Hermiston win battle of Vales to reach Logan final

Hermiston Vale, above, got off to a great start against Heriot Vale and never looked back
Hermiston Vale, above, got off to a great start against Heriot Vale and never looked back
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HERMISTON VALE stormed into the final of the Logan Cup with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Heriot Vale at Saughton Enclosure.

As wind and rain swept across the freshly cut pitch Hermiston got off to a perfect start with their first shot on target. Grant Smith created some space down the left, getting half a yard on the defender before whipping a cross into Andrew Morris who leapt to nod past Mark Sinclair in the Heriot goal.

Sinclair’s side didn’t shy away from fashioning a response but any through balls played in behind to Michael South were sniffed out by Martin Power in the Hermi goal. The side in black and yellow built from the back and looked to add another to their tally before the interval. Jaimie Butler got on the end of a loose ball in the box and looked to get a shot away but Garry Bayne got a crucial block in to deny the forward.

Ali Wilson’s side, knowing the importance of an equaliser before the break, cranked up the pressure. With ten minutes of the first 45 remaining a free-kick from the right found the head of Murray Carnie in the area with the ball crashing off the crossbar.

After Hermiston’s Butler got in behind, only to be denied by Sinclair, Heriot again came close to snatching a goal before half-time. A corner in from the left was half cleared to Ludo Erhad who rifled an effort which clipped the outside of the upright.

Hermiston came out invigorated after the break. Five minutes into the second 45 Butler broke forward and pinged a shot from the edge of the area that Sinclair had to anxiously watch just over the bar.

Butler got his reward for perseverance when five minutes later he doubled Hermi’s lead. Ross Elliot played a pinpoint through pass to the No.9 and, one-on-one, he kept calm to dink the ball over Sinclair.

As Heriot’s resilience started to fade, the Sighthill side upped the tempo and managed a third just minutes later. Jamie Laing brought the ball into the area and he was bundled over for a penalty. Morris took responsibility and he rifled in his second of the afternoon to make it 3-0.

Hermiston grabbed a fourth when substitute Michael Elder chased onto a long ball forward. After testing the goalkeeper, he made sure to stick the rebound in at the second time of asking.

Heriot had accepted defeat but weren’t going to go down without a bit of fight.

They had a consolation in their sights and they came close to grabbing one with ten minutes to go. Despite a spell of possession at the death, they couldn’t quite break down their opponents defence as Hermiston held on for a clean sheet as they progressed to the final of the competition.

Vale now go on to face Craigshill Thistle in the final after they beat Shotts Victoria 2-0 in the corresponding semi-final at Paties Road.

Hermiston Vale: Craig Dobson, Michael Elder, Bobby Nwanze, Darren Wood, Dale Horribine, Jamie Laing, Jaimie Butler, Andrew Morris, Conan McDiarmid, Derek Paterson, Alan Rutherford, Ross Elliot, Grant Smith, Paul Suddaby, Martin Power.

Heriot Vale: Darren Aird, Rees Allan, Garry Bayne, Murray Carnie, Paul Dunlop, Stephen Gilchrist, Stuart Johnston, William Mitchell, Stewart O’Neill, Adam Robertson, Christopher Scott, Mark Sinclair, Michael South, Kevin Walker, Ludo Erhad, Dawid Iyco.