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Hutchison Vale overcome Drumsagard Blue and first minute red to reach semis

Hutchison Vale 4

Finday 14, 17, Mohammed 35, 66

Drumsagard FAC Blue 1

Miles 3 (pen)

A calamitous opening minute, in which they conceded a penalty and were reduced to 10 men, proved a mere speed bump for Hutchison Vale on their way to a 4-1 defeat of Drumsagard Blue in the inspiresport Scottish Cup. The comeback victory puts the Edinburgh outfit into the semi-finals, two games from glory.

Drumsagard could barely have envisioned a better start. Their first clearance, hit firmly by Alistair Gould, sailed over the hosts’ high defence but was caught by Cole Polson, who touched the ball past onrushing keeper Bruce MacKenzie. With an open goal before him, the striker’s heels were clipped by a scrambling defender. A penalty after 26 seconds; a red card after much official consultation; and a lead after Liam Miles took the spot kick.

Concluding that if it worked once, try it twice, Drumsagard utilised the very same tactic immediately. Surreally, another Blue’s forward was left alone and deja vu was only avoided by MacKenzie colliding with Cole Logan wide right of the box. With calls of “calm down” ringing from the sidelines, Vale were experiencing a horror start.

Possession, however, is good for the nerves, and Hutchison’s efforts to pass the ball brought the match ten minutes of equilibrium. In the 14th minute, it brought an equaliser. Neat play in midfield provided the chance to push Bryan Mwangi forward and he, in turn, located Ryan Finday on the left corner of the box. Finday cut onto his right foot and struck a shot over the fingertips of keeper Nathan Welsh.

Stirred with belief, Vale centre back Mario Gronell headed a corner centimetres over moments later, before the turnaround was complete in the 19th minute. Mwangi was played in behind the right full back by Mason Renton, forcing Welsh from his line. Mwangi opted to forego shooting, nonchalantly using the outside of his foot to lay across for Finday to control, swivel, and double his tally.

Right on half-time, the 10 men claimed a third. Mwangi’s free kick from the edge of the box was struck low and left, and when Welsh parried the only player following in was Hutchison striker Rayan Mohammed. From two yards he ensured the half ended in stark contrast to how it began for a now thriving Vale.

For Drumsagard, the second half was about trying to kick-start attacking intent. For Hutchison Vale, it was about game management. Unfortunately for the former, the latter was superior. In the first ten minutes the only chances belonged to Vale, including a break from halfway for Mohammed ended by a heavy touch.

Opportunities for a comeback were rare. On 46 minutes, a half-chance for Blues was snuffed out by MacKenzie bravely diving at Polson’s feet. It was not until 10 minutes remained that a second opportunity arose, this time with Logan getting behind the centre backs but lobbing a difficult bouncing ball wide. With Hutchison only maintaining a single striker, time appeared to be the visitor’s greatest concern.

This was not the case: in the 66th minute Vale added a fourth to remove all doubt, and did so spectacularly. Awarded a free kick ten yards inside Drumsagard’s half, captain Blair McKenzie was evidently so unimpressed with what he saw that he decided to shoot. The ball struck the bar with venom, bouncing out directly in front of goal. For the second time Mohammed got his reward for following in.

With that, the damage was done. Drumsagard won’t enjoy being the victim, but winning by three despite being a man down for all bar a single minute was an impressive achievement for Hutchison Vale, and more so considering the mess of the opening minutes. All that will be behind them when they play the semi-final.


Hutchison Vale
Drumsagard FAC Blue
1. Dean Brownlee
2. Jayden Bradley
3. Blair McKenzie (c)
4. Oscar Dymock
5. Zane Russell
6. Jamie MacLeod
7. Bryan Mwangi
8. Mason Renton
9. Ryan Finday
10. James Clare
11. Brendan Risi
12. Michael Symmers
16. Owen Wardell
17. Mario Granell
18. Rayan Mohammed
21. Bruce MacKenzie
1. Nathan Welsh
2. Aiden Ogilvie
4. Cameron Coyne
5. Alistair Gould
6. Liam Miles
7. Cole Logan
8. Ross Mullen (c)
9. Cole Polson
10. Carson Logan
11. Reegan Fallan
14. Jamie Scullion
15. Lewis Bierey
Star Player
Hutchison Vale
Drumsagard FAC Blue
Ryan Finday: Amidst the chaotic beginnings, Vale were in danger of losing control of their senses as well as the game. A key part of their recovery was the work centre forward Finday did in pressuring Drumsagard’s defence, reaping throw-ins, corners and loose balls further up the pitch. Finday, of course, scored the two goals that flipped the game, but that intangible work was just as vital. A superb leading of the line.
Cole Logan: As a wonderful start morphed into a tough day at the office, Drumsagard had to keep plugging away. Logan offered the heart and willingness to run at Hutchison’s defence that his team needed, and could have found some chances if a ricochet or bounce had been kinder. Whilst ultimately a frustrating match, the danger that driving at a defence provokes will find reward.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale
Drumsagard FAC Blue
Bryan Mwangi has the potential to become a quality football player. His touch and movement is far above the norm, and there is a sense that with age and strength he will be able to hold possession more. Hutchison’s second goal highlighted his qualities, timing his run behind the full back and then effortlessly presenting Finday with a keeper-less goal. Major credit must go to Mason Renton - himself a core part of this team - for measuring the through pass perfectly.
The first five minutes were obviously Drumsagard’s most pleasurable of the afternoon, but there was some joy outside of those. One such case came 25 minutes into the first half when Cole Polson received a pass on the edge of Hutchison’s box, conducted a neat Cruyff turn to lose his marker, and aimed for goal. His shot was only a yard over, and the preceding skill was delightful in imagination and execution.

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