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Tynecastle see off Leith in eleven goal thriller

Tynecastle FC 8

McPherson 10' Farrell 17' 47' Dawson 39' Rose 42' McDelling 44' Scott 67' McKay74'

Leith Athletic FC 3

Mahmoud 64' 79' 80'
  • Sunday, 07 December 2014
  • Saughton
  • Under 16´s
  • Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy
Tynecastle FC U16’s put in an excellent display as they saw off Leith Athletic 8-3 in Round 2 of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy. Despite a Kamal Mahmoud hat-trick, it wasn’t to be for Leith as they were picked off by the strong Tynecastle side who found themselves three goals to the good at half-time, before adding a further five to their tally in the second half. 
The early stages were dominated by the home side and with two minutes on the clock, Cameron Dawson should have opened the scoring after a good ball in. However, all was forgotten with ten minutes played. A good ball in by Robbie McPherson seemed to go directly into the net, though Dawson will take some credit for doing enough to distract the Leith goalkeeper with his presence. 
Seven minutes later and their lead was doubled. A good drive down the right by Ryan Farrell looked never-ending as he dodged the incoming Leith challenges. Once inside the box though Farrell took the opportunity well, slamming it past Ross Connelly.
After the early dominance, Leith seemed to settle down and began to put pressure on Tynecastle on occasion. Dillon Anderson on their right hand-flank in particular looked dangerous when cutting in.
However, they couldn’t break down the solid Tynecastle backline and with only a minute left to go in the half, the team in maroon put themselves further in front. Farrell turning provider on this occasion with a good ball from the right finding Dawson who headed home.
  • Half Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 3-0
  • Leith Athletic FC
It was early in the second half where things went from bad to worse for Leith as they conceded three goals in the space of five minutes. It started with captain Murray Rose finishing well from a free-kick with two minutes gone in the half.
Minutes later and Deschamp McDelling added their fifth after Jay Kilboy was denied by the outcoming Connelly. Tynecastle completed their quick fire run by making it 6-0 with 47 minutes played. Farrell grabbed his second after he was left with an open goal after Connelly was forced out of his goal again to try and help his defenders.
With 15 minutes to go Leith did get a conciliation goal through Mahmoud, but Tynecastle weren’t done there. Rose turning provider on this occasion as he played through Cameron Scott to score. Then, with only five minutes to go Lewis McKay got himself on the scoresheet. His long range effort taking a wicked deflection to take it past the diving Connelly.
However, Leith will have some positives to look back on, mainly in the form of Mahmoud’s hat-trick. With a couple of minutes to go, the number eight fired a free-kick from 25 yards towards goal. It was well hit and with bodies in the way of the goalkeeper, it eventually found its way into the net.
With more a less the last kick of the ball he sealed his hat-trick from the spot. Cal Thayers won the penalty and Mahmoud stepped up to fire in the final goal of the match.
Next week Tynecastle host Cramond FC in the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup, while Leith are back in league action in Division 1 as they travel to face Musselburgh Windsor who are currently three points ahead of them.
  • Full Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 8-3
  • Leith Athletic FC


Tynecastle FC
Leith Athletic FC
1. Fraser Briton
2. Brok Robertson
3. Lewis McKay
5. Bruce McCrorie
6. Murray Rose
7. Ryan Farrell
8. Murray Hand
9. Cameron Dawson
10. Jay Kilboy
11. Deschamp McDelling
14. Cameron Lidell
15. Sean Brown
16. Robbie McPherson
17. Cameron Scott
19. Jordan Wilson
20. Jack Stewart
1. Ross Alexander Connelly
2. Mark Adams
3. Callum Rutherford
4. Jack Lyon
5. Cameron Walker
6. Clark O'connor
7. Murray McDougal
8. Kamal Mahmoud
9. Christopher Jack
10. Tom Lacey
11. Cal Thayers
12. Dillon Anderson
14. Kieran Reynolds
17. Jordan Smith
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
Leith Athletic FC
Murray Rose - The captian lead his team by example on the day. Grabbed a goal, assisted another, and looked a solid figure at the back for his side.
Kamal Mahmoud - The hat-trick hero has to get the award.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
Leith Athletic FC
A tough choice for this award, but Farrell's opening goal was the magic moment in my opinion. A strong run down the right, a good finish, and an important goal to solidify their lead.
Mahmoud's hat-trick. A well struck penalty that no keeper would have hoped to have saved.
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