that stage. Spartans held onto their comfortable lead and lifted the Belmont Vauxhall cup with a performance worthy of champions.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 5-1
  • Peebles FC


Spartans FC Whites
Peebles FC
1. Dylan Tas
2. Michael Duff
3. Scott McKie
4. Ellis Gray
5. Bailley Stevenson
6. Oscar Jamieson
7. Luke Fyvie
8. Scott Findlay
9. Lusanda Ndlovu
10. Cameron Brickner
11. Harry Little
12. Finlay Halton
14. Adbou Thiam
15. Hamish Black
16. Daniel Hood
19. Logan Cameron
1. Oliver Gray
2. Mark MacKay
3. Frey MacIver
5. Liam Moffat
6. Lewis Scringer
7. Stan Swain
8. Keith Kitching
9. Fraser Whyte
10. Thomas Pickburn
11. Rory MacDonald
12. Jordan Sykes
14. Rhys MacDonald
15. Conor King
16. Brodie Combe
17. Evan McConnell
18. Daniel Paton
Star Player
Spartans FC Whites
Peebles FC
Lusanda Ndlovu played a massive part in Spartans triumph with a hat-trick. Harry Little was also a standout, causing havoc on the wing and getting himself on the scoresheet.
Keith Kitching's performance was one of the highlights on a day to forget for Peebles, pulling one back before half-time.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC Whites
Peebles FC
Spartan's third goal was a great display of passing, control and composure. A stylish goal to set them on their way to cup glory.
Kitching's goal before half-time was the result of a charging run, and the finish was deadly.
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