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Hutchison Vale claim John Crawford cup after dramatic win against Tynecastle

Hutchison Vale 2

Jelly 34, Taylor 70

Tynecastle FC 1

Nicolson 53
  • Thursday, 07 June 2018
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 14´s
  • John Crawford Cup

A late goal from Taylor Steven was enough for Hutchison Vale to secure the John Crawford cup against Tynecastle, in a hotly contested affair.

Hutchison were the first to threaten in the final when talented winger Bruno Davidson showed some terrific skill down the left-wing and managed to find Lewis Foster whose low driven shot struck the post and went out of play in the first minute of the match. Hutchison continued their pressure, this time in the form of a long-ranged Jacob Comerford strike in the second minute of the match which sailed over the bar.

Tynecastle had their first real chance of the game when Corin Brown managed to get on the end of a Samuel Nicolson cross, but saw his header go just over the bar in the 10th minute. Tynecastle had another great chance to go ahead in the 13th minute when Brown was played in again but was denied by a superb stop from close-range by Hutchison keeper Ruairidh Adams.

Tynecastle threatened again in this end-to-end affair when Brown once again created another chance but saw his half-volley fly over the bar in the 18th minute. Hutchison were the next to go forward when defender Rhyad Jelly had his header denied by a fantastic save from Tynecastle keeper Josh Philip in the 26th minute.

Steven had a great chance to put Hutchison ahead in the 32nd minute when his powerful effort was once again denied by the strong hands of Philip who parried the effort out for a corner. The deadlock was finally broken from the resulting corner when after a series of unsuccessful clearances from the Tynecastle defence, Jelly found the ball fall to his fight and proceeded to rifle the ball into the top-right corner putting his team in a winning position going into the second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 1-0
  • Tynecastle FC

The trend of both team’s quality, cancelling each other out was very clear once again in the second half of this extremely tight final. However, a Tynecastle equaliser was quickly seen when powerful target man Nicolson got on the end of a perfectly placed lofted through ball and comfortably dispatched the effort into the bottom-left corner in the 43rd minute.

The next chance was not seen until the 63rd minute when Brown fired a long-ranged effort over the bar and continuing the extremely close final. Davidson was at it again after causing absolute chaos for the well organised Tynecastle defence the whole match, this time he managed to dribble past at least four defenders, but unfortunately had his final effort deflected out for a corner in the 65th minute.

With a minute to go, Nicolson managed to shrug off the final Hutchison defender and found himself in a one-on-one situation with keeper Adams, but sadly for him he was unable to keep his shot down and saw it fly over the bar.

Scenes were seen at Ainslie Park when in the finals seconds of the match, Davidson again showed his magic down the left-wing beating numerous defenders and ended up squaring the ball to striker Steven, who had an almost empty net to score in and did exactly that, winning the cup for his team.

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 2-1
  • Tynecastle FC


Hutchison Vale
Tynecastle FC
99. Ruairidh Adams
2. Lewis Foster
3. Keir Brown
4. Aaron Waller
5. Rhyad Jelly
6. Lucas McGarry
7. Bruno Davidson
8. Jacob Comerford
9. Taylor Steven
10. Matthew Dalglish
11. Sam Kilnoy
15. Kyle Craig
17. Danny Chisholm
20. Jake Houten
1. Josh Philip
2. Archie Finnie
3. Cameron McIntosh
4. Kyle Fraser
5. Murray Connolly
7. Corin Brown
8. Shaun Risi
10. Samuel Nicolson
11. Louis Le Suer
12. Robbie McCutcheon
14. Aidan Eddington
15. Alfie Robinson
16. Sam Melrose
17. Charlie Nairn
19. Callum Todd
25. Robbie McDermod
Star Player
Hutchison Vale
Tynecastle FC
Bruno Davidson- One of the most dominating wing performances I have seen in a long time. Showed terrific skill and composure throughout the whole match, beating players like they weren't even there and was also fully responsible for the trophy winning goal at the end.
Samuel Nicolson- A very impressive performance for the tall target man. Bullied defenders throughout the match and was unlucky to get just the one good goal under his belt.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale
Tynecastle FC
What else? It would be hard to find a more magic moment than a last second trophy winning goal. Magic scenes at the end for the Hutchsion boys.
The equaliser was a very well worked goal and was very smartly finished at the end. Richly deserved at that point of the match.
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