On a weekend of rain, floods and cancelled games there was one cup tie that survived Storm Desmond and it featured two Edinburgh sides, with a spot in the Scottish Cup quarter final at stake.
Edina started the game on the front foot and remained there for the majority of the match, thanks to their slick, quick and efficient play between the forwards, combining for goal after goal.
The first opening came for Edina with only a minute on the clock, as they won a free-kick on the right-hand side touchline. Steven King looked to use the wind to his advantage as he swung an inviting ball into the box, it looked goal-bound but the City keeper was there to meet it. It only took two more minutes however for Edina to open the scoring through Liam Edmonston, as he raced onto Russell Bowers’ clever lobbed ball, shrugged off the challenges of defenders and hammered it shot past the keeper.
Edinburgh City came close to levelling the match straight from kick-off, Robbie Walker controlled a high ball fantastically and turned the defender, however his shot didn’t have the required power to beat Thomas McLean in goals. With ten minutes on the clock Edina had a good chance to double their lead from Fraser Blackie’s in swinging corner and Lewis Sives didn’t let them down, as he rose highest and powered a header into the back of the net, extending the lead further.
There weren’t many chances for a period as both teams cancelled eachother out, until Edmonston turned creator on 19 minutes, chipping a clever ball through to Blackie who met the ball before the keeper, slotted it past him and added a third goal for Edina. It was all one-way traffic at that point, and the gap between the two sides only grew bigger in the 27th minute. Sives, who was a constant runner in midfield, worked his way down the right wing, and his cut-back was duly converted by Blackie who rifled a first-time effort into the left corner, the electric winger clearly wasn’t in the mood for letting up.
City managed to carve out a good chance through Jack O’Connor, but was defiantly denied by the feet of McLean in the Edina net on 30 minutes. Up the other end four minutes later, Blackie almost took home the match-ball, as his effort from Russell Bowers’ cross shaved the post and went out.
City looked determined to finish the half with some consolation, and Walker looked the most likely to create a piece of magic in the 37th minute, he did brilliant to beat not one, or two, but four men, faked to shoot, and crossed towards the back post, unfortunately for him nobody was there to finish it off.