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Inspired comeback sees Loanhead Miners through against all odds

Musselburgh Windsor 2

Greig 62', Savage 67'

Loanhead Miners Youth FC 5

Lennie 47', Barrett 85' (Pen), Marshall 94', Redpath 101', Crawford 114'
  • 2-5
  • Saturday, 12 March 2016
  • Pinkie
  • Under 17´s
  • Craig Gowans Memorial Cup
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Loanhead had to produce a performance filled with guts, graft and goals to defeat an impressive Musselburgh Windsor side who had the man advantage and the goal advantage for a large period of the game.
 
The semi-final started at a frantic pace, with both sides flying into tackles and trying to get a foothold of the contest. 
The first effort came from the home side on four minutes, as Andrew Fleming won a tackle on the edge of the Loanhead box and had a dig at goal, but Jardine held onto the low shot. 
 
A couple of minutes later it was Sean Brown who crafted the chance for Ross Greig with a cutback, but his effort was too high to hit the target. 
 
Up the other end of the pitch Aiden McMillan had Loanhead's first effort, as he glanced a header which was tipped over by Grant Goodfellow, after Joshua Fital’s corner kick caused havoc.
 
Lewis Kynoch was relishing the occasion, as he showed the defender a clean set of heels with a dummy, and whipped the ball in, but Jardine held well. 
 
The Windsor number nine then had a great chance to open the scoring with 20 minutes on the clock, but a superb sliding tackle from Rory Rutherford forced the corner. 
 
It was all one way traffic for the home side at this stage with Jamie Baillie’s effort from just outside the box the closest sight of goal for the away side. 
 
Loanhead had to rely on some crucial interventions right at the last moment. Jardine was providing the heroics at this stage, clawing away Brown’s effort to keep the scores level on the half hour mark.
 
Chances then were few and far between, as Loanhead were able to establish a foothold into the game towards the end of the second half and reduce Musselburgh’s chances. Although, Kynoch’s corner nearly led to a goal, but the resulting shot was deflected just wide for a corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 0-0
  • Loanhead Miners Youth FC
Whatever the Loanhead players had said to them at half-time by their coaches, it certainly did the trick. Just two minutes after the restart they opened the scoring from a free-kick which was won by Lee Barrett. Fital swung it towards the back post and the commanding Michael Lennie was there to bundle the ball over the line and hand his side the lead, the captain producing the goods at a crucial time. 
 
Kynoch did his best to bring the scores level, but he dragged shot on 51 minutes narrowly wide.
 
Shots and chances were hard to come across for the next fifteen minutes, with both sides determine to give nothing away and book their place in the final.
 
Brown probably would have been disappointed with his effort in the 61st minute, but he could only place his strike over the bar. 
 
A few minutes later, however, he wasn’t the one with his heads in his hands, as Loanhead were reduced to ten men after a straight red, and Windsor had a chance from the penalty spot to even things up. Needless to say, Greig kept his calm and blasted the ball into the roof of the net, after a long wait to take his kick.
 
One goal become two for Mussy five minutes later, as Greig’s inswinging free-kick wasn’t cleared, and Kieran Savage prodded the ball over the line to give his side the lead for the first time in the game. 
 
Loanhead were very much up against it at that stage, but you couldn’t tell that from the way things were going. Lee Barrett was setting a fine example for the rest of his teammates, and he didn’t give up on a loose ball with just five minutes to go. The winger refused to let the ball simply roll out for a goal kick, and his determination won his side a penalty at the death. He picked up the ball, rolled it to the other side of the keeper and leapt into the arms of his teammates - 2-2 heading into extra-time.
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor
  • 2-2
  • Loanhead Miners Youth FC
The goal seemed to galvanise the visitors, and four minutes into extra time the turnaround was completed.

A simple ball over the top was chased by Lewis Marshall, he outpaced the backline, and rifled a shot straight into the top corner, sending the coaches, players and supporters of Loanhead into delirium.

Midway through the first half of extra time the score was nearly brought to 3-3. The ball was worked intricately around the box by Mussy, but the shot that followed from Ross McLaren was not enough to beat the keeper.

Straight down the other end, Cammy Redpath found himself through on goal, and kept his calm and slotted it in.

Down to ten men, and the character on display from Loanhead would have inspired any team.

The home side had no options but to send everybody forward as they launched wave after wave of attack to claw something out of the tie.

They didn’t pick up on the Loanhead counter attack, which eventually lead to a neat exchange between involving Lewis Marshall and Baillie, who fed the ball to Crawford. He duly converted and finished off the game as a whole.

With only seconds remaining of the contest, Marshall attempted an audacious shot from well out on the right wing, which flew in the air and clipped the bar. The full time whistle sounded shortly after, and Loanhead players could celebrate after booking their place in the final.

Final Result: 2-5

Lineups

Musselburgh Windsor
Loanhead Miners Youth FC
1. Jack Stewart
2. Ross McGuire
3. Kieran Savage
4. Liam Mitchell
5. Jack Combe
6. Daniel Mackinnon
7. Murray McDougal
8. Ross Greig
9. Lewis Kynoch
10. Ross McLaren
11. Sean Brown
12. Ross Hope
15. Andrew Fleming
16. Liam Gregory
17. Callum Downie
22. Brok Robertson
1. Ross Jardine
2. Joshua Fital
3. Robert Sterricks
4. Rory Rutherford
5. Michael Lennie
6. Jamie Baillie
7. Lee Barrett
8. Ryan Dunbar
9. Aidan McMillan
10. Greg Park
11. Callum Crawford
14. Jamie Underwood
15. Cameron Redpath
16. Mark Barnet
17. Lewis Marshall
19. Blair Ferguson
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor
Loanhead Miners Youth FC
Lewis Kynoch wasn't on the scoresheet, but he produced some great skill and awareness to create chances for his side.
Michael Lennie was a commanding presence at the back and produced a real captain's performance.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor
Loanhead Miners Youth FC
Kieran Savage's goal may not have been the easiest on the eyes, but it was a crucial moment at an important time.
Nobody could have predicted Lewis Marshall's 35 yard effort right at the very end, let alone seeing it crash off the bar, and it would have been a goal that lasted long in the memory.
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