Broxburn Athletic Colts 19s progressed to the third round of the Cruden Bowl with an impressive 3-1 win over Hutchison Vale 19s at Meggetland.
Hutchie quickly made their intentions clear from the start as one minute in Rayaan Singh played through Robbie Hogg and he cut in from the right to direct an effort just wide of the Broxburn goal. It was a competitive start with Hutchie putting Broxburn under early pressure. As the game reached the tenth minute, the Edinburgh side went close again. Euan McGuire picked up a half-cleared ball from Broxburn just outside the box before striking a driven left-foot shot that keeper James Davidson had to be alert to keep out.
Broxburn began to settle and Nathan Donnelly-Kay’s early cross from the right found Calum Heath in the box, and he narrowly fired a half volley wide of Hutchie’s left-hand post.
It wasn’t a million miles away for Broxburn but Hutchie came even closer with 22 minutes gone. A Murray Rose header from a corner was goalbound but Broxburn defender Taylor Shevlin nodded the ball off the line at the right-hand post.
It was to be a crucial block as Broxburn took the lead just a minute later. Donnelly-Kay burst to the byeline on the right of midfield and crossed for Liam Magee to control and score.
Broxburn then almost doubled their lead. Ryan Robertson went on a driving run from midfield through a host of players before sending a snapshot at goal which keeper Kerr Robertson had to carefully watch sail just past his post.
There was little Robertson could do with half-time round the corner, as Broxburn struck to make it 2-0. A pinpoint ball from deep on the right by Ryan Robertson allowed Donnelly-Kay to ghost in behind and fire under the Hutchie keeper.
It was an uphill battle for Hutchie and it became even more difficult as Euan McGuire was given his marching orders for a clumsy challenge just before half-time.
With Hutchie down to ten Broxburn always looked a threat in the final third and so Hutchie had to keep it tight. But they also had to try and nick a goal to begin the process of turning the game around.
It was a fine line and Hutchie persevered to eventually get a goal back. The ten men held off an early spell of pressure to win a penalty as Cameron Walker was tripped in the area. Substitute Harry Pullar dispatched the spot-kick to give his side every chance of a turnaround.
Hutchie then came a whisker away from levelling the scores with 20 minutes remaining. Pullar’s ball from deep allowed Jay Kilboy to chase the bouncing ball in behind the defence, but although he managed to beat goalie Davidson, the ball rattled the right-hand post.
The momentum was with Hutchie but Broxburn suddenly began to have a bit more composure on the ball, and in a patient five-minute period, they probed away to grab a third. A weighted cross from the left was headed by Campbell Anthony and it crossed the line in bottom right corner for 3-1.
Broxburn looked to extend their advantage over the ten men but, to his credit, Hutchie goalie Robertson made some fine stops from close range to keep the score unchanged.
Hutchison Vale 19s: Kerr Robertson, Harry Pullar, Callum Mackie, Euan McGuire, Cameron Walker, Fareid Yassien, Murray Rose, Jay Kilboy, Lewis Mckay, Robbie Hogg, Callum Rae, Bruce McCrorie, Rayaan Singh, Ben Voy.
Broxburn Athletic Colts 19s: James Davidson, Taylor Shevlin, Lewis Cole, Jamie Brown, Calum Heath, Ryan Robertson, Nathan Donnelly-Kay, Kieran McGrath, Campbell Anthony, Liam Magee, Dominic Gowans, Alex McGlade, Joshua Chapman, Owen Richardson.