Tynecastle claim South East Region Cup with extra-time double

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Tynecastle 13s claim cup with extra-time double

Hutchie’s Cammy Fraser had cancelled out Aaron Matheson’s long-range strike to take the match to extra time where Ngwenya produced two goals to secure the silverware.

Vale got the game underway but it was the boys in maroon who threatened early on. Ivan Alapiki latched onto a through ball into the area, but the striker could only send his effort straight at goalkeeper Jonny Gordon.

Tynie continued to work hard and, after seven minutes, the striker looked set to head in Brandon Russell’s cross but a last-ditch clearance from Hutchie captain Ben Reilly stopped the danger.

It had been a quiet start to the game from Vale but they could have gone ahead when James Gordon set up Fraser just inside the area but his shot trickled wide of Aaron Heap’s right post.

The miss was to prove costly just five minutes later as Matheson sent in a strike from 25 yards to put Tynie ahead.

The delight was to be short-lived for Matheson and his team-mates, however, as Hutchie carved out a reply just a minute later.

A corner from the left was flicked on by Rory Grant to Fraser and he hammered it in at the back post.

The game really opened up and Alapiki almost made his mark on the final when he got in behind the Hutchie defence on the left of the box, only to see his effort across goal palmed away by Gordon.

The Hutchie outfielder certainly didn’t look out of place in between the sticks, and he was called into action again on the stroke of half-time.

A square ball to Ngwenya from the right enabled the Tynecastle No.5 to get a shot away on the edge of the box, but Gordon was equal to it.

After the interval, the match-up continued in the same vein with each side going for glory but some impressive saves from Heap and Gordon meant that the scoreline was destined to remain unchanged for the remaining 35 minutes of normal time.

Into the additional 20 minutes, and it was Ngwenya who decided matters.

After playing a give and go inside the box, the midfielder produced a cool finish to give his side the early advantage. Then, as both sides began to tire, he struck again with a superb solo run and finish.

Tynecastle 13s: Aaron Heap, Scott Jardine, Luke Wilkie, Cooper Duff, Kieran Ngwenya, Jacques Crane, Owen Reid, Evan Scott, Kameron Jackson, Blair Ramage, Ross Watson, Christopher McCallum, Brandon Russell, Robbie Neave, Ivan Alapiki, Sami Elyamaivi, James Scobie, Aaron Matheson, Jamie Henderson.

Hutchison Vale 13s: Rory Grant, Ben Reilly, Jonny Gordon, Jamie Crawford, Cammy Fraser, Jack Stewart, Tom Davies, Fletcher Hendry, James Gordon, Murray Wheeler, Jamie Robinson, Justin Akugbo, Blair Houston, Rory Hamilton.