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Tynecastle through after close encounter with Blue Brazil

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  • Sunday, 08 February 2015
  • Beath High School
  • Under 14´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Tynecastle secured their place in the semi finals of the TWS Scottish Youth Cup on Sunday thanks to Liam McCue’s second half winner in a closely fought match with Blue Brazil at Beath High School
A casualty of the weather last week, the game was a highly anticipated encounter between two talented outfits.
In keeping with the quality of both teams, it was a tight opening ten minutes in which both teams seemed desperate not to give their opponents an opportunity to strike first.
Ryan Mauchlen had an opportunity to deliver a ball into the box for the hosts early on, but his free kick couldn’t find a head and drifted harmlessly past the far post.
Craig Turnbull then had an opportunity for the visitors, but was denied by Jed Muir in the Blue Brazil goal, before Paul Smith was picked out by a cross but he too found Muir in fine form to keep the scores level.
James Watt was next to try his luck for the home side with a free kick, but like the one moments before it came to nothing as both sides continued to test the water.
But with the quality on display it was never going to stay that way for long, and it was Blue Brazil who eventually started to take the game to their Edinburgh rivals.
Some good build up play found Luke Smith in space, and his right footed shot was well saved by Aiden Black to bring the game its first real chance.
The game was now starting to wake up, and Tynecastle were quick to respond with a chance of their own. McCue saw a shot from the edge of the area blocked and cleared from danger.
Mauchlen was then almost played in after a swift counter attacking move, but he dragged his right footed shot just inches wide of the post.
There was a real ebb and flow to the game now, and Daniel Lock was almost through on goal for the visitors, but Muir rushed off his line to collect and keep the scores level.
The best chance of the match so far then fell to Blue Brazils’ Jay Watson, as he stretched to reach a long free kick with his head, only to see his effort loop over Black and come cannoning back off the cross bar.
Smith then took aim again for the visitors, and although this time his shot made it past the defenders in front of him, Muir was able to make a comfortable save.
There was just enough time for two more chances for the away side as Sean Macdonnell saw his free kick graze the top of the bar, before Smith took aim for a third time, but his effort flashed just wide of the post as the sides went into half time deadlocked at 0-0.
  • Half Time:
  • Blue Brazil YFC
  • 0-0
  • Tynecastle FC

After a tight and tense first half, it was the away side who came out strongest at the start of the second half.

Charlie Green saw his shot saved after a mazy run, and from the resulting corner Turnbull headed just over the bar.

Lock then went on a marauding run down the right flank, but after beating four players and cutting inside his right footed shot was blocked and hammered clear.

Moments later Lock went close again, this time seeing his effort well saved by Muir.

There was a renewed energy about Tynecastle, who were beginning to find space to exploit in the Blue Brazil back line.

Smith was the next to try and work his way through, beating two players only to be stopped by a marvellous last ditch tackle, before Ross Young also tried to break clear, but the home defence held on to clear the danger with some stout defending.

The pressure did eventually tell though, and the games’ only goal arrived when failure to clear the ball allowed McCue to take one touch round the outside of the last defender and slot a neat finish into the far corner.

In a game of such fine margins, the goal sparked wild celebrations from the Tynecastle team, but was a cruel blow to a Blue Brazil side who had performed valiantly up until that point.

The response from the home side was a good one as they tried to find an equaliser in the dying moments and take the game to extra time.

Watson tried to lead a counter attack almost from the re-start, but he was crowded out and the danger was cleared.

Jack Jardine did then manage to break free of his marker, and played the ball square for Lennon Halliday, but his shot was saved well by Black who managed to hold onto the ball for good measure.

Tynecastle were able to resist the late fight back and held on until the final whistle for a hard fought victory.

While the Edinburgh side can now look forward a Semi Final tie, Blue Brazil must return to league action where they still boast an unbeaten record, and will hope to put the disappointment of Sunday’s defeat quickly behind them.

  • Full Time:
  • Blue Brazil YFC
  • 0-1
  • Tynecastle FC


Blue Brazil YFC
Tynecastle FC
1. Jed Muir
2. Thomas Copland
3. Jake Mitchell
4. Liam Woods
5. Robbie Foreman
6. James Watt
7. Liam Jackson
8. Jay Watson
9. Lewis Morgan
10. Dean Nicoll
12. Ryan Mauchlen
14. Lennon Halliday
16. Fraser Muir
17. Luke Smith
18. Jack Jardine
1. Aiden Black
2. Alex Adam
3. Blair Ross
4. Christopher Finnie
5. Sean Macdonnell
6. Ross Young
7. Rhys Campbell
8. Charlie Green
9. Paul Smith
10. Liam McCue
11. Craig Turnbull
12. Harvey Lyne
14. Daniel Lock
Star Player
Blue Brazil YFC
Tynecastle FC
Jed Muir - Made some fine saves early on to keep the scores level!
Daniel Lock - Made plenty of chances with some good old fashioned wing play!
Magic Moment
Blue Brazil YFC
Tynecastle FC
Jay Watsons' header crashing onto the crossbar in the first half - inches away from writing what might have been a very different script!
Has to be Liam McCues' winner. A well taken finish that took his team into the semi finals!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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