Hutchison Vale booked their place in the 4th round of the Willie Bauld Memorial Trophy with a 2-1 win over rivals Tynecastle FC. It was the visitors who took the lead with only five minutes played through Cameron Russell, but Hutchison Vale battled back strongly in the second half with goals from Matthew Kinross and Ryan Shanley to seal victory.
Unlike in most rival matches, an early goal got the game off to a flyer. A ball played forwarded was accurate and found Russell of Tynecastle on the edge of the box. With no hesitation he then half-volleyed the ball across goal and past Hutchison keeper Ciaran Cairns.
With the early goal, it was possible that the game might have opened up. However, that wasn’t the case and both teams began to settle into their normal rhythm, with the majority of the play in the middle third of the mitch. In particular though, Lewis McCann and Rhys Campbell both looked dangerous for their sides on occassion.
It was McCann as well that almost took the game by the scruff of the neck for Hutchison Vale. The number nine launched an ambitious effort from around 30 yards towards goal and if not for Aiden Black’s great save, the scores would have been level.
Chances were few and far between in the first 35 minutes of football, but Tynecastle almost managed to doubled their lead before the whistle. However, their opportunity was thwarted by a combination of Cairns and the Hutchison Vale backline.