Owen Winnik scored a late winning goal as Tynecastle 15s defeated his former club Dalkeith CYP 15s 2-1 in the South East Region Cup final at Hallhill.
After Tynie took the lead through Matthew Brown’s 65th minute long-range effort, Dalkeith equalised when Kieran Jack scored directly from a corner, setting up a close finish in Dunbar. With five minutes to spare, Winnik delivered the goods when it mattered most, bundling in Todd Teviotdale’s free-kick at the near post.
The first shot on target came ten minutes in from Dalkeith when Nicki Weir tried his luck from 25 yards, only for his strike go over the top of Lewis Gill’s crossbar.
As time progressed it was clear neither team wanted to take too much of a risk going forward which made for a cagey affair until the 20th minute when Tynecastle finally started to look more like their usual selves as they attacked with greater purpose.
Winnik managed to create space down the right and he fired a low ball into the area which Matthew Brown came centimetres away from turning in past Jordan Cherrie.
Having come close to making his mark on the final, Brown tried a hopeful shot minutes later from 25 yards but unfortunately for his side the ball ended up just over the bar.
Dalkeith had so far been quiet in the final but they began to get into the swing of things as the first half began to draw to a close.
From 20 yards out Kieran Jack whipped a dangerous ball into the area which resulted in a goalmouth scramble and the ball could have gone anywhere until finally Tynecastle cleared the danger.
Soon after Jack was in the thick of the action again for the boys in black and white, and stand-in keeper Gill had to be on his toes to deal with the danger, catching the No.11’s half-volley as it looked set to burst the net.
After a rather subdued first 40 minutes, the second half immediately livened up with Tynecastle not holding back in their bid for South East Region Cup glory.
A corner in from the right found Aaron Wilson at the back post and he blasted a volley against the upright with Jordan Cherrie beaten.
Moments later Winnik had a great chance to find that elusive opening goal for Tynie as he spun and shot in the area, only to find the grateful hands of the Dalkeith goalkeeper Cherrie.
Eventually, the boys in maroon were rewarded for their persistence when, in the 65th minute, they took the lead. Thirty yards out, from nothing, Brown unleashed a sumptuous strike that rocketed straight into the top corner for 1-0.
Dalkeith rallied and found an equaliser ten minutes later through their key man Jack when his corner directly found the net with Gill misjudging the flight of the ball.
The momentum was with Jack and his team-mates but only a minute later it was in fact Tynie who secured what would prove to be the winning goal. Substitute Teviotdale made his mark on the game when he sent in a free-kick from the right that Winnik bundled in against his former club at the near post to secure Tynecastle’s the trophy for their cabinet.
Tynecastle 15s: Max Bendle, Aaron Wilson, Lewis Gill, Ciaran McKenzie, Jackson Cowan, Callum Bremner, Jake Coulter, Matthew Brown, Andrew Lickley, Daniel Purves, Jordan Purves, Owen Winnik, Todd Teviotdale, Declan Gibson
Dalkeith CYP 15s: Jordan Cherrie, Alistair Caithness, David McNeish, Nicki Weir, Ryan Cotterill, Ewan Hopper, Cammy Watson, Conner Hamilton, Taylor Rogan, Kieran Jack, Jake Beveridge, Ryan Borthwick, Brandon Monteith, Cammy McBeth, Lewis Latimer