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Spartans Reds were crowned champions of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Cup final at under 16s with a smash-and-grab victory over Hutchison Vale on a relatively cold day at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium. Two quick goals from Matt Brady in the first half sealed the victory for Spartans.
The match was a very heated affair with many bookings and ferocious tackles flying in during this Edinburgh derby between two of the heavyweights of Edinburgh football.
The first chance of the match fell to Spartans which proved to be the opening goal; after some high pressing from the forward line, Harry Girdwood won the ball and played through Matt Brady who made no mistake and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Hutchie then had the next chance ten minutes later; following a nice exchange by Robbie Polson and Fareid Yassein, Polson shot from the edge of the box but the ball was saved and cleared by Jamie Mitchell in goals.
Twenty-five minutes in Spartans found themselves two goals up; Girdwood won the ball in the middle of the park and played through Brady who, once again, slotted into the bottom corner to give Spartans a healthy lead.
Hutchie Vale’s Cameron Stewart was next to provide a scare for Mitchell in the Spartans goal but the ball just narrowly went over the bar.
Polson looked like a threat all match and was proving to be a pest out wide for the Spartans defenders; he cut inside and shot just inside the box but Mitchell was able to hold the ball.
The referee then brought the half to an end and Spartans went into the break two goals up; Hutchie Vale would’ve felt hard done by but they would’ve taken confidence from their first half performance.