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Hutchie Vale edge out Musselburgh Windsor to lift Kenny McLean cup

Hutchison Vale 2

Houten 5, Comerford 32

Musselburgh Windsor 1

Thomson 42
  • Tuesday, 12 June 2018
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Kenny McLean Cup

Two first half goals were enough for Hutchison Vale to survive a second half onslaught from Musselburgh Windsor and hold on to lift the Kenny McLean Cup.

A goal at the start of the half from Jake Houten and a stunner a few minutes before half time from Jacob Comerford put Vale in the driving seat, but the second period was a different story and saw Windsor give them a real run for their money.

Bruno Davidson won the ball in his own half and strode forwards, before feeding the ball into the path of Houten. The striker kept his cool from close range to stab past Lennon Flood and give Vale an early lead.

Taylor Steven went close with a couple of efforts for Vale, Lewis Foster headed wide from a set piece before Davidson dragged wide across the face.

The second was a thing of beauty on 32 minutes. Malik Zaid’s initial strike was blocked but the ball sat up nicely for Comerford, who couldn’t have struck the ball any sweeter as it flew off his left foot and nestled perfectly into the corner ot double the score.

There was a half chance for Windsor as Ross Montgomery found Murray Gilfillan but the attcker lashed wide on the half volley, just before the half time whistle sounded.

  • Half Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 2-0
  • Musselburgh Windsor

They didn’t have much to shout about, but the second half was very different to the first, and Windsor held onto the ball much better. Finn Thomson went close early on before their best move of the game eventually fell to Daniel Combe, who fired narrowly off target.

Just seven minutes into the second period and Windsor made their pressure count. Fergus Williams’ freekick found the head of Thomson, who magnificently guided it over the helpless Ruairidh Adams with a brillaint header, to half the deficit. Once again, we had a game on our hands.

Hutchie found their feet as the half developed, Zaid nodded a towering header wide before he slipped in Steven, who had a strike saved relatively comfortably.

Towards the end of the half, Flood, Windsor’s keeper, almost found himself with an assist. The keepers kick sailed over the back four and found Gilfillan running beyond, however the defence recovered before the striker could create a real chance to shoot.

Hutchie’s Sam Kilboy very nearly killed the game with a few minutes to go and he would have if it wasn't for Flood's instinctive double save to deny the substitute from close range.

We were at the point where Windsor had to throw everything at it, and in the dying seconds, a glorious chance fell the way of Gilfillan. Neither the forward, nor keeper had much time to react but from just a few yards, Adams managed to scramble the ball away.

It was the classic game of two halves, but that crucial save moments before the whistle ensured it was Hutchison Vale who would lift the Kenny McLean Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Hutchison Vale
  • 2-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Lineups

Hutchison Vale
Musselburgh Windsor
1. 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 Kilboy
12. Liam Gracie
14. Malik Zaid
15. Kyle Craig
16. Ciaran Heeps
17. Danny Chisholm
20. Jake Houten
21. Sam Hood
1. Lennon Flood
2. Jack Brodie
3. Fergus Williams
4. Jacob Shyngle
5. Jack Branley
6. Liam Henderson
7. Daniel Combe
8. Ross Montgomery
9. Finn Thomson
10. Murray Gilfillan
11. Tyler Pryde
12. Aidan Gillan
14. Millar McLeod
15. Billy Fordyce
16. Mackenzie Scott
17. Lewis Robertson
Star Player
Hutchison Vale
Musselburgh Windsor
The whole team performed well; and although no one was head and shoulders above the rest of the side - Malik Zaid put in a very good shift in the middle of the park - just to name one of a few very good performances.
Murray Gilfillan was the main man for Musselburgh Windsor on the night. He didn't make it onto the score sheet himself but he did cause problems all evening, especially in the second half, and was unfortunate to come out empty handed.
Magic Moment
Hutchison Vale
Musselburgh Windsor
Jacob Comerford’s goal was a piece of individual brilliance. The ball sat up perfectly for the midfielder, who thundered the ball home ever-so-sweetly from long range on the half volley – for what turned out to be the winning goal.
Finn Thomson’s goal was the standout moment for Musselburgh Windsor. The striker had no right to score from a fair way out; yet he looped the header over the keeper to score a quite brilliant goal.
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