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Edinburgh City Star Black resurrected at the death, top Inverurie in extra time

Edinburgh City Star Blacks 5

McGreevy 77, Richmond 83, 95, 98, Whitehead 101

Inverurie Locos 2

Mitchell 45, Quantrill 69
  • 5-2 (AET)
  • Saturday, 03 November 2018
  • Forrester High School
  • Under 19´s
  • Scottish Cup Third Round

Edinburgh City Star Black clawed themselves out of a two goal deficit to defeat Inverurie Locos 5-2, after extra time, in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. A hat-trick from Kieran Richmond helped the capital side progress against their Aberdeenshire opponents, who had looked favourites with fifteen minutes to go.

A strong wind blowing directly at the eastern goal dictated the early tone, with Locos high press quickly forcing Star to hit high into the gusts and not getting far. Yet against the run of play, thirteen minutes in, Edinburgh created the first chance: Richmond looping a header from a long cross, palmed by Jamie Butler to the top of the bar.

Territorial advantage allowed Inverurie’s left wingback Owen Duffy to play forward, and he dragged an effort centimetres wide. However, the game’s heat began to be generated not from chances, but some aggressive challenges that might politely have been described as ‘cup-tie football’.

Edinburgh’s primary weapon was breaking beyond Inverurie’s high line, and ten minutes before the interval both Owen McGreevy and Richmond got clear enough to prod the ball beyond the on-rushing Butler. In both cases, defenders mopped up the danger, but the opportunities foreshadowed later issues.

As the half ticked down Duffy hit the side netting from six yards after Mitchell had pounced on loose play. Then, right as the clock nudged 45, the game got a goal. A Locos corner from the right bounced in Star’s box, and Mitchell teed up a hard volley that blew through the crowd and into the net. At 1-0, everything was set for a feisty second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City Star Blacks
  • 0-1
  • Inverurie Locos

With the wind at their backs, Edinburgh nearly equalised within two minutes, but Richmond - having got in on the right side - had his shot saved by Butler’s feet. Butler’s opposite number, Aaron Hamilton, then did well to claw a Duffy cross away from Reece Taylor. In midfield, tackles continued to scythe.

For nearly an hour, Inverurie’s right winger Alex Quantrill had not seen an abundance of the ball. Now, he began to show what he could do. Two crosses could have resulted in goals, before he did the job himself in the 69th minute. From the touchline, he passed inside, then surged forward to collect the return and drill into the far corner.

Star were in trouble. A scramble from a corner nearly had them back in as McGreevy hit the post. And when Butler lost a footrace with Jason Whitehead, the ball ended at Richmond’s feet with only covering defenders on the line. That didn’t go in either. It was Butler’s last action before going off injured.

The comeback got a kick-start in the 77th minute when Conor Preston snuck through a congested box and laid across for McGreevy to hit into an open net. The wind and momentum were with Edinburgh. The clock was with Inverurie.

However, the equaliser did not take long in coming, and it was bizarre to say the least. In the 83rd minute a high ball landed 35 yards from Locos goal, with the defence stopping due to McGreevy’s offside position. Richmond carried on running, but rather than head to goal he hoisted a lob into the sky. It was a rare moment in football when an idea turns out perfectly: the ball dropped plumb into the top right corner.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City Star Blacks
  • 2-2
  • Inverurie Locos
2-2, and extra time. But how swiftly games change. With the wind still behind them, and Locos defensive line so high, Edinburgh simply played into space and let Richmond, McGreevy and Whitehead run.

That simple tactic put Locos on the back foot, but Edinburgh’s third goal, scored in the 95th minute, was something far more brilliant. A free kick from halfway by Ryan Foggo sailed into the box where, ghosting behind the last man, Richmond watched it onto his left foot, volleying into the bottom right corner.

From here, Star picked Inverurie off. Richmond broke away in the 98th minute, sliding the ball under the keeper from 18 yards for his hat-trick. Three minutes later, Whitehead had a free run in from 40 yards out, holding off the last defender, and toeing the ball in for the fifth. The result was done, and all that was left were a few further hard challenges, a couple of bookings, and the acquisition of more bruises for the morning.

Final Result: 5-2 (AET)

Lineups

Edinburgh City Star Blacks
Inverurie Locos
1. Aaron Hamilton
1. Cameron Gorrie
2. Josh Brock
3. Owen McGreevy
4. Scott Peggie
5. Brett Penicuik
6. Kieran Richmond
8. Jordan Mackie
11. Evan Glendinning
12. Connor McCabe
14. Conor Preston
15. Ben Wilson
18. Gavin Wells
19. Cailean Ryan
20. Ryan Foggo (c)
22. Jason Whitehead
1. Jamie Butler
2. Reece Taylor
3. Owen Duffy
4. Kris Cocker
5. Finlay Wood (c)
6. Dominik Humeniuk
7. Alex Quantrill
8. Nathan Rankine
9. Max McGinlay
10. Matthew Morrison
11. Blair McKenzie
12. Josh Duncan
15. Greig Cowie
16. Dylan Grimbley
17. Andrew Mitchell
22. Matthew Buckham
Star Player
Edinburgh City Star Blacks
Inverurie Locos
Ryan Foggo: On a windy day and within a physical contest, centre back Foggo kept his head and fought his battles. More impressively, he also tried to pick his passes, a trait that should be encouraged in young defenders. His willingness to keep the ball on the floor helped negate some of the advantage Inverurie had in the opening half.
Owen Duffy: Inverurie’s best spells came when Duffy, backed up by Dominik Humeniuk, was able to gain territory down the left. He frequently got forward far enough to provide a threat, and could have had a goal on at least two occasions.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City Star Blacks
Inverurie Locos
Both of Richmond’s first two goals were highlights, but the second was the more technical strike. Volleying a ball that has travelled a significant distance is not easy, and keeping that volley low and on target involved great skill.
Quantrill’s goal, started on the touchline and finished inside the box, was an excellent example of hurting a team by direct running into space. All it needed was the return pass, which duly arrived, to open up the shooting opportunity. A crisp low strike was an apt end to the move.
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