Only one minute after the game had been restarted, Spartans had their first chance of the second half. Again, Yildirim’s cross found Brady who headed from seven yards but Edinburgh South’s brilliant goalkeeper Thomson kept it out with a stunning save.
Four minutes later, Edinburgh had their best chance of the game and could have reduced their deficit to one goal when Dean Cameron found himself clean through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat after a fine pass from midfield. However, Jamie Mitchell was able to deflect the ball with an amazing reflex save.
Also in the second half, Spartans were controlling the game and could combine throughout the length and width of the pitch. Especially Kieran Pirie showed a very good performance in central midfield, distributed the ball to his team mates really well and was always ready to receive the ball.
However, Spartans’ dominance did not necessarily result in a lot of top class scoring opportunities as Edinburgh South held the division one team away from their box. Whenever Spartans were able to create a good chance, however, either Thomson held his team in the match with stunning saves or one of his teammates helped the beaten goalie out and threw himself in front of the ball with a courageous sliding tackle before it crossed the line.
In the 60th minute, Edinburgh South had another good chance to score. After a long ball thrown into the path of Greg Park by Thomson, Max Mantle positioned himself between two Spartans defenders and received a fine through ball. However, being put under pressure from behind, Mantle was not able to beat the goalkeeper but missed the goal.
It was not until ten minutes before the end of the match, that Michael Allan finally settled the game for the home side. After Sutherland had taken a shot from 22 yards, Edinburgh South’s goalkeeper was able to deflect the ball to the cross bar from where it bounced back and found Allan who headed home from close range to make it 3-0.
But the most exciting moment of the match was yet to come (click here to watch
). In the 76th minute, Spartans upped the tempo once again as they went for their fourth goal. Within only twenty seconds, Spartans fired four or five shots on goal but Edinburgh South did all they could not to concede yet another goal. Spartans’ players were nearly about to despair when the ball just would not cross the line because either the goalkeeper saved brilliantly, the ball hit the post or a defender cleared it standing only one yard away from the goal line. When Edinburgh South seemed to be out of danger already, the ball somehow came to Yildirim who was standing 30 yards away from goal and released a tremendous drive to score one of the most beautiful goals of the season.
The 4-0 victory earns Spartans FC Reds a ticket to the second round of John McConnell Memorial Cup where they will play against Edinburgh City.