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Salvesen 97's grind out victory over Hutchison Vale in David Murray Cup

Salvesen CFC 97's 2

Jackson 2, Robertson 12

Hutchison Vale FC 1

Chalmers 10
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Forrester High School
  • Under 19´s
  • SERYFA - David Murray Cup
Salvesen CFC 97’s booked their place in the next round of the David Murray Cup with a 2-1 win over Hutchison Vale. Adam Robertson and Calum Jackson were on target for the home side, but it was the overall team performance which earned the victory and limited Hutchie for large parts of the second half.
Coming into the match there wasn’t too much to separate the 1st division sides. Hutchison Vale on eight points from four games, while Salvesen two points behind with a game in hand. However, it was the home side that got off to a flyer and took the lead in the first couple of minutes.
Shuan Serrels battled for Salvesen down the right hand side before crossing the ball into the box. It looked as if Hutchison Vale would clear to safety, but instead they could only find Calum Jackson on the edge of the box. He made them pay and fired home.
The early goal seemed to settle both sides, particularly Hutchison Vale who began to get into their rhythm after the earlt set back. Ten minutes later and they got their equalizer. A free kick from 30 yards out was whipped in dangerously by Devin Burnside. His in-swinging ball was flicked on by Jonathan Grotlin to Ciaren Chalmers, who brought the ball down and found the back of the net. An instinctive strikers finish by Chalmers inside the six-yard box.
With 20 minutes gone Hutchison Vale now looked the more dangerous side as the searched for the lead. Grotlin tried his luck from 20 yards out and his effort was on target. Thankfully for Salvesen, goalkeepr Andrew Smith was alert to get down low and put the ball out for a corner.
Despite their efforts though it was Salvesen who retook the lead. Cameron McPhillips applied pressure to the Hutchison Vale defence and was rewarded, winning the ball on the right and driving into the box. His cut back looked initially unthreatening to the Hutchie goal, but Adam Robertson was strong and won the ball for his side inside the box. With a lot to do, the number 16 showed good composure to toe-poke the ball through the gap between the Hutchison Vale defender and goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Hutchison Vale responded positively again to being a goal down and if not for Smith in the Salvesen goal, the away side could have been in the lead before half time through a couple of long range efforts.
The best chance before the whistle though fell to Salvesen. A cross from the right hand side found Robertson unmarked at the back post, but his effort was smashed wide. Credit to Hutchie goalkeeper Finn Donaldson was making his presence known, but Robertson should have doubled his tally.
  • Half Time:
  • Salvesen CFC 97's
  • 2-1
  • Hutchison Vale FC
The second half started almost as brightly as the first and both sides could have easily scored. Jackson failing to hit the target for Salvesen from the edge of the area on this occasion and Burnside’s effort for Hutchison was well saved by Smith.
It was Hutchison Vale that came closest to opening the scoring in the second half and only the crossbar denied them. Grotlin held the ball up around the edge of the box on the left hand side, before curling a shot towards the top right hand corner. With Smith unable to stop the effort, it cannoned off the crossbar and towards a Salvesen defender in the box. It was eventually cleared, but there were some claims of a handball by the defender. The referee though was unmoved.
The game became more stretched as time went on and with the clock ticking, tempers did start to boil in what was now a feisty affair. It was Hutchie who continued to look more likely to score and another dangerous free-kick by Burnside on 70 minutes was almost finished off by Grotlin. The referee though called for offside against the striker, much to the relief of Salvesen.  
With a quarter of an hour to go, Hutchison Vale passed up their best opportunity to equalize. A long searching ball allowed substitute Craig Williamson a run at the Salvesen defence. His pace saw him to the ball before the out coming Smith, but his lobbed effort had too much power on it, chipping the goalkeeper and the crossbar.
Salvesen though could have sealed the game with five minutes left. Breaking forward down the left hand side was Ewan Waddell who battled well to see off two Hutchie defenders. His strength saw him into the box, but his low effort towards the left hand corner was well saved by Donaldson. It would have been a fine goal if it had found the net.
Hutchison Vale continued to push forward in their late search for a goal, but it was to no avail as Salvesen held out to see them into the next round. In the end it seemed a deserved victory for the home side, who despite Hutchison Vale’s dominance for much of the second half, limited them to half chances and long range efforts. 
  • Full Time:
  • Salvesen CFC 97's
  • 2-1
  • Hutchison Vale FC


Salvesen CFC 97's
Hutchison Vale FC
1. Andrew Smith
3. Robbie Dowie
4. Daniel Mitchell
5. Cameron Moir
6. Craig Berry
8. Alex Hastie
9. Alex McNeill
10. Lewis Ross
11. Calum McGowan
12. Calum Jackson
14. Shaun Serrels
15. John Dunbar
16. Adam Robertson
17. Ewan Waddell
18. Max Condie
19. Cameron McPhillips
1. Finn Donaldson
2. Rhys Surgeon
3. Frankie Bee
4. Adam Forrest
5. Aaron Moffat
6. Dean Robertson
7. William Kerr
8. Ciaren Chalmers
9. Jonathan Grotlin
10. Devin Burnside
11. Craig Williamson
12. Jordan Baillie
13. Chris Thomson
16. Ryan Hutchison
Star Player
Salvesen CFC 97's
Hutchison Vale FC
Cameron McPhillips - A tough choice given the fact I would call the win a 'team performance.' But McPhillips assisted the second goal and was threat for much of the game.
Devin Burnside - A creative force for Hutchison Vale today and was dangerous with more a less every set-piece.
Magic Moment
Salvesen CFC 97's
Hutchison Vale FC
The opening goal on two minutes was exactly what Salvesen wanted. A tough opponent, but they set their stall out from the first whistle.
Jonthan Grotlin's effort which struck the bar in the second half. While it didn't go in, it was a moment of brilliance that would have been a worthy equalizer.
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Salvesen CFC 97's
Hutchison Vale FC
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