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Cramond strike back to defeat Stamperland

Cramond FC 3

MacKay 42' 68' 71'

Stamperland FC 1

MacDonald 33'
  • Sunday, 26 October 2014
  • Davidson's Mains Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

An incredibly close and well-fought match saw Cramond FC Under-16s secure a place in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-1 win over Stamperland.
The match kicked off in very difficult conditions with the wind and rain causing havoc in the early exchanges. Both teams struggled to keep the ball under control even when it was played along the ground. 
Having said that there was a cup tie to be played and Cramond started the quicker forcing an early corner. The initial cross was half cleared but the second ball found Jack Hunter unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box, however his header was saved low at Stamperland ‘keeper Fin Christie’s left-hand post. 
Cramond continued to press and nearly took the lead moments later when a corner was swung into the area. Fraser Rillay found space to glance a header towards goal but unfortunately for Cramond just wide of the post. 
Stamperland began to exert their footprint on the game and created a series of chances. Firstly Adam Gorrie managed to get his head onto a cross into the Cramond box but it was just too high before the lively Kyle MacDonald angled a shot just wide of Sam Phillip’s goal. Ryan Anselm was next in on the action but his shot was well saved by Phillip.
You felt that the break-through wasn’t far away and right on cue Stamperland obliged. The ball was won in midfield and a defence-splitting pass released MacDonald who bore down on goal. He made no mistake, sliding the ball under the advancing Phillip.
The goal elicited a rapid response from Cramond who immediately went on the attack and a well worked move allowed Hunter to get a shot away. Unfortunately the attempt was too high to trouble the Stamperland ‘keeper.
A very windy first half drew to a close with Stamperland just edging it by a single goal. Things were set up nicely for the second half.
  • Half Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 0-1
  • Stamperland FC
The conditions weren’t relenting and neither was the Cramond side’s determination. They continued where the first half left off with an immediate foray into the Stamperland box resulting in a corner. The in swinging corner was taken by Jordan O’Hagan and it was met with a powerful header at the back post by Mark MacKay. The ball flashed into the back of the net to complete the ideal start to the second half for Cramond. 
Stamperland responded again coming close with a couple of free kicks in quick succession. The first one from Adam Baird required close attention from Phillip who tipped the ball over the bar before the same reaction to palm the ball around the post from Gorrie was needed for the second. 
Stamperland continued to press forward in search of the winner and MacDonald came close with a shot which was cleared off the line. The loose ball bounced towards Baird who fired a ferocious shot goalwards which was saved by Phillip.
Cramond roared back into life by fashioning a few chances of their own. Ryan Printy found space on the edge of the Stamperland box following a throw in but his shot was well saved by Christie. Dylan Welsh tried his luck from distance but again Christie was equal to it before a header from MacKay just cleared the bar. 
MacKay was in the thick of the action moments later with a nice bit of skill to lob the ball over the defenders head to create space for a shot which narrowly escaped the far post. MacKay then turned provider when he laid on a chance for Hunter but his shot was saved at the near post. 
You could feel the tension increasing as the match drew closer and closer to its conclusion, the urgency from both teams to grab a winner showed how much the cup tie meant to both sides. It was the home side who took it with almost a carbon copy of the equaliser. A corner was swung into the back post area where MacKay rose highest to power a header into the back of the net.
Only minutes later Cramond put the tie beyond doubt with a third goal somewhat fortuitously. A long ball by O’Hagan bounced and was carried by the wind catching out the ‘keeper and the alert Mackay managed to win the race to the ball to force it over the line for his hattrick. 
Stamperland had one final chance to reduce the deficit with a free kick from Baird but the Cramond wall did its job and the danger was cleared.
A very entertaining cup tie drew to a close and while the weather wasn’t conducive to silky football both teams deserve credit for their endeavours. It was Cramond who prevailed and find themselves in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup for the first time. 
  • Full Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 3-1
  • Stamperland FC


Cramond FC
Stamperland FC
1. Sam Phillip
2. Finlay Veitch
4. Fraser Rillay
5. Sam Weir
6 Dylan Welsh
8. Ryan Printy
9. Mark MacKay
10. Callum Dixon
11. Dylan McGhee
14. Jordan O’Hagan
15. Ryan Brown
16. Jack Hunter
1. Fin Christie
2. Craig Reddy
3. Owen Thomas
4. Tony McFadyen
6. Ross McFadyen
7. Ryan Anselm
8. Kyle MacDonald
9. Adam Baird
10. Adam Corrie
11. Cameron Wishart
14. Jay Brown
15. Aiden O’Friel
18. Cameron McNair
19. Mark Donaldson
Star Player
Cramond FC
Stamperland FC
A few strong performances throughout the team but goals change games so the Star Player has to go to Mark MacKay for his three goals. A great achievement for such a tight match.
Kyle MacDonald was a constant threat for the visitors and his tireless work ensured that the Cramond defence would be kept busy. Showed a good turn of pace to get away for the opening goal and his well-timed runs caused problems for the home side all afternoon.
Magic Moment
Cramond FC
Stamperland FC
Getting the equaliser just after half time was the perfect response and sent the team on their way to victory. Just the tonic the coaching staff were looking for!
The game needed a bit of quality to bring it to life and the ball through for the opening goal did just that. The move was finished with excellent composure!
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