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Spartans hit for six by dominant Oxgangs

AC Oxgangs 6

Sayers 16, 34, Evans 18, Braidwood 37, Longmore (o.g) 42, Wells (o.g) 62

Spartans Reds 0

  • Sunday, 01 March 2015
  • Colinton Mains Park
  • Under 14´s
  • League Division 2
AC Oxgangs defeated Spartans with a resounding 6-0 victory in a game they controlled pretty much throughout.
 
Goals from Luke Sayers (2), Ewan Evans, Reece Braidwood and two own goals from the visitors gave AC Oxgangs a comfortable win.
 
AC Oxgangs got the game underway at a cold and windy Colinton Mains Park on a rather heavy looking pitch.
 
Spartans started the brighter and forced Arran Paterson into early action when he parried Joe Lyall's shot but Zac Noel Malone was on hand to clear.
 
The visitors then won a corner on the right side and Joseph Coats whipped the ball into the box which was met by Luca Longmore but he blasted his shot wide of the right hand post on three minutes.
 
Oxgangs ventured forward and Ewan Evans found Gavin Wells on the right but Spartans Jude Zietara was on hand to stop his advance with a good tackle.
 
Spartans Archie Roscoe found Lyall with a good through ball but Christopher Shankey put in a good challenge to win the ball and clear the danger.
 
The home side had a good chance when Alistair McWhirter picked up the ball and drove into the box and got his shot away from 12 yards out but Aaron Douglas in the visitors goal saved his effort.
 
Oxgangs pushed forward again and opened the scoring on 16 minutes when Luke Sayers hit a low drive from 25 yards out which found the back of the net when the ball went under the keepers body.
 
The men from Oxgangs doubled their lead two minutes later when Evans strolled into the box and evading a couple of tackles drove on and slotted the ball between Douglas and his near post from two yards out.
 
Spartans brushed themselves down and Robbie Ashdown-Adams tried his luck with a snap shot but his effort flew over the bar.
 
Oxgangs were on the attack again and putting pressure on the Spartans goal and Sayers found Thomas Fuller on the left and his ball in was palmed out by Douglas and cleared behind for a corner. The resulting corner was played in by Gavin Wells which was returned to him but he put his shot into the side netting.
 
The wind was not helping either side but Oxgangs were playing the ball on the ground which helped in the conditions and the home side won another corner when Evans ball in was put turned behind by Lyall Wells played in the corner which Douglas just got enough on to clear the danger area.
 
Arran Paterson in the home goal had to be alert when Joseph Jeffrey found Jude Zietara eight yards out but Paterson made himself big to deny the Spartans man.
 
A poor goal kick by Douglas nearly let in Evans but he could not make the most of the opportunity as Spartans got bodies back to clear but with a minute to half time the home side increased their lead through a wonderful goal.
 
Sayers scored a great individual goal when he showed great footwork at the edge of the box on the right hand side and hit a wonderful left footed shot, bending the ball round the Spartans defender in the box to find the left hand corner.
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 3-0
  • Spartans Reds
Spartans restarted the game after the interval and found themselves four down two minutes into the second half when Sayers played a free kick into the box and with the ball bouncing about the box Reece Braidwood reacted the quickest to slam home from six yards.
 
Oxgangs then came close minutes later when Matthew Tait made his way into the box but put his shot wide of the far post.
 
It was pretty much all one way traffic now and Spartans were struggling to compete but they were unlucky to fall even further behind on the 42nd minute after Sayers who seemed to be every where found Kieran Richmond on the left side. His ball into the box was turned into his own net by Luca Longmore a yard out when he attempted to clear the ball.
 
Douglas done well when he came of his line to clear just before Filip Grabstunowicz could nip in, then Ewan Millar played a ball in from the left which was deflected behind for a corner.
 
Paterson then had to be on his toes at the other end to smother the ball at the feet of Coats after he latched onto a through ball from Zietara as the weathers tarted to deteriorate and the cold wind got up and the rain turned to snow when a wintry shower came off the Pentlands Hills.
 
Oxgangs were relentless and pushed forward in waves with their midfield controlling the game finding passes from all angles to set up attacks for their front men. Fuller was unlucky not to benefit from this when he was found just outside the box and was unfortunate not score when he saw his powerful shot come of the juncture of the post and bar on 51 minutes.
 
Spartans were working hard but they were left chasing shadows for large parts of the game and Richmond forced Douglas into a good stop, then Richmond felt he should have had a penalty when Longmore gave him a push in the back as he entered the box but the referee waved away his appeal.
 
Oxgangs increased their lead with eight minutes left when McWhirter burst down the right hand side and whipped the ball into the box which came of Murray Haldane and it flew into the far corner of his own net to give the home side a unassailable 6-0 lead.
 
The Colinton Mains based team were not happy with what they had and went looking for more and Grabstunowicz won a penalty on 65 minutes when Douglas barged into him as he went for the ball. Sayers stepped up to take the spot kick and although he struck it well Douglas made up for giving the pen away and got down low to his right to save from 12 yards to deny Sayers his hat-trick.
 
Oxgangs came close to adding to their goal tally through Grabstunowicz but his shot was blocked and McWhiter saw his follow up shot saved then McWhiter was denied again in the last minute when his shot was deflected but Douglas done well to turn it behind for a corner.
 
The game came to an end and both sets of players made for the warmth and shelter of the changing rooms as the sleety snow continued to fall.
 
AC Oxgangs dominated the game but no one can accuse the Spartans players of not giving their all or letting their heads go down but sometimes you just have to accept that on the day the better team won. 
  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 6-0
  • Spartans Reds

Lineups

AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds
1. Arran Patterson
2. Zac Noel Malone
3. Chrostopher Sankey
4. Luke Sayers
5. Gavin Wells
7. Ewan Miller
8. Filip Grabstunowicz
9. Alistair McWhirter
10. Kieran Richmond
12. Matthew Tait
13. Reece Braidwood
14. Reece Ferrier
15. Thomas Fuller
17. Ewan Evans
1. Aaron Douglas
4. James Larkin
5. Murray Haldane
8. Archie Roscoe
9. Joe Lyall
10. Luca Longmore
12. Joseph Coates
13. Joseph Jeffrey
15. Robbie Ashdown-Adams
16. Felix Barley
17. Nathan Hay
18. Jude Zietara
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds
There were lots of stand out players and to give it to one would be unfair so this award goes to the whole team as it was a great team performance.
Matthew Tait - Produced several good balls into the box and had a few shots on goal.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds
Luke Sayers wonderful strike when he bent the ball around the Spartans defender from 20 yards out to get his teams third goal.
A hard one as this was a game that the visitors struggled to compete in on the day but they kept working hard and never gave up trying.
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