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Hutchison Vale and Syngenta Juveniles battle out thrilling semi-final

Hutchison Vale won 2-1 in a come-from-behind victory against Syngenta Juveniles in the Scottish Youth Cup Semi-Final at U13 level. Hutchie will face Rossvale in the cup final. 

Oscar Green put Syngenta in front before half-time before a Ruaridh Cameron double won the game for Hutchie as the match drew to a close. 

With the match being played at a big ground in Falkirk Stadium, both sides looked to put an early stamp on the game. It was Syngenta who would carve out the first clear-cut opportunity, an excellent move seeing them through on goal, and Oliver Grey in the Hutchison goal came up trumps to save one-on-one and keep the game at 0-0. 

It didn’t take long until Hutchison Vale were carving out chances of their own. Kamran Ali picked up the ball on the right-hand side and went on a mazy run that had the crowd on their tiptoes before his finish went just wide of the mark. Syngenta goalkeeper Lewis Isdale was called into action not long after, diving at full stretch to tip a close-range effort onto the post. 

Isdale had more work to do before long, and he did it incredibly well. Ruaridh Cameron engineered himself a yard of space with a smooth chop inside and unleashed an arrowing shot towards goal from range, but the Syngenta stopper was equal to it, tipping it wide for a corner. 

Having managed to soak up all this pressure, Syngenta went up the other end and worked themselves into the lead. Grey was sharp off his line once more to deny their first shot after they got in behind, but the rebound fell to Oscar Green 25 yards out and he finished expertly, sparking wild celebrations, and doing an enthusiastic knee slide despite the astro pitch. 

To Hutchison’s credit, they refused to lie down and had their reward midway through the second half. Putting together a mesmerising one-touch passing move that professionals would be proud of, they found Cameron on the end of it, who finished with confidence, drawing them level. 

The two sides were completely even at this point in the game and nobody could be blamed for thinking it was going to be a penalty shootout. However, Hutchison would have the final say. Regan Howieson picked up the ball just in front of the centre circle, before floating an inch-perfect ball over the top, straight onto the head of Cameron who lobbed a header into the back of the net. It was a stroke of genius from Howieson, and exactly the type of play needed to reach what is sure to be a huge cup final. 

Hutchison drew a penalty in the final minutes of the match and Cameron stepped up to wrap up both the game and his hat-trick, but the man of the match was astonishingly unlucky. His spot-kick bounced off the inside of both posts and flew back out despite threatening to just barely cross the line. It was a jaw-dropping moment, but not long after, the final whistle blew, drawing this semi-final thriller to a close. 

Syngenta played their part in keeping an enthralling match close to the very end, but it is Hutchison who will face Rossvale in what is sure to be a thrilling Scottish Youth Cup final. 

Syngenta Juveniles Player of the Match: Lewis Isdale

The Syngenta keeper produced a performance to remember, especially in the first half, making saves left right and centre to keep his side level before they went on to score the opening goal. 

Hutchison Vale Player of the Match: Ruaridh Cameron

His two goals were brilliantly taken striker’s finishes that showed a clear natural goalscoring instinct. On top of that, his link-up play with his teammates helped get their team yards up the pitch. 

Syngenta Juveniles Magic Moment:

Left-back Finlay Biggar displayed a fantastic piece of skill and close control to keep the ball under heavy pressure in the middle of the park, before calmly playing a pass forward. 

Hutchison Vale Magic Moment:

Their equalising goal was an incredible team effort, with no player involved in the build-up taking more than one touch before Cameron applied the finishing touches. A real moment of quality from Hutchison. 

Syngenta Juveniles U13s

1. Lewis Isdale 

2. Rory Bell

3. Finlay Biggar

4. Keir Sneddon

5. Ben McCornisky 

8. Nicholas Muir

9. James Gilmour 

10. Oliver Brighton  

11. Calum Paterson

12. Harris McCallum

14. Zachary Rennie 

16. Lewis Wood  

17. Oscar Green

18. Kyle Stewart  

19. Lucas Hart  

Hutchison Vale U13s

1 Oliver Grey

2 Adam McGinley 

3 Harry Saddler 

4 Liam Mathie

5 Luca Corneanu

6 Robbie Duncan

7 Kamran Ali

8 Charlie Stark

9 Ruaridh Cameron

10 Regan Howieson

11 Robbie Brown 

12 Conal Ritchie

14 Noah Radcliffe

16 Max McKendrick

17 Jacob Walker

18 Casey Welsh

19 Cohen Mayne 


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