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North Merchiston FC progress to the final in a thrilling cup tie

Edinburgh City Jaguars 2

Young 14, Montgomery 53

North Merchiston FC 3

Bailey 6, Own Goal 23, Tuncay 33
  • Sunday, 13 December 2015
  • Forrester High School 3G
  • Under 13´s
  • Persevere Cup
Jack Whitlam

Jack Whitlam | YFS South East Region Journalist
Author's Bio | Articles by Author | [email protected]ballscotland.co.uk

Having successfully navigated the first 2 rounds, Edinburgh City Jaguars and North Merchiston FC braved the cold weather to meet in the semi-final of the Persevere Cup.  The two teams lie 5th and 6th in the league, level on points, so this game was bound to be an evenly matched tie and so it proved to be with both teams enjoying dominating spells throughout the game.

North Merchiston had most possession of the ball during the opening encounters but it was Edinburgh City with the first shot on target after 6 minutes. Following this however, North Merchiston quickly counter attacked with a long ball into the channel from the full back. Kai Bailey latched onto the bouncing ball after the Edinburgh City defence failed to clear and drove towards the goal with speed. He then proceeded to calmly slot the ball underneath the keeper to give North Merchiston the lead early on.

North Merchiston continued to control the football following the goal, appearing too strong for the Edinburgh City players. Loose passes were constantly picked off by the North Merchiston midfield and powerful attacking midfielder, Arin Tuncay, was causing all kinds of problems for the home side, Edinburgh City.

On the 14th minute, against the run of play, Edinburgh City equalised through Matthew Young. Picking the ball up on the left wing, Lewis Flint played an excellent pass in between centre back and right back to Young who ran onto the pass and smashed the ball into the far bottom corner. After their goal, Edinburgh City appeared to be on top with James Farrell finding space in the middle of the pitch and spreading passes around to his teammates.

After 23 minutes, momentum switched in favour of North Merchiston who went ahead again after an Arin Tuncay corner was turned in at the near post by the Edinburgh City goalkeeper. With the score line 1-2, neither team managed to wrestle control of the game however North Merchiston had the better of the chances. Kai Bailey nearly got his second of the game after he burst though the Edinburgh City defence, only to be denied by a fantastic last ditch tackle by Jack Lance. With 2 minutes to half time, North Merchiston doubled their advantage after another Tuncay corner was whipped into the near post and deflected in.

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City Jaguars
  • 1-3
  • North Merchiston FC

The second half carried on in a similar fashion to the first however both teams were managing to get the ball forward quicker. Edinburgh City were showing their intent to get themselves back into the game meanwhile North Merchiston were also proving they were not going to ‘park the bus’ and continued their attacking impetus.

Flint and Young combined again early in the second half, Young with a fantastic no look pass to Flint who forced a save resulting in a corner. The corner fell to Farrell who fired a shot into the top corner. The shot was unable to beat the North Merchiston keeper however, who pulled off a fantastic save to claw it off the line. Shortly after, Young won the ball and produced a fantastic cross which on rushing Charlie Cameron was unable to reach.

With 53 minutes gone, Edinburgh City eventually got their second goal to give them hope going into the final 20 minutes. The goal came from an outstanding breakaway move. Defender, Matthew Torrance, won the ball from a North Merchiston player in his own penalty area and calmly played a pass up the line to Young who passed inside to Sam Rutter. With space just outside the semi-circle in his own half, Rutter played a cross-field pass between the two centre backs to Ewan Montgomery. Montgomery drove forward to the corner of the penalty area and finished with a ferocious shot into the far bottom corner.

Following their goal, Edinburgh City sensed blood and they flooded forward with multiple attacks. Within the last 10 minutes the most notable chance was when Rutter burst through the defence on the halfway line and sprinted towards goal. Rutter looked like he would score the equalising goal but the North Merchiston keeper had other ideas, rushing out to smother the attack.

North Merchiston’s defensive efforts eventually prevailed as the referee blew the full time whistle. Cue jubilation for the away team, who progress to the final, with a 2-3 victory.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City Jaguars
  • 2-3
  • North Merchiston FC

Lineups

Edinburgh City Jaguars
North Merchiston FC
1. Daniel Inglis
2. Matthew Torrance
3. Sam Rutter
4. James Farrell
6. Ewan Montgomery
7. Charlie Cameron
8. Roddy MacKay
9. Calum McKendry
11. Ronan Williams
13. Matthew Young
14. Ryan Gorman
16. Lewis Flint
20. Calum McDiarmid
21. Jack Lance
23. Finlay Stockings
29. Ryan Brown
2. Chistian Robertson
3. Harvey Burt
4. Dante Gargaro
5. Ben Mclauchlan
6. Billy Bertran
7. Graeme Dailly
8. Declan Ross
9. Kai Bailey
10. Arin Tuncay
11. Mackenzie Robertson
12. Connor Tait
13. Callum Anderson
14. Luke Standing
17. Connor Cheshire
Star Player
Edinburgh City Jaguars
North Merchiston FC
Matthew Young - A constant attacking threat for the home team. Played some fantastic no look passes and combined well with Lewis Flint.
Arin Tuncay - A strong attacking midfielder who terrorised the home sides midfield and defence in the first half. His strength and desire to have the ball at his feet meant that he rarely failed to win the ball back and was rarely outmuscled in possession. Also provided the two corners which led to the goals for North Merchiston. Whether they can be classed as his goals is open to debate amongst his teammates.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City Jaguars
North Merchiston FC
The excellent counter attack which led to Edinburgh City's second goal. It was a fantastic breakaway goal at pace. Each player showed composure at each stage of the move and selected the appropriate pass to keep the move flowing. A fantastic team goal.
A superb piece of play for North Merchiston left back Harvey Burt. Whilst his team was under constant pressure from the home side in the second half, Burt made the ball his and showed composure to initiate a counter attack. He won the ball back in his own half and calmly skipped past three players before selecting an excellent pass. This showed great composure on the ball when many players would have cleared the ball immediately.
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