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Hutchison Vale dominate to progress to the Semi Finals

Hutchinson Vale FC 3

Mackie 28', Rose 59' 77'

Musselburgh Windsor FC 1

Greig 85'
  • Saturday, 20 February 2016
  • Meggetland 3G
  • Under 17´s
  • Tom Wilson Memorial Cup
Jack Whitlam

Jack Whitlam | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Possession of the football proved key as Hutchinson Vale overcame Musselburgh Windsor in the Tom Wilson Memorial Cup. The second round fixture list threw together two of the top sides from the first division. Following their 2nd round win in the Prison Officers Cup the previous week, Hutchinson Vale were looking to book their place in another 3rd round tie. Whereas Musselburgh were looking to bounce back from their loss to Airdrie United in the Scottish Youth FA Cup.

In the league, both teams are enjoying successful league campaigns, level on points in second position. With knowledge of this and the miserable weather conditions spectators would have been expecting a close-fought, cagy affair. However, this was not the case. Hutchinson Vale had a clear philosophy and it was not going to change, even for the likes of their closest league rivals, Musselburgh Windsor.

From the outset Hutchinson Vale were keen to play a slick possession game, determined to play the ball out from the back. The two centre backs appeared comfortable on the ball and the overlapping fullbacks created an overload in midfield which Musselburgh failed to deal with. However, whilst Hutchinson Vale probed with the ball they never penetrated the final third with any intent.

On 16 minutes, Hutchinson Vale nearly regretted not taking advantage of possession as Musselburgh almost scored an unlikely goal. A long free kick from Daniel Mackinnon into the box led to a scramble, with players falling like bowling pins in the box. Musselburgh managed to get a shot away but fantastic double save from keeper Fraser Britton prevented Hutchinson Vale going behind.

Around half way through the first half Hutchinson Vale began to play with a more attacking intent. Tireless right back, Harry Pullar found himself in the box on numerous occasions whilst Lewis McKay bombed forward on the opposite flank too. After prolonged pressure, in which Hutchinson Vale worked the ball around the opposition half, they forced a corner. Owen Richardson whipped in the corner which found its way to Murray Rose at the back post who headed back across goal. Callum Mackie rose above the rest to head into the bottom right-hand corner and put Hutchie ahead.

The final 15 minutes played out without incident and Musselburgh went in at half time only one goal down. The gulf in class between the two teams in the first half was remarkable, considering where they were in the league. Hutchinson Vale kept the ball as though it were a training drill, but in truth, Musselburgh made it look easy. They failed to close down the opposition and were a lot slower to react than their rivals.

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchinson Vale FC
  • 1-0
  • Musselburgh Windsor FC

Musselburgh clearly had a rousing team talk at half time as they came out the traps flying in the second half, forcing two corners inside two minutes. Although the corners came to nothing, Hutchinson Vale were under pressure. To make matters worse for Hutchinson Vale, their captain Pullar, who had played so well in the first half, was forced off due to a back injury.

Hutchinson Vale may have been accused of overplaying at times in the first half, yet got away with it. However, with a higher intensity pressing game from Musselburgh, Hutchie were definitely try to overplay. They rarely made it out of their own half due to reluctance to clear the ball long.

The game looked set to be turned on its head with Musselburgh seeking an equaliser but Murray Rose’s wonder strike on 59 minutes prevented that. Hutchinson Vale counter attacked through Jamie Watson, who grew into the game after replacing injured Pullar. He reached the byline and pulled it back to the edge of the box for Fareid Yassein. Yassein skipped through a number of challenges in the box to produce a cross but the cross was cleared. However, the clearance fell to Murray Rose who was stood 25 yards from goal. On the volley, Rose swung his foot through the ball and lobbed the keeper. To many, it looked like it may lob the goal as well but it dipped at the last second and the ripple of the net sparked jubilation.

Hutchinson Vale regained control of the game but they failed to replicate the same level of possession they had in the first half. The next goal was crucial. Both managers made substitutions; Musselburgh looking for the spark that may get them a goal and Hutchinson Vale looking to freshen things up.

With 15 minutes left, the floodlights came on and the game took on the feel of a Tuesday night game in December. The all-important goal came moments later when the Musselburgh keeper, Grant Goodfellow, picked up a back pass. The Musselburgh players claimed it was a tackle but Hutchinson Vale were awarded an indirect on the edge of the six yard box. The Musselburgh players lined up on the goal line but they couldn’t prevent Rose’s powerful strike hitting the back of the net.

Hutchinson Vale had executed an excellent performance to see them through to the 3rd round, monopolising possession and scoring at important times. Their defence also stood firm, showing an ability to keep the ball but also defend well. They will have been disappointed therefore to throw away their clean sheet with five minutes remaining. A cross came in from the right hand side which goalkeeper, Britton, could only palm into the path of Ross Greig who fired the ball into the opposite corner to give Musselburgh a late conciliation goal.  

Despite the late goal, Hutchinson Vale saw out the rest of the game and progress to the 3rd round after a 3-1 victory. If they can be more effective with their possession, Hutchinson Vale will go on to be very successful this season. Musselburgh Windsor, however, will be keen to put things right after back to back losses. Their success in the cup competitions and the league this season show that they are a very good team but if they are to continue their success they will need to refind their form.

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchinson Vale FC
  • 3-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor FC


Hutchinson Vale FC
Musselburgh Windsor FC
1. Fraser Britton
2. Harry Pullar
3. Callum Mackie
4. Euan Mcguire
5. Owen Richardson
6. Bruce McCrorie
7. Murray Rose
8. Callum Fitzpatrick
9. Jay Kilboy
10. Liam Willis
11. Ross Watters
12. Jamie Watson
14. Cameron Walker
15. Lewis Mckay
16. Fareid Yassein
19. Cameron Paton
21. Grant Goodfellow
2. Ross McGuire
3. Kieran Savage
4. Liam Mitchell
5. Jack Combe
6. Daniel Mackinnon
8. Ross Greig
10. Ross McLaren
11. Sean Brown
12. Ross Hope
14. Lewis Kynoch
15. Andrew Fleming
16. Liam Gregory
17. Callum Dowie
18. Murray McDougal
22. Brok Robertson
Star Player
Hutchinson Vale FC
Musselburgh Windsor FC
Lewis McKay - the tireless left back. McKay, worked hard to support the winger in front of him to create an overload as well as track back to help out the defence. Both full back’s industrious work rate was the reason Hutchinson Vale were able to retain possession so well. Before his injury, Harry Pullar, the right full back, was also in for a shout for star player.
Callum Downie - for his persistent effort to get the away side back in the game during the second half. He harried Hutchinson Vale’s right sided players to try and win the ball back and produced a number of crosses but lacked support from his teammates.
Magic Moment
Hutchinson Vale FC
Musselburgh Windsor FC
Magic moment of the whole match goes to Murray Rose's wonder goal from 25 yards out which put Hutchinson Vale two goals ahead. The timing of the goal was as perfect as the goal itself with Hutchinson Vale beginning to loosen their grip on the game. It’s a goal that Rose will live off for the rest of the season but after his assured performance, I’m sure moments of magic aren’t rare for Hutchinson Vale’s central midfielder.
Musselburgh magical moment (or moments) was the opening 5 minutes in the second half where they came out flying in search of the equaliser. They pressed and harried Hutchinson Vale, preventing them from retaining possession and forcing them into mistakes. If their tenacity was sustained throughout the whole game, the score line may have been very different.
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