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Hutchie Vale bag five to lift cup against St Bernard’s

St Bernard’s BC Midlothian 2

Kemp 8’, 69’

Hutchison Vale FC 5

OG 16’,70+3’ Kilboy 18’ Heeps 48’ Steven 51’
  • Friday, 28 April 2017
  • Paties Road
  • Under 13´s
  • Peter O’Neill Cup - Final

Hutchison Vale FC lifted the Peter O’Neill Cup on Friday night as they beat St Bernard’s BC despite conceding early in the match. Niall Kemp’s double for St Bernard’s wasn’t enough as goals from Sam Kilboy, Ciaran Heeps and Taylor Steven plus two own goals meant Hutchie left Paties Road victorious.

Regardless of the score, both sides had an incredible effort during the match which was shown at the break where only one goal separated the teams.

St Bernard’s struck first in the 8th minute and it was an incredible to say the least. Finlay Smith fed the ball to inside the area where Niall Kemp met the effort from a volleyed strike on the left-hand side of the penalty box. The ball dipped over the keeper to arrive near the far post and into the back of the net. Kemp was in disbelief that the effort had gone in.

However, the celebrations were cut short as Hutchie equalised in the 16th minute. A ball sent in from a corner on the right-hand side of goal was then flicked on by Matthew Dalglish. The ball then collided with the body of the St Bernard’s defender, sending it into the back of the net.

Moments later, Hutchie doubled their score which sent them into the lead in the 18th minute. Ciaran Heeps played the ball to Bruno Davidson. His run on the left flank allowed him to enter the penalty area to then play the effort across goal where Sam Kilboy tapped the ball into the net.

Five minutes before the break, St Bernard’s attempted to level the score when Corin Brown played a chipped effort into Sam Nicholson on the right side of the area. However, Hutchie keeper, Logan Robertson rushed to collect the effort on the edge of the area before Nicholson could reach it. 

  • Half Time:
  • St Bernard’s BC Midlothian
  • 1-2
  • Hutchison Vale FC

St Bernard’s started the second half well with various clear cut chances on goal, the most impressive coming in 40th minute.

Finlay Smith played a ball from the left to reach Kemp inside the area, heading the effort towards goal but Robertson halted the ball from entering the net.

In the 48th minute, Hutchie met St Bernard’s remarkable effort in the first half with one of their own.

A free kick taken 25 yards out on the left-hand side by Ciaran Heeps arrived perfectly into the top right hand corner of the goal, leaving the keeper no chance to save the effort.

Moments later, Hutchie netted their fourth of the game. In 51st minute, after continuous successive efforts on goal, Davidson squared the ball from the left side to Taylor Steven inside the area who tucked the ball under the keeper and into the back of the net.

St Bernard’s managed to pull one back late in the game as Kemp netted for the second time of the evening. In the 69th minute, Kemp managed to tuck the ball past the keeper giving him side a fighting chance to bring the game level.

However, it wasn’t to be, as Hutchie acquired their fifth of the evening three minutes into stoppage time. An impressive run from Jake Houten on the left side in the 70+3rd minute, saw the player beat defenders to then attempt to square the ball to a team mate to finish the effort.

However, the ball instead struck off the body of the St Bernard defender to guide its way into the net and therefore sealing the win for Hutchie and the Peter O’Neill Cup itself. 

  • Full Time:
  • St Bernard’s BC Midlothian
  • 2-5
  • Hutchison Vale FC


St Bernard’s BC Midlothian
Hutchison Vale FC
1. Jamie Stables
3. Ryan Kerr
4. Lucas McGarry
5. Logan Imrie
6. Finlay Smith
7. Jacksen Lynch
9. Niall Kemp
12. Corin Brown
14. Lewis Bushnill
16. Jack Allen
17. Jay Stevenson
2. Sam Nicholson
8. Grant Young
11. Rikki Waugh
15. Lewis Kane
18. Ethan Pearson
1. Logan Robertson
2. Zak Robb
5. Sam Melrose
6. Ciaran Heeps
7. Bruno Davidson
8. Murray Connolly
9. Taylor Steven
10. Matthew Dalglish
11. Sam Kilboy
12. Lewis Foster
17. Danny Chrisholm
3. Keir Brown
4. Aaron Waller
15. Kyle Craig
18. Aidan Eddington
20. Jake Houten
Star Player
St Bernard’s BC Midlothian
Hutchison Vale FC
St Bernard’s star player was Sam Nicholson. Despite initially starting on the bench, Nicholson had a positive impact on the game once he was on the field. Continuously driving forward and challenging the opposition, he looked confident on the ball and wasn’t afraid to test the keeper with various attempts on goal. While he will be disappointed not to get on the score sheet, he should still be impressed with his performance and take the positives to improve his own ability looking ahead to the rest of the season and future progression in the grass roots game.
Hutchison Vale’s star player was Ciaran Heeps. While the entirety of the squad played very well, Heeps was the player that stood out due to his confidence to carry the ball and move his team forward. The highlight of his game was in the goal he scored after the break and showcased the level of performance he had on Friday evening. If Heeps continues to develop and build on his game, then this may not be the last time he features as the star player of the match.
Magic Moment
St Bernard’s BC Midlothian
Hutchison Vale FC
St Bernard’s magic moment was the goal that saw them initially take the lead. An incredible effort for Niall Kemp as the player himself couldn’t believe that his effort ended up in the back of the net. The embrace with his team mates signified the importance of the goal, especially as it came early in the match. They were unfortunate that the magic of this goal was short lived.
Hutchison Vale’s magic moment was the goal that came from Ciaran Heeps’ free kick. A brilliant effort from the youngster as the accuracy of the goal was close to perfection. His coach following the match admitted that he had scored similar efforts like this before in training and shows even more that this goal was not down to luck but rather a degree of skill.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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