Edinburgh City Star Black clawed themselves out of a two goal deficit to defeat Inverurie Locos 5-2, after extra time, in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup. A hat-trick from Kieran Richmond helped the capital side progress against their Aberdeenshire opponents, who had looked favourites with fifteen minutes to go.
A strong wind blowing directly at the eastern goal dictated the early tone, with Locos high press quickly forcing Star to hit high into the gusts and not getting far. Yet against the run of play, thirteen minutes in, Edinburgh created the first chance: Richmond looping a header from a long cross, palmed by Jamie Butler to the top of the bar.
Territorial advantage allowed Inverurie’s left wingback Owen Duffy to play forward, and he dragged an effort centimetres wide. However, the game’s heat began to be generated not from chances, but some aggressive challenges that might politely have been described as ‘cup-tie football’.
Edinburgh’s primary weapon was breaking beyond Inverurie’s high line, and ten minutes before the interval both Owen McGreevy and Richmond got clear enough to prod the ball beyond the on-rushing Butler. In both cases, defenders mopped up the danger, but the opportunities foreshadowed later issues.
As the half ticked down Duffy hit the side netting from six yards after Mitchell had pounced on loose play. Then, right as the clock nudged 45, the game got a goal. A Locos corner from the right bounced in Star’s box, and Mitchell teed up a hard volley that blew through the crowd and into the net. At 1-0, everything was set for a feisty second half.