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Loanhead beat Oxgangs to lift Bob Bankier Trophy

AC Oxgangs 0

Loanhead MYFC 1

Jones 1
  • Friday, 20 March 2015
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Bob Bankier Trophy
Harvey Nafpliotis

Charalambos (Harvey) Nafpliotis | YFS South East Region Journalist

AC Oxgangs took on Loanhead in the Bob Bankier Cup final under the floodlights at Ainslie Park. The game started in blistering fashion when Samuel Jones of Loanhead attempted a shot from a good 25 yards which sailed over the clearly surprised Andrew Dunnett in the AC goal and gave Loanhead the lead with under a minute played.  
The sense of occasion was obvious to all and may well have effected both teams’ early games as they tried to settle their nerves. As the clock reached 10 minutes however both sides seemed to settle and despite the early set back AC looked to play a neat passing game in spells. An obvious standout was AC captain Isaac Thomson. With his team trailing the midfielder looked to calm nerves and was vocal in his attempts to motivate his teammates and help them find a way back in to the match. Thomson looked assured as he demonstrated a good range of passing, looking to set up a chance for his team.
The next solid chance of the game came for Loanhead as Ryan Porteous stepped up looking to convert a free kick chance and extended his teams advantage. In a central position around 22 yards from goal Porteous watched his effort zip agonisingly over the bar however and the score remained 0-1. Soon after this AC Oxgangs would have their own opportunity to score from a free kick. Murray Cockburn stepped up confidently on the edge of the box but the wall did its job and in the resulting melee it was Jack Fairgreive who cleared the ball out in to touch confidently, preserving his team’s advantage.
AC continued to look for an equaliser and had it not been for great defending from Fairgreive once again they may well have had the chance to level the score. Jamie Hamilton found Thomson in the midfield and the AC captain picked out Cockburn who did very well to hold up the ball on the edge of the box but brave defending from Fairgreive saw the ball cleared before Cockburn could fashion himself a chance.
Loanhead seemed to respond to the pressure by creating some chances of their own. Liam Matthew whipped a high ball on the break for the advancing Darren McCaw and when the forward managed to bring the ball down and take a touch to create some space in the AC box it looked for all to see like Loanhead would extend their lead. AC goalkeeper Dunnett had other ideas however producing a wonderful save to block the shot and claim the ball.
With around 40 minutes played Dunnett was the star again for AC. Loanhead’s Conner Lawrie picked out the head of Porteous in the AC box and the forward directed the ball towards goal, only to be denied once more by a fantastic save by Dunnett. 
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 0-1
  • Loanhead MYFC
At the start of the second half it looked like Loanhead were determined to extend their lead as they dominated the early exchanges. Liam Matthew exhibited a fantastic piece of skill in the opening minutes as he skipped away from Marshall and Thomson in the Oxgangs midfield and produced a decent cross which looked promising but was well cleared by Campbell Stephen at the back for Oxgangs.
Oxgangs would have a chance to get back in to the game with around 55 minutes on the clock. Sam Leslie delivered a fantastic ball from deep in his own half in to the Loanhead box and Murray Cockburn guided the ball goalwards with his head but it sailed just wide of Loanhead keeper Ben MacKenzie’s right hand post.
With 60 minutes on the clock Loanhead looked to turn their greater possession in to a chance. Goal scorer Samuel Jones freed the overlapping Calum Smart down the wing and he started to bare down on goal. Campbell Stephen was on hand once more for AC however tackling Smart well and clearing the ball before a dangerous chance could form.
Soon after from a goal kick Dunnett picked out Hamilton for AC who played a lovely through ball to Cockburn, the striker arrowed a low shot but this was well saved by MacKenzie in the Loanhead goal.
With 66 minutes played Loanhead ensured a nice passing move had a decent cutting edge. Samuel Jones interlinked well with Andrew McNeill and he responded by chipping the ball to Weston, the strikers’ effort well saved once more by Dunnett.
With the game in its final quarter AC substitute Lewis Murray looked to make an impact combining well with Gavin Reid and having a long range effort which sailed over the bar. A rushed effort from the young forward but understandable as he looked to get his team back in to the game. Minutes later Loanhead defender Calum Smart seemed like he wanted to grab the headlines as he attempted a cheeky 30 yarder which sailed well over.
With just four minutes left AC may well have been left cursing their luck as Reid looked to be clean through on goal with just the keeper to beat having latched on to a long ball from deep but there was to be no late drama in this cup final, MacKenzie came out brilliantly to block and clear the ball.
In every sense this game had all the necessary ingredients to make a good cup final. The excitement of an early opening goal, some cup final nerves, flashes of brilliance in both defence and attack and an exciting finish. Congratulations to Loanhead who lift the Bob Bankier trophy after a well fought victory over AC Oxgangs. Commiserations to AC who played well but were unable to recover from a very early upset.
  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 0-1
  • Loanhead MYFC


AC Oxgangs
Loanhead MYFC
1. Andrew Dunnett
2. Tom Embleton
3. Campbell Stephen
4. Sam Philip
5. Sam Leslie
6. Isaac Thomson
7. Shaun Marshall
8. Neil Middleton
9. Murray Cockburn
10. Gavin Reid
11. Jamie Hamilton
12. Lewis Temple
14. Elliot Sked
15. Lewis Murray
16. Callum Berwick
17. Robbie Brown
1. Ben Mackenzie
2. Calum Smart
3. Liam Taylor
4. Jack Fairgrieve
5. Ross Currie
6. David Wright
7. Liam Matthew
8. Samuel Jones
9. Ryan Weston
10. Darren McCraw
11. Connor Lawrie
12. Andrew McNeill
14. Micheal Gray
15. Liam Higgins
16. Dean McCafferty
17. Micheal Hutchison
18. Ryan Porteous
19. Lawrence Naismith
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Loanhead MYFC
Andrew Dunnett. Unlucky to have misjudged the flight of the ball for the opener and responded brilliantly to make two crucial saves and keep his team in the game.
Samuel Jones Goalscorer and all round performer an assured display from the midfielder as he looked to provide chances for team mates as well as taking some himself.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Loanhead MYFC
The two fantastic saves by Dunnett stand out. With his team under pressure the goalkeeper showed good reflexes and positioning to deny the opposition twice at point blank range.
Samuel Jones' goal was a fantastic effort given the occasion in which the midfielder tried it. A sweetly struck effort from distance that seemed to catch everyone by surprise and kick start the cup final.
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