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Star man Robertson shines as Tynecastle reach Scottish Cup Final

Portobello CFA 0

Tynecastle FC 2

Robertson 55' 79'
  • Sunday, 26 March 2017
  • New Victoria Park, Newtongrange
  • Under 16´s
  • SYFA Scottish Cup

As the sun beamed down on a beautiful Spring afternoon at New Victoria Park, it was Tynecastle FC who emerged victorious over Portobello CFA to reach the 2017 SYFA Scottish Cup final, thanks to a brace from striker John Robertson.  

It was a cagey start from both sides, the magnitude of the occasion clearly not lost on the players. In the early stages, neither teams' midfield could take control of the game, and it was Portobello who had the best of the minimal chances. 

Space opened up in the middle of the park for Diste Camara Silva, but his strike from distance went wide of the Tynecastle goal. Moments later, winger Tadgh Flanagan-Woodhead found striker Aidan MacKenzie with a smart pass, but Tynie 'keeper Kyle Wilson was quick off his line to quell any possible danger.  

Tynecastle's first chance came from a dead ball situation, as Alassan Jones' free kick went just wide of the post. Robertson's considerable skill helped Tynecastle take a foothold in the game. The striker glided past several Portobello players, although he was unable to create any clear cut chances.  

However, it wasn't just Robertson's skill that stood out. As MacKenzie attempted to break through the Tynecastle defence, goalkeeper Wilson received a high back pass from his backline, which he took down exquisetly onto his chest, evoking a large round of applause from the crowd. 

The tempo of the game picked up following a Tynecastle penalty claim that was initially awarded by the referee. Robertson once again showed off his quick feet in the box before falling to the ground, with the referee subsequently pointing to the spot, before changing his mind after talking to his assistant. 

Tynecastle ended the half with another chance, with Portobello centre half Jordan Keenan doing well to block the shot of Charlie Green.  

  • Half Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 0-0
  • Tynecastle FC

After the second half started with a few half chances for both sides, the deadlock was broken through Robertson, who was alert enough to make the most of a miscommunication between the defence, and went on to blast a left footed shot across goal into the bottom corner. 

Tynecastle came close to scoring twice in quick succession, as Sean Ward's fantastic free kick from the left was headed just over by Matthew Dillon. The quality of Ward's delivery almost paid dividends for Tynecastle again, this time it was Robertson who met the cross, but his header fell straight into the hands of McLean.   

With just minutes of normal time remaining, Portobello's hopes of a third Scottish Cup Final in four seasons were dashed, as Robertson once again showed his quality to double Tynecastle's lead. He relied on his quick feet, managing to create a yard of space for himself just outside of the box, before driving the ball beyond McLean. 

As the game began to wind down, the spotlight was on Robertson once again. His departure in the final minute before the whistle drew a round of applause from both benches, as well as those who had watched his outstanding performance under the Newtongrange sunshine.  

It was undoubtedly a fantastic day for all those connected to Tynecastle FC, and they will be hoping the can emulate this strong performance in the final. 


  • Full Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 0-2
  • Tynecastle FC


Portobello CFA
Tynecastle FC
1. Thomas McLean
2. Dean Coyle
3. Nicholas Aitchsion
4. Diste Camara Silva
5. Jordan Keenan
6. Josh Davidson
7. Lewis Sives
8. Aidan MacKenzie
9. Liam Edmondston
10. Jack Duncan
11. Russell Bowers
12. Daniel Lennie
14. Ross Jamieson
15. Tadgh Flanagan-Woodhead
16. Steven King
1. Kyle Wilson
3. Luke Cunningham
4. Christopher Finnie
5. Andrew MacKay
6. Calum Page
7. Alassan Jones
8. Charlie green
9. John Robertson
10. Matthew Dillon
11. Sean Ward
14. Kyle Hilditch
15. Blair Ross
16. Liam McCue
17. Macauley Anderson
25. Ben Cargill
Star Player
Portobello CFA
Tynecastle FC
Silva's work off the ball stood out, he used his stamina and power to break up multiple Tynecastle attacks
Robertson not only scored an impressive brace, but his quality and composure on the ball was the difference between the two sides.
Magic Moment
Portobello CFA
Tynecastle FC
Keenan's expertly timed and perhaps very crucial slide tackle on Green was a joy to watch.
Wilson's composure and skill to take an awkward ball down on his chest was mightily impressive, especially as a goalkeeper.
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