Ryan Robertson’s goal in the 12th minute secured South East Region Cup glory for Broxburn Athletic Colts 16s as they ran out 1-0 winners against Tynecastle 16s at Hallhill.
The No.4’s quick-thinking finish in the area proved to be the telling blow in what was an end- to-end final in Dunbar. Despite a spirited second-half performance from the boys in maroon they didn’t have enough on the day to beat Shaun Donaghue in the Athletic goal.
Broxburn had done their homework and they made sure to keep it tight at the back as Tynie tried to thread through Cameron Dawson on numerous occasions.
It was clear that whoever was most disciplined defensively was going to win this one and the boys in red and white set out their stall early. Building from the back, they began to explore the opposing defence and, with their first real chance, they made their moment in front of goal count. Lewis Cole sent an inch-perfect pass to Robertson and, one-on-one, his initial shot was well saved by keeper Fraser Briton from close range. However, the rebound fell perfectly to the youngster’s feet and from an angle he made sure to send the ball into the far corner with Briton stranded.
The goal galvanised Tynie and in the following 15 minutes they could have been on level terms. Dawson started to find pockets of space in Broxburn’s defence and 18 minutes in he looked to cut inside and shoot from the left but Thomas Henck cut the danger out with a block.
Tynie had their best chance of the half soon after. Sean Brown latched onto a lobbed ball down the right and he brought the ball down in the air before volleying powerfully against the upright.
Tynecastle’s pressure continued and Lewis McKay almost unlocked the Broxburn defence. His free-kick into the area allowed Murray Rose a glancing header that went narrowly wide.
The pressure was relentless from Tynecastle and with 20 minutes to go Broxburn seemed resigned to defending deep. Tynie’s Jay Kilboy sent Ryan Farrell down the right and he cut in and fired a shot across goal which Donaghue was again equal to.
As 90 minutes approached it seemed the boys in maroon were all out of ideas but substitute Liam Willis almost conjured up a spectacular equaliser out of nothing in the final minute of injury time. The midfielder picked the ball and drove forward, sending a shot from 25 yards which rocketed towards goal. But, unfortunately for his side, it was inches wide of the mark. With that Broxburn had survived thanks to stubborn defending and their goalkeeper.
Broxburn Athletic Colts 16s: Shaun Donaghue, Ben McArthur, Shaun Ritchie, Ryan Robertson, Cameron Johnston, Taylor Shevlin, Lewis Cole, Craig Ferguson, Thomas Henck, Marc Quipp, Liam MaGee, Lewis Gannon, Alieu Donaldson, Lewis Junner
Tynecastle 16s: Fraser Briton, Brok Robertson, Lewis McKay, Liam Willis, Bruce McCrorie, Murray Rose, Ryan Farrell, Cameron Dawson, Jay Kilboy, Sam Rutherford, Cameron Lidell, Sean Brown, Robbie McPherson, Cameron Scott, Rhys Dickson, Jordan Wilson