Under 20s share the spoils with Strollers whilst EOS lose at Leith

Posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2015

A defeat and a draw were the outcomes in the Friday night fixtures involving the East of Scotland and Under 20 sides.  Fin Murray froze at Meadowbank whilst Mark Brown came in from the cold at the Academy to bring you their reports.

Leith Athletic 3 Spartans 0

Spartans went down to a clinical Leith team at a bitterly cold Meadowbank on Friday night. The visitors made a bright start and were unlucky after 8 minutes when Simpson’s shot hit the upright before bouncing clear. The striker had another attempt when he danced past three defenders before getting in a shot at goal. Against the run of play, Leith took the lead after 21 minutes. A cross from the left was headed past Cassels by Martin.

The goal seemed to settle the home side and Hainey was confident enough to try a spectacular overhead bicycle kick from the edge of the box. In 32 minutes a corner from the left was powerfully headed into the net by centre half Glynn. Worse was to follow for Spartans after 40 minutes when Wilson ran clear to shoot home a third goal.

The second half was played mainly in midfield with very few chances created by either team. Both sides used their full complement of substitutions including a return for John Grant for Spartans and Academy youth worker Kerr Allan appearing for Leith.

Spartans – Cassels. Boyes, Vastirano, Gair, Dickson, Thomson, Stewart, Raiker, Simpson, Anderson, Wilson.

Subs – Grant (58 for Wilson), Girdwood (65 for Simpson), Tomassi (69 for Vastirano), Atkinson (unused).

Spartans u20s 1-1 Civil Service Strollers

Les Atkinson’s side shared the spoils with Strollers at a blustery and Baltic Ainslie Park after Jonny Grotlin’s 37th minute strike was cancelled out by Stewart just four minutes later.

It was almost a dream start for the home side within 90 seconds when a sweeping move from defence to attack afforded Jonny Grotlin a chance at goal, only for the striker to see his shot clip the post on its way behind.

Duncan Player’s timely intervention as Ryan Conroy was set to pull the trigger inside the home penalty area served as a warning to Spartans in an opening half hour where both sides were equally guilty as charged in preventing to retain possession.

Two goals in four frantic minutes saw the game come alive ahead of the break.

A lob up the park saw a Zebedee-like Duncan Player outjump Michael Lee, the tall Civil keeper, and nod the ball into the path of Jonny Grotlin who tapped home from close range.

Strollers didn’t take long to restore parity between the sides.  A free-kick was flung deep into the home box and after evading the masses, Nick Stewart sent his lopping shot over Cameron Feather to send the teams all square at the break.

Spartans thought they’d regained the lead on the hour mark after the keeper’s jeepers were saved by the whistle of the Referee who spotted an infringement prior to the ball landing in the Strollers net.

It would be remiss of this scribe to not mention Jack Ramsay of the visitors who was in the wars in the second half.  First up, his ears will probably still be ringing on Saturday morning after stopping a thunderous drive from the foot of Andy Mair with his head.  Then, as the game petered out towards the draw, the youngster collided with his keeper, with a ‘ooooohhh’ echoing around the Ainslie Park ground.  Perhaps the Ramsay family Christmas Tree will have a couple of spare baubles to help him out…


Next Fixture

Date: 16/07/24
Opponent: Cove Rangers
Venue:Balmoral Stadium
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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