Barclay recorded a much needed win on Saturday at Colinton Mains, creeping past AC Oxgangs in a pulsating match.
The drizzle had set in well before kick off, and on the soft and unpromising surface there unfolded an end to end contest. The match was characterised by attacking verve by both sides and a fair sprinkling of defensive errors.
Man of the Match Jamie Scott opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game with a. exquisitely crafted direct free kick from distance. Following some bright interplay centred on their playmaker, Ross Rahimian, AC Oxgangs hit back 10 minutes later with their own well worked goal from the left. Despite offside suspicions, the game was on.
A dominant spell of BVU play followed, which originated from another well struck Jamie dead ball, this time from a corner. Met by a glancing header at the near post from Brent, it was 2:1 to Barclay.
Oxgangs, in dark green, hit back again with a fine looping header, also from a corner. It was all square at the turn.
A barnstorming second half start from the visitors saw Billy Somerville bundled over in the Oxgangs area. The captain’s spot kick was struck fiercely, but turned over by the home side’s keeper.
Frustration was quickly put aside however and the centre forward finally got his goal in a gritty piece of perseverance following some good inter midfield play. 3:2 Barclay at the 55 minute mark.
Again Oxgangs hit back though and there was a clear sense that this match would be decided by the odd goal in a high scoring match. This transpired to be the case but only after BVU had secured a two goal cushion. With second half replacement Fernando notably gaining currency in a steadily competitive three man midfield, well assisted by the wing backs, the resulting pressure proved too much for the home side.
The Barclay captain finished off another cracking move and a well struck speculative Jamie Scott effort from distance was misjudged by the Oxgangs keeper who suffered the slippery match ball lolloping over his raised gloves into the net.
As Somerville was replaced by Somerville at number nine for the last 15 minutes there was still time for Oxgangs to find the net again themselves through a well struck direct free kick. During the final three minutes a rasping midfield Oxgangs drive passed a matter of inches over Stan Smith’s crossbar to the relief of the away cohort. Good late maintenance of possession proved sufficient to elude the home side however and the three points were secured amid some red shirted jubilation in contrast to the grey dreary Autumnal skies.
In truth both sides could look to missed opportunities over the course of the second period. A beautifully angled Billy header had struck the crossbar not long after the penalty opportunity while Oxgangs were left to rue finishing profligacy after two balls over the top had seen their forwards one on one against the Barclay keeper.
With a first win since Shandon pre season and a first competitive win since St Mary’s in the ECFA Cup back in the Spring the Barclay 2015/16 season is finally up and running. Well done all!
Thursday 12th December – Practice at Forthview Primary School 7pm – 9pm (recommended cost £3 – £5)
Saturday 14th December Away match v White Lightening at South Gyle KO 10am