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Swifts see off City to secure fifth round place

East Craigie Swifts 3

Gardiner 19', Bannon 27', Coupar (p) 58'

Edinburgh City Real 1

O'Connor (p) 60'
  • Sunday, 27 November 2016
  • Craigie Park
  • Under 16´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - R4

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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East Craigie Swifts will take on East Kilbride in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after beating Edinburgh City Real by three goals to one. Goals from Keir Gardiner and Ethan Bannon had given the hosts a two-goal lead at the break, with Ethan Coupar adding a third from the penalty spot before the visitors pulled one back through Jack O’Connor’s spot kick in the second half.
The first chance of the game came the way of East Craigie’s Keir Gardener after just four minutes. The striker managed to get away from the City defence but was denied by goalkeeper Joe Jefferey. Edinburgh City’s keeper was called into action minutes later, this time keeping out Jordan Conway’s close range header.
With 19 minutes played, East Craigie went ahead. Cameron Christie’s in-swinging cross evaded the City central defenders and landed on Gardiner’s head, and the East Craigie front man guided the ball past Jeffery, into the net.
Seven minutes later, Edinburgh captain Ethan Williams clattered into Conway on the half way line and picked up a yellow card for his troubles. Conway was replaced by Ethan Bannon. The resulting free kick was sliced into the box by an Edinburgh City defender and the ball eventually broke to Bannon, who acrobatically turned the ball past Jefferey at the near post.
Edinburgh City were becoming increasingly frustrated and had Ross MacFarlane booked for dissent just before the half hour mark. Five minutes before the break Jack O’Connor sent a shot from 25 yards out over the bar. There was still enough time remaining in the half for East Craigie’s Gardiner and Reece Lornie to pick up bookings.
The first half was a fierce affair that saw both sets of players flying in to tackles. This was helped by the Craigie Park surface that caused nearly every player to lose their footing at one point in the first half.
  • Half Time:
  • East Craigie Swifts
  • 2-0
  • Edinburgh City Real
Edinburgh City had the first chance of the second half. David Forbes was unable to hit the target with his shot from the top of the box.
The hosts nearly added a third after 56 minutes. Bannon’s in-swinging corner made was met by Lornie, but the midfielder sent his first-time effort against the crossbar.
East Craigie wouldn’t have to wait long for their third, as 60 seconds later they were awarded a penalty. Gardiner beat Jefferey to Christie’s defence splitting pass and was then brought down by the keeper, leaving the referee with little choice but to point to the spot. Ethan Coupar stepped up and stroked the ball past Jeffery into the bottom right corner.
It looked like Edinburgh City’s cup dream was all but over, until they were handed a lifeline after 58 minutes. Williams managed to get to the by-line, where he was taken out by Aidan McIrvine, resulting in the referee awarding a second penalty in as many minutes. O’Connor stepped up and fired the ball under the body of goalkeeper Charlie Kennedy and into the net.
The visitors were refusing to lie down and had a golden opportunity with 12 minutes remaining. O’Connor fizzed the ball across the face of goal towards Lewis Watson, who was inches away from turning the ball into the net. At the other end, Gardener saw his shot well blocked by an Edinburgh defender.
With seven minutes remaining, the visitors hopes of a comeback were all but ended. MacFarlane was shown a second yellow, meaning the visitors would finish the match with 10 men. In the time remaining East Craigie were content to keep the ball in the corner and secure their place in the fifth round.   
It was clear to see that this was a bad day at the office for Edinburgh City Real, who failed to trouble Charlie Kennedy in the East Craigie goal. As for East Craigie Swifts, they pick up another victory and will fancy themselves against East Kilbride in the next round.
  • Full Time:
  • East Craigie Swifts
  • 3-1
  • Edinburgh City Real


East Craigie Swifts
Edinburgh City Real
1. Charlie Kennedy
2. Aidan Mcirvine
3. Brandon Donnelly
4. Rhys Beattie
5. Leon Gibson
6. Finlay Baird
7. Ethan Bannon
8. Max Flucker
9. Jordan Conway
10. Euan Fallon
11. Ewan Faulkner
15. Cameron Christie
17. Ethan Coupar
20. Reece Lornie
88. Keir Gardiner
99. Josh McLaughlin
1. Joe Jeffrey
2. Zak Nicol
3. Ali Bouhaddou
4. Declan Howlett
5. Cameron Russell
6. Calvin Scotland
7. Jack O'Connor
8. Ethan Williams
9. David Forbes
10. Lewis Watson
12. Keelan Adams
14. Sean MacDoneld
16. Emre Karaduman
20. Ross MacFarlane
Star Player
East Craigie Swifts
Edinburgh City Real
Keir Gardiner - The East Craigie striker put in a shift up front and got the goal that his dogged performance deserved.
Ethan Williams - The Edinburgh City captain fought well in the midfield and did well to win the penalty.
Magic Moment
East Craigie Swifts
Edinburgh City Real
Bannon's Goal - An excellent finish that put his side in control of the game. Even more impressive when you consider it was his first touch of the ball.
O'Connor's Penalty - This was as good as it got for the visitors. A good finish that capped of a decent performance from O'Connor.
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