Fixture: Dalkeith Miners 2000 vs Edinburgh City 2000
Competition: Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup, 2nd Round
Edinburgh City squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Division 2 side Dalkeith Miners after a thrilling second round contest saw a Dalkeith comeback beaten by the clock.
In a fairly even opening both sides created chances without threatening either goalkeeper.
It was the visitors that opened the scoring. Robbie Telfer’s corner was met by the head of Ryan Foggo whose header bulleted in to the top corner.
The lead was short lived with Dalkeith hitting back quickly. A ball over the top saw the Dalkeith striker beat the covering Henry Arthur in defence to the ball and neatly round goalkeeper Arron Webster, despite the big keeper’s best efforts, and finish calmly into the empty net.
City reacted well and were piling on the pressure on the home side. Ten minutes before the interval, Lewis Bonnar played a good pass into the feet of Patterson Marfo. The striker turned the Dalkeith defender and finished with a fine left foot shot into the bottom corner.
Marfo was proving a handful for Dalkeith and was involved again as he advanced forward before being fouled just outside the 18-yard box. Chrissy Bennett placed the ball and expertly curled the ball round the Dalkeith and passed the goalkeeper who was rooted to the spot.
HT: Dalkeith Miners 1 Edinburgh City 3
Dalkeith rang the changes at half-time and started the second half brightly, shooting down the hill looking for a goal to get back in to the game. Dalkeith had chances, but could not find a way past the City back four and the inspired Webster behind them in the City goal.
Ryan Deans replaced the injured Aidan Lawson in midfield after the City captain got a knock to the face that required treatment.
City caught the hosts on the break with a well worked counter attack. Wallace Jennings played a brilliant first time pass in to the feet of Alistair Hogg who finished well just inside the area to give the visitors a three goal lead.
With 15 minutes to go City were soaking up all the pressure, but Dalkeith gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they scored with a header from a corner.
Five minutes later it was game on. The lively Dalkeith winger did well to square a ball into the box and a midfielder arriving late finished past the diving Webster.
It was an anxious ten minutes for City, but they defended resolutely and restricted Dalkeith to just one more chance which was well saved by Webster.
FT: Dalkeith Miners 3 Edinburgh City 4
It was a truly cracking cup tie and it is City who progress to the quarter-finals where they will play Gala Fairydean Rovers.
Every City player played well today and contributed to an excellent team performance. City had six players in their squad who only joined them in the summer and had previously played no competitive club football.