AC Oxgangs Under-17s emerged narrow victors after defeating Leith Athletic 2-1 in the second round of the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup at Colinton Mains Park.
Oxgangs’ Barry Gray felt his side just shaded the tie and is delighted the recent run of form, which has seen his team win five out of six games in all competitions, continue.
He said: “The games are always very tight between the sides and there never seems to be more than a goal in it. I would say we probably had a few more chances than them but at 2-1 it could have gone either way. The boys are starting to believe in themselves.”
The three goals all arrived in the first half, with Leith unable to find an equaliser after the break. Leith took the lead when James Harvey found the back of the net from close range, but Grant McEwan levelled for the home side with a neat finish. Oxgangs then took the lead with ten minutes remaining of the first half which ultimately turned out to be the winning strike.
James Williamson picked up the ball and dribbled past a couple of Leith players before firing a powerful strike on goal which crept in at the post from 20 yards.
Leith Athletic coach John Gavin was disappointed to exit the cup but was satisfied with the performance.
Gavin said: “It was a fairly even game and maybe they deserved to edge it overall, but the last 20 minutes we could have nicked another goal. I’m happy with the start we have made to the season so hopefully we’ll keep progressing.”
Star continue to shine
Star ‘A’ CYP 19s continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 victory away to Currie BC in the second round of the David Murray Cup at Meggetland 3G. The first goal duly arrived after two minutes when Star’s Blair Monteith turned the ball into his own net from close range to hand Currie the initiative. But Craig Bonnar proved to be the hero as he turned the game on its head with two fine strikes of his own.
The match winner showed great composure and vision to chip the goalkeeper for his first effort before an explosive strike from distance was enough to send Star through to the quarter-finals.
Star coach Daniel Louden was pleased to get through the tie but admitted his side weren’t at their peak. He said: “Currie are one of the toughest we have had this year so far. We’re through but we can play better.”
Currie’s Colin MacBeth was pleased with his side’s performance but feels there has been a presence missing in his striking department sso far this season.
MacBeth said: “We’ve played Star ‘A’, Spartans and Dalkeith, who are all good teams and have given them good matches. But we have missed our striker David Gebbie through suspension so we’ll have him back for our next match.”
Currie won’t stay down
Currie Star Under-16s scraped through to the second round of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy after an epic 5-4 victory over Spartans FC Whites at East Pilton Park.
This goal fest had already produced six goals prior to the break as both teams couldn’t be separated with the score tied 3-3.
However, it was Currie Star who prevailed after adding a further two strikes compared to Spartans’ solitary effort in the second half.
Spartans went 2-0 up courtesy of James Hamilton and Matthew Young before Currie hit back with strikes from Mark Stafford and Jamie Palmer. However, Hamilton fired Spartans into a 3-2 lead with his second goal of the game, but Currie were not to be outdone as Palmer struck again to tie it up at 3-3.
Spartans once again restored their lead when Gavin Cross converted but Greg Benson made it all-square at 4-4.
The visitors then took the lead for the first time in the match when Palmer struck for his hat-trick ten minutes from time.
The victorious Currie coach Raymond Johnstone said: “We started off slow but we showed great spirit to comeback in what was a typical cup tie.”