Tynecastle 16s are the first winners of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy after a 5-2 triumph over Leith Athletic 97s at Bonnyrigg Rose’s New Dundas Park.
Tynecastle went in as hot favourites against their lower-league opponents and, having won the Scottish Youth Challenge Cup final at Airdrie the previous weekend, they appeared menacing from the start.
Ciaran Small put Tynecastle ahead within ten minutes when he converted Greg Kerr’s pass.However, Tynecastle eventually doubled their advantage when Calum Cowan’s run and shot could only be palmed by Leith No.1 Campbell Johnston, and Ryan Currie was on hand to knock in the rebound.
Great build-up play from Small then led the way for Joe Walker to notch Tynecastle’s third when he fired home a loose ball in the Leith penalty area before Paddy Ryan reduced the deficit to 3-1.
Before the interval, Tynecastle struck for a fourth time which ended the match as a contest as Cowan’s cross from the left deflected off a Leith defender and past the unfortunate Johnston.
Tynecastle captain Craig Russell was sent off for a last-man tackle on Murray Dickson early in the second half and Brandon Brammer stepped up to curl the resulting free-kick in at the right-hand post. However, it wasn’t to be the start of any comeback for Athletic as Tynecastle wrapped up victory with a fifth through Kyle Mitchell.
There was a fine turnout to mark the final of the first staging of a competition introduced in memory of the late Colin Greenhill, whose contributions to the Evening News’ Local Heroes section were invaluable.
Gillian Greenhill said the final was a fitting tribute to her late husband.
“Colin would have enjoyed it, I certainly did,” she said. “It was a terrific game played in a good spirit.”
Ethan fuels Hutchie 15s
Hutchison VALE 15s continued their superb form with a 6-2 victory over Cavalry Park in the John McConnell Memorial Cup final at New Dundas Park.
Ethan Feachen-Hamilton was in scintillating form, the young No.10 producing a magnificent display en route to a hat-trick and another cup winners’ medal.
However, it was Cavalry Park, having made an impressive start, who took the lead, when Aiden Holligan’s looping header found the back of the net from Callum Shields’ cross.
Then Feachen-Hamilton made his mark as he rifled the ball into the top left corner of the net just before the interval. Lewis Swaney crossed for Feachen-Hamilton to put Hutchie in front, but they were soon pegged back when Ross Lamb converted his spot-kick after an infringement in the Hutchie penalty box.
Regan Hendry, another terrific player within Hutchie’s ranks, made it 3-2 with a superb strike before striker Ryan Fox hit their fourth with a well-taken finish.
Feachen-Hamilton then almost burst the net with the shot that earned him his hat-trick and Gabrie Auriemma, a scorer in the previous weekend’s Scottish Cup final, notched the sixth after good build-up play from Arran Singh.
Currie giving it big Licks
Andrew LICKLEY’S superb strike from long range was enough to land Currie Star their second trophy of the season after a battling performance against Dalkeith CYP at Saughton Enclosure.
The hard-fought 1-0 victory means the Currie boys have now added the Charles Porter League Cup to their collection after winning the Tom Welsh Cup at the same venue back in March. That evening two months ago produced a ten goal thriller with North Merchiston that needed extra-time to find a winner.
However, in stark contrast, Lickley’s 20-yard effort midway through the first half was all that was needed this time round to secure victory in what was a thoroughly entertaining encounter.
Dalkeith were a very attack- minded outfit who were perhaps unlucky not to score for all the effort they applied.
However, it was Currie who were celebrating come referee George Mathieson’s full-time whistle.