Four goals in a frantic five minute period in the middle of the second half was enough for Hutchison Vale to edge out Musselburgh Windsor at Pinkie Saint Peter’s primary school.
The first half was a close fought encounter but as Taylor Steven put the away side in front on 51 minutes, the pattern of the game changed and Hutchison Vale made sure to impose their dominance of the later stages with a further three goals.
The visitors definitely started the brighter of the sides, Bruno Davidson dragged an effort wide inside the opening minute. It was a sign of more to come.
Hutchie were pushing for the opener, Steven, Davidson and Ciaran Heeps all coming close in the early stages of the match.
Windsor got forward well and counter attacks became more frequent as the half went on, Tyler Pryde creating the best of the opportunities as he got to the byline but as he tried to square the ball across the face it was cut out and a superb challenge from Rhyad Jelly put the ball behind for a corner a minute later. The corner was taken short by Daniel Combe to Fergus Williams, who lashed an effort from a tight angle on the right wing off the foot of the post. Windsor’s best chance of the opening period.
A free kick on the halfway line from Williams was inches from connecting with the boot of skipper Jacob Shyngle and moments later Hutchie were on the counter with Keir Brown beating his man and putting a low cross into the feet of Heeps but his low effort was blocked by Liam Henderson.
Windsor turned up the pressure at the end of the first half, Combe whipping a cross into the middle which was palmed away by goalkeeper Logan Robertson who was then clattered into by Finn Thomson and a free kick was awarded to the away side.
The final action of the first half came when Thomson sweetly struck a free kick from 25 yards that forced Robertson to tip the ball behind for a corner at full stretch as the sides went in locked together at the break.