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AC Oxgangs defeat Spartans Reds in hard fought win

AC Oxgangs 3

Richmond, 3' 42', Ferrier, 50'

Spartans Reds FC 1

Longmore, 21'
  • Sunday, 20 September 2015
  • Colinton Mains Park
  • Under 15´s
  • SERYFA Division 2
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Oxgangs put in a strong performance at home to defeat a solid Spartans Reds side. The win at Colinton Mains Park gave the Oxgangs side a much needed three points.
 
Kieran Richmond bagged a brace for AC in what was a great performance while Reece Ferrier rounded off the scoring for the red and black side. Luca Longmore hit back for Spartans but in the end it was not enough to prevent them from losing the game.
 
The home team got off to a flyer and with three minutes played Thomas Fuller split the Spartans defence with a great chipped through ball. Richmond then finished off the move with a lovely lob over the ‘keeper and into the net.
 
It was not until the 15th minute when the next chance came along. Reece Braidwood stood over a free-kick from a good position for Oxgangs to the left of the goal and his curling effort was well saved by Aaron Doudlas.
 
Oxgangs kept the pressure up and nearly added a second when Filip Grabstunowicz was put through on goal, only for Jude Zitara to expertly dispossess him with a neat slide tackle.
 
Spartans Reds levelled things up though with 21 minutes played through Longmore. After some solid defensive efforts, Brandon Aronu’s shot was saved only for Longmore to knock the rebound into the net.
 
AC Oxgangs ramped up the pressure again and there were half chances for Richmond, Ferrier and notably Grabstunowicz, who did well to get into a good crossing position only for his cheeky rabona attempt to be over hit. At half time the scores were level.
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 1-1
  • Spartans Reds FC
Spartans were unlucky to concede so early at the start of the second half, but the home side were raring to go. Richmond got his second of the game when his shot from 10 yards flew into the bottom right of the net leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.
 
Before the away side could reply, Ferrier put the game beyond doubt with a great finish from 15 yards. Alistair McWhirter put him past the defence and the goal gave the red and black side some much needed breathing space.
 
Despite being the smallest player on the pitch, Archie Roscoe nearly scored with a header from a corner only to see his effort fly just wide for Spartans.
 
Ferrier nearly gave AC their fourth but his header was smartly saved by Aaron Doudlas from point blank range. The rebound was put into the net but it was ruled out for offside.
 
The game slowed down greatly as Oxgangs managed to contain the away side well and despite their efforts, with a late chance from Roscoe for Spartans, the home side managed to hold on for the win.
  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 3-1
  • Spartans Reds FC

Lineups

AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds FC
1. Arran Paterson
2. Zac Noel Malone
4. Luke Sayers
5. Gavin Wells
7. Ewan Miller
8. Filip Grabstunowicz
9. Alistair McWhirter
10. Kieran Richmond
11. Robbie Mayhew
13. Reece Braidwood
14. Reece Ferrier
15. Thomas Fuller
1. Aaron Doudlas
2. Murray Haldane
3. Archie Roscoe
4. Jude Zitara
5. Felix Barley
6. Nathan Hay
7. Lewis McGurk
8. Joe Coats
9. Brandon Aronu
10. Luca Longmore
11. Robbie Ashdown Adams
12. Aidan Duffy
13. Greg Walwell
14. Connor Murray-Hart
18. Dylan Lyall
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds FC
Kieran Richmond - A great performance from the No.10. His first goal showed real class while his second finish showed composure and excellent technique, all the great qualities of a goal-scorer.
Jude Zitara - A solid performance from the centre-half. His continuous graft for the team ensured that his defence were well covered and at many points in the game he made key tackles resulting in a respectable score-line for his team despite the loss.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Spartans Reds FC
The 1st goal for AC Oxgangs. Richmond's lob was a touch of class and the ball from Fuller was just as good with the curling through ball setting up Richmond nicely.
Longmore's goal for Spartans. Despite the loss, Spartans and Longmore will have been pleased to get a goal for their hard efforts. The goal showed perseverance and determination.
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