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Newcraighall top table with victory over Hutchison Vale

Newcraighall Leith Vics 4

Gallantes 28, 42' Connor 47, 49'

Hutchison Vale FC 3

Shanley 23' Latto 55' McMahon 69'
  • Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • Newcraighall Park
  • Under 14´s
  • South East Region YFL
Newcraighall Leith Vics U14’s secured their position at the top of the South East Region Lothian Buses League for this week after securing a huge three points against rivals Hutchison Vale. The result looked secure after 50 minutes with a 4-1 lead thanks to Fynlay Connor and Yrick Gallantes. However, Hutchison Vale gave the home side a scare in the final minutes fighting back to make it 4-3, but it was a case of too little, too late.
As expected the early stages were slightly tentative, but Newcraighall were quicker out of the blocks. Their early pressure also nearly paid off from a corner with five minutes played. A great ball in from the left found the head of Arran Bathgate, but the tall defender couldn’t find the target and ended up knocking it wide of the post.
The first real test for either keeper came with 21 minutes on the clock. A scrambled shot towards goal from Newcraighall forced Ciaran Cairns down low to his left to save. He couldn’t hold the shot, but no one in black and white was able to capitalise and Hutchie eventually cleared.
Despite Newcraighall edging the early play, it was Hutchie who took the lead. Ryan Shanley receiving the ball inside the box before rifling a shot low into the bottom right hand corner and out of the reach of Tyler McGee. A good finish and a fantastic start for the visitors considering they had enjoyed very limited opportunities on goal.
However, five minutes later and Newcraighall finally got a goal. A ball crossed in from the right by John Robertson found its way past the numerous bodies in the box and found Gallantes. Seemingly surprised that the ball reached him, Gallantes didn’t get much power behind the effort, but it had just enough to slip under the body of Cairns and into the net.
The momentum was now with Newcraighall as they looked to take the lead. Another cross in caused issues for Hutchison Vale, but Josh Sharkey’s ball in was headed narrowly wide by the incoming run of midfielder Mark Tenant. A hands on the head moment for Tenant as it seemingly skimmed the post on the way out.
The final minutes of the half did see Newcraighall put the ball into the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed. A free-kick played in by Robertson found Gallantes who headed home well, but to no avail as the referee blew for offside.
  • Half Time:
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics
  • 1-1
  • Hutchison Vale FC
The second half started in much the same way as the first with Newcraighall pushing at the Hutchison Vale defence. The pressure eventually told as Gallantes scored his second of the game thanks to Jordan Daly. The number seven kept the ball alive from the corner before whipping in a perfect cross for the striker to nod home. A great bit of tenacity from the midfielder and a wonderful ball in as well.
47 minutes gone and Newcraighall were further in front with perhaps the pick of the bunch from Connor. With possession around 25 yards from goal, the orange booted midfielder found a bit of space away from his man before curling in a great strike past Cairns. A wonderful goal that clearly meant a lot to Newcraighall and Connor given the celebrations.
Only minutes later and Newcraighall had effectively wrapped up their victory. Another ball in caused issues for Hutchison Vale and Connor was on hand to finish off for the home side. A brace for the number six and a clear advantage for Newcraighall.
However, Hutchison Vale weren’t to be held down despite the set-backs. Shanley was involved once more as he drove down the left hand side before cutting the ball across goal for Scott Latto. The winger won’t have an easier finish all season as he passed the ball into the net at the back post.
The game was much more open now and both sides were pushing bodies forward on the break. Newcraighall continued as well to look dangerous and were only centimetres from restoring their three goal lead. A wonderful ball from left-back by Sean Ward found James Smith who headed the ball onto the crossbar from close range.
With only a couple of minutes to go the game sparked back to life as Hutchison Vale gave themselves a late lifeline. A corner from the right wasn’t cleared properly by Newcraighall and the loose ball fell to Hutchie’s Luke McMahon. He showed good composure to take a touch before going for goal, and his deflected effort ended up past McGee and into the net.
It was too little, too late though as Newcraighall held out for a deserved victory over their rivals. Hutchison Vale will be disappointed to have come so close to rescuing a point, but they can take the positives from pushing Newcraighall all the way and without one or two important players.
Next week its third round Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup action for both sides as Newcraighall host central region Syngenta Juveniles and Hutchison Vale taken on Houston FC.
  • Full Time:
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics
  • 4-3
  • Hutchison Vale FC


Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale FC
1. Tyler McGee
2. Josh Sharkey
3. James Henderson
4. Joseph McGinty
5. Arran Bathgate
6. Fynlay Connor
7. Jordan Daly
8. Louis Flucker
9. Yrick Gallantes
10. John Robertson
11. Sean Ward
12. James Smith
14. Brandon Blair
15. Mark Tenant
16. Andrew John Mackay
20. Jack McAlpine
1. Ciaran Cairns
3. Nathan Hill
4. Theo McGuire
5. Eden Paterson
6. Ross Young
7. Luke McMahon
8. Rory Campbell
11. Owen Bryce
14. John Rea
15. Matthew Kinross
17. Scott Latto
18. Luke Cunningham
20. Ryan Shanley
Star Player
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale FC
Yrick Gallantes - Not only did he get his side two important goals, but he provided an outlet all game. Happy as well to drift out wide when required to help his team. A solid all round performance.
Ryan Shanley - A similar outlet for Hutchison Vale as Gallantes was Newcraighall. Provided a goalscoring threat and also happy to assist when needed.
Magic Moment
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale FC
Fynlay Connor's first goal was easily the one for Newcraighall. A wonderful goal in itself, but the importance of that two goal lead was clear of the sidelines as well.
The final Hutchison Vale goal, while not magical in itself, certainly was important for the team spirit. Created a glimmer of hope for the away side for the final few minutes.
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Newcraighall Leith Vics
Hutchison Vale FC
Match Video Highlights
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