Whitehill Welfare U20s ran out comfortable 1-4 winners away to Edinburgh City advancing into the 3rd round of the Scottish Youth Cup on an immaculate Meadowbank pitch.
It was a fiery beginning to the match with both teams showing a very physical presence and attempting to establish themselves in the game immediately. This however, led to a frantic start before each group of players settled.
The visitors were first to show a glimpse of their capabilities when captain David Scobie picked out Daniel McKinlay perfectly wide on the right, the whipped cross resulting in nothing more than an early indication of danger as it was comfortably cleared.
At the other end, Edinburgh City showed where they hoped to get most joy as Robbie Ewing fed through the impressive Stuart Donaldson on the right wing. Donaldson looped a cross in with the hope of reaching Mikey Hamilton but the commanding opposition goalkeeper, Christopher Malcolm collected out the air, causing an early injury scare to Hamilton. The Edinburgh City man stayed on though.
As the game reached the quarter hour mark, Whitehill were becoming more dominant imposing real threat on the City goal with the trio of McKinlay, Ross Harris and Jack Jardine combining regularly.
It was Declan Heron to threaten the City goal next as the winger was played in on the left hand side but the ball ran away from him and was smothered by Ewan Robertson in goal.
A couple of minutes later, there was nearly a breakthrough with Heron’s back post corner reaching a high rising Johnny Scott-Mercer to head towards goal. His effort cleared off the line as City captain Chris Kirkwood saved his side from going behind.
The few spectators in the empty stands of Meadowbank Stadium were treated to a goal soon after and it had definitely been coming for Whitehill.
In the heart of midfield, Harris found space, as he had done all afternoon, picking out pacey McKinlay making a run across the centre of defence. The winger collected further rounding the keeper and coolly slotting home to put the visitors one up.
Constant crosses from City still remained the most effective outlet but they lacked a predator in the box to finish it off as time after time the ball was fizzed across the six yard box.
Whitehill were eager and pressing for a second with both James Flynn and McKinlay coming close with two very different attempts but nearly equally as clinical.
It was 2-0 with around ten minutes before half-time as Jardine cannoned an emphatic penalty off the bar and in after good work from McKinlay to win it.
Some excellent football was on show so far.