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Tranent and Broomhill tie in classic cup encounter

Tranent Juniors 4

Malcolm 23; Borthwick 43; Hunter 62; Smith 78

Broomhill SC 4

Gray 20, 45, 85 (pen); Harrigan 63
  • Saturday, 25 October 2014
  • Foresters Park
  • Under 21´s
  • Scottish Cup

Michael O'Brien | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Tranent Juniors hosted Broomhill Sports Club on Saturday for what turned out to be an exciting Scottish cup tie in East Lothian. The game was played on Tranent’s impressive Foresters Park pitch, although not in ideal conditions for football with strong winds affecting the way the game played out significantly.
From the start, Tranent looked more comfortable in possession and created the first couple of real chances to score. The best goal-scoring opportunity of the first half came for Broomhill however when Marco Roper’s long-range shot hit the bar. The ball bounce dangerously on the line but Danyal Walthew did well to pounce on the ball.
The opening goal of the game came after twenty minutes and it was the visitors who took the lead. Broomhill’s Callum McKenzie hit a free-kick from distance which Tranent’s keeper Walthew managed to tip onto the post. As the ball bounced back across the goal-line however, Frazer Gray was there to head in from a few yards out. Broomhill had taken the lead, perhaps somewhat against the run of play.
It did not take Tranent long to equalise however, when just three minutes later Johnny Malcolm hit the back of the net. The goal came from a good run up the left wing from Ryan Smith, who managed to beat a defender and get a cross in. Malcolm duly knocked the ball over the line from yards out. Tranent now had the momentum in the game and almost completed a quick-fire double but a scramble on Broomhill’s goal-line was quickly cleared.
The home side continued to press though and their efforts paid off just before half-time through a goal from Alex Borthwick. Johnny Malcolm must be credited for the perfectly weighted ball that split the defence and found Borthwick, who had made a great run from midfield. Borthwick had no trouble in beating the keeper and as his right-footed strike crossed the line, Tranent now had a valuable lead at a great time in the game.
What followed however was a bizarre equaliser for Broomhill. Frazer Gray delivered a cross into the box from the left wing, hoping to pick out a team mate. As the ball dipped towards the back post, a mix-up and perhaps a lack of communication between the goalkeeper and his defenders led to the ball being left to sail into the net. It was a poor goal to concede from Tranent’s point of view but it was just what Broomhill needed before the break. As the referee blew his whistle to signal half-time, the scores were tied at two apiece; a fair reflection of how the game had played out so far.
  • Half Time:
  • Tranent Juniors
  • 2-2
  • Broomhill SC
Despite the disappointment of conceding a soft equaliser in the final moments of the second half, it was Tranent who had started the second half looking more dangerous in attack and were unlucky not to score soon after the break. Jack Kennedy delivered a great cross to Johnny Malcolm who met the ball with his head just six yards from the line, however he was unable to keep his effort down and watched as it sailed over the bar.  
The home side continued to press and Lewis Slight should have scored after getting on the end of Hamish Hunter’s cross. Just a touch on the ball for Slight would have resulted in a goal but he got too much power behind his effort and another opportunity for Tranent went begging.
The first twenty or so minutes of the second half played out in a similar way, with Tranent pushing for a goal and in the sixty-second minute their efforts paid off. Jack Kennedy played a great ball through to Hamish Hunter who beat his defender with a touch inside and slotted the ball past the keeper to give his lead the lead in the game again. For the second time in the game though, their lead was to be short-lived. Broomhill’s Callum McKenzie set up Dan Harrigan with a chance to score in the box and Harrigan took his  chance well, to the delight of the away side but the frustration of Tranent who had yet again failed to hold on to their lead.
With six having been scored so far in the game, there was no sign of the goals letting up and it was Tranent who were to grab the seventh of the match. Ryan Smith timed his run excellently and finding the ball at his feet, he rounded the keeper and finished with a left-foot shot. Tranent were know ahead four goals to three, but realising the time in the game and the way in which Broomhill had pegged back their lead twice already, they sat back for the last ten minutes and let their defence to its job. In doing so, they invited pressure from the away side who were confident in their ability to find an equaliser. They pressed forward, getting the ball into the box and with five minutes to go in the game they won a penalty for shirt-pulling. Broomhill’s Scottish Cup campaign rested on Frazer Gray’s spot-kick and he dispatched it with ease, sparking wild celebrations from the away side.
With the scores tied at the end of the match, a replay will be played in order to separate these two sides. After a game of eight goals, that match is sure to be another close encounter and it remains to be seen whether or not the home advantage of the second tie will suit Broomhill Sports Club.  
  • Full Time:
  • Tranent Juniors
  • 4-4
  • Broomhill SC


Tranent Juniors
Broomhill SC

Tranent Juniors
1. Danyal Walthew
2. Johnny Malcolm
3. Lewis Slight
4. Alex Borthwick
5. Arron Robertson
6. Ellot Greive
7. Jack Williamson
8. Jack Kennedy
9. Andrew McLeod
10. Hamish Hunter
11. Ryan Smith
12. Taylor McKillop
14. David MCIntosh
16. Ruairidh Fleming
17. Greg Lauder
18. Myles Doig

Broomhill SC
1. Ryan Craw
2. Gary Dee
3. Bradley Chaz
4. Drew Niven (C)
6. Matt Niven
7. Adam Young
7. Connor Morin
8. Dan Harrigan
9. Frazer Gray
10. Greg Rodgers
11. Callum McKenzie
12. Harry Prince
17. Marco Roper

Star Player
Tranent Juniors
Broomhill SC
Jack Kennedy – Was a key figure in defence for his side and had a big part to play in Hunter’s second half goal.
Frazer Gray – Scored three of his side’s four goals including a composed finish from the penalty spot to take the tie to a replay.
Magic Moment
Tranent Juniors
Broomhill SC
Kennedy's goal, his side's third of the match, was skilfully dispatched. Arguably Tranent's best goal on the day.
Gray's composed finish from the penalty spot kept Broomhill's Scottish Cup hopes alive.
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