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Oxgangs ploughed on but failed to stop the Cavalry

Cavalry Park FC 2

Clugston 45, Lazin 62

AC Oxgangs FC 1

Carrick 68
  • Saturday, 07 March 2015
  • Meggetland Sports Complex
  • Under 17´s
  • Tom Wilson Memorial League Cup
Cavalry Park came away with a 2-1 win from a windy Meggetland against AC Oxgangs in this tight affair.
 
Goals from Jamie Clugston and Samer Lazin were enough to secure the win for the home side in the Tom Wilson Memorial League Cup with a solitary reply from Jamie Carrick for the visitors.
 
Oxgangs had the first effort of any note in the opening minutes through Alexander Lee but his effort went well wide of the right hand post then Joshua Neill showed real intent down the right side but found himself crowded out.
 
The game was rather quiet with both teams seemingly happy to let the game dictate the play instead of either of them taking the game by the scuff of the neck.
 
The home side were awarded a free kick and Jason Scott put his initial attempt into the Oxgangs wall and when he latched onto the rebound he put his second effort wide of the left hand upright.
 
The game really needed a spark to ignite it but the wind may have well stopped any chance of that spark arriving when with 25 minutes gone neither keeper had been forced into any real save so far.
 
Oxgangs had a couple of half chances when Jack Doyle tried to make contact with a Lee corner but he just failed to get his head on it then the visitors next effort came through Ben Pritchett who fizzed his shot over the bar.
 
The home side replied with a long distance strike from Samuel Nhamburo and then Lazin was inches away from connecting with Corey Robertson's super ball into the box.
 
Both sides were struggling to produce the football that they are both capable of playing and just when it looked like the half would fizzle out like a damp squid and both teams would plod into a goalless half team interval, out of the blue the opening goal of the game arrived.
 
Lazin out on the right found Jamie Clugson who saw his initial shot blocked but he reacted quickly to fire home from 10 yards out with a well driven shot leaving Lewis Whitelaw with no chance in the visitors goal right on half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Cavalry Park FC
  • 1-0
  • AC Oxgangs FC
The first shot of the second half came when Tommy Duncan put his shot wide of the right hand post for the visitors and then a free kick gave Oxgangs another opportunity to test Craig Cockburn in the home goal but unfortunately they could not take advantage.
 
Lee nearly took full advantage for the visitors with their next free kick form 27 yards out. A great strike from the dead ball with very little back lift in the shot, Lee rocketed the ball inches wide of Cockburn's right hand post on 56 minutes.
 
Two minutes later and the home side doubled their lead when a super ball in from the right by Kyle Dixon was met by the head of Lazin to rifle the ball home from four yards out. Milosz Pajek had a great opportunity to increase Cavalrys goal tally but instead of getting his shot away he unselfishly played in Rowan Fife and the chance was lost.
 
Calvary were turning the pressure up and Dixon showed good footwork to twist and turn inside the box but he was eventually crowded out by several Oxgangs players.
 
The visitors got themselves back into the game on the 68th minute when a delightful defence splitting pass from Lee set up Jamie Carrick who from six yards out poked the ball past Cockburn to give his team belief that they could get something from the game with just over 20 minutes remaining.
 
Both teams were looking to get the next goal for obvious reasons and when Pritchett played a lovely diagonal ball to Carrick on the left it looked like the visitors could be in but the ball was cleared by the home side and then Lee drove forward again and released a shot but it flew high and wide over the bar.
 
Calvary were not going to allow Oxgangs to have it all their own way and came inches away from increasing their lead on 75 minutes when Samuel Nhamburo hit a powerful drive from 30 yards out and rattled the cross bar which is probably shaking still.
 
A corner from the right saw Fife meet Nhamburo's ball at the near post which found it's way back to Nhamburo's but his strike found the side netting then minutes later Pajek saw his shot blocked on the edge of the box.
 
Into the last five minutes and the visitors went for it and Lewis Gormley produced a great and turn snap shot but Cockburn saved well, then it was the same player who came close when he struck a great shot goal ward but Kamil Sitowski stuck out a well timed leg to block his shot.
 
The referee blew for full time and brought this tight game to an conclusion.
  • Full Time:
  • Cavalry Park FC
  • 2-1
  • AC Oxgangs FC

Lineups

Cavalry Park FC
AC Oxgangs FC
1. Craig Cockburn
2. Kamil Sitowski
3. Corey Robertson
4. Keith Hogg
5. Gregor Young
7. Kyle Dixon
8. Jason Scott
9. Milosz Pajek
11. Samuel Nhamburo
12. Rowan Fife
14. Jamie Clugston
15. Finlay Goodlad
16. Nicholas Humphreys
17. Samer Lazin
19. Connor Stevens
1. Lewis Whitelaw
2. Calum Miller
3. Jack Doyle
4. Robbie Beaton
6. Raymond Law
7. Alexander Lee
8. Lewis Gormley
9. Joshua Neill
10. Jamie Carrick
11. Tommy Duncan
15. Samuel Odetayo
17. Nathan Johnson
18. Scott Broughton
22. Ben Pritchett
Star Player
Cavalry Park FC
AC Oxgangs FC
Samer Lazin - Worked tirelessly all day and was rewarded with his goal which proved in the end to be the winner.
Joshua Neill - A very lively player who was always looking to set something up from midfield.
Magic Moment
Cavalry Park FC
AC Oxgangs FC
Jamie Clugstons goal just on the stroke of half time gave his team a massive boost of confidence going into the break just when it looked like the half was going to fizzle out all square.
Jamie Carricks goal with just over 20 minutes left gave his team belief that they could get something out of the game.
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