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Oxgangs shocked by late Cavalry charge

Cavalry Park 2

Nhamburo 73' 86'

AC Oxgangs 1

Beaton 57'
  • Sunday, 15 February 2015
  • Meggetland Sports Complex
  • Under 17´s
  • Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup

Charalambos (Harvey) Nafpliotis | YFS South East Region Journalist

Cavalry Park hosted AC Oxgangs in the semi-final of the Victor Paris Bathrooms cup at Meggetland Sports Complex. 
Of the two sides it must be said that AC Oxgangs certainly started the brightest, playing fast football and interchanging a number of passes in midfield. This early dominance led to a chance for Oxgang’s number 10 Jamie Carrick who latched on to a headed pass by Beaton and found himself one on one with Cavalry goalkeeper Cockburn. The young goalkeeper reacted well however racing off his line to collect the ball before Carrick could pull the trigger. 
A few moments later Cockburn would be called on again to deny Carrick, as a through ball from Lee found the forward whose effort was well saved by the Cavalry goalkeeper.
Cavalry would soon after prove that they too possessed danger in the forward areas as Pajek controlled a loose ball on his chest before hammering an effort towards goal. The strike may have gone well over however it was a great piece of skill from Pajek and he looked to grow in confidence as a result of the effort. 
Pajek was involved in another move, beating two men and hammering a low drive towards goal, this time drawing a good save from Oxgang's goalkeeper Whitelaw.
Perhaps sensing that the tide in the game may well be turning, Oxgang's midfielder Lee took it upon himself to change that. With the ball played in to his feet from the back, the midfielder took the ball for a run down the left side, liking well with Carrick whose dipping cross come shot went narrowly over the relieved Cockburn’s bar. 
From this point on AC Oxgangs dominated in terms of possession until the interval. This is not to say that Cavalry were without threat however, Pajek turned provider late on in the first half crossing a ball in from deep for Dixon who’s shot was brilliantly saved by Whitelaw.   
Indeed Oxgang's can count Paul Weir at centre back as a major reason for their success in the first half. The centre back was in inspired form. 
Weir was on hand late in the first half to deny Cavalry forward Nhamburo when he broke free and was baring down on goal. Defensive duties aside the AC Oxgangs captain showed great composure winning a number of headers and keeping possession for his team. 
Despite Oxgang's dominance in possession and chances for both sides the teams went in level at half time.  
  • Half Time:
  • Cavalry Park
  • 0-0
  • AC Oxgangs

Cavalry Park looked determined to start the second half in a better fashion than the first. The spearhead of the attack for Cavalry was once again Pajek who looked very assured as he played a one two with Jason Scott before cutting inside the Oxgang’s box, beating three men on his way to a low shot which was well blocked by Beaton and out  for a corner. Pajek can count himself unlucky not to have opened the scoring despite a classy move, a resolute AC Oxgangs defence denying the forward.

AC Oxgangs seemed to respond well to the warning from Pajek and they themselves would open the scoring soon after. Great team play saw Lee link with Rowe on the edge of the Cavalry box, Rowe found AC’s number 13 who delivered a pinpoint ball for the awaiting Robbie Beaton who’s powerful effort blasted through a ruck of Cavalry players before finding the bottom corner. 1-0 Oxgangs with 12 minutes of the second half gone.

17 minutes in to the second half saw a pivotal moment in the game as tempers flared resulting in the dismissal of Calum Paterson for the hosts. Often in football such a dismissal would have a negative effect on the team playing with 10. On this occasion the dismissal seemed to galvanise Cavalry however as they adapted their game plan to deal with being a man down and looked to create chances to bring themselves back in to the game.

Cavalry seemed to change their shape after the dismissal with Nhamburo at the tip of the attack, the imposing striker using his size well to control direct passes from deep. This approach seemed to have the desired effect for Cavalry as the clock neared the half hour mark. With 28 minutes played Nhamburo latched on to a long ball from Scott, brushing aside a challenge before lofting the ball over the Oxgangs goalkeeper to level the game. It was a composed finish from the striker who will have been delighted with the effort.

Far from being disheartened from conceding Oxgangs would attempt to recapture control of the game late on. Lee linked up with Duncan who cut inside and drew a smart save from Cockburn in the Cavalry goal. It must be noted that as the game came to its conclusion Oxgangs would continue to exhibit a preference for passing the ball well and looking to unlock the opposition defence. By contrast Cavalry Park would opt for the opposite and more direct approach.

However with a place in the final at stake any team would be forgiven for abandoning pleasing on the eye football in the search for a winner. With 41 minutes on the clock another long ball from the Cavalry midfield bounced in front of the onrushing Nhamburo, and in what proved almost a carbon copy of his first the striker dinked the ball in to the net with the aid of the post to make it 2-1.

In all a game which AC Oxgangs may well feel they should have won, however credit must be given to a depleted Cavalry park side who adapted well and took their chances to progress. Congratulations to Cavalry Park on reaching the final! Commiserations to Oxgangs who can perhaps take comfort in the fact that if they continue to play football in the manner which they did success will soon follow.

  • Full Time:
  • Cavalry Park
  • 2-1
  • AC Oxgangs


Cavalry Park
AC Oxgangs
1. Craig Cockburn
2. Kamil Sitowski
3. Jamie Clugston
4. Finlay Goodlad
5. Gregor Young
6. Calum Paterson
7. Kyle Dixon
8. Jason Scott
9. Milosz Pajek
10. Connor Stevens
11. Samuel Nhamburo
15. Robbie Howie 18. Daniel Mullins
1. Lewis Whitelaw
2. Calum Miller
4. Robbie Beaton
5. Paul Weir
6. Raymond Law
7. Alexander Lee
9. Joshua Neil
10. Jamie Carrick
11. Tommy Duncan
15. Samuel Odetayo
16. Kyle Rowe
17. Nathan Johson
18.Scott Broughton
Star Player
Cavalry Park
AC Oxgangs
Samuel Nhamburo - Undoubtedly his team's standout man. 2 Great goals to take his team through to the next round.
Paul Weir - Assured at the back and a commanding presence. The Oxgangs captain had a great game at the back.
Magic Moment
Cavalry Park
AC Oxgangs
Both finishes by forward Samuel Nhamburo were outstanding, showing real class when one on one with a goalkeeper.
A fantastic long range pass from Oxgangs' Alexander Lee towards Jamie Carrick stands out for me in what was a good team performance from AC. Lee's long range ball cleared a good 25 yards before finding his team mate and sending him on his way to a dangerous attack. Very nice.
Club Views
Cavalry Park
AC Oxgangs
Coach Brian lee remarked - "I thought we played well, we were the better team in the first half, a wee bit quieter in the second half. A few silly mistakes at the back cost us, but good luck to Calvary Park in the final"
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