Edina Hibs CFC claimed a vital three points in their fight for the league title, defeating rivals Tynecastle FC. A first half goal by Aiden Mackenzie gave the home side the advantage and Lewis Sives sealed their victory with forty-two minutes played.
The Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup champions came into the match knowing it would be a tough game. Tynecastle have shown a huge improvement from last season and were unbeaten and top of the table before the match.
Early on their quality was clear to see. Cameron Russell looked a strong presence in their midfield and a few early corners, which didn’t really test Thomas McLean in the Edina goal, at least showed their intent to take the game to the Scottish champions.
Edina Hibs though looked dangerous on the break. Alassan Jones down the left hand side was a constant threat and on 22 minutes forced the first save from Aiden Black. His long range effort didn’t have enough power though to test the goalkeeper.
Edina also showed a willingness to be direct and it lead to their first goal on 28 minutes. The ball was played forward towards Mackenzie and he latched on to it to go one-on-one with the keeper. With a defender tracking back and the out rushing Black, Mackenzie finished well, simply passing the ball into the net from around 18 yards.
Tynecastle responded brightly and they continued with their passing game. Five minutes after going down it nearly paid off. Some good passing football in and around the box eventually found Paul Smith. However, the Tynecastle striker couldn’t get the shot on target and the chance was gone.
Edina Hibs still looked dangerous though and nearly doubled their advantage before the whistle. Jones again involved as he played a short through-ball for Mackenzie down the left hand side. The goal scorer then whipped in a fabulous ball for Liam Edmonston, but the tall forward couldn’t quite get enough power behind his header and it was an easy claim for Black.