Dalkeith CYP 15s progressed to the final of the Federation Of Hearts Supporters Cup with a hard-earned 3-0 win away to Hutchison Vale 15s at Meggetland.
After a goal each for Brandon Monteith and Kieran Jack put the visitors in the driving seat before the break, Ryan Borthwick’s half-volley found the net after half-time to seal the win for Dalkeith.
Manager Barry Rogan was visibly pleased with the result for his side on the day.
“I’m absolutely over the moon, it’s a tremendous result for us. To be fair we knew we could do it because we’re undefeated against them this season but yeah, every single player on the park was amazing for us. The boys were brilliant, they showed real heart and desire. We had 11 captains on the park out there.
“We’ll face Leith or Tynecastle in the final. It’ll be difficult but to be fair I’d put our lads up against anybody,” he said.
However, the home team started brightest as strong winds and rain swept across Meggetland. Dale Skinner received the ball just outside the box and looked to ping a shot on goal when Cameron Watson suddenly dived in to block the ball away.
The determination shown from the visitors was a key theme throughout and it led to Dalkeith taking the lead with only eight minutes on the clock. Monteith showed desire to chase and win the ball from Hutchie 25 yards from goal before leathering an effort on target that flew over the head of Bryan Cairns in the home goal and into the net.
Hutchie rallied and did their best to respond, as they looked to create opportunities in the final third of the pitch. The visitors held firm though and they built from the back, doubling their lead with just under half an hour gone.
A loose pass to the Hutchie defence was intercepted by Jack and he broke into the box before rounding Cairns and sliding the ball in at a tight angle.
It could have been even better for the visitors before the break when Jack teed up Borthwick just outside the area but his shot was met with a good save by Cairns who got down low to his left.
The visitors continued to show real grit when they came out after the break. They came close to extending their lead just two minutes into the half when Nicholas Weir sprinted down the left-hand side before setting up Jack who had space just outside the area. The No.11 took a touch before lacing a shot just marginally wide of the Hutchie goal.
The hosts looked more lively after the break but were still unable to cause Jordan Cherrie in the Dalkeith goal problems.
Finding the net was proving elusive for Hutchie and the visitors capitalised with a third goal to put the result beyond any doubt. Borthwick controlled the ball on the right-hand side of the area before firing a half-volley across into the far corner of the goal.
Conner Hamilton could have made it even better for Dalkeith when with ten minutes remaining when he was put through on goal. Substitute goalie Sam Colley came rushing out, however, and used his legs to intercept the No.9.
The visitors now go on to face Tynecastle or Leith Athletic in the final of the competition.
Hutchison Vale 15s: Bryan Cairns, Daniel Nichol, Callum Bielski, Mark Brooks, Liam Dalgetty, Bobby Balloch, Gregor Lamb, Michael Barfoot, Dale Skinner, Craig Ferrier, Lomond Gray, Liam Mcaughey, Ross Eaton, Jack Murray, Sam Colley.
Dalkeith CYP 15s: Jordan Cherrie, Alistair Caithness, David McNeish, Nicholas Weir, Ryan Cottrell, Ewan Hopper, Cameron Watson, Conner Hamilton, Taylor Rogan, Kieran Jack, Jake Beveridge, Ryan Borthwick, Brandon Monteith, Cameron McBeth, Marc Molloy.