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Heartbreak for Civil Service Strollers as Currie Star Colts come from behind to win on penalties

Currie Star Colts 5

Sobiesiek 14, 38, 65, Paterson 20, Smith 35,

Civil Service Strollers 5

Rowe 13, Milne 36, King 40, Buchanan 60, Smyth 70+1
  • Currie Star Colts win 5-4 on penalties

Reuben Flapan stood his ground to save the crucial penalty from Igor Sobiesiek in a dramatic Charles Kelvin Cup semi final on a blustery winters morning at Balerno High School.

Currie Star Colts raced into an early lead on 13 minutes but found themselves going into the break down by two goals.

However the home side fought back twice in the second half to force a penalty shoot-out, including a last minute equaliser from Ben Smyth.

Civil Service Strollers started the brighter of the two, as Marc Shortel guided a loose ball onto the foot of a post before Jamie Kerr curled over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Currie Star were at their best on the counter attack in the early stages, goalkeeper Rory James came to smother a few crosses, as well as Smyth and Santosh Rowe both going close.

The breakthrough for Currie Star came through the impressive Rowe, who picked the ball up from Patrick Milne on the left wing before drifting inside and rifling a shot into the top left corner past the helpless James in goal. 

The equaliser came almost moments later, Shortel showed some nimble footwork to reach the byline, before looking up and rolling to Sobiesiek inside the area. The midfielder sidestepped a challenge before drilling the ball across goalkeeper Flapan and into the bottom right corner.

The visitors then turned the score on its head on the 20 minute mark as Calvin Paterson got the run on his marker to prod home at the near post from a corner.

Chances followed at both ends in the lead up to halftime, Flapan swiped away to clear a bobbling strike from Kerr and then Smyth passed up two reasonable chances to equalise at the other end, the second of which - a towering header from a corner which was held onto by James.

With the half coming to a close, Sobiesiek picked out Adam Smith with an inch-perfect diagonal free kick. Smith then brought the ball down for teammate Shortel, but the striker saw his attempt smartly stopped as Flapan parried behind.

A corner followed, and as the ball fell to Smith, he still had a great deal to do. The winger spun with a neat dragback before bending the ball perfectly into the top right corner from the edge of the area to double his side’s lead on the stroke of halftime.

 

A lively start to the second half was just what the home side needed as Daniel King floated a peach of a cross into the area from a deep free kick. The ball was met firmly by the head of Milne, helping the ball past James, who was left with no chance just 60 seconds into the second period.

A few minutes later, however, Civil Service Strollers would have their two goal cushion restored through Sobiesiek once again. The ball was worked over from the left of the box, from Shortel to Kerr. The latter unselfishly squared to Sobiesiek, who at the second attempt, bundled home his second of the game from close range.

Daniel King, who was a dominant and composed figure in the middle of the park for Currie star, struck from inside the area on 40 minutes to half the deficit once agin and revive home side’s hopes, that looked like they could have been slipping away moments earlier.

Kerr saw a free kick from 20 yards saved and held by goalkeeper Flapan. Rowe was then up the other end moments later and powered a strike into the side netting from a tight angle.

Another opportunity fell the way of Kerr on 52 minutes. The attacker died everything right, but fired his effort narrowly wide of the far post.

Rowe once again went close for the home side in their pursuit of an equaliser, flashing an acrobatic effort on the half volley just wide of the far corner.

The equaliser finally did come through a fantastic strike from Cameron Buchanan, who found himself with time and space, albeit more than 30 yards out from goal. That didn’t stop him as he unleashed a rocket that arrowed into the top left corner to level the score at four a piece.

The woodwork was do deny Civil Service Strollers from re-taking the lead. Shortel teed up midfielder Sobiesiek, who curled an effort brilliantly, only to see it come back off the top of the upright.

Seven minutes from time, Kerr knocked the ball past Flapan as he was going away from goal. The Goalkeeper looked to be late to the ball, and as Kerr went down, protests roared from the visiting end - but nothing given.

Two minutes on and it seemed not to matter as Sobiesiek surged through the heart of the Currie star defence, shrugged off the surrounding defenders and deftly guided the ball beneath Flapan. 

However there was to be one final twist on the tale: the hardworking was Smyth picked out in space on the right side of the area, and the striker made no mistake with the finish - low and hard, across the goalkeeper to tie the game at 5-5 right at the death.

Ruthven Dunn guided the opening spot kick into the top left corner beyond James, who went the right way. Marc Shortel calmly rolled his into the bottom right corner for the visitors. The teams continued to trade blows: King and Rowe both converted for Currie Star, with Smith and Kerr netting for Civil Service Strollers to equal the score at 3-3. Smyth tucked away for Currie Star before Sharif Hashim’s kick was tipped by Flapan, although he couldn’t prevent the ball squirming beyond him. Buchanan lifted his kick high and up the middle to pour all the pressure onto the shoulders of Sobiesiek. The midfielder, who had showed excellent composure through the match, hit his spot kick straight down the goalkeeper’s throat - who stood his ground to deny. A hard fought victory for Currie Star Colts who book themselves a place in the final against one of: Craigroyston BC, Edinburgh United Colts or Gullane Athletic. A hard loss to take for Civil Service Strollers having lead for long periods of time in what proved to be a very entertaining match.

Final Result: Currie Star Colts win 5-4 on penalties

Lineups

Currie Star Colts
Civil Service Strollers
1. Reuben Flapan
2. Ruthven Dunn
3. Cameron Buchanan
4. Daniel King
5. Cameron Lamont
6. Christopher Ramsey
7. Santos Rowe
8. Charlie Kentish
9. Sam Calder
10. James Gallagher
11. Fraser Kentish
12. Patrick Milne
13. Luke Tallaron
14. Joe Dobson
15. Jamie Steven Alexander
16. Sean Garotti
17. Oliver Hean
18. Ben Smyth
1. Rory James
3. Josh McIntyre
5. Igor Zozula
6. Wakka Ceesay
7. Adam Smith
8. Igor Sobiesiek
10. Marc Shortel
11. Jamie Kerr
12. Thomas Hughes
15. Calvin Paterson
16. Sharif Hashim
Star Player
Currie Star Colts
Civil Service Strollers
Santosh Rowe was a standout for Currie Star Colts. The winger create multiple scoring opportunities for him and his teammates thanks to his direct running ability and willingness to shoot whenever the chance came about - rewarded with a fine opening goal.
Igor Sobiesiek was the standout for Civil Service Strollers. The powerful central midfielder grabbed himself a hattrick on the day and displayed excellent composure on the ball in tight spaces as well as a willingness to get up and support the front two.
Magic Moment
Currie Star Colts
Civil Service Strollers
A goal that played a pivotal role in the comeback - Cameron Buchanan’s long range effort was the pick of the bunch for Currie Star Colts despite multiple other worthy goals. Buchanan is unlikely to have hit a ball much sweeter as it flew into the top corner past James, who had absolutely no chance.
Adam Smith’s goal to give Civil Service Strollers a 3-1 lead just before the break was the highlight for the visitors. A well-executed dragback from the wideman to buy him a yard of space on the edge before unleashing a superb bending effort into the top right corner.

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