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Terrific Tynecastle lift Scottish Cup in dominant display over Lewis United

Lewis United Youth 1

Ward 54'

Tynecastle FC 7

Dillon 24' Robertson 32' Jones 36' Dillon 40' Ward 50' Finnie 58' Ward 68'
  • Sunday, 07 May 2017
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 16´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - Final

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Airdrie, Tynecastle FC produced a scintillating performance to blitz Lewis United 7-1 at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie in the SYFA inspire Cup final.

Both sides had come through tough opposition in the semi-final beforehand, with Lewis defeating Rangers SABC 1-0 and Tynecastle seeing off Portobello CFA 2-0.

The two teams were focused and energetic in their warm-ups, but from the start of the game you could see Tynecastle just had that extra bit of composure on the ball to overcome their nervy opponents. Lewis' defence were simply giving the exciting John Robertson and Matthew Dillon far too much space to run into in the final third, with Robertson in particular causing the Lewis back-line all sorts of problems with his direct style of play.

United struggled when they got into the final third to find that killer ball against a strong and composed Tynecastle back four, and Lewis will be disappointed at not testing Kyle Wilson enough throughout the 90 minutes.

Tynecastle started with purpose, and it was clear their biggest threat was down the left-hand side through Sean Ward. The winger was constantly reaching the by-line and getting in behind Harley Stewart. 

Yet for all of their composed play, it was Lewis who could've nicked the lead. Murray Esson, who whipped in several teasing balls throughout, found Blair McKenzie but his toe-poke was well diverted round the post by Wilson.

Esson was doing his defensive duties well at left-back for Lewis, but Tynecastle continued to push forward and constantly looked for the pace of Ward. It led to a deserved lead when the United defence failed to clear a corner, with Robertson hooking it back into the box for Dillon to loop a header over Matthew Buckham and into the net.

Tynecastle were spurred on by the goal - moving the ball around quickly and accurately. Jones was at the heart of all things good for them, with his powerful driving runs from the midfield keeping Lewis on the back-foot. Robertson forced a low save from Buckham before more good work from Ward found Dillon in the box, and when he took a touch to round two defenders he should've done better than to lash over.

The second goal was coming though, and it duly arrived when Robertson was given too much space from 20 yards and hammered home a right-footed effort into the top corner.

Robertson came close again with another drive, but it would be 3-0 as Jones started off a move with a powerful run and linked up with Ward and Robertson before tapping home after having the ball squared to him by the energetic Robertson. Some more half chances fell the Tynecastle side's way, but the fourth came right on half-time when Lewis again failed to deal with a cross ball and Robertson ran through to square for Dillon to tap home.

  • Half Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 0-4
  • Tynecastle FC

Lewis came out in the second half and made it a battle for the first 10 minutes. They were playing some nice football in the midfield with some lovely combinations that got the ball out to the wide men. However, Tynecastle again settled into the contest after some solid defending from Andrew Mackay and Alex Adams.

And in a typical show of their efficiency throughout the game, Tynecastle went 5-0 up with their first purposeful attack of the second half. The bombing Christopher Finnie reached the by-line and fired in a wicked low cross that was turned in deservedly by Ward, who ran off two Lewis defenders to poke home.

No sooner than Blair Ross and Macauley Anderson came on for Jordan Daly and Adams, United snatched a goal back. A short corner was given to Ward, who darted into the box and fired a low left-footed shot that squirmed under Wilson and into the net.

Robertson and Jones started to really come into the half at this stage. Again the United defence stood off Robertson as he hammered another strike that was well blocked, before goal number six came when Finnie buried Jones' low cross into the far corner.

The game became a bit scrappy for the next 10 minutes as a host of substitutions broke it up. The highlight of which for Lewis was the introduction of the lively Ben Marr. The young forward pressed Tynecastle high up the pitch, and forced the two centre-backs into their first real error of the game when they surrendered possession, but United couldn't find the combinations to cut through them and work Wilson.

Cameron Heslop fired over from 25 yards in Lewis' first real attempt on goal since pulling one back. However, Tynecastle were always in control as they dictated the game with their passing and positional awareness.

The final goal of the competition arrived when Ward was sent through and slotted calmly past Buckham for his second of the game and Tynecastle's seventh. The game was nearly summed up for United when Buckham dallied on possession too long and surrendered the ball to Liam McCue, but the could only curl straight back to Buckham.

The final chance of the game fell to Dillon, who worked a yard in the box and forced Buckham to make a smart stop to tip over.

From the start, Tynecastle always looked like winning this one. They overcame the nerves better than Lewis, and were passing with a confidence and pace to their play. They connected well in the final third and always looked for the impressive Ward down the left. Robertson also typified his side's energy with a terrific solo display that included a goal and three assists.

  • Full Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 1-7
  • Tynecastle FC


Lewis United Youth
Tynecastle FC
1. Matthew Buckham
2. Lucas Murray
3. Ryan Lawrence
5. Harley Stewart
6. Ben Marr
7. Murray Esson
8. Blair McKenzie
9. Robert Ward
10. Ross Young
11. Kai Morrison
14. Gregor Whyte
15. Cameron Heslop
16. Jamie Massie
17. Shaun Spence
19. Rory Brown
20. Reece Cormack
1. Kyle Wilson
2. Alex Adams
3. Luke Cunningham
4. Christopher Finnie
5. Andrew Mackay
6. Calum Page
7. Alassan Jones
8. Charlie Green
9. John Robertson
10. Matthew Dillon
11. Sean Ward
12. Jordan Daly
14. Kyle Hidditch
15. Blair Ross
16. Liam McCue
17. Macauley Anderson
Star Player
Lewis United Youth
Tynecastle FC
Murray Esson - despite being on the end of a heavy defeat, Esson tested the Tynecastle defence with some lovely crosses into the area. Stood up well defensively for the first 45, but Tynecastle exploited all areas of the Lewis defence at some stage of the game.
John Robertson - the young forward was a constant menace all game with his directness and had a bunch of strikes at goal that forced Buckham into several saves. Grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to score the second goal and play a part in the rest of the first four. Could easily have been Sean Ward or Alassan Jones however, as both were terrific.
Magic Moment
Lewis United Youth
Tynecastle FC
Undoubtedly the goal is the only highlight of the day for Lewis United. A clever short corner was taken and Ward took Wilson by surprise with his low strike.
The third goal was just beautiful football from Tynecastle. Starting off with a powerful run from deep by Jones, he released Ward who got to the byline and crossed for Robertson. Robertson took a touch round the defenders and squared for Jones to complete the move with a simple finish.
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