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Cramond's cup shock thwarted by fine Merchi comeback

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Brown 14
Mackay 20, 48
Gill 4
Anderson 39, 70, 87
Davidson 60

 

U15 Scottish Youth FA Cup - Round 2
Drumbrae
29 September 2013
 

Cup ties follow their own rules. Quite often, the supposedly smaller team excels itself and manages to beat the bigger team. Also last Sunday, for a long time it seemed as if division three team Cramond FC could celebrate an unexpected win over division two team North Merchiston in the second round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. In the end of a nine-goal thriller, however, Merchi sealed their place in the third round with a 5-4 victory.

Both teams had a decent start in their respective leagues and had also celebrated impressing away wins in the first round of the Scottish Cup with Cramond winning 4-7 over Penicuik Athletic YFC and North Merchiston’s 3-0 victory over Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon. Now, Cramond wanted to prove they can also compete with a second division team and they started well, forcing two corners in the first two minutes.

However, it was Merchi that opened the scoring after four minutes on the clock. Dillon Anderson and Frank Gill played a wonderful one-two on the right wing which enabled Gill to enter the box. From there he passed back again to Anderson who took a shot from close range which could be parried by Cramond’s goalkeeper Sam Phillip. The rebound was converted by Gill who netted from short distance and dampened Cramond’s hopes of kicking Merchi out of the cup.

But only one minute after that, Cramond’s Dylan Wood cancelled out Gill’s opener for the visitors. Phillip had delivered a long kick from hands that bounced over the perplexed defenders of North Merchiston. Wood took advantage of this confusion and raced to the ball to lift it into the upper right corner of the goal.  

In the minutes to follow, the game was rather balanced and both sides created a couple of scoring chances. Merchi were the slightly better team with respect to passing and technique while Cramond won more challenges and could cause serious problems for Merchi’s defence with high crosses delivered from midfield and sent into the path of Cramond’s forward Mark Mackay.  

In the 14th minute, Cramond grabbed the third goal of the day. Ryan Brown put the hosts 2-1 ahead with a beautiful header from within a packed six-yard box after a corner kick from the left-hand side. Six minutes later, Cramond even went two up when Mackay stepped around Merchi’s goalkeeper Jude Mothersole and netted into the empty goal.

Being behind by two goals, North Merchiston went on the front foot and forced a couple of brilliant saves from Phillip with some drives from long distance. In the 34th minute, the away team had their best chance to reduce the deficit when Gill ran down the line on the right wing and could not be stopped by four opponents from entering the box. Gill passed the ball back to Anderson who was standing in the six-yard box but lifted the ball over the cross bar from close range.

Just before the interval, Merchi grabbed their second goal of the match when Anderson found himself unmarked ten yards from the goal and flicked the ball into the lower left corner.

Half Time: Cramond FC 3-2 North Merchiston FC

 

Eight minutes after the restart of the match, Merchi were awarded a corner kick from the right-hand side. Although it was not delivered badly, Cramond cleared it quite easily and initiated a counter attack. Brown got the ball in midfield and sent a long ball into the path of Mackay. Mothersole was uncertain whether to leave his goal or not which gave Mackay just the time he needed to reach the ball first and lift it over the goalkeeper to make it 4-2 and grab his second goal of the match.

The scoreline suggested that Cramond were in control, but the visitors were far from finished. In the 60th minute, Declan Davidson demonstrated his magnificent technique when he scored to make it 4-3. After a fine pass from midfield, Davidson found himself unmarked only nine yards from the goal. He sidestepped a Cramond defender and, having the ball lying in front of his right foot, he could have hammered it home. But rather than that, he looked up and saw Phillip leaving his goal. Therefore, he cleverly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper, scoring the goal of the match.  

After that, North Merchiston took more and more control over the game and put Cramond under pressure as they went for an equaliser. Every other minute, the second division side created scoring chances and the home side had to limit themselves to counter attacks and occasional drives from long range.

Eventually, Merchi leveled the game in the 70th minute. A free kick delivered from midfield found Anderson who slammed the ball into the net with a sublime left-foot volley.

Only minutes before the final whistle, Cramond could have secured cup progress in return for their courageous performance but unfortunately, Brown’s shot after a free kick from midfield hit the left post.

The immediate counter attack saw North Merchiston score the winner in the 77th minute. Marc Marino outsmarted the Cramond defence with a pinpoint cross ball and again, Anderson found himself unmarked 16 yards from the goal from. The Merchi forward netted the winner with a brilliant lob over Phillip.

Overall, a bit unfortunate for Cramond who were on the edge of tripping the favourite but in the end, Merchi deservedly booked their place in the third round of the cup for they were fitter and more determined to win towards the end of the match.

Full Time: Cramond FC 4-5 North Merchiston
 

Cramond FC North Merchiston
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1. Sam Phillip
3. Connor Pearson
4. Fraser Rillay
5. David McLean
7. Owen Logan
8. Dylan Robertson
9. Mark Mackay
10. Callum Dixon
11. Dylan McGhee
12. Dylan Wood
14. Jordon Ohaigan
15. Ryan Brown
17. Ross Robertson
19. Jason Mackenzie
 
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1. Jude Mothersole
3. Zach Murray
5. Brandon McGinn
7. Frank Gill
8. Calum Hope
12. Kerr Mackenzie
16. William Proudfoot
18. Marc Marino
19. Dillon Anderson
20. Declan Davidson
24. Max Gargaro
51. Callum Bryce
52. Evan Swan
53. Jamie Carlyle
54. Nicholas Robertson
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Marc Mackay scored twice and caused a lot of trouble for Merchies's defence with his quickness and alertness.

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Decland Davidson and Frank Gill played brilliant football together on the right wing, created a number of chances for their team mates and both of them scored goals which earned the team the victory in the end.
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Scott Mackenzie, club secretary of Cramond FC, said: "It was a hard game and both teams would have deserved the win but, you know, that's football."
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Hugo D'Ulisse, head coach of North Merchiston, said: "We organised ourselves better in the second half, played football and kept the ball on the ground. That was the key to winning the match in the end."
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Sascha Bolder

Sascha Bolder | YFS South East Region Journalist

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