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Terrific Tynecastle complete cup double

Tynecastle FC 6

El Yamani 6, Ngwenya 19, 56 Moyles (OG) 33, Fraser 70, Hunter 76

Spartans FC Youth 3

Reid 16, 27, 66

St. Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston, hosted this Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup Final where Tynecastle edged a very exciting, nine-goal thriller to lift the silverware and complete a cup double.

Both sides entered the cup final full of confidence. Spartans have enjoyed a brilliant season and know that if they win their games in hand, they will clinch the league title. Tynecastle, on the other hand, currently top the league and were victorious in the South East Region Cup on Sunday and it was they who started the brightest.

Only six minutes on the clock and a free-kick from Robbie Neave caused a mix-up between the Spartans defence and keeper. The ball fell to Sami El Yamani and he nodded the ball into the empty net to put Tynecastle in front.

The first-half proved to be an end-to-end affair and, as a result, Spartans responded immediately. A Spartans corner was delivered but the Tynecastle defence could only clear to the edge of the box. The ball was returned into the box by Michael Mbewe and Nicholas Reid was on hand to volley into the back of the net to level-up the score.

Then, just before the 20 minute mark, Tynecastle retook the lead. Liam Miller played an excellent through ball to Kieran Ngwenya who controlled and passed the ball into the back of the net.

Tynecastle would have hoped to hold onto the lead for longer this time; however, seven minutes later, they were pegged back again. The referee awarded a penalty for an apparent push on a Spartans attacker. Nicholas Reid took responsibility from the spot and stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner to equalise yet again for Spartans.

Just before half-time, Tynecastle went in front for a third time. There didn’t seem to be much danger when Spartans’ Kieran Moyles had possession in his own half. He played the ball back to his keeper, Niall McFadden, but the ball hit a massive bobble and bounced over McFadden’s foot and the ball went into the net.

It was a very lucky goal to put Tynecaslte into the lead. Nonetheless, they held on to go in at the break 3-2 up.

The second-half was much more one-sided than the first as Tynecastle began to take control.

After 50 minutes Tynecastle were given a penalty of their own. Substitute Arran Laidlaw was given the ball by Sami El Yamani, and he ran into the box but was pulled down by Kieran Moyles. Scott Jardine took the penalty, but his effort was well saved by Niall McFadden.

However, Tynecastle didn’t let this penalty miss impact their performance and, five minutes later, they increased their lead. Cameron Fraser was given space to find Kieran Ngwenya, who composed himself and found the bottom corner to make it 4-2 Tynecastle.

Ten minutes later Spartans pulled another goal back. Nicholas Reid bulldozed his way through the Tynecastle defence, and his shot went in off the post as Reid claimed his hat-trick.

Spartans would have hoped to use this goal as a springboard to get back into the match, however, Tynecastle began to take control.

Firstly Cameron Fraser won his side another penalty after he was felled in the box. This time Fraser took responsibility himself and calmly passed into the bottom corner to make it 5-3 Tynecastle.

Then, four minutes from time, Tynecastle put the game to bed. Scott Hunter was played in on goal, and he lifted the ball over the keeper expertly to put his team 6-3 in front.

With Hunter’s goal, the game ended as a contest, and they were able to see out the game to win the trophy. It was a special night for the Tynecastle players as they completed the cup double, winning both trophies in the space of three days. 


Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC Youth
1. Aaron Heap
2. Oskar Zieniewicz
3. Jack Gammie
4. Josh Winnik
5. Ivan Alapiki
7. Scott Hunter
8. Sami El Yamani
9. William Scott
10. Robbie Neave
11. Kieran Ngwenya
14. James Scobie
15. Liam Miller
16. Scott Jardine
17. Steven Shore
18. Arran Laidlaw
20. Cameron Fraser
1. Niall McFadden
3. Jonathan Jarron
4. Thomas Baur
5. Kieran Moyles
6. Christopher Cameron
7. Jack Ewing
8. Harry Maguire
9. Reece Mason
10. Jack Crombie
11. Joseph Evenden
15. Campbell Swanson
16. Michael Mbewe
17. Luke Morris
18. Robbie Walker
19. Jack Carr
23. Nicholas Reid
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC Youth
Star player for Tynecastle is their midfield enforcer Sami El Yamani. He opened the scoring for his side and won nearly every tackle in midfield. El Yamani was at the heart of every good move by his team and, so, is a worthy winner of the award.
Spartans' star man is their striker Nicholas Reid. He scored a hat-trick and led the line well. Reid was very unlucky to end up on the losing side, but he was a standout performer for his team.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
Spartans FC Youth
The magic moment for Tynecastle was the trophy presentation. It was a moment that will live long in the memory for the players as they lifted their second trophy in four days.
Spartans' magic moment was their third goal from Nicholas Reid. It was probably their best goal of the game and it got Reid his hat-trick.

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