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Clinical Edina Hibs claim Scottish Cup at expense of Hutchison Vale

Edina Hibs CFC 3

MacKenzie 1’, 35’, Bowers 45’

Hutchison Vale 1

Hill 78’
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 15´s
  • inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup
Edina Hibs have had the edge over Hutchison Vale all season and that continued with their second Scottish Cup win in three years.
After beating Hutchison Vale Colts away, back in the first round of the cup, Edina recorded double-digit wins over Murieston United CFC and Strathendrick FC, before topping St Mirren YFC in a thrilling 5-3 win. Victory over Mill United, in the semis, secured their route to Airdrie, and all the while they’d kept Vale at bay in the league.
Vale managed impressive wins over Spartans in the first round, and against Lewis United in the quarters, before toppling Airdrie regulars Rossvale FC in the semis. League form, however, was to remain as they couldn’t quite deal with Edina’s attacking qualities.
Edina made a lightening-quick start to the final as Aidan MacKenzie netted within a minute to spark the final into life. He then put Edina 2-0 up shortly before half time. Russell Bowers rounded off his own, personal, impressive performance as he grabbed Edina’s third goal in the 45th minute. Hutchison Vale grabbed a late consolation, through Nathan Hill, but were unable to repair the damage that had been done.
If you could design a blueprint for beginning a cup final then they way Edina started the match would give you a good base to start from. With little more than 30 seconds on the clock Edina were celebrating the opening goal. Mackenzie managed to give the Hutchie defence the slip and slotted the ball home into the bottom left corner.
Edina’s early intensity threatened to give Hutchison Vale all sorts of problems. While the boys, in yellow and black, eventually managed to gain more of a presence in the game the Edina attack were still posing a threat.
In the 20th minute Steven King unleashed a shot from the edge of the box as Hutchie failed to clear their lines adequately. However, Shea Dowie did well to save King’s effort as he dived down low to his left.
Soon afterwards Dowie would need to be called upon again. Liam Edmondston demonstrated fantastic willpower, and drive, to get into the box before firing a shot at goal. His attempt was well saved by Dowie between the sticks.
Hutchison Vale were growing into the game but were dealt a massive blow with half time fast approaching. In the 35th minute, MacKenzie superbly dispossessed the Hutchie defence before slotting past Dowie for Edina’s, and his, second goal of the final.
  • Half Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 2-0
  • Hutchison Vale
Despite the setback, towards the end of the first half, Hutchison Vale emerged for the second looking livelier and ready to fight back. Regardless of the renewed drive, however, they remained unable to generate a clear opportunity.
With 45 minutes now on the clock Edina effectively killed off the game as they took a 3-0 lead. Bowers latched onto a long ball, from deep, after Dowie was unable to claim. The Edina number 11 nodded the ball over the goalie, and into the goal, to hand his side one almighty advantage.
Sure enough, the Edina lead proved to be too much of a mountain to overcome. Hutchison Vale did, however, manage to score a consolation, in the 78th minute, to give their supporters something to cheer. John Rea displayed some impressive hold up play, after collecting a low ball from the left flank, six yards out. He then played it back to Hill who neatly tucked away his effort into the bottom right corner.
The full time whistle soon arrived and Edina could celebrate their Scottish Cup win after the 3-1 victory. The damage had been done early on and Hutchison Vale just couldn’t muster enough chances to claw them back. The day, of course, belongs to Edina. Two Scottish Cups in three years is an excellent achievement and is a testament to Edina's players, staff and parents. 
  • Full Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 3-1
  • Hutchison Vale


Edina Hibs CFC
Hutchison Vale
1. Thomas McLean
2. Dean Coyle
3. Nicholas Aitchison
4. Lewis Sives
5. Jordan Keenan
6. Dean Burgess
7. Alassan Jones
8. Aidan MacKenzie
9. Liam Edmondston
11. Russell Bowers
14. Ross Jamieson
16. Tadgh Flannagan-Woodhead
17. Steven King
18. Fraser Blackie
31. Shea Dowie
1. Ciaran Cairns
2. Matthew Millican
3. Nathan Hill
4. Michael Reilly
8. Matthew Combe
10. Luis Malcolm
11. Owen Bryce
12. Freddy Peat
14. John Rea
16. Aidan Cross
18. Luke Cunningham
20. Harry Davidson
21. Leno De Gaetano
Star Player
Edina Hibs CFC
Hutchison Vale
Russell Bowers – The forward was a constant danger to the opposition. He possesses speed and technical ability and he used his attributes excellently in this final. Rounded off his efforts with Edina’s third goal.
Leno De Gaetano – Never stopped trying to create opportunities for his team regardless of the taxing circumstances and battle that lay ahead. Demonstrated superb composure and intelligence on the ball.
Magic Moment
Edina Hibs CFC
Hutchison Vale
Mackenzie’s first goal – Scoring with hardly any time on the clock is always a perfect kick-start to any final. A sign of things to come from Edina.
Hill’s goal – While the goal meant little, at the end of the day, it was still superbly worked. Great hold up play, lay-off and finish.
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