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AC Oxgangs 95 Under 17s
 vs
Edinburgh City Under 17s
 
 
 
Competition: Division 1 League Cup - Semi Final
Venue: Meggetland 3G
Date: 21/04/2012
 
 
 
Author: Ian Mackay
 
 
 
 
 

Edinburgh City v AC Oxgangs 95 (Under 17s)THE under-17 league cup semi-final between AC Oxgangs and Edinburgh City was a rip-roaring game of football that produced eight goals! The enclosed synthetic pitch at Meggetland looked in magnificent nick for what turned out to be a brilliant game to watch. Possibly not, for the AC Oxgangs contingent, as they got hammered 6-2 with five of Edinburgh City’s goals coming in the second half. 
 
The first half of this excellent advert for youth club football was tight, with Edinburgh City playing the better passing game. But the sheer athleticism and commitment of the Oxgangs players levelled  things out and the exchanges were indeed fast and furious. I must say I thought referee Bill ‘I am only 30’ Crombie handled the game so well and left everyone in no doubt who was in charge. In one incident in the second half, the veteran referee - he is 65 in a few weeks time - warned a Oxgangs player and said: “One more word, just one more, and you are off!” I lowered my head as I wondered if Bill was addressing me, but no, I was allowed to stay on and see the flood of goals in the second half. 
 
There were many good players on the pitch but I thought, on the day, Edinburgh City had more players in good form than their opponents. It was fascinating for me to watch the Edinburgh City number 14 on the left in action. He is referred to as ‘TJ’ but his name is Tinashe Rowona (I think!). He is a real entertainer when on the ball and Oxgangs had their hands full when TJ was on the ball and that was often. At the start, Oxgangs No 16,  Aman Habtemariam, was up in the Edinburgh City goalmouth to collect a good through ball, but goalkeeper, Craig Moffat managed to clear the danger. The game, as they say, was off and running, and the pace of the play was incredible. The ball was moved about at speed, with Edinburgh City doing their best to create good moves with high quality passing. 
 
The sun was out, but that soon turned to rain - then sunshine again. Mark Osborne, in the No 7 jersey for Edinburgh City looked to be a real star turn. When Mark got on to the ball within striking distance of the Oxgangs goal, he let fly and Connor Lunn in the Oxgangs goal was under severe pressure at times. The tackling left a lot to be desired and an early yellow card was shown to an Edinburgh City player. As the game developed, several more players were booked, but, thankfully, I kept a low profile and Bill Crombie kept well clear of me or I possibly would have had to pick up my chair and walk! After 17 minutes of all-out action, Oxgangs broke the deadlock, with a ball from the left across the face of the City goal landing nicely for the unmarked Connaire Lyons to thump the ball in to the net. 1-0, then, and first blood to Oxgangs. 
 
Did that goal not just upset Edinburgh City? Yes, sir, and they hit back with a fusillade of shots at Connor Lunn. Jason Wishart was the first to deliver a great ball in to the Oxgangs goal, then along came Mark Osborne with a wild shot, followed by a good free kick. No goal, however, and another free kick, delivered by Greg Powrie was also overhit. Add a wee opinion, here, to praise Greg, a very good young player with a wonderful left foot. It was a good spell of play for Edinburgh City and they were rewarded with an equaliser in the 25th minute, with Mark Osborne (him, again) finishing off a superb move on the left created by, guess who? TJ! The same two players  combined again to set up another great raid on the Oxgangs goal. Jason Wishart added to that with excellent personal skills. Great to watch and also full marks to Oxgangs for the way they turned the game and broke out to cause problems at the other end. I thought the two ‘big yins’ No 8, Nathan Leicester, and No 9, Murray McCallum, worked extra hard to turn the tide, while No 11, Kyle Brown, was one of the most skilful players on the pitch. 
 
Edinburgh City v AC Oxgangs 95 (Under 17s)Craig Moffat did well to win an aerial challenge with Thabani Patty in the goalmouth. Now, the moment of truth for me! Edinburgh City No 11, Ntando Ntshangase, broke through the middle of the Oxgangs defence but his net bound shot was deflected by an alert defender for a corner on the right. That was cleared and when the ball went to the other end, Jed Baxter delivered a great ball in to Kyle Brown, but the Oxgangs skipper did not make good contact and the ball went wide of the goal. I think I will leave the first half there, as it was still 1-1 at the break and six more goals came in the second half. 
 
Half Time: AC Oxgangs 95 Under 17s 1-1 Edinburgh City Under 17s
 
What a great second half at that! It was nothing short of ironical that all Edinburgh City had to show for their good football of the first half produced only one goal, while all their goals in the second half came from breakaways! The game still looked to be very tight in the opening stages of the second half, until Mark Osborne went on a personal crusade, starting in the 65th minute. 
 
The exchanges had got tougher and the delightful Mr Crombie took no prisoners when he showed yellow  cards and issued verbal warnings to several players. Osborne it was who turned the game in favour of his side, Edinburgh City. He put his team in front at 2-1 then two minutes later, in the 67th minute, Osborne scored a spectacular third goal for Edinburgh City, also his hat-trick, and Oxgangs trailed 3-1. In the 70th minute, it was 4-1 for City with Fraser Johnston netting the  fourth goal. 
 
Four minutes later, Fraser scored a really brilliant goal, when he took the ball around the diving Connor Lunn before stroking it in to the net from the left and it was 5-1 and Oxgangs must have  wondered what had hit them. Kyle Brown had a go at the City goal from well out, without any luck. Then Euan Castle won a free kick for City on the right corner of the 18 yard box. Oxgangs survived that and the ball was switched up to the  other end, where Habtemariam scored - only to be given offside by that nice Mr Crombie! 
 
In the 85th minute, City went six up with Mark Osborne scoring off the inside of the left hand post. To complete a wonderful second half of action and a flood of goals, Kyle Brown rammed the ball past Moffat from the right of goal to make the final score 6-2. Quite a display from Edinburgh City and I do not know if Mark Osborne was given the match ball as a memento? Possibly, not!

Full Time: AC Oxgangs 95 Under 17s 2-6 Edinburgh City Under 17s

AC Oxgangs 95 Under 17s
Edinburgh City Under 17s
Connor Lunn
Drew Thompson
Robin Sloan
Fraser Wells
Thabani Patty
David Scott
Nathan Leicester
Murray McCallum
Connaire Lyons
Kyle Brown
Andrew Swinney
Aman Habtemariam
Jed Baxter
Craig Moffat
Jae Baxter
Greg Powrie
Kevin McGraw
Rory McIvor
Mark Osborne
Lewis Turkington
Stuart Donaldson
Ntando Ntshangase
Jason Wishart
Tinashe Rowona
Joe Baxter
Euan Castle
Fraser Johnston
 
 

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Givova UK Man of the Match: Kyle Brown
Givova UK Man of the Match: Mark Osborne