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Spartans sink Hillwood to reach Scottish Cup Final

Spartans Reds 3

Hosey 14, Mooney 36, Girdwood 62

Hillwood BC 1

Scullion 34
  • Sunday, 22 March 2015
  • McKenna Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
David Brockett

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
Author's Bio | Articles by Author | dbrockett@youthfootballscotland.co.uk

Spartans Reds have booked their place in the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup, beating Hillwood BC 3-1 to set up an all Edinburgh final with Hutchison Vale.
 
Goals from Oran Hosey, Lewis Mooney and Harry Girdwood cancelled out Calum Scullion’s earlier equaliser as they marched on to the final, to be held on May 3rd at Excelsior Stadium.
 
Spartans took control from the off and were unlucky not to be infant within the first three minutes when Lewis Hall’s header bounced off the crossbar, before Harry Girdwood fired over after a bursting run from Lewis Mooney.
 
It took just fourteen minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was the Edinburgh side, who are unbeaten in the league with six wins from six, who got their noses in front. After Lewis Hall was chopped down, Oran Hosey stepped up and send a wonderful free kick round the wall and into the top right hand corner that gave Hillwood goalkeeper Kyle Murphy no chance.
 
Clearly in the ascendancy, Josh Williamson had a shot tipped over the bar from Hall’s corner as they looked to stamp their authority on the tie, being played McKenna Park. 
 
Hillwood were then forced into an early substitution, Brad Cooper replacing the injured Aiden Donaghy.
 
Shortly after the half hour mark, Hillwood found a way back into the match. Calum Scullion was alert to a loose ball and pounced, cooly finishing from a tight angle to level the score.  
 
Clearly taking confidence from the equaliser, Hillwood’s Lewis McCracken then fired narrowly over as they went in search of a second goal.
 
With less than five minutes of the first half remaining, Spartans retook the lead. Superb hold up play from Girdwood say him lay the ball off to Lewis Mooney, whose 25 yard daisy cutter clipped the inside of the post before nestling in the bottom corner. It was no less than Spartans deserved as they piled the pressure on a strong Hillwood side. 
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 2-1
  • Hillwood BC
Shortly after the hour mark, Spartans added a third and ultimately decisive goal. Girdwood turned well and rifled a shot low to the keepers bottom left, squeezing the ball through a number of bodies in the box. 
 
A despondent Hillwood struggled to find a way back into the game, but were unlucky not to pull a goal back through Hall when his shot with the outside of his boot dipped narrowly over the crossbar. 
 
Hillwood then did have the perfect opportunity to pull a goal back when Kerr Watson’s ball over the top found substitute Lewis Burnfield, but Spartans keeper Jamie Mitchell was out sharp to thwart the danger. 
 
Hillwood’s Dillon Floyd was chopped down 25 yards from goal and, with the last kick of the game, Sean McCorkindale deflected the free kick wide of the post as Spartans marched on to the final of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup. 
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans Reds
  • 3-1
  • Hillwood BC

Lineups

Spartans Reds
Hillwood BC
1. Jamie Mitchell
2. Dan Sutherland
4. James Pringle
5. Lewis Mooney
6. Oran Hosey
7. William Linton
8. Lewis Hall
10. Calum O'Neil
11. Michael Allan
13. Harry Hirdwood
15. Sean McCorkindale
17. Ogulcan Yildirim
18. Jack Murray
19. Dillon Floyd
1. Kyle Furphy
2. Chris Schneider
3. John Smith
4. Conner McGovern
5. Keiron Dyer
6. Kerr Watson
7. Lewis Burnfield
8. Jack McInnes
9. Calum Scullion
10. Ross Alexander
11. Ross Mundy
14. Kyle McLaren
15. Brad Cooper
16. Aiden Donaghy
17. Lewis McCracken
19. Darren Burns
Star Player
Spartans Reds
Hillwood BC
Lewis Hall. A fantastic goal from outside the box put Spartans well on their way to the final, and Hall's set piece delivery was consistently impressive throughout the match.
Calum Scullion. Nippy and instinctive finisher who was got a goal out of nothing. Unlucky not to grab a brace before picking up a knock.
Magic Moment
Spartans Reds
Hillwood BC
Lewis Hall's fantastic goal was a strike of real quality and came at a vital time in the match.
Calum Scullion's goal came from nothing and lifted Hillwood, who struggled after losing that early goal.
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