Tynecastle and Hutchison Vale met in the final of the U14 Willie Bauld Cup on Wednesday night at Tynecastle Stadium. A large group of supporters turned out to see two of Edinburgh’s most successful youth football sides go head to head yet again. It was Hutchison Vale who came out on top after an exciting game in which the winner was never a certainty.
It was Vale who started the brighter of the two sides, creating a number of chances to score in the opening stages of the match. Declan Glass saw an effort from distance go just over the crossbar before a great run from Euan Henderson gave Grant Rose an opportunity to open the scoring. His effort went just wide however. Tynecastle’s keeper Jordan Brown did well despite the pressure from Hutchie and kept his team level with a save from a lobbed effort by Glass and a well struck volley by Jack Murray.
Vale’s persistence paid off however when a penalty was won on the twenty-five minute mark. Henderson managed to dribble his way past two players in the box before being brought down by a defender. The awarded spot-kick was calmly dispatched by Glass as he slotted the ball into the net, by the keeper’s right hand side. Hutchison Vale now had the lead and it was no more than they had deserved given that they had dominated the opening stages in terms of chances created.
Tynecastle did work the ball into the box a number of times but on the whole their possession was limited by Hutchie. Aaron Wilson did well on the left and worked his way into the box. His squared ball across the face of goal couldn’t find another Tynecastle body however.
Cameron Mills was closest to getting a touch to the ball, which would have been his first of the game after replacing Dean Galloway moments earlier.Wilson managed to create another chance for his team to score shortly after, this time laying off the ball to Lewis Gill. His shot was hit with some power but Vale’s Bryan Cairns managed to hold the ball well.
Chances towards the end of the first half were few and far between for both sides and Hutchison Vale went into the break a goal up. They had certainly created more in terms of goalscoring opportunities and will feel that they could have perhaps been more than just one goal ahead at the break.