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Whites advance past Cavalry Park eased by late goals

Edinburgh City Whites 4

Jackson 25, Smith 29, Adrian 77, Duncan 79

Cavalry Park 1

Fleming 45
  • Sunday, 17 February 2019
  • Forrester High School
  • Under 16´s
  • Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup

Edinburgh City Whites overcame underdogs Cavalry Park 4-1 to move on in the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup on Sunday. However, the match between Division 2 frontrunners Whites and Division 3 Park was a closer affair than the scoreline suggests as two late goals punctured the visitor’s gusto.

Indeed, with Edinburgh City somewhat disjointed for the first ten minutes, the favourites were initially on the back foot. The first three efforts all were Cavalry Park’s, two of which came from uneasy clearances. Yet Whites located their calm and by midway through the half were making the better opportunities. A neat ball by Owen Irvine played Charlie Cameron down the right channel, but his shot slide past the far post, and Cavalry Park’s own wayward clearance nearly presented Tucker Smith a one-on-one.

Matters remained even when Park captain Thomas Ritch’s cross gave Nathaniel Beech-Brandt a volleying chance against a curious lack of defenders, but in the 25th minute the stalemate was broken. The goal came from left winger James Jackson, and came like an electric shock. Previously quiet, Jackson received the ball 25 yards from goal, suddenly scorched past his fullback, and poked the ball past keeper Callum Manson.

One became two in the 29th minute when a lofted ball by Irvine dropped behind the defence and eight yards out. Striker Smith, keeper Manson, and a covering defender all converged, with Smith able to nod the ball goalwards before they all crashed. The ball crept over the line to reward his bravery.

2-0 was a harsh half-time score for Cavalry Park, for whom captain Ritch was working relentlessly in central midfield. The final three shots of the half were also theirs, but without a goal they were in trouble.

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City Whites
  • 2-0
  • Cavalry Park

It took five minutes of a newly windy second half for a goal to arrive. The breeze ought to have been in Whites’ favour, but a free kick drilled at chest height from halfway passed everyone bar Connor Fleming. He duly advanced on the goal and lifted his shot over Jordan Moffat to reduce arrears.

As in the first half, Edinburgh City were starting slowly, struggling to adapt to the wind which sent too many forward balls trundling out for goal kicks. Park, conversely, were beginning to believe in a second. It nearly came for Fleming after Beech-Brandt persevered down the left. By the time a pass was squared Park were only 6 yards from goal; Moffat was courageous to dive out and ensure there was no space for a true shot.

However, again mirroring the first half, Edinburgh City found some control. Substitute Gab Peter led by example, keeping poised short passes on the floor, supported ably by fellow arrival Pol Adrian and the game’s smoothest performer, Lucas Armes. A stinging shot by Irvine and a back post header from an acute angle by Marcus Duncan could have extended the lead.

Peter did brilliantly to track back and extinguish a breakaway by Fleming, but the burn in Cavalry Park’s legs was beginning to show. Buoyed on from the bench they kept running, but the final five minutes proved a struggle. Some head tennis in the 77th minute ended with Adrian nodding in from two yards for 3-1. From then, there was only time left for Duncan to score the goal of the game, smacking a free kick in off the right post in the 79th minute to add some gloss to the result.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City Whites
  • 4-1
  • Cavalry Park

Lineups

Edinburgh City Whites
Cavalry Park
1. Jordan Moffat
2. Gialuca Cockburn
3. Ronan Williams
4. Blair McCabe
5. Liam Shevlin (c)
6. Ryan Murphy
8. Marcus Duncan
10. Charlie Cameron
11. Iury Machado Zuchinalli
12. James Jackson
14. Owen Irvine
15. Gab Peter
16. Jack Napier
18. Tucker Smith
19. Lucas Armes
23. Pol Adrian
1. Callum Manson
3. Charlie Ross
4. Patrick Fraser
6. Nathaniel Beech-Brandt
7. Liam McLeod
8. Thomas Ritch (c)
11. Murray Campbell
14. Connor Fleming
15. Adam Olver
16. Steven Reilly
17. Tom Rennie
18. Robbie Irving
24. Josh Noble
Star Player
Edinburgh City Whites
Cavalry Park
Lucas Armes: In a game between teams a division apart, the expectation is for some players to have better ability. So it was, and the best of those was Armes, who hovered through midfield with the neatest touch and found better angles than anyone. Edinburgh City’s best portions of the game matched with those in which he was most prominent.
Tom Rennie: Cavalry Park’s overall attitude to this game was as good as one will see: the coaches were constantly supportive, the captain put in an inspirational shift, and there were no gripes at the end. Left back Tom Rennie deserves praise for personifying this. Against winger Irvine, Rennie worked and ran - bloody-mindedly getting back goal side even if initially beaten - and ultimately arguably won that duel.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City Whites
Cavalry Park
Duncan’s free kick for number 4 was certainly the highest moment of brilliance in the game. However, Jackson’s opener was a killer. In one instant of pace he blew past the defence and put Edinburgh City on the path to victory.
Fleming’s goal was neatly taken, but also epitomised the ten minutes Cavalry Park put together to begin the second half. Longer than a moment, it was fitting that they got tangible reward from that portion of the match.
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