Tynecastle 15s came from two goals down to win the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup against Hutchison Vale 4-3 on penalties after a 4-4 draw.
In an eventful game at New Countess Park in Dunbar, the rivals kicked off in what was a high intensity game from start to finish. With both teams fighting to take the lead, a defensive lapse cost Tynecastle as Kyle Hunter was brought down in the area. He dusted himself down to take the penalty and smashed it straight down the middle to put Hutchie 1-0 up.
Tynecastle were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after a good driving run forward by Deschamp McDelling and up stepped captain Murray Rose with a powerful drive that went into the far left corner of the net.
But Hutchie came out with renewed belief in the second half, bagging two goals in quick succession.
The first was a fantastic free-kick converted by Robbie Polson who hit a powerful left-footed shot through the Tynie wall and into the top left corner of the goal. Hutchie grabbed a third goal soon after with Hunter notching his second of the afternoon. On the counterattack left back, Murray Young surged forward and whipped a ball into the path of Hunter, who glanced his header past the outstretched Fraser Briton in the Tynie goal.
Hutchie must have thought that was game over and their complacency cost them as Tynie didn’t give up. In the 65th minute, left back Bruce McCorie surged forward for a set-piece and got on the end of a corner at the back post to half volley his effort into the net.
The Hutchie rearguard was being put to the test but were holding firm as they defended with everything the Tynecastle attack threw at them. They must have thought they had done enough but in the final minute of the game, Tynie brought the scores level in dramatic fashion.
A ball was whipped in by Liam Willis and it found the head of Jay Kilboy who headed in with power to take the game into additional play much to the jubilation of the Tynie contingent.
Tynecastle then went ahead in extra time thanks to Cameron Dawson’s header before Hutchie pulled the game back to 4-4 courtesy of a header of their own from Blair Conway. With the score level after extra time, it came down to penalties to settle the game.
A good save early on from Tynie’s Briton put them in the driving seat in the shootout and they went on to win 4-3 to lift the cup with No.7 and scorer of Tynie’s third, Kilboy, scoring the winning penalty.
It had been a fascinating game for all those involved with drama at a premium.
Tynecastle Under-15s: Fraser Briton, Brok Robertson, Bruce McCrorie, Ben Voy, Christopher Murchison, Murray Rose, Jay Kilboy, Liam Willis, Cameron Dawson, Deschamp McDelling, Murray Hand, Robbie McPherson, Cameron Lidell, Lewis McKay, Liam McCabe, Tod Rowell, Liam Turner, Jack Stewart.
Hutchison Vale Under-15s: Patrick Martin, Owen Richardson, Murray Young, Euan McGuire, Struan Robb, Harry Pullar, Robbie Polson, Calum Watson, Blair Conway, Kyle Hunter, Matthew Downie, Jamie MacKay, Ross Waters, Jack Murray, William Linton.