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Bonnyrigg Rose rise to see off AC Oxgangs

AC Oxgangs FC 2

Lee 74' Neill 77'

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 3

Seath 38' Reynolds 47' McDowell 80'
  • Saturday, 26 September 2015
  • Colinton Mains Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

Bonnyrigg Rose prevailed in the second round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup despite a spirited second-half comeback from AC Oxgangs. A really entertaining cup tie, with some neat football from both sides, saw some excellent combination play and great teamwork but it was Bonnyrigg who ran out 3-2 winners.

The match kicked off and immediately the home side pressed forward looking to assert themselves in the game. A couple of early chances for Oxgangs pinned Bonnyrigg back with Charlie Stewart hitting a shot just over the bar before forcing a save from Bonnyrigg keeper Brian Taylor with a downward header.

Oxgangs continued to push forward and won a freekick at the edge of the area but Calum Scott fired the ball just over the bar. Taylor was called into action again to prevent Josh Neill’s turn and shot from hitting the back of the net with a save low to his left.

Bonnyrigg were playing the ball out from the back and were doing well to marshal the defence and stem the blue tide flooding towards their goal. Again the defence had to be alert to clear the ball off the line from an Oxgangs header following a corner.

Kyle Rowe was a constant thorn in Bonnyrigg’s side and was laying on chances for the Oxgangs forwards. His strong attacking play opened up space to swing a great ball into the box and Neill did well to make the run across the defender to get his head on it but unfortunately for him the ball flew narrowly wide.

Bonnyrigg were showing real determination and were playing their way into the match. A couple of forays forward found an Oxgangs defence in no mood to give anything away.

Oxgangs forced another corner and again the Bonnyrigg keeper had to dive low to turn away Paul Weir’s header after a driven ball into the box from Rowe and the clearance was completed by the defence.

As half time approached it was Bonnyrigg who took the lead. The ball was won on the left and a pinpoint ball into the box found Lewis Seath who controlled it before placing it beyond the advancing keeper. It was a clinical finish and it lifted an away side that had not had much change from the Oxgangs defence up until that point.

There was still time for Neill to force another good save from Taylor. The Oxgangs midfield worked hard to win possession and provide a bit of space for Neill to run at the defence but his shot was well saved by the feet of the Bonnyrigg keeper who had performed well to keep a clean sheet in the opening half.

  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs FC
  • 0-1
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Into the second half and it was Bonnyrigg who started the brighter side. They doubled their lead when half-time substitute Tyrese Reynolds found space wide on the right to float in an inviting chip into the box which crept into the back of the net at the far post. It was perhaps a fortunate goal for Bonnyrigg but one which surely the player (and the coaches) will claim was deliberate. Either way it put Bonnyrigg into a strong position and gave them the early momentum in the second half.

Neill was continuing to prove a threat with his good hold-up play and direct running. He created space for himself again just inside the Bonnyrigg box but his shot was saved before the follow up slid wide of the far post from Alexander Lee.

Oxgangs were beginning to build the pressure looking for a way back into the match. Ben Pritchett stepped up from midfield into space to plough a shot towards goal but Taylor was equal to it before the same player forced the Bonnyrigg keeper into another save with a strong shot following Rowe’s cutback.

You sensed that the break-through wasn’t too far away for Oxgangs and on 74 minutes it arrived. The ball was played into Neill on the edge of the area and his flick over the defence found the run of Lee who slotted the ball home across the keeper into the far corner.

Oxgangs now had their tails up and they pressed for the equaliser. They didn’t have long to wait. On 77 minutes parity was restored when Neill managed to flick his heel out to divert Greg Lloyd’s cross into the corner of the net. It was a very well taken goal and one that the striker deserved following his strong performance throughout the match.

Bonnyrigg responded to the equaliser perfectly though by reclaiming the lead inside two minutes. Space opened up on the right and Alexander Tait whipped a great low ball into the box which was turned into the net by second half substitute Rohan McDowell. It was an excellently worked goal which stemmed from some strong tackling in midfield.

Time was still on Oxgangs’ side with just over ten minutes to try and find the goal to force extra time. They very nearly got it except for a marginal offside decision which ruled out Lewis Gormley's close range header following a dangerous ball into the box. The ball was only half cleared but Jones was adjudged to have been in an offside position when the ball was hooked back into the box.

Oxgangs increased the intensity as time was running out to find an equaliser. As full time approached Lloyd found space in the box but his glancing header from Stewart’s cross sneaked the wrong side of the post for Oxgangs.

Bonnyrigg stood strong in defence despite heavy pressure from Oxgangs to see out the win and they progress to the third round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. Oxgangs proved that they had lots of ability and showed great character to come back from two goals down but Bonnyrigg were well drilled in defence and through their midfield were able to find an out-ball to relieve some of the pressure. They responded magnificently from losing the two-goal lead displaying great resilience alongside playing good football. They closed the game out well and despite Oxgangs creating chances towards the end it is Bonnyrigg who march on with a 3-2 win. 

  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs FC
  • 2-3
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC


AC Oxgangs FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
1. Dale Pryde
2. Calum Miller
3. Jack Doyle
5. Paul Weir
6. Raymond Law
7. Alexander Lee
8. Lewis Gormley
9. Josh Neill
11. Tommy Duncan
12. Charlie Stewart
14. Ben Pritchett
15. Calum Scott
16. Kyle Rowe
17. Nathan Johnson
18. Lewis Whitelaw
19. Greg Lloyd
1. Brian Taylor
2. Adam Crawford
3. Greg Young
4. James Wilson
5. Max Roarty
6. Luke Crawford
7. Cameron Alexander
8. Blair Jones
9. Lewis Seath
10. Rohan McDowell
14. Alexander Tait
15. Lewis Gray
16. Tyrese Reynolds
17. Johnny Crutcher
18. Nicholas Allan
19. Euan Greig
Star Player
AC Oxgangs FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
There were a number of great performances throughout the AC Oxgangs side: Kyle Rowe, Calum Scott and Charlie Stewart but the star player has to go to Josh Neill for his tireless work up front. He held the ball up well and brought other players into play. His direct running caused problems for the Bonnyrigg defence all game and he capped his performance with an excellently taken goal.
Both centre backs played well for Bonnyrigg Rose to shut down the space for the Oxgangs strikers especially in the closing stages but the star player goes to the keeper Brian Taylor. He produced several key saves in the first half to keep his side in front at the break and he was a real calming influence dealing well with balls into the box and relieving pressure from the defence.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
The comeback from two goals down showed the character of the AC Oxgangs side but the second goal was an excellent finish. It was a difficult ball to deal with but Neill showed excellent ingenuity to flick the ball with his heel.
The tenacious defence in the closing stages was excellent but the response to the equaliser really was first class. The midfield kept calm and created the space out wide for a quality ball into the box which was turned into the net by McDowell.
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