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.