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.