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Musselburgh Windsor lift the Foundation of Hearts Cup against a valiant Lochend FA club. 

On a grey and wet Thursday night at Tynecastle in Scotland’s capital, Musselburgh Windsor and Lochend FA battled it out to see who would lift the trophy. 

Both teams have put in strong performances on their run to the final in the previous three rounds. Musselburgh Windsor were probable “underdogs” going into this, under the cosh in their first and second-round ties as they both went to penalties, overcoming Spartans FC and Blackburn United. A semi-final draw against Livingston CFC Rovers was a nail-biter but the time won 2-1 on the day. 

For Lochend FA, they beat Hutchison Vale 1-0 in the first round. The second round saw them beat Edinburgh City Reds 3-1 before triumphing against Edinburgh United 2-1 to book their final spot at Tynecastle. 

Mussy eventually got us kicked off just past 7 pm and saw most of the ball in the opening stages of the game, creating more chances too. This all came together as, in the eighth minute, Magnus Tait went on a great solo run into the box with pressure from a Lochend defender. He got a shot away which was parried by the keeper but landed at the feet of Liam Gillon who tucked it away. 

Lochend then had a great chance to equalise moments after, Robert Gleeson played a nice cross to Aaron Moncreiff but the latter failed to connect. 

The first half was back and forth with both teams getting into the final third but there was little in terms of out-and-out chances. 

First-half standouts were Windsor’s Harvey Neil and Lochend’s Robert Gleeson. Neil made some great tackles in the opening 45 and showed great power going forward. Gleeson was great in the middle for Lochend, helping create chances and get his team into the final third. 

Much like the first half and Windsor scoring early on, just ten minutes into the second half saw the second and final goal of the game. Windsor’s Liam Scobie lost the ball in Lochend’s half before winning it back, running in and passing it to Magnus Tait, Tait dribbled it tightly around his defender, a shot which bounced off the keeper fell to Alan Biezynsky who tucked it away. 

The second half wasn’t full of chances, there weren’t many moments for either side to get the game another goal until the last five minutes where Lochend really locked in and managed to get a few corners but, ultimately, nothing came from them and the final whistle blew. 

Congratulations to Musselburgh Windsor for winning the Foundation of Hearts Supporters Club Cup. The Lochend players can’t be too disheartened as they are fresh off a win in the final of the Scottish Cup and now they look onto the SE Region Cup coming up. 

Lochend FA Player of The Game: Robert Gleeson

Robert Gleeson had a strong game in the middle for Lochend, getting his team in the final third multiple times to try and get something out of this game. 

Musselburgh Windsor Player of The Game: Harvey Neil

Harvey Neil put in an incredible shift down the left-hand side both offensively and defensively, but it was his defensive effort which won the game for his team. 

Lochend FA Magic Moment

Lochend had multiple chances in this game that could’ve shifted the momentum of this game and taken the pressure off them, Aaron Moncreiff’s effort shortly after the opener was a golden opportunity.

Musselburgh Windsor Magic Moment

The opening goal was the magic moment for the team from East Lothian, getting the goal early immediately puts all pressure on Lochend to get one back. 

Lochend FA U15s

2. Ruairi Hay

3. Max Pollachi

4. Stephen Thomson

5. Declan Macdonald

6. Jamie Storey

8. JD Sinclair

9. Aaron Moncrieff

11. McKenzie Falls

12. Ross Mathieson

18. Nathan Brew Atkinson

19. Robert Gleeson

20. Jude Stanley

21. Ioannis Teslios

27. Evan Whitley

Musselburgh Windsor U15s

1. Mikolay Pekala

2. Harvey Neil

3. Magnus Tait

4. Cole Voy

5. Liam Scobie

6. Aidan Hutchison

7. Alan Biezynsky

8. Blair Davidson

10. Connal Young

11. Liam Gillon

12. Sam Birse

14. Reece Gaylor

15. Kenzie McLaughlin

16. Ryan Johnston

17. Joseph McDonaugh

18. Oran Brown

19. Reuben Heneveld

20. Lleyton Tulloch


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