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Spartans produce a dominant display to see off Hutchison Vale In Lothian Buses Cup

Hutchison Vale FC 0

Spartans FC 5

Morris 29, Swanson 48, Crombie 53, 66, Durda 58
  • Sunday, 18 January 2015
  • Meadowbank
  • Under 13´s
  • Lothian Buses Cup
Ryan Crombie

Ryan Crombie | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Spartans U13’s performed with grit and determination to defeat a Hutchison Vale side, who on another day, would have given the visitors a closer run for their money. The five goals with no reply from Spartans tells the story of their dominance throughout, yet Hutchison Vale had several chances of their own to make matters a little more interesting.

The cold, crisp Meadowbank 3G astro turf was the setting for this Lothian Buses 3rd round cup tie that in the end conceded to being little more than a one sided affair. The opening stages were scrappy as both teams were still sizing each other up, but after a 10 minute period the match settled down and into a rhythm.

This rhythm would involve Spartans piling pressure upon the Hutchison Vale defence, while the home team looked to break away on the counter attack. A couple of long range shots were fired in early on from Spartans, but goalkeeper Niall McFadden dealt with them comfortably.

Once the game had been given time to settle both teams were passing the ball around with confidence and pace, however the deadlock remained unbroken. Play was breaking down in the final third for both teams as they were struggling to find that last killer ball.

Net finally met ball after good play in the centre of the park from Spartans. This resulted in Luke Morris bursting down the left wing with the ball at his feet. He then put in a cross come-shot that missed everybody, including the goalkeeper and saw the ball bobble over the line. 

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale FC
  • 0-1
  • Spartans FC

The home team started the second half with intent and they had Spartans pinned back inside their own half for long spells after the interval. Possession couldn’t be converted into goals however and Spartans went up the other end and doubled their advantage. Kyle Dempster’s shot was well saved by the goalkeeper, but he could only palm the ball into the path of Campbell Swanson who slotted home to show excellent composure. 

The game sparked into life after Spartans’ second with a flurry of chances at both ends.Hutchie looked for an immediate response through James Gordon as he powered through the centre of the Spartans defence only to see his resulting shot saved by keeper, Harry Stone. Hutchison Vale will look back on that chance and rue it as soon after, two goals became three for the visitors.

What a stunning goal the third was as Jack Crombie picked up the ball in midfield and hit an audacious effort at goal. The strike looked to be high and heading over the bar, but at the last moment the ball dipped in flight and over the helpless keeper.

Spartans were well on top by now and the team were pouring forward in numbers. The goals were coming thick and fast for the boys in red and white and the fourth goal was another great effort as Komel Durda looped the goalkeeper with great precision to find the bottom corner.

The icing on the cake came for Spartans when man of the match Jack Crombie got his second of the match. He drilled the ball low passed the outstretched goalkeeper to seal the win for Spartans and to send them through into the fourth round of the Lothian Buses Cup. 

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale FC
  • 0-5
  • Spartans FC


Hutchison Vale FC
Spartans FC
1. Niall McFadden
2. Rory Grant
3. Ben Reilly
4. Jonny Gordon
5. Jamie Crawford
7. Cameron Fraser
8. Jack Stewart
9. Tom Davies
10. Nathen Jollie
11. Fletcher Hendry
12. James Gordon
13. Murray Wheeler
14. Jamie Robinson
15. Justin Akugbo
16. Blair Houston
17. Rory Hamilton
1. Harry Stone
3. Gregor Rolland
5. Kieran Moyles
6. Christopher Pearson
7. Jack Ewing
8. Daniel Troup
9. Reece Mason
10. Jack Crombie
12. Kyle Dempster
13. Komel Durda
14. Keir Russell
15. Campbell Swanson
16. Jordi Yewdale
17. Luke Morris
18. Robbie Walker
19. Murray Lockhart
Star Player
Hutchison Vale FC
Spartans FC
Ben Reilly - Played his role as captain well by keeping his team mates encouraged and commanded the game well from his central defensive position.
Jack Crombie - Was a continuous threat to the Hutchison Vale backline all game and succeeded in grabbing two goals to top off a great display from the number 10.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale FC
Spartans FC
When James Gordon excellently powered through the Spartans defence, onlt to see his shot saved. It would have been a great goal.
When Jack Crombie hit a spectacular strike that floated in just under the bar much to the surprise of almost all people in attendance.
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