Hutchison Vale proved too strong for Glenboig in the end although they had to come from two goals down to win 3-2 after extra time in the fourth round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. Goals from Jamie MacKay and a double from Kyle Hunter cancelled out Connor Black and Jordan Hamilton’s earlier strikes for Glenboig in a tightly contested cup tie.
The game kicked off in cold but sunny conditions and it was the home side who pressed forward in the opening stages. However, against the run of play Glenboig took the lead. A long clearance from Lewis Smith bounced and fell kindly for Connor Black who lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper.
Straight from the restart Hutchison Vale created a good chance of their own. The ball was worked out wide to Jonny Branks who cut inside and launched a shot goalwards but unfortunately it flew just wide of the near post.
The wind was starting to have an effect on the game at this stage and Glenboig nearly took advantage from a corner. Black swung the ball into the area and Patrick Martin had to be alert in the Vale goals to palm it over the bar. Glenboig almost extending their lead in what would’ve been bizarre circumstances.
The game was really warming up now and was very evenly contested. Hutchison Vale were keen to equalise as soon as possible and were creating a few chances down the left hand side. Ross Waters found space and played a deep cross to the far post where Robbie Polson was inches away from connecting with a header. The Vale were getting closer.
Glenboig were doing well defensively to repel the Vale attacks and were able to hit quickly on the break. One such foray gave them a two-goal lead. A throw-in was taken quickly and the ball was moved at pace to the edge of the box where Jordan Hamilton controlled the ball before turning and firing a shot across Martin and into the far corner of the net. The players’ celebration showed just how important a goal it could be!
Again Hutchison Vale came roaring back and almost pulled a goal back immediately. Waters cut inside but unleashed a powerful drive just over the bar.
Glenboig were still creating chances and they had a good opportunity to extend their lead further. A wonderful through ball found Hamilton one-on-one with Martin but the keeper made an excellent save low to his right.
It was end to end stuff and this time it was Hutchison Vale who were nest to come close on a couple of occasions. Firstly, a freekick from Euan McGuire was curled expertly over the wall but Smith saved well before Fareid Yassein found himself clean through on goal but excellent covering defence blocked his effort for a corner.