St. Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston FC, played host to the U17 Victor Paris Cup Final between Hutchison Vale and Edinburgh City Whites. Despite falling behind early in the second half, City managed to fight back and, after prevailing on spot-kicks, they lifted the silverware.
Both sides came into the match on the back of very successful seasons. Hutchison Vale were looking to complete a cup double after lifting the Craig Gowan Memorial Trophy last week. Edinburgh City, however, had progressed to several regional cup finals and made the last four of the Scottish Cup and it was they who started brightest.
After only five minutes City won a free-kick just inside the Vale half. Ross Jamieson looked to float the ball into the packed penalty area; however, his miss-hit cross proved to be a dangerous effort, as Shea Dowie had to tip the ball over.
The first-half was not a classic with both sides cancelling each other out. Only a few half chances were created with Vale’s Nicholas Aitchison and, then, City’s Samuel Newman coming close.
On the stroke of half-time, Vale should have been in front. Aidan Cross delivered the ball for Leno De Gaetano; the midfielder brought the ball down well, however, he could only blaze over the bar from 12 yards out.
This effort brought the first-half to a close with both teams going in level.