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Hutchison Vale win John Crawford Cup

Hutchison Vale 1

Glass 33

Leith Athletic 1

Ferrier 29
  • Final Result: Hutchison Vale 1-1 Leith Athletic (Hutchison Vale win 5-4 on penalties)inal Result: St Ambrose HS 0-0 Springburn Academy (St Ambrose win 5-3 on penalties)
  • Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Saughton Enclosure
  • Under 14´s
  • John Crawford Cup - Final
Hutchison Vale added another trophy to their collection on Friday as they defeated an intrepid Leith Athletic side on penalties.
 
Two goals in the space of four first half minutes meant that this, the John Crawford Memorial Cup Final, would head into extra time and inevitably penalties, where Vale prevailed, winning by five goals to four.
 
It was a game Hutchison Vale dominated for large spells. Despite this, there was a distinct lack of composure in front of goal, and this, coupled with Leith's strict organisation and counter attacking style, set the tone for an intriguing match up.
 
Euan Henderson, who was Vale's danger man throughout the match, threatened early on with a powerful run into the box which was abruptly brought to and end by alert goalkeeper Adam McLean.
 
And Leith demonstrated their attacking threat when Lewis MacKinnon whipped in a cross and Liall Smith's fashioned a glancing header into the palms of Bryan Cairns. At the other end Grant Rose was unable to convert Henderson's low cross from six yards.
 
The win for Hutchison Vale will be a confidence boost heading into their SE Region Cup Final clash with rivals Tynecastle on Sunday. But they had to come from behind, as Craig Ferrier's fantastic strike from 30 yards could only be helped on its way by a stunned and despairing Cairns.
 
Moments of brilliance often make the difference in cup finals, and having seen Vale squander such promising opportunities onlookers might have sensed it was going to be Leith's day. Would Vale conjure up a response?
 
In short, the answer was yes. But Leith will have been disappointed to concede only four minutes after Ferrier's wonderstrike had them in front. The goal came from none other than Declan Glass, who was on hand to finish low past McLean when Dale Skinner cut the ball back across the six yard box.
  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 1-1
  • Leith Athletic
Vale continued to probe the resolute Leith back line. McLean plucked Rose's header from the air after the striker had risen highest to meet Glass' in swinging set piece. In a foray of chances, instigated by another of Henderson's persevering dashes down the touchline, Rose's shot inadvertantly sliced into the path of Glass who's shot was blocked into the path of Gregor Lamb who himself had another attempt that this time bounced wide of goal.
 
Hutchie were edging closer to a probable winner. A header over from Henderson was followed by a tremendous solo run, past 3 defenders, and a shot which again narrowly evaded the target.
 
And so with a final unsuccessful attempt from Lamb to divert Rose's cross on target, the match headed into extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 1-1
  • Leith Athletic

Unsurprisingly, after the strewn second half, the 20 minutes of extra time was somewhat uneventful. Perhaps both teams were beginning to contemplate the idea of penalty shoot out, the possible takers, and the pressure of not being the one who should dare to miss.

Or perhaps they were simply devoid of energy. Glass' lethargic attempt to connect with Henderson's cross surmised Vale's evening in front of goal, and definitely suggested that these two sides were beginning to suffer from what was now almost ninety minutes of concerted effort to thwart the opposition. With the final kick of the match Henderson almost made a final mark, which would have been a fitting end to a man of the match performance. The number eight stepped up to smash a twenty five yard freekick off the top of the crossbar. Goalkeeper LA1 was well beaten to say the least.

But in the inevitable fashion of this Cup Final it would be penalties that would settle the encounter. It must be said that the quality of penalty kicks was of a very high calibre. Hutchison Vale's Glass was first to step up and get his side off the mark. He was closely followed by LA6, Rose, LA7, Jack Murray and LA11 in successfully netting. Michael Barfoot and LA10 then ensured that the shoot out would go down to the final penalties.

Skinner squeezed Vale's final penalty under the Leith keeper, meaning that Craig Ferrier would have to score his penalty to keep Leith's hopes alive. However the striker blazed his effort over the crossbar, crowning Vale winners of the John Crawford Memorial Cup 2013-14. It was an extremely harsh way to lose, especially for Ferrier who's wonderful strike had given Vale the lead in the first half.

Fortunately for Leith they will not have to wait long for redemption, as they will meet Vale next Sunday to contest the Kenny McLean Cup Final at New Dundas Park.

Final Result: Final Result: Hutchison Vale 1-1 Leith Athletic (Hutchison Vale win 5-4 on penalties)inal Result: St Ambrose HS 0-0 Springburn Academy (St Ambrose win 5-3 on penalties)

Lineups

Hutchison Vale
Leith Athletic

1. Bryan Cairns
2. Callum Hall3. Steven Mackay4. Mark Brooks
5. Daniel Nichol
6. Michael Barfoot
7. Gregor Lamb
8. Euan Henderson
9. Grant Rose
10. Declan Glass
15. Dale Skinner
16. Sean Paterson
17. Jack Murray18. Matthew Keddie22. Sam Colley

1. Adam McLean
2. Mitchell Hutchison
3. Nathan Brown
4. Ewan Farmer
5. Duncan Tarry
6. Callum Bremner
7. Reenan Ward
8. Liall Smith
9. Craig Ferrier
10. Lewis MacKinnon
11. Bradley Barrett
12. Shaun Farrow
14. Kyle McFarlane
16. Findlay Paxton

Star Player
Hutchison Vale
Leith Athletic
Euan Henderson was the official man of the match and few could disagree.
Nathan Brown's strong performance at the centre of the Leith defence helped keep them in the match in the second half.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale
Leith Athletic
Henderson's freekick seconds from the end of the extra time almost won it for Vale.
Ferrier's audacious strike which gave Leith the lead was almost a match winner.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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