Dylan Wight fired in a 25-yard free-kick in the final minute to help Newcraighall Leith Vics 16s to a 3-2 win over Edinburgh City 99s 16s in the Division 2 League Cup at Forrester High School.
The visitors, who were 2-1 down at half-time fought back into the game and grabbed two second-half goals including Wight’s late strike to seal the win.
It was Newcraighall’s fourth victory of the Section 2 group stage, which guarantees that they progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
Coach Grant Summerville admitted after the game it’s a trophy his side are hopeful of winning.
“I think we’ve got a good chance,” he said. “We’ve won four out of four so far in the competition, which puts us joint top of Section 2, so we’ll be in the semis.
“We’ll be taking each game as it comes though.”
Summerville admitted his side’s performance in the second half was a big improvement.
“We beat them 9-2 at home earlier in the season and compared to then we looked like a completely different team first half. The second half we looked a lot better on and off the ball.”
“I told them to keep it on the deck and we focused on short, quick passes and it paid off.”
On a frosty afternoon at Forrester, Edinburgh kicked off and it didn’t take long before they had the ball in the net.
Three minutes in, Reiss Philp brought it forward down the right-hand side before cutting inside on to his favoured left foot and finding the net from the corner of the area.
Newcraighall were shell-shocked but wasted no time in carving out a response. Minutes later, they almost levelled things when Ben Taylor hit the post with a pin-point shot from the edge of the box.
After trialist keeper John Gallacher pulled out a few smart stops to keep Newcraighall at bay, the home side finally succumbed to the pressure on the half-hour mark. The ever-present Taylor played a neat one-two with Cameron Forsyth before dinking the ball over the goalie and prodding in for 1-1.
The visitors were only on level terms for five minutes, however, as Edinburgh clawed back their lead again. Donald Dixon’s drilled corner evaded everyone except Dylan Caldwell in the box and it was the number 12 who rolled the loose ball in from four yards.
Newcraighall almost went in on equal terms with their opponents when Kieran Walton took the game into his own hands, trying a hopeful 25-yard strike at goal. The ball flew over the head of Gallacher in the Edinburgh goal and looked to be heading in but instead crashed off the crossbar.
Into the second 40, the visitors came out looking a lot more accomplished on the ball and within two minutes of the restart they were on level terms once again. On the counter-attack Forsyth played a perfectly weighted through ball to Christopher Sanchez. As he and Gallacher came together to meet the forward pass it ricocheted off the No.7’s shin to find the empty net.
Edinburgh weren’t enjoying as much possession because Newcraighall continuously chased the ball down in search of another goal. It seemed, however, that the visitors weren’t going to get a break in the final third to go away with the points.
The hosts had held on 79 minutes of the 80 but just couldn’t see it out. A free-kick, awarded on the edge of the box, was brilliantly taken by Wight who got the ball to dip over the wall and in, much to his team-mates’ jubilation.
Edinburgh City 99s 16s: John Gallacher, Jamie Ferry, Fraser Houston, Cameron Milligan, Reiss Philp, Michael McLaren, Billy Nicol, Rhys Anderson, Dylan Caldwell, Ewan Robertson, Donald Dixon, Luke Maxwell, Liam Crombie, Ben Philp, Josh Reddington.
Newcraighall Leith Victoria 16s: Graeme Fowler, Lewis Gray, Connor McHarg, Dylan Wight, Oisin Wheelan, Christopher Sanchez, Owen Miller, Cameron Summerville, Cameron Forsyth, Kieran Walton, Ben Taylor, Ben Bathgate, Liam Hunter, Matthew Thomson, Jamie Stewart.