A second-half double from David Henderson rescued all three points for Balerno High’s senior boys who came from behind to win 3-2 away to Tynecastle in a league fixture.
Henderson, who plays for Tynecastle Boys Club Under-17s, was the hero for the visitors. They had gone into half-time a goal behind and in truth, Balerno were lucky to find themselves just one-nil down at the interval after Tynecastle had dominated the opening 40 minutes.
A young Tynecastle outfit were eager to demonstrate their ability early on and after just three minutes, they were close to taking the lead. Balerno goalkeeper Ryan Ritchie had to be alert to push away Kyle Fairgrieve’s shot from the edge of the box, which was heading for the bottom corner.
Balerno began to settle into their rhythm, however, and looked threatening going forward. Chris Brazil did well to skip past a Tynecastle defender and force in a dangerous cross from the left flank, but unfortunately for Balerno, no-one was able to get on the end of it.
Tynecastle were inches away from taking the lead on 12 minutes though. Joe Hemmingway’s arrowed volley from the edge of the box flew just over after Benn Thomson had teed his team-mate up with a headed knock-down.
It was Thomson who was to give Tynecastle the lead shortly after though, and in some style. A deep corner met the head of Fairgrieve at the back post who nodded into the centre of the box and with one clean swipe of his left foot Thomson sent an unstoppable strike past Ritchie.
Tynecastle had their goalkeeper Cameron Western to thank for preserving their lead soon after though, when the big stopper got down well to palm away Jay Brown’s shot from the edge of the box.
It should have been two for the home side just five minutes before half-time. Thomson was mightily close to finding the top corner after doing well to find space on the left side of the box before curling his strike just wide of the right hand post. Having survived that scare, Balerno appeared revitalised early in the second period and they should have been level within minutes of the restart. Dean Mackenzie swept a free-kick into the box from the left flank straight into Robbie Simpson’s path, but the attacker couldn’t connect with the cross. Centre-back Ross Bell showed Simpson how it was done ten minutes into the second-half though, after the defender leapt in the box to head past Western to make it 1-1.
Buoyed by their equaliser, Balerno appeared more confident and with greater urgency going forward they looked more likely to get the next goal. It wasn’t until ten minutes remaining that they got that goal, however. Henderson popped up out of nowhere to run onto a through ball and after easing into the box he lifted the ball over the head of Western and into the net.
The away side then went close with what would have a been a freak goal. Brown’s shot out of nowhere from 30 yards looked comfortable for Western, but the ball took a wicked bounce, sending it over the head of Tynecastle’s number one, however it came off the post and he was able to gather. Henderson then completed his double after a lovely solo run and finish into the bottom corner, putting Balerno two goals ahead. However, they were made to sweat for victory, when with just two minutes left, substitute Andrew Moncrieff pounced in the box to fire into the net for Tynie.
Tynecastle HS: Cameron Western, Craig McKay, Aaron Martin, Calum Davidson, Aidan Downs, Steven Nicholson, Craig Aitken, Joe Hemmingway, Alan Downie, Kyle Fairgrieve, Benn Thomson, Steven Dick, Anas Tahir, Andrew Moncrieff.
Balerno HS: Ryan Ritchie, Lewis Burns, Adam Forrest, Ross Bell, Dean MacKenzie, David Henderson, Reece Weir, Tom Steiner, Chris Brazil, Jay Brown, Robbie Simpson, Kieran Gray, Cameron Curle, Rikkie Henderson.