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A late goal from Taylor Steven was enough for Hutchison Vale to secure the John Crawford cup against Tynecastle, in a hotly contested affair.

Hutchison were the first to threaten in the final when talented winger Bruno Davidson showed some terrific skill down the left-wing and managed to find Lewis Foster whose low driven shot struck the post and went out of play in the first minute of the match. Hutchison continued their pressure, this time in the form of a long-ranged Jacob Comerford strike in the second minute of the match which sailed over the bar.

Tynecastle had their first real chance of the game when Corin Brown managed to get on the end of a Samuel Nicolson cross, but saw his header go just over the bar in the 10th minute. Tynecastle had another great chance to go ahead in the 13th minute when Brown was played in again but was denied by a superb stop from close-range by Hutchison keeper Ruairidh Adams.

Tynecastle threatened again in this end-to-end affair when Brown once again created another chance but saw his half-volley fly over the bar in the 18th minute. Hutchison were the next to go forward when defender Rhyad Jelly had his header denied by a fantastic save from Tynecastle keeper Josh Philip in the 26th minute.

Steven had a great chance to put Hutchison ahead in the 32nd minute when his powerful effort was once again denied by the strong hands of Philip who parried the effort out for a corner. The deadlock was finally broken from the resulting corner when after a series of unsuccessful clearances from the Tynecastle defence, Jelly found the ball fall to his fight and proceeded to rifle the ball into the top-right corner putting his team in a winning position going into the second half.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 16:13

Newtongrange Star lift 4th Division Cup

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Penalty practice paid off for Newtongrange Star as they won the Division 4 League Cup final. Both sides battled exceptionally well, however it was Star who managed to edge a close game and lift the silverware.

Both teams were confident ahead of kick-off, however Cavalry Park had the best of the opening spell. Firstly, ten minutes in, Robertson-Walker found Eddie Bain at the edge of the box. Bain controlled and his low effort was well saved by Rian Young. Then, a few minutes later, Jordan Dobbie drove forward and fired a shot inches wide of the left-hand post.

The next 20 minutes did not produce much in the way of chances, as the game descended into a midfield battle. However, just before half-time Newtongrange Star hit the woodwork twice in five minutes.

Ben Whitecross delivered a free-kick to into the box which was met by Jordan Dobbie. His volley then clipped the outside of the post before going behind. Then, five minutes later, it was Lochlann Bernard’s turn to come close. Bernard’s cross was clipped into the box, but he over-hit his delivery, as the ball flew onto the crossbar before bouncing out.

With this effort, the first half drew to a close, with the scores level at 0-0.

A superb hattrick from Craig Ferrier and goals from Michael Shaw and Ryan Farrall were enough for Leith to take silverware home in a hard-fought match.

Tynecastle were the first to threaten in the final, when Elliot Ferrier was played through for a one-on-one against Leith keeper Adam Mclean in the seventh minute but saw his placed finish cannon back off the post and prevent Tynecastle from taking an early lead. Leith went on the counter-attack which resulted in Tynecastle keeper Mitchell Haddow pulling off a brilliant save from close range to deny Lee Griffin the first goal of the game.

Ferrier came close to getting his first of the evening when his long-ranged effort sailed over the bar in the ninth minute of the match. Tynecastle threatened next in the 10th minute, when tricky winger Daniel Purves jinked past the opposing fullback and shot from a tight angle which was smartly denied by McLean.

Leith went onto finally break the deadlock in this tense cup final in the 13th minute when Shaw picked up the ball out on the left wing and smashed a perfect low-driven shot past Haddow and putting his side in front at Ainslie park.  

Leith soon after doubled their cup final lead when Ferrier cut onto to his powerful left foot and struck a mean shot towards goal which a Haddow fingertip was not enough to prevent Leith from going two ahead in the 19th minute.

After a short toilet break for the linesman, Tynecastle went forward again as Purves was unlucky not to have pulled one back for his side as he caused havoc down the right-wing for the disciplined Leith defence and found his shot, once again from a tight angle and hit the side netting in the 20th minute. Tynecastle were at it again in their chase for cutting the deficit, when Elliot Ferrier had his long-ranged effort comfortably saved by McLean in the 30th minute.

Leith were unfortunate not to get a third when defender Liam Reid climbed the highest at a corner but found his header just glance over the bar in the 32nd minute. Andrew Dempster was the next to attempt to get a third for Leith, as he curled free-kick was smartly denied by Haddow, in the 40th minute.

A late flurry of chances was seen for Tynecastle as they pushed to close the gap between the two sides going into the second half. Jack Enguidanos threatened from distance, but saw his effort blaze over the bar in the 42nd minute. However, the chance of the half fell to Tynecastle’s number 10 Russel Cairns, as he was played through up against McLean who stood tall for the first effort and Cairns got a second chance through the rebound which glanced off the post in the 44th minute and ended up being the climax of the first half.

Ross high battled back from behind to triumph over Royal High in extra time and lift the Edinburgh Secondary Schools FA cup at Meggetland.

In the initial phases, the game was played at a high tempo and both sides were looking to create chances with Athan Barry going close for Royal High, and soon after Tyler Pryde almost latched onto a ball over the top.

Esosa Osemwegie had a crack from distance but he cut across the ball and sliced off target, and Lennon Garrick had a couple of attempts from wide right; the first was blocked and the second dribbled of target.

Barry nicked the ball from the toes of a defender but couldn’t pull the trigger in time as Lennon Rafferty raced back to put him off. Soon after, the Tranent side began to build their own spell of pressure.

Mackenzie Scott had a few chances, the latter of which he lashed over the crossbar from the edge of the area. Pryde managed to get in behind on 25 minutes but Jack Roy was down well to turn behind.

As Ross continuted to turn the screw, the next chance fell to Callum Anderson, but he couldn’t connect to Pryde’s cross from close range.

The final chance of the half fell to Barry, who was slipped in by Gregor Fordyce, but the attacker couldn’t prod the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper, as the sides went into the break, goalless.

Strathy McKay's wondergoal, moments before the final whistle, was all there was to separate Leith Athletic and Edinburgh City, and see the former lift the Federation of Hearts Supporters cup.

The game started out at a high tempo: Leith looking to play out through City’s high press; and although quality chances were at a premium, there were plenty willing to try their luck from range.

That is, after James Farrell glanced a header a few inches wide of the far post from a corner in the opening minute. Charlie Craig blazed over on the half volley before Leith’s Ethan Wynne had a pop on the counter; but a deflection took the sting out of the strike.

And that’s just to name a few chances that went begging.

Leith began to turn the screw and and Rory Hunter went near with his head: diverting Thomas Ramage’s tempting cross goalward – but it narrowly evaded the far post.

He would soon have a second chance as Wynne raced forward on the counter. The ball fell to Hunter’s feet but Jonathan Steel was quick to block his effort.

More wayward efforts and crunching challenges were to follow and these were becoming somewhat reccurring themes as the half developed.

Cameron Stewart and Euan Howie of Leith both saw efforts rise over the crossbar from the edge of the area before Strathy McKay dragged a shot past the near post from the right.

In the midst of this, another half-chance fell the way of Hunter – but from close range he could only head wide.

The last action of the half was to be provided by a corner that evaded Leith Goalkeeper. There was a scramble for the ball, with a city player on the deck as Leith ushered the ball to safety. They weren’t to know the referee had already blown for a freekick on their favour – as the sides went in goalless at the break.

Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:46

Muireston United add to trophy haul

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Oriam’s Outdoor Synthetic hosted the U21 William Johnston Cup final between Bonnyrigg Rose and Murieston. Despite the closeness of the scoreline, Murieston always looked in control of the game as Bonnyrigg didn’t hit their stride. Murieston, on the other hand, will be delighted with their performance as they dominated long periods of the match, and as a result, lifted the silverware.

Despite both sides quality, there was very little in the way of chances in the first 20 minutes, however, with the first real chance of the game, Murieston took the lead.

Angus McGregor broke into the box, and his low effort was initially saved by Tommy McArthur, but the rebound fell to Jack Napier who poked the ball in from close range.

Bonnyrigg Rose hit back after this opener and were close to equalising five minutes later. Harry McGill delivered a free-kick to Chris Drummond. His header was bound for the top corner, but Ewan Stewart pulled off an excellent acrobatic save to keep his side in front.

Stewart was powerless, however, just after the half-hour mark as Bonnyrigg Rose scored a controversial equaliser. A long ball from Harry McGill was only cleared to Jonathon Crutcher on the edge of the box. Crutcher fired a low effort which sneaked into the bottom corner, however; Chris Drummond looked to be offside and in the keeper’s eye line, therefore interfering with play. Nonetheless, the goal was allowed to stand, and Bonnyrigg drew level.

Despite feeling aggrieved about the Bonnyrigg equaliser, Murieston retook the lead almost immediately. Cameron Stokes skipped past the full back and drove into the box before composing himself to tuck the ball into the bottom corner and make it 2-1 to Murieston.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, Muireston went further in front. Jack Napier was played through on goal and expertly lifted the ball over the keeper to claim his second goal and put Murieston 3-1 ahead.

Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:39

Terrific Tynecastle complete cup double

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St. Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston, hosted this Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup Final where Tynecastle edged a very exciting, nine-goal thriller to lift the silverware and complete a cup double.

Both sides entered the cup final full of confidence. Spartans have enjoyed a brilliant season and know that if they win their games in hand, they will clinch the league title. Tynecastle, on the other hand, currently top the league and were victorious in the South East Region Cup on Sunday and it was they who started the brightest.

Only six minutes on the clock and a free-kick from Robbie Neave caused a mix-up between the Spartans defence and keeper. The ball fell to Sami El Yamani and he nodded the ball into the empty net to put Tynecastle in front.

The first-half proved to be an end-to-end affair and, as a result, Spartans responded immediately. A Spartans corner was delivered but the Tynecastle defence could only clear to the edge of the box. The ball was returned into the box by Michael Mbewe and Nicholas Reid was on hand to volley into the back of the net to level-up the score.

Then, just before the 20 minute mark, Tynecastle retook the lead. Liam Miller played an excellent through ball to Kieran Ngwenya who controlled and passed the ball into the back of the net.

Tynecastle would have hoped to hold onto the lead for longer this time; however, seven minutes later, they were pegged back again. The referee awarded a penalty for an apparent push on a Spartans attacker. Nicholas Reid took responsibility from the spot and stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner to equalise yet again for Spartans.

Just before half-time, Tynecastle went in front for a third time. There didn’t seem to be much danger when Spartans’ Kieran Moyles had possession in his own half. He played the ball back to his keeper, Niall McFadden, but the ball hit a massive bobble and bounced over McFadden’s foot and the ball went into the net.

It was a very lucky goal to put Tynecaslte into the lead. Nonetheless, they held on to go in at the break 3-2 up.

A professional performance from a well-drilled Leith Athletic side secured them South East Region Cup as they kept their treble dreams alive. 

Both sides enjoyed impressive runs in this competition with Longniddry Villa scoring 26 over the previous five rounds and Leith Athletic keeping four clean sheets on their way to final. 

The game suffered a scrappy start as both teams struggled to keep the ball. However, in the eighth minute, Villa’s Matthew McMillian looked to put his side ahead with his snapshot from the edge of the box, but his effort drifted just inches over the bar.

As the first half went on, Leith began to impose themselves and knocked the ball around well in the middle of the park however their momentum suffered a blow when their captain Ethan Wynne was forced off injured following a challenge by Lewis Inglis which saw him receive Villa’s second booking of the match.

Both sides continued to struggle to create opportunities, however, in the 20th minute, Leith broke the deadlock when a Leith goal kick was picked up by Ben Murray deep inside the Villa half who turned and drove at the defence before taking a powerful strike which sailed into the bottom right corner of Sam Capes goal.

Villa desperately searched for an equaliser before half-time, however, they were reduced to tame long-range efforts as a result of good defensive play by Leith with Ryan Campbell doing particularly well to break up play in midfield.

With seconds to go in the first half, Villa came close to a leveller when Jack MacDonald used his chest to control a long ball forward before taking his shot on the half volley. Macdonald’s effort looked to be goal bound, but to the agony of the Longniddry side, it clipped the inside of the post and was grabbed by Jason Meikle in the Leith net ensuring the score remained 1-0 going into the break.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:38

Courageous Cumbernauld lift Knockout Cup

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Oriam’s outdoor synthetic pitch hosted the Knockout Cup Final. Cumbernauld Colts edged this eight-goal thriller in extra time to lift the silverware. Colts were reduced to 10 men, but despite this disadvantage, they proved too strong for Spartans and were able to score twice in extra time to finish the season on a high.

Both sides entered this game full of confidence. Cumbernauld Colts came from four goals down to beat Bonnyton on Friday night and, with this win, they secured a second place finish in the league. Spartans, on the other hand, had defeated eventual league champions Heriot-Watt University in the semi-final of this competition and it was they who started brightest.

Spartans' Singh collected the ball on the wing and crossed for Hetherington, but his header was straight at Cumbernauld keeper Harry Purves.

Cumbernauld took this early warning and began to grow into this game. Firstly Craig Shields broke into the box and cut the ball back for Nash, but his effort went wide of the post.

Then, on 16 minutes, Colts took the lead. Nash found the influential Michael McGarahan and he crossed for Shields who smashed the ball into the net from the edge of the box.

Spartans then took full control of the remainder of the half, creating several excellent opportunities. Firstly, Singh came close from a volley before O’Neill’s header went narrowly past the post.

Spartans came closest to equalising on the half-hour mark. Laing’s free-kick was met by Wishart whose header cracked the crossbar from 6 yards out.

With this effort, the first-half came to an end with Cumbernauld Colts one goal up at the break.

Bruno Davidson starred, scoring two goals and playing a pivotal role as Hutchison Vale defeated Linlithgow Rose to lift the South East region cup.

Hutchie were keen to play out from the back and in the initial stages, it seemed as if Linlithgow could cause them a few problems with their pace and power.

The chances came at both ends of the park: Kamil Spalony raced in behind the Hutchie defence to the byline but there were no takers for his ball across.

Up the other end, Davidson went close on a few occasions, mainly from distance but none too troublesome for the keeper, Matthew Wallace.

Taylor Steven had two good chances early on for Vale. The first of which was denied by a last ditch block by Callum Brown before Steven again was shut out by Wallace, who made a terrific save to keep the score level.

However the deadlock didn’t last much longer and on 14 minutes, Davidson slid Danny Chisholm in on the overlap, who in turn, squared to Sam Kilboy who fired the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Steven went near with another long range effort and Harry McMartin had a specukative half volley caught by Ruairidh Adams before the next big chance fell. It was Lucas McGarry with the acrobatic effort but once again, Vale were denied by Wallace, who scurried across his goal to beat away.

Steven had another three or four decent chances but just agonisingly couldn’t find the net whilst Keir Brown and Aaron Waller both tried their luck but in the end with relatively tame efforts – by this point, Hutchie were firmly in the driving seat.

Vale’s control was furthered when they added their second goal on the stroke of half time. Jake Houton managed to get to the byline on the right and his pull-back evaded the goalkeeper, leaving Davidson an empty net to sweep into and double Hutchie’s lead going into the break.