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.