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Fernieside edge five goal thriller to dump Albion from cup

Albion BC 2

Binnie 45,55

Fernieside FC 3

Adams 35,70, Gardiner 48
  • Saturday, 01 February 2014
  • Spain Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Cup
A clinical Fernieside FC made sure that the long trip from the Lothians was not wasted with a clinical 3-2 victory over the out of sorts Albion BC. A brace from Charlie Adams and a splendid twenty-yard strike from Ben Gardiner saw off what threatened to be a comeback from Albion as they equalized twice early on in the second half through Ritchard Binnie.
 
The atmosphere at Spain Park was something to behold as both teams were played out by a piper and the wind saw fans huddled together in the stands, whilst rain threatened, thankfully only became a reality after the 80 had been played out.
 
The initial exchanges proved cagey, perhaps not surprising with a place in the next round the reward. The first real chance only emerging after ten minutes when Albion’s Dylan Smith looked through until a poor touch gave Fernieside  the time to get back and clear their lines. Albion continued to press, with Kyle Willox marauding down the left flank wreaking havoc as Albion looked to make use of the two on one situations created, Jack Brown looked to have taken advantage of just that as he accelerated away from his marker to find himself bearing down on goal only to see a heavy touch smothered by the onrushing Reece Sneddon.
 
Fernieside had so far proved they were a danger from set pieces and they asserted that pressure once again when Albion keeper Reece Duncan misjudged Brendan Ogg’s inswinging freekick leaving Reece Cron to cannon a header off the Albion upright. This proved a sudden wake-up call and looked to have given Fernieside the impetus as good pressure and a lapse in concentration from the Albion back four, failing to clear a ball in their own eighteen yard box, left Adams with an easy finish from barely six yards out as Duncan could only parry Brandon Smith’s snapshot into Adams’ path.
 
The goal couldn’t have come at a better time with only five to go until the break although Ben Soutar may well have felt that he could have sent the teams in level when the ball bobbled up from a dangerous freekick only yards out, Soutar could only manage to direct it straight into the arms of Sneddon.
  • Half Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 0-1
  • Fernieside FC
Albion have, at times this season been notoriously slow starters however manager Robbie Tough must have had some inspirational words ready for the dressing room as the teams found themselves level within five minutes of the start of the second half, Binnie seizing upon Sneddon’s misjudgment from an innocuous looking Albion freekick to slot in from four yards out.
 
Despite their catalyzing goal Albion found themselves behind only moments later when an inspired Gardiner picked up the ball on the corner of Albion’s area and unleashed a pile driver into the Albion goal leaving an awestruck silence emanating from the stands.
 
Fernieside must have thought they had begun to close out the game only for the busy Binnie to pop up again, this time unleashing a fierce volley high into the Fernieside net after Sneddon couldn’t make enough of a connection from Albion’s inswinging corner.
 
Tension continued to mount in a game any supporter would have travelled half the length of the country for but it was not to be for the resolute Albion as the brilliant Adams who had been a constant thorn in the side of Albion’s centre half pairing snuck in to send the deftest of touches over the onrushing Duncan to score a delicious lob and send the away supporters into raptures.
 
With that Fernieside set the bar and half chance from Clark Scott and Neil Cumming were not enough to claw Albion back from staring into the abyss of defeat and an end to their cup run. Fernieside will have been delighted with their performance so far away from home and have a brilliant Charlie Adams to thank for extending their cup run this year.
  • Full Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 2-3
  • Fernieside FC

Lineups

Albion BC
Fernieside FC

1. Reece Duncan
2. Steven Innes
3. Kyle Willox
4. Michael Ironside
5. Ben Soutar
6. Dylan Smith
7. Neil Cumming
8. Lachie MacLeod
9. Ritchard Binnie
10. Michael Philipson
12. Owen Purdie
16. Lewis Liversedge
17. Clark Scott
18. Aymen Benylles
19. Jack Brown
20. Liam Strachan

1. Reece Sneddon
2. Jack Doyle
4. Callum Sibley
5. Brendan Ogg
6. Brandon Smith
7. Charlie Adams
8. Jordan Dolan
9. Jacob Hutchinson
11. Charlie Stewart
14. Lee Dillon
16. Reece Cron
17. Ben Gardiner
18. Lewis Gomley

Star Player
Albion BC
Fernieside FC
Kyle Willox, had a great game at left-back, making some great runs, passes and created chances. Looked a great player going forward and defensive positioning was almost spot on.
Charlie Adams, a clinical striker his darting runs and deft touches showed great poaching ability and he made no mistake with his chances, fully deserved his two goals.
Magic Moment
Albion BC
Fernieside FC
Richard Binnie's first equaliser which really set the game on fire.
Charlie Adams' beautiful lob, a splendid goal which deserved to see them progress into the next round.
Club Views
Albion BC
Fernieside FC
Robbie Tough, Albion BC Manager "I think today was down to defensive lapses, in concentration and some mistakes."
Graeme, Fernieside FC Manager "Today was all about teamwork, attitude and hard work. We did great to keep putting ourselves in front and this win will give us great confidence."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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