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.