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My fourth and last game of the weekend was the under-16 cup tie between Salvesen and Newcraighall Leith Vics at St Augustine’s High School. Salvesen lost 3-2 against the Vics last week so this was always going to be an interesting game to watch. And so it was, from start to finish. Salvesen never looked in any danger of losing again to Vics and they emphasised their class in a 5-1 win. A very impressive win, I add!
Salvesen went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute after a mistake in the Vics’ defence. In truth, the home side never looked back and they held a virtual stranglehold in midfield throughout this Colin Greenhill Cup tie, a trophy named in memory of the journalist in the Evening News Sports Desk who passed away recently following a tough fight against cancer.
Whatever Vics tried in this cup tie, they ran in to a superb Salvesen rearguard. But, when the home side set about the Vics, the Newcraighall defence was in all sorts of trouble. The home side had another real star turn in No 4, Ryan Campbell. He was tremendous in the centre of the Salvesen defence. The home side won several corners in the first half and they went close to scoring again when a corner on the right, taken by Alex Hastie was headed over the Vics’ crossbar by big Daniel Mitchell.
Vics suffered a bad blow when their goalie, Robert Fleming, picked up a sore knock when he went down bravely to his left to deny Salvesen a goal. After treatment, Fleming looked in pain and he eventually had to be taken off and replaced in goal by Robbie Menzies. Following that substitution, the away side were hard pushed indeed to keep Salvesen from scoring a few more goals. But I have to say I thought the Vics’ players were quite magnificent in fighting to keep their hopes alive.
The visiting side mounted very good attacks on both wings but the home defenders gave nothing away and in goalkeeper, Dwayne Johnstone, they had another star. Liam Hastie was a hero for Vics and it was the No 11 who popped up on the goal-line to clear what appeared to be a certain goal. A very good young player, Liam Hastie. Others to make great contributions to the game for Vics were Ryan Laird and Kieran Watters. These two players were involved in a good raid on the home goal and the cross from the right wing was headed wide by Callum McCabe.
I thought Vics needed to score to give themselves a chance but the goal did not come! When Menzies eventually went in goal for Vics, his first task was to pick the ball out of the back of the net, put there from a Salvesen free-kick!
That goal put Salvesen in to a 2-0 lead and they deserved to be in front. Bradley Kaye had to settle for a corner in another Vics raid and the away side were hit by a real sucker-punch when a tremendous attack on the Salvesen goal by Marcus Marwood continued with a good pass to Euan McDonald but the ball was cleared away up field by Callum Jackson. The Vics were caught short at the back and that allowed Adam Robertson the chance to score a third goal in the 38th minute and give Salvesen a 3-0 lead at the break.
Dogged play from Vics helped the visiting side in the second half and I can only say I admired the spirit of the Newcraighall players. Ryan Laird I thought was exceptional in the second half exchanges and his fitness levels and commitment were outstanding.
Both goalkeepers were called in to action in the exchanges that followed but the Salvesen defence were dominant. Lovley passing moves at both ends created chances, with Salvesen always the more likely looking to score. It was for all that, a cracker of a second half.
Sadly, for Vics, they lost a fourth goal and it came from Adam Robertson again to put the game well out of reach of the brave Newcraighall side. But this was no rout, and Vics fought for every ball. That ensured a lot of free-kicks were awarded but still, Vics were kept at bay.
Not so at the other end and Ewen Gillie scored for Salvesen to make it 5-0. In the very last minute, Vics were awarded a penalty and Liam Hastie finally managed to get the better of Salvesen keeper, Dwayne Johnstone from the spot-kick to make the final score 5-1.
Full time: Salvesen CFC 5-1 Newcraighall Leith Vics