AC Oxgangs U17’s progressed through to the next round of the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup with a confident showing against a tough Penicuik Athletic FC Blues side. Despite Penicuik’s 100% league form in Division 2, AC Oxgangs made their superior league status show with goals coming early in both halves.
The home sides’ intent was shown early on. A long goal-kick by Lewis Whitelaw was flicked on for Jamie Carrick who dashed into the box. Reiss Jeffries was out quickly though in the Penicuik goal and perhaps did enough to put the striker off; Carrick’s shot ending up just wide of the post.
Oxgangs continued to pile on the pressure early and it eventually paid off. Breaking down the right hand side, full back Callum Miller overlapped his teammate to eventually receive possession. Miller showed good composure in the final third finding the tall Joshua Neill who showed no hesitation to strike the ball home with ten minutes played.
Penicuik looked to hit back and a better touch by Jordan Quinn inside the opposition box could have led to an opportunity. However, it was Oxgangs who doubled their advantage on 15 minutes. Coner Purvis whipped the ball into the box from the right hand side and Jamie Carrick showed his instinct for goal by heading home.
Minutes later and Oxgangs were further in front. A searching ball from the centre of defence by Raymond Law was latched onto by Carrick. The number 10 then made no mistake with the finish, rifling the ball into the bottom left hand corner to grab his second of the game.
Searching for an early hat-trick, Carrick must have thought he had grabbed it with twenty-two minutes gone. Another fine ball in by set-piece taker Purvis found its way to Carrick at the back post. His diving header looked like a certain goal, but an excellent reaction save by Jefferies denied the on-form striker.
Penicuik certainly didn’t lie down despite the early goals. With twenty five minutes gone Joe Viola’s snap shot was blocked by a great diving tackle from Oxgangs’ defender Paul Weir inside the box. Viola was again involved in the Penicuik attack as he surged into the box down the right hand side. Unselfishly he squared the ball back and Penicuik would have reduced the deficit if it wasn’t for a fine save by Whitelaw.
The momentum was with Penicuik before half-time and only the post could deny them before the whistle. A lung bursting run by Callum Mackenzie was spotted by Quinn, who weighted the lay off to him perfectly. Mackenzie’s pace carried him past the Oxgangs defender and into the box before he cheekily tried to catch Whitelaw at his front post. Thankfully for the home side Mackenzie could only find the woodwork with his effort from a tight angle.