On a cold Sunday morning at Jewel Park it was Drumsagard FA that made the journey down the M8, as Edina Hibs welcomed them in the fourth round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. It was played in freezing conditions, but the football on show kept the spectators warm throughout.
The opening stages of the match were tight, and chances were few and far between. On seven minutes, Drumsagard created the first opportunity, as Jamie McBrearty’s inswinging corner was met by the head of Joe Dickson. His effort was just wide of the target however.
Only a minute later Edina went up the other end as Johnathan Devers laid the ball off for Sean McCole. Unfortunately for the home side, he was crowded out before he could get his shot away.
There wasn't much between the sides until the opening goal came in the twelfth minute for Edina. Lewis MacKinnon stood on the right touchline, swung an inviting ball deep into the box and Matthew Salkeld got the touch, diverting the ball into the Drumsagard net and giving the Edinburgh side the lead.
Edina knew that a two-goal cushion was in sight, and they seized it only eight minutes later, thanks to some good pressure from McCole. He harried the defence, won the ball, raced through and had all the composure in the world to pass the ball to the side of the goalkeeper, doubling Edina’s advantage.
It had been all one-way traffic for a good period of the match until Drumsagard’s Lewis Ryan won the ball, broke down the wing and swung a teasing ball across the box. Unfortunately for him, there were no takers on this occasion.
Only a minute later Drumsagard had another good opportunity after they won a corner. The ball was put towards the net, but after a chaotic goalmouth scramble it was Rhys Kerr who cleared the ball off the goal line, as the away side fought their way back into the cup tie.
On thirty-five minutes Edina nearly found the possibly 'killer' third goal through Brandon Monteith. His shot wasn’t enough to beat James Faulds in goals though.
On the edge of half-time Drumsagard were handed a lifeline through McBrearty’s cross-cum-shot. Whatever it was, he and his teammates were delighted to see it, as the ball sailed over the keeper and right into the top corner, giving the away side hope just before the halfway mark.