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Leith Athletic claim deserved David Murray Cup victory over Tynecastle FC

Leith Athletic FC 5

Shaw 13, Ferrier 19, 54, 63, Farrall 87

Tynecastle FC 0

  • Tuesday, 05 June 2018
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 19´s
  • David Murray Cup

A superb hattrick from Craig Ferrier and goals from Michael Shaw and Ryan Farrall were enough for Leith to take silverware home in a hard-fought match.

Tynecastle were the first to threaten in the final, when Elliot Ferrier was played through for a one-on-one against Leith keeper Adam Mclean in the seventh minute but saw his placed finish cannon back off the post and prevent Tynecastle from taking an early lead. Leith went on the counter-attack which resulted in Tynecastle keeper Mitchell Haddow pulling off a brilliant save from close range to deny Lee Griffin the first goal of the game.

Ferrier came close to getting his first of the evening when his long-ranged effort sailed over the bar in the ninth minute of the match. Tynecastle threatened next in the 10th minute, when tricky winger Daniel Purves jinked past the opposing fullback and shot from a tight angle which was smartly denied by McLean.

Leith went onto finally break the deadlock in this tense cup final in the 13th minute when Shaw picked up the ball out on the left wing and smashed a perfect low-driven shot past Haddow and putting his side in front at Ainslie park.  

Leith soon after doubled their cup final lead when Ferrier cut onto to his powerful left foot and struck a mean shot towards goal which a Haddow fingertip was not enough to prevent Leith from going two ahead in the 19th minute.

After a short toilet break for the linesman, Tynecastle went forward again as Purves was unlucky not to have pulled one back for his side as he caused havoc down the right-wing for the disciplined Leith defence and found his shot, once again from a tight angle and hit the side netting in the 20th minute. Tynecastle were at it again in their chase for cutting the deficit, when Elliot Ferrier had his long-ranged effort comfortably saved by McLean in the 30th minute.

Leith were unfortunate not to get a third when defender Liam Reid climbed the highest at a corner but found his header just glance over the bar in the 32nd minute. Andrew Dempster was the next to attempt to get a third for Leith, as he curled free-kick was smartly denied by Haddow, in the 40th minute.

A late flurry of chances was seen for Tynecastle as they pushed to close the gap between the two sides going into the second half. Jack Enguidanos threatened from distance, but saw his effort blaze over the bar in the 42nd minute. However, the chance of the half fell to Tynecastle’s number 10 Russel Cairns, as he was played through up against McLean who stood tall for the first effort and Cairns got a second chance through the rebound which glanced off the post in the 44th minute and ended up being the climax of the first half.

  • Half Time:
  • Leith Athletic FC
  • 2-0
  • Tynecastle FC

Tynecastle were never able to push back into the match as it was seen that Leith dominated the majority of the second half. Leith got an early third goal, when Ferrier got on the end of a spilled ball from Haddow and coolly tucked it into the empty net, doubling his tally for the day in the 54th minute.

Leith’s pressure was once again rewarded when Ferrier got on the end of a precise lofted through ball over the Tynecastle defence, which the talented forward expertly lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net, getting himself a hattrick and Leith’s fourth of the evening in the 63rd minute.

Griffin was the next to threaten for Leith, who has to be said was having an absolutely spectacular performance for his side. But unfortunately found his strike got well over the bar in the 80th minute.

The final was well and truly concluded in the 87th minute when Farrall picked up the ball out on the right wing and took it past his man and fired it past Haddow. Resulting in Leith receiving a five-goal victory and a five star performance as they went onto lift the David Murray Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Leith Athletic FC
  • 5-0
  • Tynecastle FC


Leith Athletic FC
Tynecastle FC
1. Adam McLean
4. Ewan Farmer
5. Liam Reid
6. Arron Cowper
7. Andrew Dempster
8. Michael Shaw
9. Craig Ferrier
10. Lee Griffin
11. Ryan Farrall
12. Rory Smith
14. Jay Corner
15. Jake Montgomery
16. Kieran Milne
17. Matthew Salsked
18. John Webley
1. Mitchell Haddow
2. Jordon Purves
3. Leon Ronaldson
4. Andrew Lickley
5. Matthew Johnston
6. Nicholas Weir
7. Daniel Purves
8. Jack Enguidanos
9. Elliot Ferrier
10. Russell Cairns
15. Liam Nolan
16. Bobby Balloch
17. Mark Mackay
Star Player
Leith Athletic FC
Tynecastle FC
Craig Ferrier- Who else? An exceptional performance upfront, which was rewarded with a truly deserved hattrick. Ferrier showed off some great finishes as well as a real desire to get on top of loose balls- a true strikers instinct.
Daniel Purves- A very impressive performance from the tricky winger who caused a nightmare for the very well organized defense. Extremely unlucky not to find his name on the scoresheet at the end of the final.
Magic Moment
Leith Athletic FC
Tynecastle FC
Ferrier's third goal is what you would call a real magic moment. To have the audacity, whilst on a hattrick to lob the keeper? Some could say it was "Louis Moult" esque.
Haddow's save to deny Griffin in the early stages of the match was very impressive. Had a tough day but certainly had a few saves to be proud of.
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