Whenever an underdog plays an apparently superior team, it hopes that external circumstances will be in their favour and complicate the task for the other team as much as possible. Last Sunday’s heavy winds made it nearly impossible to play good football and Edinburgh City Whites hoped this might come in handy in their difficult Division 1 match against the second of the table, Hutchison Vale FC. In fact, the home side did very well in the first half and it was only minutes before the half time whistle that they had to concede two goals. In the second half, however, Hutchison Vale were supported by the wind, could show their impressive passing and dribbling skills and won 6-0 in the end.
The match began a bit slow as Edinburgh City Whites did not want to invest too much against a strong opponent and Hutchison Vale had problems keeping the ball on the ground due to the difficult weather conditions. Although the away side controlled the match and won most of the challenges, they were not able to create good scoring opportunities because Edinburgh City Whites defended well.
After 15 minutes, the home side took their courage in their hands and started their first counter attacks and, in fact, they were almost rewarded for this more offensive approach. After a foul in midfield, Edinburgh city Whites were awarded a free kick which was taken by Afoladi Osibanjo. Although standing nearly 30 yards away from the goal line, the drive Osibanjo released almost hit home but Ciaran Cairns was able to parry the ball just in time.
Two minutes after that, Hutchison had their first scoring opportunity of the match, too, but Callum Anderson’s attempt from 20 yards narrowly drifted the wrong side of the post.
Although Hutchison Vale was the better team in terms of individual technique and passing skills, the home team was not easy to play against and had scoring chances themselves every now and then. In the 24th minute, they even could have taken the lead when Matteo Crolla nearly converted a corner kick directly but despite being supported by the wind, the ball did not cross the goal line.
Rather than that, Hutchison Vale opened the scoring five minutes later when Lewis McCann slammed home after having stolen the ball and being clear through on goal.
Only one minute before the half time whistle, the away side doubled their lead. After a brilliant dribbling and pass by McCann, McMahon found himself only 5 yards from goal and had no trouble knocking home.