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Hutchinson Vale advance courtesy of two late goals against Dryburgh Athletic

Dryburgh Athletic 1

Hay 66

Hutchison Vale 3

Conway 11, Stewart 70, 80 (pen)
  • Sunday, 07 December 2014
  • Menzieshill High School
  • Under 16´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Hutchison Vale progressed in the Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup after overcoming Dryburgh Athletic 3-1 in their 4th round tie. Blair Conway scored early for the visitors before Mitchell Hay equalized in the second half. A late Cameron Stewart double sealed the victory for Hutchison in what was a tough encounter for both sides.

The match started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to make an early impact. The first chance arose in the fifth minute when Dryburgh’s Ryan Smith fired a shot wide of the target from inside the penalty area.

Six minutes later and the frantic pace produced an early goal for Hutchison Vale. Following Dryburgh conceding a free kick on the half way line Hutchison’s right back, Harry Pullar, stepped up to launch the ball into the 18-yard box. The Dryburgh defence attempted to deal with the long ball but only succeeded in diverting it towards the feet of Hutchison’s Conway. The number nine duly dispatched the ball into the top right corner from close range.

Following the goal both sides developed the same problem. Getting the ball to the final third of the pitch was fine but beyond that they encountered issues. Both teams couldn’t quite find the right passes to open up the defences who, in fairness, were having solid games.

As a result only one clear opportunity arose for the remainder of the first half. A Dryburgh free kick was sent into the penalty area and, after a couple of ricochets, it arrived at the feet of Reece Coats. The resulting shot was low and powerful but it was blocked and diverted out by the Hutchison Vale defenders.

  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-1
  • Hutchison Vale

The initial stages of the second half was a continuation of what had gone before. Both teams continued to have problems slicing open the opposition defensive units. However, once the clock ticked past 55 minutes, the chances started to come thick and fast. Euan McGuire was the first when his effort from 20 yards was well saved by Dryburgh ‘keeper Mark Smith.

Two minutes later it was Lewis Wright’s turn to have an effort. Hutchison Vale’s number 18 was put through on goal thanks to a terrific pass that opened up the Dryburgh defence. With only the keeper left to beat Wright slotted the ball just past the post and into the side netting.

In the 65th minute Ross Waters fired in a terrific ball from the left wing aimed towards Kyle Hunter. However, there was just too much pace on the cross and it evaded both Hunter and the goalkeeper, Smith. The covering Dryburgh defence managed to clear the ball before any Hutchison players could capitalize.

Just a minute later Dryburgh came agonizingly close to equalizing. Kieran Conway’s low shot at goal from inside the penalty area went past the keeper and seemed destined for the goal. However, in came a sliding Cameron Stewart to clear the ball away expertly and out for a corner.

Despite Stewart’s superb efforts in preventing his team from going behind Dryburgh did get their equaliser from the resulting corner kick. The ball was fired towards the back post where an unmarked Mitchell Hay was there to head home from a few yards out.  The game was up for grabs with just 14 minutes left to play.

In the 68th minute Hutchison thought they had managed to get back in the lead after firing the ball in the back of the net following some penalty area pinball. The referee ruled the goal out, however, as a handball had been spotted in the buildup.  

Two minutes later and Hutchison Vale did go 2-1 up in spectacular fashion. Dryburgh conceded a free kick about 22 yards from goal and Stewart stepped up to fire the kick over the wall and directly into the bottom left hand corner of the net, much to the delight of the players, coaches and parents.  

Dryburgh did their utmost to equalize once again for the ten minutes that remained but a second goal for them proved elusive.

In the final minute they were caught on the break and Hutchison’s Jamie Mackay was brought down by Mark Smith in the penalty area. The referee awarded a penalty and dismissed the Dryburgh goalkeeper for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Mitchell Hay donned the gloves for the penalty kick but Stewart duly dispatched into the bottom left of the net to grab his second of the match and to seal the win for his team.

The final whistle went shortly afterwards to bring an end to an entertaining second half. Hutchison’s play was enough to see them through as deserved winners but Dryburgh should not be disheartened at all with their efforts in this cup-tie.

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  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 1-3
  • Hutchison Vale

Lineups

Dryburgh Athletic
Hutchison Vale
1. Mark Smith
3. Ryan Taylor
4. Kieran Conway
5. Calum Clark
6. Reece Coats
7. Mitchell Hay
8. Ryan Smith
9. Scott Cole
12. Sean Mohan
13. Grant Patterson
15. Morgan Evans
16. Craig Kemlo
17. Rhyss Baer
1. Patrick Martin
2. Harry Pullar
3. Callum Mackie
4. Euan McGuire
5. Cameron Stewart
6. Rayaan Singh
7. Robbie Polson
8. Callum Fitzpatrick
9. Blair Conway
10. Kyle Hunter
11. Ross Waters
12. Jamie Watson
14. Murray Young
15. Owen Richardson
16. Fareid Yassein
17. Mohamed Dukuray
18. Lewis Wright
19. Cameron Paton
20. Jamie Mackay
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Hutchison Vale
Mitchell Hay – The centre half had a great game defensively and also grabbed the equaliser for his team. Probably didn’t expect to finish the game in goal though.
Cameron Stewart – 2 goals and a goal line clearance. Not a bad days work for the number 5. When your captain says ‘you’re my hero’ you must be doing something right.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Hutchison Vale
Hay’s equalising goal was a fine header. Leapt like a salmon to get his team level.
Has to be Stewart’s free kick. An absolutely majestic strike.
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