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Hillfield Swifts win Division One League Cup

Musselburgh Windsor 96 0

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 5

Barry 30' 39' 64' Russell 40' Cook 85'
  • Saturday, 30 May 2015
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 19´s
  • SERYFL Division One Cup final
Louis Moorehead

Louis Moorehead | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Hillfield Swifts produced an assured performance to claim the League Cup after dispatching Musselburgh Windsor 96 in what was a very entertaining, but ultimately one sided affair. 
The tone of the game seemed to be set within the opening 10 minutes; Swifts seemed content to control the pace of the game and recycle the ball, while Musselburgh looked to take advantage of the direct ball and hit the opposition on the break. Scott Russell, playing as the lone striker for Swifts, hassled and harried the opposition defence constantly, not allowing them time to grow into the game while his captain, Yousaf Asam swept up well in midfield and picked up any loose passes; the combination resulted in a sustained pressure high up the pitch for Swifts, never allowing Musselburgh a chance early on. 
However during this early period the back three for Musselburgh defended well, dealing with a series of crosses from the flanks with relative ease. With 20 minutes on the clock, neither ‘keeper had been forced to make any real save, until a few minutes later Scott Chapman picked up a bouncing clearance and hitting a hopeful half volley which James Donaldson in the Swifts goal saved well. 
Just as Musselburgh looked to be growing into the game with some half chances, Swifts scored a breakaway goal. With 30 minutes on the clock, Ciaran Chalmers picked the ball up deep in his own half and produced a great run down the field, eventually playing it to Daryl Healy on the left wing. He squared the ball beyond the defence into the path of Ryan Barry, who just managed to poke the ball under the onrushing ‘keeper and into the back of the net. 
Minutes later, Swifts created another chance. After the ball was won in midfield, it was played long downfield into the path of Russell, who was left one on one with the Musselburgh ‘keeper Craig Hunter, but his low shot was saved well with his outstretched right hand. 
After more great pressure, Swifts doubled their lead with a expertly taken goal after a great assist from Aidan McGuire. He controlled the ball on the half way line and arched a ball into the path of Barry, this time popping up on the right of the Musselburgh box. His first touch took him clear of the last defender, and faced with the ‘keeper he smashed the ball high into the back of the net. 
Swifts were not content with a 2-0 lead though, and minutes later added another goal. This goal was a well worked beauty, started thanks to Asam collecting the ball and playing a one-two that put him into space on the left flank. He then passed the ball to his midfield partner Ciaran Chalmers, who beat one defender and fired a low shot that the ‘keeper could only parry. Russell followed up though, as all great goalscorers do, and tapped the rebound in beyond the ‘keeper. 
With the half drawing to a close, Swifts came close to a 4th goal. Russell, a constant thorn in the Musselburgh side, orchestrated some lovely one touch football and received the ball off Healy on the left of the box. He lifted his head and curled a low shot that bounced off the right hand post and bounced clear. 
The referee blew his whistle and the first half came to a close. Swifts started well, but Musselburgh defended resolutely against their more composed approach. However as the half progressed Swifts began to move forward with much more urgency and exploited any little gap in the opposition defence; scoring three goals in quick succession and unlucky only go in at half time 3-0 up. 
  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor 96
  • 0-3
  • Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Musselburgh came out for the second half somewhat rejuvenated and started to ask serious question of the Swifts defence, looking to regain some pride and at least get on the score sheet in the second half.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half was a lot more positive from them, with Darren Handling popping up all over the pitch to cause Swifts problems. He found himself with space at one point on the left wing, getting into a position that could have caused serious trouble if not for a great slide tackle from Swifts right back Marcus Hall who recovered the ball just in time.
Musselburgh created a glorious chance in the 53rd minute as a corner was looped in from the right hand side and Swifts failed to clear. With the ball bouncing around, it found its way to Thomas Meldrum who shot just over the bar from close range, under increasing pressure.
The rhythm of the game had changed, and now Swifts were the team looking to counter against waves of Musselburgh attacks. An opportunity arose in the 54th minute, as Russell played a smart series of passes with Barry and was set loose on the right hand side and made his way into the box. His low cross back across the face of goal was met by McGuire whose shot was straight at the ‘keeper.
Musselburgh began to really increase the pressure from this point, upping the pace of the game and hoping to utilise the width of the pitch in an effort to score at least one goal. However despite all this pressure the best chances kept falling to Swifts; first Hall rampaged forward from right back and helped to set up Healy, whose shot clipped a defender and went wide and then Russell found himself clear of the defence, only to be stopped by the onrushing goalkeeper.
Just before the 60th minute, Swifts finally found a 4th goal and put the game beyond any doubt. Asam intercepted a ball on the half way line and curled a ball across the field into the path of Barry coming in from the right wing. A brilliant pass that negated the defence, and Barry finished with aplomb and half volleyed the ball into the left corner just out of reach of the despairing ‘keeper.
Minutes later Musselburgh had the chance to score, with Darren Handling, who was impressive all game going forward, set through after a long ball downfield. The ball bounced long in the box and he reacted intelligently to try and chip the onrushing ‘keeper, only for Donaldson to show great reactions and throw a hand in its direction and tap the ball wide.
With the game really opening up now, one team comfortably four goals up and looking to break forward whenever possible and the other desperate for a goal, the action became end to end. Another long ball beyond the Swifts defence found Dean Ballantyne in space, only to be denied by a great last ditch tackle from David McNamara to deny a goal scoring opportunity.
Into the last 15 minutes of the game, the action gradually began to fizzle out as Swifts sat further and further back, as well as a host of subsitutions that took the rhythm out of the game.
Musselburgh were not deterred though, and continually tried to find some sort of gap in the Swifts defence, but the sheer amount of bodies inside the box proved to a major stumbling block for their attackers; lots of joy down each flank but the final ball into the box was always cut out.
The final goal of the game went to Swifts, again hitting Musselburgh on the break. A long clearance from the Swifts defence looks to be going out for a throw in, until Russell intercepted it ahead of a Musselburgh defender and set off down the pitch. He beat one centre-back and surged into the box before cutting it back for Cameron Cook to tap in beyond the goalkeeper.
And so the game finished, a resounding 5-0 win for Swifts over Musselburgh. Both teams played well, but Swifts were impressively clinical going forward in comparison to Musselburgh who just could not find any cutting edge. 
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor 96
  • 0-5
  • Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts


Musselburgh Windsor 96
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
1. Craig Hunter
3. Shaun Lawrence
4. Calum Marr
5. Scott Siegel
6. Scott Walker
7. Darren Handling
8. Brandom Cameron
9. Thomas Meldrum
10. Dean Ballantyne
11. Stuart Tragis
14. Joe Turner-Law
15. Stuart Mackay
16. James Rogers-Jones
17. Gavin James Birrell
18. Sam Rintoul
22. Scott Chapman
1. James Donaldson
2. Marcus Hall
3. David McNamara
4. John Francis
5. Mark Higgins
6. Aidan McGuire
7. Daryl Healy
8. Yousaf Asam
9. Scott Russell
10. Brodie Hamilton
11. Blair Springhall
12. Ciaran Chalmers
14. Euan Aitken
15. Ryan Barry
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Darren Handling - despite not getting on the score sheet, he always looked the most likely to create something on the pitch. Ran the channels well throughout the game and played in a positive manner.
Ryan Barry - a hat-trick hero in the cup final says it all really. Took every chance that came his way well, and on top of that tracked back and helped out defensively when required.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
The whole second half stood out, a marked improvement from the first half, without creating many clear cut chances. The best moment fell to Handling after a smart long ball forward left him in space in front of goal, only to be stopped by the 'keeper.
All the goals had a touch of class about them, but the goal that broke the deadlock was a great team effort resulting in a wonderful crossfield pass and a beautiful touch from Barry that left the defender for dead.
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