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Monday, 07 October 2013 14:36 Written by Sascha Bolder
In American football, if you have only seconds left to score and decide the match for you, Hail Mary is a common technique. Despite the fact that it is not very likely to succeed, you just kick the ball long into the other half, close your eyes and hope that your team mates will make the best out of it. In association football, sometimes, being down by one goal can lead to taking rather desperate steps, too. In last Thursdays' match between Edinburgh and Perth and Kinross, Lewis McKay earned his team a point with a goal he will not forget too soon. One minute before the final whistle, McKay found himself 50 yards away from the goal and was planning to throw a high and long ball into the box. But somehow, the ball bounced over Perth and Kinross's goalkeeper so that the final score of a rather balanced match was 2-2.
The Edinburgh team had the better start and tried to put Perth and Kinross under pressure immediately. Consequently, Edinburgh had their first two corner kicks after three minutes. But Perth and Kinross got a foot into the game soon and drew nearer and nearer to the Edinburgh goal with a couple of crosses swung into the box from the wings.
However, scoring opportunities were scarce on both sides in the beginning of the match. Often, what was missing was the one brilliant idea that would outsmart the other side’s defence. Also, despite the fact that both teams consisted of very good players, at first, both sides employed long balls to bridge the other side’s defence rather than keeping the ball on the ground. Consequently, the amount of missed passes was quite high and, not surprisingly, it was a pass gone bad that created Perth and Kinross’s best chance of the first half.
In the 13th minute, Edinburgh’s right wing defender had the ball with no opponent nearby. He wanted to pass the ball to his teammate on the other side of the pitch but his cross pass was not very accurate. Perth and Kinross’s midfielder Cameron Ogg intercepted the ball and passed it to Joe Johnson who raced towards the goal but his shot from the right hand side of the box hit the left post.
Nevertheless, it was Edinburgh that opened the scoring in the 18th minute. After a knee-high cross swung into the six-yard box from the left-hand side, Ethan Houliston reacted quicker than the defenders and toe-poked the ball into the lower left corner of the net.
Perth and Kinross’s answer to that was not long in coming, however. Again, it was Johnson to cause trouble in Edinburgh’s defence. After a through ball sent into his path on the left hand side in the 23rd minute, Johnson separated himself from his opponent and curled the ball into the far corner of the goal but his shot crossed the goal line on the wrong side of the post.
Four minutes after that, however, Johnson scored the equaliser with his third opportunity of the match. Edinburgh lost the ball in midfield and again, Johnson was sent into the box from where he hammered home into the lower left corner, leaving Ben Corall with no chance.
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It wasn’t the greatest conditions to start off the Scottish Cup 2nd round tie between Lenzie YC and Gartcairn, but the drizzly rain didn’t seem to dampen the youngsters’ spirits as both sides seemed up for the game ahead. Gartcairn started the game off well and took an early lead but it was Lenzie who kept a level head throughout and managed to come back from 1-0 down to secure a 6-1 victory over their rivals.
The game started quite evenly with both teams having a number of chances soon after the whistle but it was Lenzie who were dominating down both wings. The first real chance of the game came to Lenzie’s Robbie McGale after the third minute when after a quick cut back from Lewis Swift saw McGale’s low drive saved by a superb dive and save from the away side’s keeper.
The games rough tempo and lively atmosphere was set early on, and continued in the same fashion, as Gartcairn’s Lewis Kelly was brought down after taking the ball round a few Lenzie players.
The players’ skills continued to show when Lenzie’s Cameron Kane and Lewis Swift worked together down the left wing to bypass a number of Gartcairn players. But Swift failed to capitalise on his first real chance in front of goal.
However it was Gartcairn that put themselves ahead after only ten minutes. A deflection from the Lenzie defence saw the ball roll outside the box and straight to the feet of Lewis Kelly. Listening to his coaches on the sideline, Kelly took the long range shot and managed to beat Lenzie’s Cameron Gordon to put his side ahead early on.
For the first five minutes after Gartcairn too the lead, Lenzie seemed taken by surprise but quickly found their rhythm again when they began to take shots at goal again, although failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Finally Lenzie got the goal they deserved after 24 minutes when they received a free kick out wide on the right flank. Sam McGale hit a superb high ball into the box to find the head of Keir Thomson who was unmarked at the back post; A great goal that seemed to have been well rehearsed on the training ground.
Gartcairn weren’t totally defeated by the equaliser as they continued to play in high spirits and had a number of shots at goal. But as the sun started to come through the clouds, Lenzie began to shine too.
A minute before half-time saw the home side capitalise on their chance in front of goal and go ahead for the first time in the game. Andrew Mitchell dragged the ball back out away from goal and straight to the feet of Keir Thomson. The youngster took a chance at goal from a far as he drove a low ball straight through the keeper in into the back of the net.
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