AC OxGangs faced Edinburgh city in the Division 2 league cup on an afternoon of all weathers at Colinton Mains. The game had a scrappy beginning with both sides struggling to settle somewhat. An early corner by City’s David McKenzie whipped in at an angle forced a good tip from Dale Pryde in the ACO goal. Edinburgh City seemed to settle in to their natural game quicker than the hosts and demonstrated nice midfield passing early on, Darren Clifford the standout in midfield in the opening exchanges for City. The midfielder looked tidy on the ball and won his fair share of aerial challenges.
The first clear cut chance of the game came in the 12th minute when Ross Kneebone played a clever diagonal ball in to the path of strike partner Shearsby, only an expertly timed tackle from Andrew Lilley stopping the forward from having a strike at goal. AC Oxgangs would respond with some pleasing on the eye football of their own. Birthday boy Jack Lumsdon showed no signs of being distracted by thoughts of what would no doubt be a memorable night ahead. Lumsdon was involved shirking of a challenge in midfield before threading a nice ball through to Danny Cairra who’s resulting shot shaved the post of Adam Munro in the City goal before going out.
City would continue the theme of their early dominance and were indeed unlucky not to open the scoring with 20 minutes on the clock. After a good old fashioned stramash in the ACO box the ball fell to Clifford who’s looping effort from a rebound outside of the box dipped just too quickly and kissed the bar before going out. Despite the early dominance of the visitors it was to be an AC Oxgangs who would stand out in the encounter.
Conal Henderson is reportedly a good rugby player. As the game progressed however he would show that his football skills are at least as good as his rugby skills. He showed fantastic close control to spin away from 2 challenges and ping a ball towards Jack Lumsdon, Cleeton was there to make a good clearance for the visitors before the forward could fashion a chance however keeping the score level.
Henderson would not be deterred however. He responded with another maizy run through the midfield, showing fantastic pace to burn past his opponents before lifting a clever pass in to the path of Cairra, unfortuantley for the forward the ball was moving just too fast for him and he was unable to capitalise.
Despite the undoubted impressiveness of Henderson it continued to be Edinburgh City who would dominate the possession. Reece Sheersby was next to try his luck on the skill front, the Edinburgh City striker showed quick feet to elude Calum Scott of ACO bursting in to the box, only a perfectly timed sliding challenge from Andrew Lilley stopping the striker from pulling the trigger. City’s dominance would pay dividends just past the half hour mark however, when Ryan Slater’s long free kick would be riffled home by Kneebone to open the scoring.
Moments later Edinburgh City could have doubled their advantage David McKenzie with a good 30 yards between himself and goal showed fantastic control and indeed confidence, fastening on to a James Campsie pass before setting himself up for a powerful long range effort which zipped just over Pryde’s goal.
With 42 minutes on the clock it was Jack Lumsdon who would be attempting to make his birthday that little bit sweeter as he stood over a free kick on the edge of the box. His shot cannoned off the bar before it was collected by Adam Munro however, keeping the score at half time 0-1.