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Lenzie Academy sneak into semis after epic encounter

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Fixture: Lenzie Academy v Bearsden Academy
Competition: EDC Schools Cup U18s
Venue: Kirkintilloch
Date: 04/02/2016
Lenzie Academy edged through to the semi-finals of the EDC Schools Cup after an epic encounter under the St Ninian’s High floodlights.
The Navy Blues started the stronger with Jack Banks and Greg Burns both looking lively.
After a spell of pressure, Lenzie took the lead on the 25 minute mark. Bearsden ‘keeper Toland could only push Ally Russell’s powerful drive onto the post and Lenzie skipper Jonnie Walker pounced to net the rebound.
However the visitors responded well and Nicky O’Brien headed them level three minutes before half-time.
Half Time: Lenzie Academy 1-1 Bearsden Academy
Bearsden enjoyed more possession after the interval but they were undone by a quick break from Lenzie.
A surging run from Lewis Beveridge set up Ben Graham and the wingman fired a delightful shot high into the net.
Showing great resilience, the visitors bounced back and a howitzer from full-back Lewis Gourlay tied the scores once again.
With six minutes left, and penalties looming, Lenzie midfielder Russell dramatically clinched the tie when he headed home Graham’s corner.
Full Time: Lenzie Academy 3-2 Bearsden Academy
Lenzie coach Will Walker commented: “We’re obviously very pleased with the win but much credit is due to both teams for putting on such an exciting match after the long lay-off.”
Ally Russell was the Lenzie Academy Player of the Day.
1. Carlos Christie
2. Jack Coutts
3. Jack Kennedy
4. Ben Fowler
5. Ally Russell
6. Jonnie Walker (C)
7. Ben Graham
8. Ewan Wilson
9. John McCrae
10. Greg Burns
11. Jack Banks
12. Jamie Wallace
15.  Lewis Beveridge
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