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Hutchison Vale prevailed over Tynecastle FC in an exciting Bill Sheridan Cup clash at Wardie.
A Blair Conway strike and Lian Willis own goal gave Hutchie a two goal lead in the opening five minutes, before Murray Rose pulled one back for Tynie with four minutes to go.
Tynecastle will feel they should have taken the game beyond 90 minutes, with a strong second half fight back. The two drew their previous meeting this season, and this was keenly fought contest between the Division 1 sides.
Hutchie got off to a dream start when Conway broke the deadlock after barely a minute played. The striker shot smartly from 18 yards after a nice interchange of passing, and good pressure from strike partner Jamie Docherty on the Tynecastle defence.
The second came just four minutes later, Conway latched on to a ball down the right wing and played an excellent switch pass to Euan McGuire whose cross was headed into the net by the unfortunate Tynecastle defender Willis.
The game continued at a frenetic pace, with Vale looking the more threatening, especially through the athletic Conway, though they were unable to dominate against a Tynie side that seemed to be stuck in the starting blocks.
A third goal for Hutchie almost came in the 26th minute when Conway shot wide of the advancing Tynecastle goalkeeper Fraser Briton, after having been played through by Docherty.
Tynecastle looked most threatening down the right, and their best passage of play in the first half came down that flank in the 33rd minute, when full back Brok Robertson and winger Callum Crawford combined, before Crawford threaded a teasing pass that striker Cameron Dawson was unable to get on the end of.
Half Time: Hutchison Vale 2-0 Tynecastle FC
The second half almost started like the first, with an early Conway goal, but his lobbed effort had a bit too much purchase and it sailed over the goal. The match continued in a similar vein to the first half, apace with neither team enjoying sustained periods of possession, but now Tynecastle looked the more threatening.
The moment of the match was mercurial passage of play in the 42nd minute, encapsulating the game as a whole. Tynecastle’s Bruce McCrorie’s looping volley from 25 yards came off the underside of the crossbar had Hutchie’s ‘keeper Jamie Mitchell beaten all ends up, the ball was cleared to 18 yard line where a good old stramash ensued. Vale won the ball and counter attacked en masse to their opponent’s box where they ran into another melee, and were unable to get a shot on goal.
A penalty appeal for handball by Tynie was waved away by the referee in the 47th the minute, before their first clear cut opportunity came four minutes later. After abandoning his penalty box to clear a long ball, Mitchell found himself stranded in a no man’s land for the subsequent punt into the area, but Tynescatle’s Crawford was unable to keep his balance, so to score into an empty net.
The game was on a knife edge, with the next goal seemingly pivotal and Tynie looking the more likely. Callum Watson skewed an angled shot wide after turning smartly in the box, before the tenacious Fareid Yassein nicked the ball off Tod Rodwell’s foot with the Hutchie goal in front of him on 56 minutes.
Tynecastle pulled a goal back on the 64th minute courtesy of an excellent Murray Rose header which nestled in the top corner from Willis’ corner, the result of a good save from a fine Rose free kick.
The visitors continued to press for the leveller and could have kept the tie going, had Robertson converted his header in the dying embers of the game.
Full Time: Hutchison Vale 2-1 Tynecastle FC