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Hutchison Vale 1

McMahon 83

Edinburgh South 0

  • Saturday, 12 January 2019
  • Meggetland
  • Under 19´s
  • Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup

A single goal, scored seven minutes from the end of an otherwise evenly contested tie, ensured Hutchison Vale progressed in the Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup at Edinburgh South’s expense. With chances hard to fashion, Luke McMahon’s left boot did the damage, and stout defence did the rest.

With both sides holding similar positions in the league, this was likely to be a close match-up. Thus it proved, with a first twenty in which South started stronger, Vale grew, and each side had one serviceable opportunity. Had a third minute centre by South’s Ryan O’Donnell found the boot of Misu El Boghady, or Hutchison’s Kye Hutchison’s free kick not been tipped over, the flavour of the game may have changed.

As it was, most attacking was conducted outside the box. For South, Alastair McWhirter - playing as a deep-lying striker - showed touch and vision that was alas too far from goal. Vale’s McMahon, meanwhile, preferred driving at the defence from halfway, which caused consternation and, on the half hour, a chance for Kieran Somerville. Ciaran Pugh, with his knees, made another strong save.

As the half ticked down, South suddenly found some shooting boots. A beautiful free kick from El Boghdady nearly located the top right corner, but thudded the crossbar instead. A deflected cross nearly looped over keeper Bryce, who did wonderfully to fall backwards and claw the ball out. McWhirter attempted to neatly bend the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards, but Bryce was again alert to parry. We reached the interval goalless.

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 0-0
  • Edinburgh South

The second half began around El Boghdady. A raking ball by James Wilson sent him free on the inside right, but the shot was dragged just wide of the far post. A calamitous Vale free kick then presented El Boghdady the ball thirty yards out without a keeper in nets. The final destination of the striker’s quick shot is best glossed over.

Yet, again, Hutchison Vale started to find their feet. In the 62nd minute a low diagonal ball into the box from Luke Wilkie found McMahon, whose shot from 15 yards whistled slightly over. A flurry of subs broke up momentum, but entering the final fifteen minutes Vale were in the ascendency.

When Somerville escaped behind the defence and looked for the lob, ascendency almost became a goal. Pugh brilliantly reached to paw wide. From the corner, Somerville deflected goalwards; this time Pugh got low to stop. The clock was at 82 when Hutchison drove at the defence, played left, but then could not convert the return cut back.

South’s relief lasted a minute more. Another sub, Josh Nicholls, had been on the pitch for five minutes when his sweetly struck ball passed over the centre backs and exactly on McMahon’s favoured foot. A good touch had the forward one-on-one with the outstanding Pugh. Finally a striker won the battle, playing it firmly past the keeper’s right hand and in.

South’s efforts to find an equaliser were scrappy, with El Boghdady dropping as deep as right back in search of the ball and Vale’s defenders content to simply clear danger to halfway. One such clearance and break almost gave McMahon a second - he rounded Pugh, but James Kerr slid back to hook the shot off the line - as the game fell away. Vale were victorious, and move on.

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 1-0
  • Edinburgh South

Lineups

Hutchison Vale
Edinburgh South
1. Cameron Bryce (c)
2. Josh Nicholls
3. Zach Davidson
4. Sean MacDonell
7. Kye Hutchison
9. Kieran Somerville
10. Cameron Orr
12. Aidan Cross
14. Luis Malcolm
15. Luke McMahon
16. Ross Thompson
17. Scott Clark
18. Jason Binnie
20. Robbie Campbell
23. Luke Wilkie
1. Ciaran Pugh
3. James Kerr (c)
4. Thomas Smith
5. Reece Braidwood
7. James Wilson
8. Misu El Boghdady
9. Alastair McWhirter
10. Conner Stewart
11. Ryan O’Donnell
12. Harry Churchmichael
14. Joe Kerr
15. Lewis Henderson
16. Cameron McKinnon
17. Byron Martin
19. Floyd Andrews
25. Louie Gibson
Star Player
Hutchison Vale
Edinburgh South
Luke Wilkie: While Hutchison and McMahon at times stood out, Hutchison Vale’s victory came on the back of their clean sheet. At left back Luke Wilkie dealt with his wing not only soundly, but stylishly: his passes into midfield’s feet were crisp, purposeful, and constructive in starting attacks. Some big 50-50 wins in the denouement showed that there was also the requisite fight.
Ciaran Pugh: Although Edinburgh South were ultimately unsuccessful, there should be no overlooking of how well the defence played. Byron Martin and Lewis Henderson were organised, played intelligently, and showed great attitude. And behind them stood a keeper who made some professional level stops. None of them disappointed in their performance.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale
Edinburgh South
Obviously the goal, delivered in a flash, was key. However, McMahon had caused issues earlier with direct running, including just before the half hour when he set off from halfway. When the centre backs eventually converged, the ball was wisely laid out to Somerville, whose effort Pugh saved well.
El Boghdady’s free kick in the 38th minute deserved a goal but found only the crossbar. While supporters always enjoy the sound of a ball thumping plumb on the bar, the striker was left anguished. It had been struck pristinely and looked certain to score.
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