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AC Oxgangs '95
Colony Park Under 17's
Competition: Scottish Cup Third Round
Venue: Meggetland 3G
Date: 29/10/2011
Author: Joe Reid

AC Oxgangs '95 vs Colony Park Under 17'sScottish Cup third round weekend is upon us and the South East Region meet the North Region as Colony Park Under 17’s travel south to play AC Oxgangs ’95. Both teams entered the game in confident mood with the away team enjoying an unbeaten start to their Great Northern Trophies League B. In the process they have scored an impressive 16 goals and conceded just the one. AC Oxgangs league record of 4 wins and 1 defeat is equally impressive and with a few wins in their games in hand they will be challenging for the top spot. Three weeks without a game certainly negates any freshness issues the home team may have had!

On paper then there was little to choose between the two teams. On a blustery day on Meggetland’s highly regarded 3G pitch it was AC Oxgangs ‘95 who emerged victorious.  

Colony Park got the game underway but it was AC Oxgangs who started the game brighter with Jed Baxter forcing a corner within the first minute. The ball rebounded to him on the right hand side of the box and he chipped the ball into middle for David Scott to head towards goal. Ryan Coutts pulled off an outstanding save in the Colony Park goal to deny Scott the opening goal. The resulting corner saw Baxter swing the ball in left footed towards Murray McCallum but the midfielders effort finished wide.

Up at the other end it the Colony Park’s time to force a fingertip save.  Connor Lunn in the Oxgangs goal did well to save low to his right as Jake Mair crossed in for Mikey Sharp to head at goal. Further chances then came the way of the home side as Declan Hogg set up Aman Habtemaryam following good work down the right hand side. The striker’s cross was met by the left midfielder on the volley but a poor connection allowed to keeper to easily gather. Minutes later Declan Hogg had a go himself following a quick turn but, under pressure from an opponent, the striker appeared to kick the ground before the ball and hit shot bounced into the keeper’s arms.

Both teams settled down after the frantic first 10 minutes and AC Oxgangs started showing glimpses of real quality. A lovely passing move from David Scott and Aman Habtemaryam set up AC Oxgangs’ Man Of The Match Murray McCallum, but a heavy touch allowed Ryan Coutts to gather. A further chance fell to McCallum of 26 minutes but his free header was straight at the keeper after David Scott had swung in a corner from the left. The midfielder made amends a minute later though as he finished in style to make it 1 – 0 to AC Oxgangs. Declan Hogg showed great skill to beat his man on the left by-line and the strikers cross was met at the back-post by McCallum who calmly headed home.

AC Oxgangs '95 vs Colony Park Under 17'sThe home side began to dominate the first half and could have been further in front with more clinical finishing from their two strikers. The first chance fell to Scott and he narrowly chipped wide after being sent clean through on goal. Hogg’s effort a minute later from a 25 yard free-kick was well struck but Coutts was equal to it again. The keeper then pulled off the save of the match to deny McCallum a second as his goal-bound header was expertly tipped onto the post. On 41 minutes the goal of the match was scored by Colony Park’s Mikey Milne. The early substitute received the ball mid-way inside the Oxgangs half and took one touch before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner of the net. From all of 35 yards Milne had dragged his side level at 1-1 and Colony Park looked to be back in the match.

However, an immediate reply came from the home side virtually from the kick off. The very impressive Thabani Patty ran straight at the opposition and played 2 neat one-twos before calmly slotting the ball into the far left hand corner. The move and finish was superb from Oxgangs point of view but Colony Park will feel disappointed with the time and space gifted to the midfielder.

A final chance of the half fell to Habtemaryam after Hogg had taken a free kick quickly to McCallum. The midfielder cut the ball back to the winger but Habtemaryam’s strike was superbly saved and held by Coutts. At 2 – 1 there was always a way back for Colony Park but at 3 -1 this would have been difficult. Credit then to Coutts for some outstanding first half saves.

Half Time: AC Oxgangs '95 2 - 1 Colony Park Under 17's

Colony Park started the second half with a renewed sense of vigour and were determined to become more of an attacking threat. At times though this left them exposed at the back and on 47 minutes Habtemaryam almost made it 3 – 1 after David Scott had burst free down the right hand side and flicked the ball across to the winger. The Oxgang’s player’s effort finished just wide and he was visibly disappointed with his header.

3 – 1 looked like coming though and did on 50 minutes as Adam Spencer met a David Scott corner with his head. The defender had been superb at the back for the home side and complimented this with a well taken offensive effort. Colony Park were still pressing forward at every opportunity though and when Peter Cameron played in Robbie Shaw down the right hand side it looked as though Oxgangs were in trouble. With the keeper committed Shaw clipped the ball over him but his effort sailed inches over the crossbar. Cameron showed good strength in setting up his team-mate and on another day the ball might have found the back of the net.

AC Oxgangs '95 vs Colony Park Under 17'sThe game changed on 63 minutes though as AC Oxgangs went 4 – 1 up. A cracking moving starting with a header from Hogg to substitute Nathan Leicester was capped by a calm finish from David Scott. Colony Park will be disappointed though as the initial header won by Hogg came from their own throw-in, and 10 seconds later the ball was in the back of their net. This goal really took the sting out of the tie and was the start of a 5 goal haul within 12 minutes for the home side.

Thabani Patty made it 5 – 1 with an ambitious strike from 30 yards. The powerful shot found the right hand corner off the inside the post and left the home crowd delighted. 6 – 1 was a tap in for striker David Scott after great work down the right hand side by McCallum who beat two men before slipping the ball to Scott for a simple finish. Mccallum scored his second of the game on 72 minutes with another calm finish after good work from Habtemaryam and Hogg down the Oxgangs left. The final goal for Oxgangs was created by David Scott down the Oxgangs right this time. His pace took him past two defenders before he cut the ball back to Jed Baxter to finish low into the right hand corner.

AC Oxgangs '95 vs Colony Park Under 17'sThe Man Of The Match in Colony Park’s team was undoubtedly Robbie Shaw and he made the scoresheet on the 85th minute. Good pace and strength took him clear of Adam Spencer in defence and the Colony Park players showed great composure to slip the ball under the Oxgangs keeper.

8 – 2 in all honestly was a little harsh on what was a spirited Colony Park performance but the moments of real quality all belonged to AC Oxgangs. The home side were very impressive on the day and no-one can deny that they thoroughly deserved their win. 

Full Time: AC Oxgangs '95 8-2 Colony Park Under 17's

AC Oxgangs '95
Colony Park Under 17's
1. Connor Lunn
2. Nathan Leicester
3. Fraser Wells
4. Aman Habtemaryam
5. Thabani Patty
6. Andrew Thom
8. Murray McCallum
9. Declan Hogg
11. Andrew Swinney
12. David Scott
14. Connaire Lyons
15. Adam Spencer
17. Jed Baxter
21. Bruce Connely
1. Ryan Coutts
2. Robbie Shaw
3. Greg Angus
4. Ben Rattray
5. Mikey Milne
6. Dan Crisp
7. Dan Smith
8. Calvin Roddie
9. Peter Cameron
10. Mikey Sharp
11. David Walls
12. Bradley Boyd
14. Jake Mair
15. Greig Adams
16. Craig Wight
17. Matthew Battensby
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Givova UK Man of the Match: Murray McCallum
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