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Clinical Hutchie lift South East Region Cup in game of two-halves

Hutchinson Vale 3

Foster 46, Steven 57, Walker 65

Leith Athletic 1

Watt 70
  • Sunday, 04 June 2017
  • New Countess Park
  • Under 13´s
  • South East Region Cup

Hutchinson Vale and Leith Athletic kicked off Sunday’s South East Region Cup final day with an entertaining opening match, in a final which could only be described as a game of two halves. After surviving a first half onslaught from Leith in the first half, Vale struck thrice in the second half to seal victory over their Edinburgh opponents.

Athletic created the first of many chances after 15 minutes when a ball was played out wide to Brodie Watt, who cut inside and struck an effort which produced a solid save from Logan Robertson. He had to be alert again just a minute later when he had to stretch low to reach Connor Young’s deflected effort and tip it away for a corner.

Leith came even closer in the 22nd minute when they were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out. Leon McDonald couldn’t have done anymore as his ferocious long-distance effort thundered off the bar, and despite the rebound falling to the feet of Maksymilan Plutka, he failed to convert his effort on target from close range.

At that stage in the game Leith had bene well on top of their opponents, and they wouldn’t have believed their luck when the woodwork was struck again for a second time in the 34th minute, this time it was Young who came inches way from opening the scoring. After weaving his way past a series of defenders with some tricky footwork, his curled effort fired off the bar and out for a goal kick. It looked like only one side was going to score the opening goal.

Watt then tried his luck again just before the half-time whistle sounded, he controlled the ball near the byline, swivelled neatly and struck a low effort which skidded agonisingly wide of the Vale post. There were no doubts as to who had dominated the opening half, and it seemed a miracle that the score remained goalless. 

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchinson Vale
  • 0-0
  • Leith Athletic

Hutchie looked like a different team after the interval, which may have been down to the half-time team talk. Kyle Craig showed some nice skill to gain a yard on 38 minutes and produce his side’s first real effort of the game, but the ball drifted wide of the post.

Leith were still creating chances themselves though, and McDonald produced a decent volleyed effort in the 43rd minute, but it lacked the conviction required to beat Robertson in Vale’s goal and he held onto the ball with fair ease.

Despite the pressure they faced in the first half, Hutchinson Vale were first to break the deadlock in this cup final on 46 minutes. It came courtesy of Lewis Foster after Leith failed to properly clear Taylor Steven’s cross. After controlling the ball in a crowded area and working a yard of space, the Vale midfielder slotted calmly into the far corner as if he was simply playing in a training session; it was a goal which reflected their improved performance after the interval.

Steven had a glorious chance to grab a second goal in as many minutes straight afterwards. After finding himself through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, he managed to put his effort wide of the goal. However, he didn’t have to wait too long for his luck to improve.

Steven was nearly the creator again as he crossed a pinpoint cross to the back post in the 54th minute, where Murray Connolly was waiting to head the ball home, but he didn’t manage to get a solid enough contact on the ball and headed over the bar from close range.

Steven was able to put his earlier miss behind him in the 57th minute in spectacular fashion. On the counter-attack, a lovely ball was spread out wide to Hutchie number nine, who won the race to get to the ball first, steadied himself, and fired an unstoppable effort high into the top far corner from a difficult angle and distance. It was a finish full of confidence and justly rewarded his already excellent performance.

With five minutes remaining Vale looked well in control and likely to wrap up the game, and they did it in style. Aaron Walker was first to reach Steven’s corner and bullet his header into the back of the net for Hutchie’s third and to seal the cup. Despite having to battle through a challenging first 35 minutes, the better team in the second half was never in doubt.

There was some consolation for Leith right at the death however, as Watt grabbed a goal which he and his side probably deserved. After beating his man on the byline, the winger continued his run into the area, and despite having a chance to cut the back back, he went all the way and slotted the ball beyond Robertson with a lovely composed finish. It may have come too late, but it atleast gave Leith something to remember from a brave performance. 

Athletic could consider themselves somewhat unlucky after a brilliant first-half performance, but thanks to a solid goalkeeping performance from Logan Robertson and a lesson in clinical finishing, Hutchinson Vale are winners of the Under 13s South East Region Cup. 

 

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchinson Vale
  • 3-1
  • Leith Athletic

Lineups

Hutchinson Vale
Leith Athletic
1. Logan Robertson
2. Zak Robb
4. Aaron Walker
5. Sam Melrose
6. Ciaran Heeps
8. Murray Connolly
9. Taylor Steven
11. Sam Kilby
12. Lewis Foster
13. Aiden Eddington
14. Matthew Daglish
15. Kyle Craig
17. Danny Chisholm
18. Ruairidh Adams
20. Jake Houten
1. Finlay Sinclair
2. Maksymilan Plutka
3. Zak Williamson
4. Ben Moffat
5. Jamie Rudden
6. Cameron Chambers
7. Brodie Watt
8. Leon McDonald
9. Ben Aitchison
10. Charles Harte 11. Jordan Young
12. Daniel Fennell
13. Jason Melkie
14. Michele Marenduzzo
15. Conor Young
17. Louie Buckley
Star Player
Hutchinson Vale
Leith Athletic
Taylor Steven was the main creative source for Hutchie, setting up two goals and scoring a brilliant third. Logan Robertson also put an excellent goalkeeping display on.
Brodie Watt was a standout for his side with his creative wing play, and scored a deserved solo goal right at the very end.
Magic Moment
Hutchinson Vale
Leith Athletic
Hutchie second goal was a combination of pace, passing, counter-attacking and brilliant finishing.
Watt's goal in the final minute was a fantastic solo effort and the very least that his side deserved from the final.
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