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Tynecastle under 13’s prevailed against a Lewis United side who exhibited some slick passing football throughout but lacked in a cutting edge up front. The three goals to naught score line is probably a fair reflection on the match as two early goals for the home side made it a pretty comfortable cup clash. All Tynecastle had to do was manage and control the game to progress. That they did.
It was Tynecastle who started the game on the front foot and within the opening five minutes Lewis United, who had made the long trip from Aberdeen, found themselves entrenched within their own half, fending off some serious Tynie pressure.
Lewis United managed to survive the early onslaught and began to find their feet in the game and were getting the ball down and finding feet. Both sides were in full footballing flow and the passing play that was on show from such young boys was a great sight to behold.
Despite Lewis’ survival earlier on, they were caught out in the 10th minute when the ball was slipped through to Ivan Alapiki up front and he showed excellent composure to slot the ball past goalkeeper Grant Middleton with an outside of the foot finish. Advantage Tynecastle.
Realising that they would now have to score to resume parity, Lewis United began to try to force the issue. This didn’t suit their style of patient passing play, which resulted in a scrappy five minutes before Alapiki sucker punched the Aberdonian side.
The ball fell to the big striker at the edge of the box after several ricochets, although he was slightly fortunate to receive the ball there was nothing lucky about the finish. He eyed up the goal and from 20 yards out he whipped the ball high and over the goalkeeper finding the top corner of the net. A simply stunning strike.
Despite the fact Tynecastle had doubled their lead, the Lewis United players were intent on persisting with their pass and move style of play which had obviously been drilled into them, and it was good to watch. They were patient in their build play, despite the fact they were in urgent need of some goals. Both sides were playing some neat football and it was unfolding as the Scottish Cup tie we expected it be.
Despite a period of controlled possession for the visitors it was Tynecastle who had the chances at the end of the first half. Alapiki, missed out on clinching a first half hat-trick when a brilliant ball was curled into his feet from Jacques Crance but Alapiki could only scuff his shot wide.
Ross Watson was the next to pass up a brilliant opportunity for Tynecastle. The ball worked its way out to the left flank on which he lurked. He received the ball and struck a low driving effort from just inside the box that travelled just inches wide of the post. That marked the end of what was a pretty enthralling first period of football.