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Clinical AC Oxgangs see off Penicuik

AC Oxgangs 5

Neill 8, Carrick 16, 20, 50, Beaton 52

Penicuik Athletic FC Blues 0

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Colinton Mains Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup
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.
  • Half Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 3-0
  • Penicuik Athletic FC Blues
Despite a quieter end to the first half for Oxgangs, they came out for second half in the same vain as the first. 5 minutes gone and Jamie Carrick sealed his hat-trick. The through ball looked as though it was too pacey for the striker to latch onto, but that wasn’t the case. Carrick nipped to the ball ahead of the keeper before slotting home into the empty net. Another cool finish to round off a fine performance for the forward.
Oxgangs weren’t done either as they saved arguably their best until last. Ben Pritchett held onto the ball on the edge of the box before playing it to his right towards Robbie Beaton. No touch was required, as he curled the ball effortlessly around the helpless keeper and into the right corner of the net. A superb goal created by two of Oxgangs stand-out players.
The home side continued to press for large parts of the second half until the final fifteen minutes when Penicuik sprung back to life. Substitute Ross Hewitt almost making it count when he tested Whitelaw from a free-kick. His effort was decent, but it was no real trouble for the Oxgangs keeper who comfortably palmed the ball over the bar.
Despite their attempts, it was all too little, too late for Penicuik. Even with the final effort of the game they found themselves denied by the woodwork once more. Ross Aitken’s speculative long range effort cannoned off the bar and away from danger. Any lower with the shot and Penicuik would have at least put a well-deserved goal to their name.
In the end AC Oxgangs were deserved winners though as they got their reward for their clinical finishing. Penicuik will perhaps feel the score line didn’t do them justice, but finding that elusive goal was too much for them today. 
It’s cup action again for both sides next week in the Craig Cowans Memorial Cup. Penicuik face the prospect of another Division 1 side in the form of Dalkeith Miners CYP, while AC Oxgangs travel to take on Leith Athletic YFC.
  • Full Time:
  • AC Oxgangs
  • 5-0
  • Penicuik Athletic FC Blues


AC Oxgangs
Penicuik Athletic FC Blues
1. Lewis Whitelaw
2. Calum Miller
3. Corey Robertson
4. Robbie Beaton
5. Paul Weir
6. Raymond Law
7. Alexander Lee
8. Coner Purvis
9. Joshua Neill
10. Jamie Carrick
11. Tommy Duncan
12. Rowan Fife
16. Nathan Johnson
17. Keir Falconer
18. Scott Broughton
22. Ben Pritchett
1. Reiss Jeffries
3. Kieran Fergusson
4. Callum Mackenzie
6. Edoardo Tappari
7. Joe Viola
8. Cammy Sclater
9. Ross Hewit
10. Ben Gracie
11. Chris Drummond
14. Jordan Quinn
16. Cameron Allen
17. Andrew Foley
18. Ross Aitken
Star Player
AC Oxgangs
Penicuik Athletic FC Blues
Jamie Carrick - The striker did exactly what was asked of him today. Grabbed himself a hat-trick and was a nuisance for the away defence.
Joe Viola - Was involved in the majority of Penicuik's attacking chances. Was unlucky not to have scored or got an assist.
Magic Moment
AC Oxgangs
Penicuik Athletic FC Blues
Robbie Beaton's curling effort was excellent. Great hold up play and patience by Oxgangs before Beaton struck it wonderfully first time into the corner of the net.
Joe Viola's run and cutback in the first half. A great run by Viola to beat two Oxgangs players for pace before an unselfish cutback. If it wasn't for Whitelaw it would have been a lifeline for Penicuik.
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AC Oxgangs
Penicuik Athletic FC Blues
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