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Honours even as Cramond and Blackhall serve up derby draw

Cramond FC 1

Crosbie 44

Blackhall Athletic 1

Orskov 17
  • Sunday, 10 May 2015
  • Royal High School 3G
  • Under 15´s
  • South East Region Division 2
Chris Grieve

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

A blustery day threatened to affect the quality of football on display but credit to both teams who did well to manage the conditions to serve up an entertaining match. Honours were even at the end which was probably a fair result for both sides despite Cramond dominating in terms of possession.

The game started at a frantic tempo as both sides looked to stamp their authority on the match. While most of the play was confined to the midfield it was Cramond who fashioned the first chance. The ball was played by Charlie Cumming into the feet of Ben Martin who took the ball on a run down the right wing before cutting inside and firing a shot on goal. Marcus Donaldson, who was in goal for Blackhall, was equal to the effort though and clutched the ball to his chest.

Cramond sensed that they could grab the advantage and pushed forward accordingly. They forced a number of corners and from one of them Lewis Green found himself unmarked in the middle of the box but his header floated wide of the far post.

Cramond‘s Cumming was next to try his luck from distance after a throw in fell to him. His fierce shot found the target but Donaldson was on hand to keep the scores level.

After the opening pressure from Cramond it was Blackhall who took the lead. Building up possession in midfield they broke forward and played the ball wide to Jack Stobie. He delivered a pinpoint cross to the far post for Jamie Orskov to sweep a low shot across the keeper and into the corner of the net. It was a very well worked and clinical goal which lifted the confidence of the away side.

Blackhall took confidence from their goal and started to exert some pressure of their own. Cramond stood up to the test though before the first half came to a close.

  • Half Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 0-1
  • Blackhall Athletic

The second half kicked off and immediately Cramond started on the front foot. They forced an early corner but the header crept wide of the far post.

Better was to come though for Cramond who pulled themselves level. Corann Henderson played a high ball into the box for Lewis Crosbie who controlled the ball and turned the defender before slamming the ball home beyond the diving keeper.

Cramond had their tails up and continued to push for the lead. Cumming again had a long-range effort which was stopped by Donaldson in the Blackhall goal.

The Blackhall defence was being tested but it was standing up to the scrutiny and did well to block efforts and clear balls into the box. They were playing as a real unit and kept the Cramond attacks at bay.

However, it was a matter of time before Cramond created a good chance. A corner was swung into the area and Alfie Tobet found space to power a header on target but again the Blackhall defence was there to clear the ball off the line.

Blackhall looked to counter the advancing Cramond and they nearly grabbed the lead when Joe Penman broke through the Cramond defence but his lobbed effort spun wide of the far post.

The contest was really end-to-end at this stage and Cramond responded well and again came close from long range. Henderson picked up the ball in the final third, cut inside the defender and unleashed a thunderbolt which crashed off the underside of the bar. Unfortunately for Cramond the ball bounced away from goal and was cleared by the Blackhall defence.

Cramond continued to press and a golden opportunity presented itself. The ball was headed goalwards but it struck a hand on the way through leaving no option but to award a penalty. In an interesting twist it was the Cramond keeper Stuart Sutherland who stepped up to take the spot kick. Unfortunately he slipped just as he hit the ball and as a result fired the ball high and wide and the chance was gone.

Blackhall came back and nearly snatched a second goal. The ball broke to Josh Bridgeman and he forced his way into the Cramond box but he found Sutherland sliding out to block his progress.

There was time for one last effort from Cramond however. The Blackhall defence in a rare moment was stretched and the ball was worked to the left side of the box where Tobet drove a powerful shot towards Donaldson’s goal but it was just wide of the near post.

It was a very entertaining match which had a bit of everything in it. The two sides played well and although Cramond pressed forward at every opportunity Blackhall were resolute in defence. They marshalled the Cramond strikers well and had chances to win it towards the end. Cramond offered plenty going forward but defended in numbers when they needed to and also could have won it with the openings they created. All in all a draw was a fair result and credit must go to both teams for continuing to press right up to the final whistle. 

  • Full Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 1-1
  • Blackhall Athletic

Lineups

Cramond FC
Blackhall Athletic
1. Stuart Sutherland
2. Ryan Hildersley
3. Kessar Hassan
5. Charlie Cumming
6. Scott Russell
7. Lewis Crosbie
8. Gregor Ashworth
10. Brodie MacDiarmid
12. Cameron Stone
15. Jon Hannah
16. Lewis Green
17. Matthew McKinley
18. Corann Henderson
19. Alfie Tobet
21. Ben Martin
1. Marcus Donaldson
2. Robbie Murphy
5. Rory Marsden
6. Stan Ashcroft
7. Josh Vernon
8. Jamie Orskov
9. Joe Penman
10. Lewis Brodie
11. Jake Mitchell
12. Josh Bridgeman
15. Mark Ross
16. Raezerua Ktuuo
17. Scott Miller
18. Scott Palmer
21. Jack Stobie
Star Player
Cramond FC
Blackhall Athletic
Charlie Cumming - Pulled the strings in the midfield for Cramond and he had a few attempts of his own. He was instrumental in controlling the game going forward and was there to put in the tackles to break up the Blackhall counterattacks.
Stan Ashcroft - Solid in the heart of the Blackhall defence. He attacked every ball that arrived in the Blackhall box and led the defence well throughout.
Magic Moment
Cramond FC
Blackhall Athletic
It has to be the keeper taking the penalty! It was an audacious move and it was a shame he didn't add his name to the score sheet.
The opening goal was a great passage of play from beginning to end. The ball across was perfect and the finish was clinical.
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