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.