A BATTLING performance from Currie Star under-16s caused a major cup upset in the second round of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy with a 2-1 win over Cavalry Park.
Division 2 side Currie fully merited their victory with a courageous performance to knock-out the Davidson’s Mains side, from the top division, to defy all the odds.
The home side evidently wanted to win it more and despite having to defend for long periods of the second half at Meggetland, they held on for victory.
The early signs suggested it could be a long afternoon for Star, though, as Cavalry Park took the lead within the opening four minutes.
Harry Davies’ cross from the right flank caused chaos amongst a packed penalty box and the ball ricocheted off a Currie defender and into the net with goalkeeper Callum Thomson rooted to the spot.
Currie Star didn’t let their heads drop despite the early sucker-punch and began to pass the ball around well against their esteemed opponents.
Indeed, it wasn’t long before they were back on level terms and what a delightfully taken goal it was.
Kyle Dixon flicked the ball over a Cavalry defender with ease and then lobbed the ball over the head of advancing Cavalry goalkeeper Lewis Whitelaw and into the net after 22 minutes.
The first period was limited in terms of chances but Currie almost put themselves in front shortly before the interval.
Scott Gourlay’s cross to the back post found Lewis Connor, who had ventured forward, but his header went the wrong side of Whitelaw’s post for Star.
Robbie Renwick, Cavlary’s centre back and captain, did well to carve out a chance for himself early in the second half after a surging run forward, but a superb last-ditch tackle from Connor swiped the ball away from his feet as he was about to strike.
At the other end, Cavlary were starting to cause problems for themselves and an attempted switch across goal led to what proved to be the winning goal – nine minutes into the second period.
Alexander Simpson’s slack pass was intercepted 20-yards out by an alert Dixon, who showed excellent composure to continue his run into the box before firing across Whitelaw and into the bottom corner of the net.
Cavalry Park were hoping to draw inspiration from their second string ‘Colts’ side, who had beaten Currie 2-1 the week before on league duty, and they went in search of an equaliser.
David Lindsay should have done better at the back post for Cavalry but – with the goal gaping – he somehow put his shot wide with his right boot.
Indeed, if he had used his left Cavalry would have been level.
Cavalry began to cut a frustrated side, with Renwick in particular, furious at his sides’ inability to find an equaliser – but was this was down to a dominant Currie rearguard, who were intent on preserving their lead rather than Cavalry’s slackness in front of goal.
In fact, it was Currie who looked more likely to get the third, with two chances in the space of ten minutes.
Cavalry were throwing defenders forward in search of their elusive equaliser and this left them susceptible to counter-attacks from Currie.
Currie’s left back Domenico Pacitti almost caught out Whitelaw with his cross-come- shot – which was heading for the top corner – but as well as beating the ‘keeper it just drifted wide of the post, before Mark McGovern’s shot from a tight angle was forced wide.
Would Currie be left to rue those missed chances to kill the game off?
It looked like they would as Cavalry began to muster threatening attacks on the Currie goal.
Davies was gifted the chance to level after Lindsay played him in but he skewed his attempt wide and then Thomson did brilliantly to save and clear at the feet of Simpson, who looked set to atone for his earlier error.
But it wasn’t to be for Cavalry as Currie held on to secure their upset, with Liam Hutchison and Marc McCall each producing timely interventions to thwart the away side in the dying minutes.
Currie Star: Callum Thomson, Donnie Campbell, Lewis Connor, Jack Blaney, Liam Hutchison, Marc McCall, Mark McGovern, Kyle Dixon, Phillip Blaney, Scott Gourlay, Sam Millar, Cameron Ross, Domenico Pacitti, Murray Drew.
Cavalry Park: Lewis Whitelaw, Calum Shields, Calum Dunn, David Lindsay, Kobi May, Robbie Renwick, Aidan Holligan, Ross Lamb, Dylan Noonan, Sam Laverty, Brandon Archibald, Alexander Simpson, James Ahari, Harry Davies.