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Tynecastle outmuscle Lewis United to reach Scottish Cup semis

Tynecastle FC 3

Akapiki 10, 19, Warson 54

Lewis United FC Youth 0

  • Sunday, 01 February 2015
  • Saughton Park
  • Under 13´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Quarter Final

Ryan Crombie | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Tynecastle under 13’s prevailed against a Lewis United side who exhibited some slick passing football throughout but lacked in a cutting edge up front. The three goals to naught score line is probably a fair reflection on the match as two early goals for the home side made it a pretty comfortable cup clash. All Tynecastle had to do was manage and control the game to progress. That they did.

It was Tynecastle who started the game on the front foot and within the opening five minutes Lewis United, who had made the long trip from Aberdeen, found themselves entrenched within their own half, fending off some serious Tynie pressure. 

Lewis United managed to survive the early onslaught and began to find their feet in the game and were getting the ball down and finding feet. Both sides were in full footballing flow and the passing play that was on show from such young boys was a great sight to behold.

Despite Lewis’ survival earlier on, they were caught out in the 10th minute when the ball was slipped through to Ivan Alapiki up front and he showed excellent composure to slot the ball past goalkeeper Grant Middleton with an outside of the foot finish. Advantage Tynecastle.

Realising that they would now have to score to resume parity, Lewis United began to try to force the issue. This didn’t suit their style of patient passing play, which resulted in a scrappy five minutes before Alapiki sucker punched the Aberdonian side.

The ball fell to the big striker at the edge of the box after several ricochets, although he was slightly fortunate to receive the ball there was nothing lucky about the finish. He eyed up the goal and from 20 yards out he whipped the ball high and over the goalkeeper finding the top corner of the net. A simply stunning strike.

Despite the fact Tynecastle had doubled their lead, the Lewis United players were intent on persisting with their pass and move style of play which had obviously been drilled into them, and it was good to watch. They were patient in their build play, despite the fact they were in urgent need of some goals. Both sides were playing some neat football and it was unfolding as the Scottish Cup tie we expected it be.  

Despite a period of controlled possession for the visitors it was Tynecastle who had the chances at the end of the first half. Alapiki, missed out on clinching a first half hat-trick when a brilliant ball was curled into his feet from Jacques Crance but Alapiki could only scuff his shot wide.

Ross Watson was the next to pass up a brilliant opportunity for Tynecastle. The ball worked its way out to the left flank on which he lurked. He received the ball and struck a low driving effort from just inside the box that travelled just inches wide of the post. That marked the end of what was a pretty enthralling first period of football. 

  • Half Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 2-0
  • Lewis United FC Youth

The second half got off to a slow start as it was evident the momentum had been knocked out of both teams due to the break in play. Tynecastle managed to grind out a goal however amidst the scrappy football that was now on show.

The ball made its way across the six yard box and Watson was on hand to duly oblige by tapping the ball in to the empty goal. The third goal for the home team killed the game and you could sense that was the fact as soon as the ball hit the net.

Tynecastle had removed their foot from the gas and had turned on cruise control. They were not so willing to burst forward, yet remained solid due to some stalwart defending from the Tynie centre backs.

Lewis United only needed a goal to get back into the game, but the final pass and cutting edge up front left a lot to be desired, yet that could be put down to the resoluteness of the Tynecastle defence.

There was eventually something to shout about for Lewis United when Stuart Smith managed to bundle the ball into the net at the back post following a stramash in the box. The joy was short lived however as the linesman dubiously raised his flag, ruling the goal disallowed as Smith was apparently offside. It looked a close call.  

A similar incident then happened up at the other end from a Tynecastle free kick. The ball was played in and substitute James Scobie leapt high and powered a header home only to see the flag go up and deny him the glory of the goal. That signalled the end to what was in the end a relatively comfortable win for Tynecastle, but Lewis have to be credited for the passing game they played throughout.

  • Full Time:
  • Tynecastle FC
  • 3-0
  • Lewis United FC Youth


Tynecastle FC
Lewis United FC Youth
1. Aaron Heap
2. Scott Jardine
3. Luke Wilkie
4. Cooper Duff
5. Kieran Ngwenya
6. Jacques Crane
7. Owen Reid
8. Evan Scott
9. Kameron Jackson
10. Blair Ramage
11. Ross Watson
14. Brandon Russell
15. Robbie Neave
16. Ivan Alapiki
18. James Scobie
19. Aaron Matheson
1. Grant Middleton
2. Kevin Mahiques Catala
3. Daniel Middler
4. Blair McGinigal
6. James Gomes
7. Jack Cowie
8. Ben Morrison
9. Jake Horne
10. Bradley Wilson
11. Joshua Gerrard
12. Joe Sutherland
13. Reece McKerron
14. Dylan Stoddart
15. Mathew McLaren
16. Stuart Smith
18. Jordan Dutch
Star Player
Tynecastle FC
Lewis United FC Youth
Ivan Alapiki - Was a consistent threat all game for Tynecastle and allowed the home side to play a more relaxed game due to his two early goals.
Ben Morrison - Looked a composed figure in central midfield and was playing some neat passing to go along with his decent performance.
Magic Moment
Tynecastle FC
Lewis United FC Youth
When Ivan Alapiki magnificently whipped the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to double his team's advantage!
Not really a moment but the general pattern to Lewis United's play was positive and was good to watch. Getting the ball down and passing is good to see, especially amongst young boys.
Club Views
Tynecastle FC
Lewis United FC Youth
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