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Rangers SABC get revenge over Edina Hibs CFC in repeat of 2001's Scottish Cup final

Edina Hibs CFC 2

Edmonston 27' Burgess 48'

Rangers SABC 2

Reilly 40' Barnwell 66'
  • Sunday, 16 November 2014
  • Bingham Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
In a repeat of last year’s 2001’s Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup, reigning champions Edina Hibs faced Rangers SABC in Round 4 of this year’s competition. Despite going behind in the match on two occasions, Rangers showed their determination to battle back and to eventually seal some revenge with penalty shoot-out success. 
 
Based on their first-half performance though it seemed as if Edina were going to cruise into the next round, creating chance after chance. With 10 minutes played Seamus Russell curled an effort towards goal, but his effort ended up just wide of the goalkeeper’s right post.
 
There was then two quick-fire opportunities for Aidan Mackenzie with a quarter of an hour gone. A slack back pass was capitalised by the striker and he went one-on-one with Robbie Walker. Mackenzie took the shot early, and in the end it was a comfortable save for Walker. Shortly after he was through again, this time taking the ball closer to goal but at a wider angle. His thunderous shot was fired over though and no test for Walker.
 
Eventually the pressure told and Edina took the lead with 27 minutes played. Mackenzie was involved again, this time turning provider as he advanced into the box on the left hand side and cut it back for Liam Edmonston. It was an unconventional finish from the tall striker with the ball almost bouncing off him and into the net, but it was a goal and one that Edina had deserved.
 
Conceding seemed to settle Rangers somewhat and in the final ten minutes of the half they looked more calm assured. However, Edina continued to press, but simply couldn’t find a second goal before half-time and for the chances the created, they were only a goal to the good.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 1-0
  • Rangers SABC
Early on in the second-half it looked like it would be more of the same, but Rangers had other ideas and slightly against the run of play, levelled the score with 40 minutes gone. After their initial move from a free-kick broke down, the boys in blue showed good composure in and around the box before a chipped ball was delightfully played over the defence for Aiden Reilly. There were calls for offside which were waved away by the referee and the number 18 blasted a half-volley past Thomas McLean in goal to get his team back on level terms.
 
It looked as if the tide might change in the visitors favour, but Edina kept their heads up and eight minutes later they regained the lead. Mackenzie again the provider as he cut it back from the right, this time for the incoming run of Dean Burgess who slotted home. You could see from the celebrations how much that goal meant to the Edinburgh side.
 
The game was more stretched in the final twenty minutes as both teams went back and forwards on the break. Edina were the team who came closest to capitalising on the counter as Edmonston turned provider for Mackenzie on this occasion. However, it wasn’t the striker’s day and inside the box he fired over the crossbar from yards out. 
 
The miss was to prove costly as well and with minutes to go Rangers found another equaliser. Right-back Josh Barnwell charged down the Edina player and won the ball on the left-hand side. Despite being out of position, Barnwell showed no hesitation as he charged towards goal before firing a shot towards the front post. It looked as though McLean may have had it, but the slippery conditions didn’t help the goalkeeper and Barnwell’s effort ended up in the net.
 
The game wasn’t finished there though and more drama followed. Edina Hibs had one last opportunity from a corner and after a good ball in, it looked to be a certain goal. A stramash inside the box ensued, but Rangers somehow managed to keep it out and to also keep the scores level after 70 minutes.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 2-2
  • Rangers SABC
By this point there were a few tired legs at Bingham Park, and opportunities were few and far between. Mackenzie though had one final chance to find his goal scoring touch, but again from inside the box he fired over.

With a minute to go in extra-time Edina struck the crossbar, but no one was on hand to finish off the loose ball and penalties were going to be required to separate these sides.

Edina went first, but had their opening effort saved by Walker. Rangers capitalised and made it one-nil. The next two penalties were scored, but it was more despair for Edina as they missed their third penalty while Rangers finished off.

At 3-1, it looked almost certain to be a Rangers victory, but Edina were kept in the shoot-out thanks to goalkeeper McLean. The next two Rangers penalties were denied by the stopper, and despite the pressure on the Edina player’s, they finished off to level the scoring on 3-3 after five penalties each.

It was sudden death now and Edina went up first, but Walker was in no mood to concede and denied the Edinburgh side. The pressure now fell on the shoulders of Andrew Paulley, but the number four showed no signs of nerves as he planted the ball in off the left post and into the net.

The goal sparked wild celebrations amongst the Rangers players who sealed their place in the last 16 on rival turf, and while losing last year’s final won’t be forgotten, it will give them some comfort to know they still have the opportunity to win the title this season and securing some revenge.

Lineups

Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
1. Thomas McLean
2. Jonathan Sedstem
3. Nicholas Aitchison
4. Lewis Sives
5. Jordan Keenan
6. Dean Burgess
7. Alassan Jones
8. Aidan Mackenzie
9. Liam Edmonston
10. James Neil
11. James Malcolm
12. Seamus Russell
14. Ross Jamieson
15. Dean Coyle
16. Kerr Milne
18. Ethan Williams
1. Robbie Walker
2. Joshua Gordon
3. Josh Barnwell
4. Andrew Paulley
5. Lee Gemmell
6. Josh Balsillie
7. Dylan Brown
8. John Wilson
9. John Gilmour
10. Louis Gordon
11. Craig Scott
12. Alex Smith
14. Brogan Watson
15. Euan Andrews
16. Mainza Mutenge
18. Aiden Reilly
Star Player
Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
Liam Edmonston - Looked a threat when he came on early in the first half. Got the first goal and should have had an assist to his name as well.
Robbie Walker - Made vital penalty saves during the shoot-out, but he also denied Mackenzie on a number of occasions in the first-half. A good day all round for the stopper.
Magic Moment
Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
The second goal and celebrations are what youth football is all about. Not an outstanding goal as such, but meant so much to the team.
Andrew Paulley's goal is up there, but their second goal was fantastic. Great battling from Barnwell and despite being out of position, he showed no fear in going for goal.
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