MacDonald is North Merchiston’s hero in extra time

North Merchiston Under 19s

North Merchiston Under 19s

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On a sunny day in East Lothian, both teams strived for the cup and served up a five-goal affair.

It was Hutchie who opened the scoring in the final after eight minutes with a wonder goal.

A corner kick was delivered from the left and the ball arrived at the feet of Dylan Moore, who struck it first time from around 35 yards, the ball fizzing into the top corner beyond Darren Mitchell’s reach.

North Merchiston came into the game after the concession of the goal. Joe Turner-Law first went close with a free-kick on the edge of the area after 21 minutes, before Anton Dowds struck a well-placed shot into the bottom corner for 1-1.

The start of the second half was much like the beginning of the first, both teams struggling to create clear-cut opportunities in the final third.

North Merchiston were the more dangerous side, however, and the woodwork denied them the chance to take the lead after 56 minutes.

James Redpath’s free-kick was lofted into the box for Turner-Law to head, but his looping effort came off the post and was cleared to safety.

Hutchie found themselves frustrated as constant long and high balls were being played forward, bypassing the midfield and discouraging their usual passing play.

North Merchiston were comfortable with the way it was going, and they went a step further by taking the lead on 63 minutes. Striker Callum Baptie was fouled in the box by Hutchie goalkeeper Thomas Cordery, the referee pointing to the spot immediately. Law stepped up and did not disappoint, firing his penalty straight down the middle and high into the net for 2-1 to his side.

Hutchie just about got back on level terms through Ryan Malcolm’s low half-volley just inside the box, the shot stinging Mitchell’s palms. A goal for Hutchie didn’t seem likely, but it arrived with just under ten minutes of the match remaining.

The dangerous Jason Coyle burst through the opposition defence down the left and into the box, managing to get his shot across the face of goal beyond the keeper. However, North Merchiston’s Redpath was there to clear off the line, or so everyone thought. His clearance was mis-hit and flew straight into his own net for 2-2.

Both sides look tired in extra-time given the amount of fixtures played in recent months and the first half of extra time yielded no significant action.The second half followed much the same pattern – until the 113th minute when North Merchiston grabbed the winner.

The ball was being played about on the edge of the box, MacDonald eventually receiving it. He drove into the box with determination before stroking the ball across the goalkeeper.

North Merchiston: Darren Mitchell, Fraser Thomson, Gavin Birrell, Cameron Stokes, Nick Mortimer, Calum Windrum, Anton Dowds, Calum Young, Joe Turner-Law, Callum Baptie, Nathan Evans, Sam Tulloch, Fraser Eddington, Ryan Forsyth, Jake MacDonald, Greig Brown, Ryan Clarke, James Redpath, Andrew McBride, Hamish Law.

Hutchison Vale: Thomas Cordery, Zach Szemis, Kevin-Lee Keane, Matthew Joint, Lewis Todd, Connor McGregor, Jordan Burrows, Dylan Moore, Jordan Combe, Jason Coyle, Liam Henderson, Brendan Edwards, Ross Anderson, Matthew McGuire, Declan Moffat, Ryan Malcolm, Matthew Sampson, Scott Siegel.