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Set pieces pay off for Musselburgh Windsor in victory over Calvary Park

Cavalry Park 2

Davies 6 (pen), Cole 86

Musselburgh Windsor 4

Young 14, Wilson 31, Fitzpatrick 34, Tracey 65
  • Saturday, 06 October 2018
  • Portobello High School
  • Under 17´s
  • South East Region Cup

Musselburgh Windsor defeated Calvary Park for the second time in a week, scoring three times from set pieces in a 4-2 win, to advance into the third round of the South East Region Cup.

The two revved up sides began the game at a frantic pace, with both passing presentable chances wide within the first three minutes. It thus came as no surprise that by the sixth minute the game had a goal. Cavalry’s Robbie Walker was deemed to have been tripped in the box, and Tom Davies duly pummelled the penalty unstoppably into the top right corner.

Matters were soon level, however, as a dead ball at the other end provided an equaliser in the 14th minute. Ciaran Young’s free kick was too bold to handle, ending up over the line, bringing very different emotions to the respective teams.

A second nearly came immediately, with Kacper Michalak sliding Ben Tracey through, but a covering boot deflected that effort towards the side-netting. Calvary, and Andrew Mackenzie in particular, were then denied twice by Windsor keeper Ross McRae, first from a close-range header and then after a run clear from halfway.

Goals seemed due, and arrived as two corners in quick succession swung the game in Musselburgh’s favour. In the 31st minute Young’s ball from the right fell to captain Robbie Wilson to turn home for 2-1.

Two minutes later, Tracey’s winding run and shot forced another set piece, which was met with a meaty header from Connor Fitzpatrick for Windsor’s third.

  • Half Time:
  • Cavalry Park
  • 1-3
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Cavalry Park had some pressure to conclude the first half. They had plenty more to start the second, with Davies thumping a pull back against the bar from eight yards only two minutes in. Yet as time drifted so the pressure eased, and Musselburgh could have stolen another when Lewis Dyke sent Tracey loose, but his shot this time went left.

In the 65th minute that fourth did arrive, with Tracey running free for the third time. Having missed wide left in the second half, and right in the first, this time he opted to go over keeper Lewis Hamilton. The ball dropped two yards short, but the forward nodded in before cover could arrive.

Whilst that goal meant the tie was beyond a realistic comeback - and there was nearly a fifth as Dyke’s fighting run and cut back from the right was cleared via their own crossbar - Cavalry Park did make a game of it. The substitution and formation shift that placed Robert Cole on as an advanced left winger dragged Windsor out of shape, and Cole himself caused problems when cutting in to play one-twos.

It was one such move that gave Cavalry their consolation in the 86th minute, with Cole receiving a return pass and poking the ball under the oncoming McRae. There was also time for Mackenzie to advance 40 yards on the right, after a beautiful dummy and crunching challenge, in order to send in one last cross. But as it was headed over the bar so the game ended, with Musselburgh Windsor moving on.

  • Full Time:
  • Cavalry Park
  • 2-4
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Lineups

Cavalry Park
Musselburgh Windsor
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. James Stewart
3. Aaron Smith
4. Sam Gormley (c)
5. Kyle Cooledge
7. Brandon Hunter
8. Robbie Walker
9. Michael Cornelius
10. Tom Davies
11. Andrew Mackenzie
14. Ronan Gallagher
15. Harris Macintosh
16. Murray Lockhart
17. Robert Cole
18. Andrew Bulloch
1. Ross McRae
2. Aaron Matheson
3. Euan Duff
4. Robbie Wilson (c)
5. Sam Bird
7. Lewis Dyke
8. Ciaran Young
9. Connor Fitzpatrick
10. Blair Ramage
11. Ben Tracey
12. Kacper Michalak
14. Devan Craighead
17. Daniel Crooks
Star Player
Cavalry Park
Musselburgh Windsor
Sam Gormley: Cavalry Park’s captain is a ball-playing centre-back, equipped with a stout tackle and strong technique. Although unable to stop everything on the day, his performance was disciplined and full of admirable quality.
Ben Tracey: With better finishing, Tracey could have scored several. Nonetheless, his work as an advanced forward on either wing was a cause of consternation for his opponents. The final goal was definitely merited.
Magic Moment
Cavalry Park
Musselburgh Windsor
The move that saw the ball struck against the bar in the opening exchanges of the second half. From the right wing, it was played inside, across one more, and then down the left wing for the cut back. Cavalry Park were unlucky not to find themselves back in the game in that moment.
Goals are good, but sometimes moments of confidence building are far simpler. Lewis Dyke’s through ball to set Tracey clear towards the start of the second half did not conclude with a finish, but it was a sharp pass at a time when Musselburgh were under pressure. In an instant Windsor were off the back foot and competing again.
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