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ACO suffer first league defeat at the hand of Salvesen 97s

AC Oxgangs 2

Own Goal 88' Middleton 90+5'

Salvesen 97 CFC 3

Jackson 25' McPhillips 33' Robertson 90+2'
  • Saturday, 18 April 2015
  • Meggetland Sports Complex
  • Under 19´s
  • SERYFL - Division 1
Top of the table AC Oxgangs league title ambitions took a bit of a backward step as they suffered their first league defeat 3-2 at the hands of a good Salvesen 97 side.
A late headed own goal from Robbie Dowie and an added on time header by Neil Middleton for Oxgangs was not enough to stop Salvesen taking the scalp of the league leaders. Goals from Callum Jackson, Cammie McPhillips and Adam Robertson secured a valuable three points for the Forrester men in what was a fiery encounter at times.
Salvesen had the first real effort of the game on 10 minutes. A Callum Jackson free kick 22 yards out in a central position was fired straight at Robbie Brown in the Oxgangs goal.
Salvesen were the better side with Oxgangs struggling to get their game going. The pressure paid off when Salvesen got in front through a Callum Jackson strike. A low driven shot from 30 yards out found the right hand corner of the Oxgangs’ goal on 25 minutes.
Oxgangs were getting frustrated as nothing seemed to be coming of for them. The Colinton Mains based team forced a corner but Salvesen cleared and Jamie Hamilton suffered the same fate when he played in another corner from the left.
A free kick 20 yards out allowed Oxgangs the opportunity to have another effort at the Salvesen goal, but Hamilton blasted the ball into the face of their one man wall, Callum Jackson, who certainly felt the full impact.
The league front runners then found themselves further behind on 33 minutes when Adam Robertson found Cammie McPhillips. The Salvesen man then produced a great turn and fired an unstoppable ball over Brown in the Oxgangs goal to give the visitors some daylight between themselves and their opposition.
Salvesen suffered a real blow on 42 minutes when Jackson who was playing a blinder, had to be replaced after suffering a bad ankle injury.
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 0-2
  • Salvesen 97 CFC

The second half started off very stop-start with numerous free kicks being handed out from both sides. The first effort of any note in the second period came on 54 minutes when Oxgangs' Murray Cockburn drove in from the right and unleashed a shot from 10 yards out which was straight down Andy Smith's throat.

Salvesen's Max Condie then had a couple of chances after driving in from the left side but on both occasions he played the ball to close to Brown in the Oxgangs goal. A corner played in by John Dunbar gave Condie another opportunity but his shot was blocked and moments later it was Brown who had to react quickly to block a shot from Robertson after being played in by McPhillips.

The visitors kept applying the pressure and it was McPhillips who became supplier, this time after he found Dunbar who forced Brown into a good save. Craig Berry then was next to create a chance for Salvesen when his long ball forward found Robertson. Unfortunately his shot was blasted high and wide of the right hand post.

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men on 64 minutes when Berry received his second yellow of the game. Salvesen now had to see out the game with the numerical disadvantage whilst trying to defend their two goal lead at the same time. This was not going to be the case as Salvesen went looking for more goals as they decided the best form of defence was attack.

Salvesen won a free kick out on the left side of the 23 yards out and Robertson stepped up to hit a great free kick. It looked destined for the top far corner until Brown produced a fine save to deny the Salvesen man. Brown, ex-Hearts U20s keeper, came to the rescue of Oxgangs again when he had to furiously back pedal to tip the ball over the bar from a Nick McConnell long and hopeful ball into the box.

The one man deficit certainly was not showing as Salvesen more than competed with Oxgangs' full compliment. 

Into the final minutes of regulation time and Oxgangs were thrown a life line after a ball into the box was met by Dowie who unfortunately headed into his own net on 88 minutes.

The home side then pushed forward looking for the equaliser and won a corner when Tom Embleton's ball into the box was headed over the bar by Mitchell. The resulting corner was whipped in by Murray which was saw Cockburn meet the ball with a solid header, unfortunately it went just inches over the bar.

Into added on time for the long delay due to Jackson's earlier injury. The visitors hit Oxgangs on the counter attack with Robertson showing great composure to round Brown in the home goal and slot home from eight yards out to queue much celebration from the Salvesen players.

This game was not over as it moved into the fifth minute of added on time, a corner from the left for Oxgangs was played out to Embleton who fired the ball into the box which was headed home by Neil Middleton from close range to reduce the deficit to one goal.

A minute left of added on time and it would have been a massive ask for the home side to get another goal and that was to be the the case when the sound of the final whistle filled the air and brought this game to an end.

A well deserved win for Salvesen who on the whole were far the better side on the day and showed great resolve after going a man down.

  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 2-3
  • Salvesen 97 CFC


AC Oxgangs
Salvesen 97 CFC
1. Robbie Brown
2. Tom Embleton
3. Campbell Stephen
4. Sam Philip
5. Sam Leslie
6. Isacc Thomson (c)
7. Shawn Marshall
8. Neil Middleton
9. Murray Cockburn
10. Paul Macari
11. Jamie Hamilton
12. Calum Berwick
14. Lewis Murray
15. Matthew Gray 16. Jack Montgomery
17. Elliot Sked
1. Andy Smith
2. Nick McConnell
3. Robbie Dowie
4. Daniel Mitchell
5. Cameron Moir
6. Craig Berry
7. Max Condie
11. Cammie McPhillips
12. Callum Jackson
14. Ryan Campbell
15. John Dunbar
16. Adam Robertson
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Salvesen 97 CFC
Jamie Hamilton - A player that goes about his business on the football park in a quiet manner and goes unnoticed at times but brings so much to his side.
Callum Jackson - opened the scoring and was having a blinder until he had to leave the park with a serious ankle injury on 42 minutes.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Salvesen 97 CFC
Neil Middleton's goal from close range to reduce the deficit to one goal with a minute remaining of added on time.
Adam Robertson's goal in added on time as it proved to be the crucial goal for Salvesen.
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