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Quickfire double wins cup for Hillfield Swifts

Hillfield Swifts 2

McManus 53, 56

Hutchison Vale 0

  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018
  • East Peffermill
  • Under 14´s
  • Willie Bauld Cup

East Peffermill, home to Edinburgh University FC, played host to the final of the prestigious Willie Bauld Cup. Two goals in as many minutes was enough for Hillfield Swifts who battled well to lift the silverware.

The first half was extremely close with both sides fighting hard in the middle of the park. However, Swifts were very unlucky not to take an early lead.

A free-kick was only half cleared by the Vale defence, and the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Austen Wood. His powerful effort was parried into the path of Nathan Morrice who tapped the rebound into the back of the net. However, the celebrations were cut short by the linesman’s flag, and the score remained 0-0.

Fifteen minutes later and it was Vale’s turn to have a goal disallowed. A free-kick from the wing was played in, and when Lewis Foster challenged the keeper, the ball fell to Lucas McGarry who smashed the ball into the net from close range. However, the referee deemed Foster’s challenge to be unfair, and the goal was chalked off.

Just before the half-hour mark and Vale had another great chance. A free-kick was played in by Ciaran Heeps and keeper Liam Campbell was caught under the ball, but Taylor Steven could only nod wide from close range.

With Steven’s miss, the first half came to an end with the game still tied up at 0-0.

  • Half Time:
  • Hillfield Swifts
  • 0-0
  • Hutchison Vale

The second half began in much the same vein as the first; a midfield battle. It took 20 minutes of the second half until a chance was created, and with it, came the first goal.

Hillfield Swifts won a corner which was swung in by substitute Liam Rennie, and it was met excellently by Connor McManus who thundered a header in off the crossbar; a great goal to open the scoring for Swifts.

Two minutes later Swifts doubled their advantage and again it came from McManus. Another corner from Liam Rennie was initially spilt by Sam Hood, and McManus turned the ball in from two yards out.

With the second goal, the game effectively ended as a contest. Swifts were able to see out the remaining fifteen minutes and lifted the Willie Bauld Cup amid brilliant scenes from the Hillfield players and coaches.

  • Full Time:
  • Hillfield Swifts
  • 2-0
  • Hutchison Vale


Hillfield Swifts
Hutchison Vale
1. Liam Campbell
2. Kyle Jordan
3. Nathan Morrice
4. Liam Rennie
5. Lewis Galloway
6. Ewan Roberts
7. Che Reilly
9. Blair Kerr
10. Austen Wood
11. Connor McManus
12. Zak Robb
14. Theo Geoghan
16. Owen Reid
18. Cameron Hunter
19. Mitch Taylor
1. Sam Hood
2. Lewis Foster
3. Keir Brown
4. Aaron Waller
5. Rhyad Jelly
6. Lucas McGarry
7. Bruno Davidson
8. Jacob Comerford
9. Taylor Steven
10. Matthew Dalglish
11. Sam Kilboy
15. Kyle Craig
16. Ciaran Heeps
20. Jake Houten
Star Player
Hillfield Swifts
Hutchison Vale
The star player for Swifts has to be Connor McManus. A commanding performance at centre back was capped off with two goals and, as a result, claims the accolade for Swifts.
Bruno Davidson wins the award for Vale. He always looked dangerous in possession and was unlucky not to create a goal for Hutchison Vale.
Magic Moment
Hillfield Swifts
Hutchison Vale
Swifts magic moment has to be the scenes at the full-time whistle. It sparked wonderful scenes with the coaches and players storming onto the pitch to celebrate together. It was a day that will live long in the memory for the Hillfield players.
Making the cup final was the magic moment for Hutchison Vale. Although they will be disappointed with their performance, they must take heart in being able to reach such an important cup final.
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