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Exciting finish sees Salvesen through to Edinburgh Cup final

Gala Fairydean Rovers 2

Curran 30, 56

Salvesen CFC Reds 3

Mabon 12, Murphy 63, Duncan 76
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers 2-3 Salveson CFC Reds (AET)
  • Sunday, 17 April 2016
  • Netherdale 3G Arena, Galashiels
  • Under 13´s
  • Edinburgh Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Salvesen CFC Reds made it through to the Edinburgh Cup final, but they required extra time to overcome Gala Fairydean Rovers in a thrilling cup tie.

A stunning strike from Marcus Duncan in the second half of the added twenty minutes won it for them.

Salvesen had been doing much of the pressing late on after an even opening in which Gala gave as good as they got.

The teams traded chances early on. Bryce Ormiston had his shot saved by visiting keeper Callum Macdonald, while Liam Collins dragged one wide at the other end.

Ormiston went close again after good wing play by Emil Neves but it was Salvie who took the lead.

Gavin Mabon was rewarded for positive play when he picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and had a go, which Kieron Butler unfortunately could not keep out.

Mabon and Tyler Bolochoweckyj were looking a threat down either flank, as were Neves and Tyler Hayes at the other end. It looked likely that the wingers could have a big part of play on the large pitch.

But it was a thrusting run from centre midfield which brought about Gala’s equaliser on 30 minutes. Dylan Curran broke forward and managed to ride a sliding challenge before steadying himself again and burying the finish.

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 1-1
  • Salvesen CFC Reds

The Reds became more prominent in the second half and had more chances to take the lead.

Corin Brown exchanged passes with Duncan but his shot was off target.

Bolochoweckyj found the ball at his feet close in and, surrounded by defenders, managed to make space, but Butler blocked his attempt.

A good passing move involving Liam Collins and Bolochoweckyj created an opening for Matt Pacitti but he put it wide.

Fairydean Rovers had been biding their time and working hard in defence, and they were rewarded when they managed to take the lead.

Curran was the scorer again and this time it was from a set piece. A free kick from deep was flighted in and Curran got the break of the ball. He showed remarkable composure for the second time in this game to put his side in front with 14 minutes left to play.

Salvesen re-started their attacking efforts but now it was in search of an equaliser rather than a winner.

Brown had clipped the bar with a fierce free kick before setting up the winner. He received the ball back after taking a short corner and delivered a delicious cross, which Ryan Murphy was only too happy to feast on and tuck the ball home.

The equaliser came on 63 minutes but neither side could find a clincher in the final seven, meaning extra time would be required.

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 2-3
  • Salvesen CFC Reds
The first period passed without much event but within a minute of the second Salvie had the lead. Mabon fed Duncan on the edge of the box and from then it was all about the number 11. The striker still had a lot to do, but he flicked the ball up, swivelled and unleashed a dipping volley which torpedoed through the air, leaving Butler with no chance. Yacoub Gilkey nearly made it safe, with Mabon the creator once again, before Gala had a glorious chance to earn a shot at penalties. Cameron Riddell’s shot from close range was bravely saved by MacDonald though meaning that Salvesen will compete for the trophy against St.Bernards.

Final Result: Gala Fairydean Rovers 2-3 Salveson CFC Reds (AET)


Gala Fairydean Rovers
Salvesen CFC Reds
1. Kieron Butler
2. Jamie Palmer
3. Ben Sloan
4. Ian Manzoni
5. Adam Moffat
6. Cassius Ross
7. Cameron Riddell
8. Dylan Curran
9. Jake Bell
10. Bryce Ormiston
11. Tyler Hayes
12. Emil Neves
21. Callum MacDonald
2. Liam Shevlin
3. Liam Collins
4. Aaron Cook
5. Ross Byrne
6. Dylan Callander
8. Tyler Bolochoweckyj
9. Ryan Kerr
10. Gavin Mabon
11. Marcus Duncan
14. Ryan Murphy
15. Corin Brown
16. Matt Pacitti
17. Yacoub Gilkey
18. Kyle Smith
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Salvesen CFC Reds
Dylan Curran - Busy all day in the engine room and scored two good goals.
Corin Brown - The left back is a very good passer of the ball and many of his team's attacks started with him. Also supplied the cross for the crucial equaliser.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Salvesen CFC Reds
Curran's second goal came 14 minutes from the end of regulation and, at the time, looked like it might be the winner.
The second and third goals were just as important as each other in securing the win, but Marcus Gordon's winner was also an absolute peach.
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