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Newcraighall felled by sublime Spartans free kick

Newcraighall Leith Vics 0

Spartans FC Youth 1

Heinemeier 81
  • Saturday, 14 March 2015
  • Newcraighall Park
  • Under 19´s
  • SERYFL D2 League Cup
Newcraighall Leith Vics went down 0-1 to Spartans FC Youth in a very tight and hard fought game.
A superb free kick from Aaron Heinemeier for the visitors produced the only goal of the game to secure the three points for the Ainslie Park men.
Spartans got the game underway but the home side started the brighter of the two teams and showed their intent when they forced a corner two minutes in. Scott Thorburn swung in a corner from the right which was met by the head of Kieran Johnstone but his effort went wide of the right hand upright.
Newcraighall were on the front foot and won another corner when Jordan William's shot was deflected. Thornburn swung in another corner from the left this time but Aaron Heinemeier headed behind for the home sides third corner in the opening five minutes. Again it was Thorburn on corner duty and he played a short ball to Sam Nicol who whipped in a cross but Taylor Philip headed wide.
The visitors first real attack came on six minutes when a long ball found Mario Falsone and he played in Brad Fergie. Nick Marshall was the recipient of Fergies pass but his shot looped up into the air and Campbell Johnston in the Newcraighall goal came and claimed the ball.
Spartans were struggling to cope with the strong start from the home side and they were under attack again down the left this time when Williams made a great run evading three challenges from Spartans players but unfortunately his ball into the box did not match the quality of his run.
The visitors did get forward when Jordan Lock found Marshall with a great diagonal pass but his ball into the box was headed clear by Conner Henderson for the home side.
Taylor Philip produced a delightful chip over the top of the Spartans defence but Tomasz Wieruszewski was alert to get out quickly to collect before Daniel Garvey could get to the ball.
Spartans were starting to get into the game and Marshall saw his shot save comfortably, then a free kick awarded inside the Newcraighall half was floated out to the left side by Blair Lawson but the ball in was just to long for Fergie and the ball went harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Falsone had a great chance for the visitors when he found himself in the box 16 yards out but he sliced his shot which meant neither keeper still had not been forced into a save of any note with 20 minutes gone in the game. Spartans then were awarded a free kick after Sam murphy was brought down but Lock put his 30 yard strike straight down Johnston's throat.
The game was pretty even now and but Newcraighall came close when Nicol played a ball into the box which Wieruszewski had to watch closely as it just dipped over the bar.
Both sides had good opportunities to open the scoring within a minute of one another when firstly a free kick from Falsone for the visitors found Marshall inside the box but he scuffed his shot then Garvey latched onto a ball in the box for the home side but he hooked his shot over the bar from six yards out.
Thirty minutes gone and both teams were going for it and it was the visitors who produced the next chance but Falsone who was getting into some great position in and around the box blasted over the bar from 16 yards. Lock then showed great footwork on the edge of the box and after he shifted the ball onto his favoured side it looked like he was going to shoot but instead of getting his shot away he decided to play the ball out to the right and the chance was gone.
A corner on the right for the visitors was whipped in by Marshall and powerfully met by the head of Fergie who directed the ball wide of target but even if he had scored it would not have counted as the referee pulled the play back for what he deemed to be a foul on the keeper.
Newcraighall looked to have broke the deadlock minutes from half time when Garvey played a delightful chip over Wieruszewski and with the ball behind him he some how produced a super one handed save to put the ball behind for a corner, he then punched clear the resulting corner.
The final chance of the half came in the visitors favour when Fergie had a great opportunity to get a shot away but wanted the extra touch which allowed Johnston in goal to force him wide and make sure the half finished 0-0.
  • Half Time:
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics
  • 0-0
  • Spartans FC Youth
Newcraighall got the game restarted after the interval and were right on the attack from the kick off through Jordan Williams down the left side.
Spartans then tested Johnston in the Newcraighall goal after Nick Faulkener played in a free kick which allowed Fergie to get a shot away but Johnston did brilliantly to block the shot. Spartans were nearly in again when Murphy tried to find Fergie with a through ball which would have seen him in one on one with the home keeper if not for a great interception from Michael Doctor.
The home side then pushed forward and Philip found himself bearing down on the Spartans goal but Eoghann Douglas who had defended so well all game was on hand again to put enough pressure on Philip so that he could not get his shot on target.
Spartans had Newcraighalls Kieran Grant to thank for not going behind on 51 minutes after Thorburn played in a corner from the right and Johnstone met the ball brilliantly with his head but his goal bound header came of his team mates back.
Grant then showed great skill when he produced a good turn and hit but Wieruszewski got down well to save then Wieruszewski had to produce a great save to stop his team falling behind from a own goal. A ball into the box saw Williams try a spectacular bicycle kick which he missed and the ball hit Faulkener who knew nothing about it and with the ball heading into the left hand corner, Wieruszewski produced a great reaction save to tip the ball round the post.
Spartans started to take control of the game and they forced several corners which they could not take advantage off but they still poured forward and James Hamilton saw his effort blocked by Doctor. Fergie then turned supplier for Marshall on the right but he saw Johnston who had been fantastic in goal for the home side in the second half save his fierce strike.
Johnston was called into action again when a corner from the left was played in by Falsone and Douglas from six yards out saw the Newcraighall keeper in the right place at the right time to deny him opening the scoring.
Garvey was not amused not be awarded a corner when Wieruszewski clearly got a hand to his shot to divert it behind for a corner. The tempo of the game had slowed but that was expected as both sets of players would have been feeling the pace given the heavy pitch.
It seemed to be Johnston versus the Spartans attack at this time when again the home keeper had to be on his toes to come off his line and dive at Marshalls feet to deny him a shot on goal, then he had to be alert to deny Hamilton after he was played in by Marshall.
The game was becoming a bit scrappy as both teams resorted to the kick and chase root with the passing football on show earlier taking a bit of a back seat. It was Wieruszewski who was next to be tested when he had to show his quick reactions when Williams drove in a low cross from the right which the visitors keeper spilled but he reacted quickly to gather at the second attempt just as Garvey was ready to pounce.
Another great chance for the visitors presented itself on the 76th minute when a ball forward by Douglas came of the head of Newcraighalls Henderson perfectly into the path of Marshall but again Johnston came out, cut the angle down and forced Marshall to put his shot wide.
It looked like it would take either a mistake or something special to break the deadlock in this game as it entered the final 10 minutes looking like a draw was on the cards. This was to prove the case when Newcraighall gave away a needless free kick 25 yards out. Heinemeier took charge, stepped up and fired home a superbly taken free kick to the keepers right to get Spartans noses in front on 81 minutes.
The home side had to push forward looking for the equaliser and Williams had a good attempt from 20 yards out for the home side but his shot went wide of the right hand post.  
Into the last minute and it was all about Spartans holding onto the ball and running down the final 60 seconds and this was no more evident when Lock showed great appetite to chase down the Newgraighall players when they did have the ball and win it back for his side.
Into added on time and Newcraighall were given one last chance to get on level terms when they were awarded a corner. Thorburn who had taken nearly all of the previous corners for the home side floated a ball into the box but Spartans cleared the danger and that was the queue for the referee to blow for full time.
Newcraighall will feel that they deserved something from the game and no one on either side would have argued if the game had finished on level terms as there was nothing really between the sides on the day except a sublime free kick.
Both teams will be back in League Cup action next week again with Newcraighall Leith Vics facing Longniddry Villa away and Spartans FC Youth home to Edinburgh South.
  • Full Time:
  • Newcraighall Leith Vics
  • 0-1
  • Spartans FC Youth


Newcraighall Leith Vics
Spartans FC Youth
2. Conner Henderson
3. Kieran Johnstone
4. Michael Doctor
5. Paul Kennedy
6. Sam Nicol
7. Scott Thorburn
8. Taylor Philp
9. Daniel Garvey
10. Kieran Grant
11. Jordan Williams
12. Cameron Combe
13. Christopher Brown
14. Lewis Knox
15. Martin Morrison
16. Jake Chalmers
69. Campbell Johnston
1. Tomasz Wieruszewski
2. Aaron Heinemeier
3. Nick Faulkener
4. Adam Muir
5. Grant Belcher
6. Sam Murphy
9. James Hamilton
10. Mario Falsone
11. Eoghann Douglas
12. Jordan Lock
14. Keir Marshall
15. Blair Lawson
16. Max Michie
17. Nick Marshall
18. Aiden Smith
19. Brad Fergie
Star Player
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Spartans FC Youth
Campbell Johnston - A outstanding performance especially in the second half from the home sides keeper. Produced save after save to keep his team in the game and was only beaten by a quality free kick.
Brad Fergie - Led the line brilliantly for the visitors, worked tirelessly the whole game and was unlucky not to get himself on the score sheet. He was a thorn in the home sides defence all day.
Magic Moment
Newcraighall Leith Vics
Spartans FC Youth
Jordan Williams spectacular attempt at a bicycle kick in the second half.
Only one winner here and that was Aaron Heinemeier's superb free kick to win the game.
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