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Oxgangs hold on to scrape past Loanhead

AC Oxgangs 1

Temple 6

Loanhead Miners 0

  • Saturday, 23 November 2013
  • Meggetland
  • Under 17´s
  • South East Region Cup
Chris Martin

Chris Martin | YFS South East Region Journalist
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On one of the coldest weekends of the year so far Meggetland played host to the South East Region Cup quarter-final clash between AC Oxgangs and Loanhead Miners Youth FC. Before the game many saw Loanhead as favourites after comfortably beating Oxgangs earlier in the season, but in cup games there are always upsets.
 
The game kicked off as the sun gleamed down on the turf, but the temperature still remained a bitter four degrees. This was to be a frosty encounter. As the game began a very physical encounter started as both sides look to assert themselves and take control.
 
Up until the fifth minute it had been a very scrappy affair, and then the first chance of the game came. It was to be a very significant one. A long ball forward by the Oxgangs defence looped over the midfield and fell to Lewis Temple who controlled the ball well, outpaced the defender and coolly slotted home to make it one nil in the sixth minute.
 
The visitors were keen to respond though and immediately launched an attack from kick off. Ryan Weston held the ball up well before laying off Samuel Jones who tried a long range effort from 25 yards. The ball scraped the top of the bar with keeper Robbie Brown stranded.
 
Oxgangs were defending well at the back and were restricting Loanhead to shots from distance. Right back Fraser Shearer took aim from a long way out but it was all too easy for Brown.
 
Weston continued to cause the backline problems however. In the 23rd minute he received the ball at the halfway line before running towards goal. Again he was forced to hold the ball up just outside the opposition box as the Oxgangs backline stood firm. After creating some space however he passed the ball into McKelvey who hit a powerful shot just over the crossbar. Loanhead were determined to get on the scoresheet but the leaders were looking good at the back.
 
The visitors were pressing higher up the field, which was a dangerous strategy to employ with the pacey Temple and Bishop looking to counter for Oxgangs. Loanhead continued to have most of the possession in the first half, but just lacked penetration in the final third of the pitch.
 
Their gamble almost paid off just before half time however as Andrew McNeill found himself some space in the area after a good ball in from out wide by Liam Higgins. He could only hit a tame shot at the goalkeeper however, in what was Loanhead’s best chance so far.
 
Half Time: AC Oxgangs 1 Loanhead Miners Youth FC 0
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 1-0
  • Loanhead Miners
The second half resumed and the same patterns developed as the first with Loanhead looking to get a foothold in the game. They were in the ascendency but just couldn’t find the back of the net. In the 55th minute Higgins received the ball just inside the opposition box and must have thought he was going to score before a fantastic challenge by Sam Philp blocked the ball from hitting the target.
 
Then in the space of ten minutes, end to end penalty shouts for both teams.
 
The first was for Oxgangs in the 60th minute when Temple again used his pace and strength to create a goal-scoring opportunity. With just the goalkeeper to beat the quick number 9 was brought down in the area as both Loanhead centre-backs attempted to slide tackle him. The referee was unimpressed however and waved play on, much to the dismay of the supporters on the sidelines.
 
Then at the other end more controversy as Loanhead were denied what looked to be a stonewall penalty. McKelvey seemed to be bundled over in the box as he was through on goal but the referee instead booked McKelvey for diving. The Loanhead contingent in the crowd certainly weren’t afraid to voice their opinion.
 
As the sun went down and the floodlights came on the game passed the 60 minute mark as Loanhead continued to dominate proceedings, looking the more likely to score out of the two sides. Higgins, who had caused the Oxgangs defence problems all game, had another opportunity in the box, but yet again he was blocked from scoring by the courageous Philp.
 
With 70 minutes on the clock, Loanhead looked to pass the ball around with style in what was their best spell of the game. Some intricate passing between the ever-present McKelvey, ended up with the forward with just the keeper to beat but the number 19 could only put the ball wide past the outstretched Brown.
 
Oxgangs weren’t able to get out of their own half with the pressure Loanhead were piling on. The frustration was building for the Loanhead players and tempers almost boiled over after a rash challenge on one of the Oxgangs midfielders. The players involved in the collision came together and were booked for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
With ten minutes to go the visitors were throwing everyone forward to try and take the game to extra time but the Oxgangs defence were standing firm. In the 85th minute they must have thought they had scored when McKelvey found space in the box following a free-kick. His shot took a sharp deflection off one of the Oxgangs centre-backs forcing a terrific reaction save from Brown who did well to react to the way the ball changed direction to tip the ball around the post.
 
Having scored early on AC Oxgangs held on to win 1-0, despite being on back foot for most of the second half they defended well and now go on to face Hutchison Vale in the semi-finals of the South East Region Cup.
 
 
Full Time: AC Oxgangs 1 Loanhead Miners Youth FC 0
  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 1-0
  • Loanhead Miners

Lineups

AC Oxgangs
Loanhead Miners
1. Robbie Brown
2. Tom Embleton
3. Campbell Stephen
4. Sam Philp
5. Sam Leslie
6. Anthony Harrison
7. Shaun Marshall
8. James Bishop
9. Lewis Temple
10. Paul Macari
11. Jamie Hamilton
12. Robbie Simpson
14. Elliot Sked
15. Finlay Sheach
16. Harvey Blackie
1. Ben Mackenzie
2. Fraser Shearer
3. Liam Taylor
4. Jack Fairgrieve
5. Ross Currie
6. Scott Fairgrieve
7. Liam Matthew
8. Samuel Jones
9. Ryan Weston
10. Ruairidh Crawford
11. Connor Lawrie
12. Andrew McNeill
14. Harry McGill
15. Liam Higgins
16. Dean McCafferty
17. Michael Hutchison
18. Ryan Porteous
19. Patrick Philip McKelvey
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Loanhead Miners
Centre-back Sam Philp led by example at the back and was vocal and commanding. He made it very difficult for Loanhead to create anything in the box. Top defending.
Liam Higgins caused the Oxgangs defense problems all afternoon and never gave up despite how well the opposition defended. His pace and trickery was fantastic.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Loanhead Miners
The goal early on by Temple was a sublime finish which decided the game in his team's favour.
When McKelvey and co looked to pass the ball around in style on the 70th minute it almost led to a goal. It certainly deserved one.
Club Views
AC Oxgangs
Loanhead Miners
Peter Philp, coach of AC Oxgangs, said: "I'm really pleased with the effort, we were on the backfoot in the second half but we hung in till the end."
Peter Kay, coach of Loanhead Miners Youth FC, said: "We were the only team that looked like they wanted to score. They parked the bus. When the keeper makes a wondersave there just before the end you know it's not going to be your day."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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