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City defeat Drumsagard to reach semi-final

Drumsagard AFC 1

Hunter 29

Edinburgh City FC 3

Sedstrem 2, 49, Burgess 19

Edinburgh City overcame a stubborn Drumsagard 3-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the SYFA Cup on an extremely windy Sunday afternoon in Newton.

Jonathan Sedstrem’s double along with a goal sandwiched between the two from Dean Burgesss ealed the win for City, although Ballie Hunter pulled one back for Drumsagard.

Edinburgh kicked off in blustery conditions and had the ball in the back of the Drumsagard net within two minutes. A long free kick from the halfway line found captain Joseph Healey on the edge of the box; the central midfielder couldn’t get a shot away but the ball fell kindly to Sedstrem, who lashed in a powerful shot from 25 yards.

Both sides clearly wanted to set the pace of the game and flew into a number of increasingly rash challenges. The two sets of players flew into tackles and play rarely lasted more than 15 seconds before the referee blew his whistle again.

Clear-cut opportunities were hard to come by for either side as they struggled to break each other down, although Drumsagard looked slightly vulnerable to City’s counter-attacking threat.

Edinburgh thought they had their second when Samuel Newton poked the ball in at the back post but the linesman raised his flag for offside.

City wouldn’t have to wait long for a second though – moments later, Burgess made it 2-0 to the visitors. Newton hit a low, powerful cross into the box that reached Burgess. The attacker got his first-time shot away and the ball took a couple of deflections on its way to goal before reaching Paul Everett, whose reaction stop wasn’t enough to stop the ball bouncing over the line.

Edinburgh dropped the pace a little after the second, pressing with slightly less intensity than they had previously. Left-winger Newton looked increasingly dangerous on the left, using his pace and agility to outwit the Drumsagard defence.

Around this point Aaron Lonie had to be substituted off – already on a yellow, he could have picked up a second on no less than three separate occasions. Realising this, the Drumsagard coaching staff replaced him with Gary Clark in central midfield.

Drumsagard came within inches of pulling one back after some impressive wide play from Ian Last. The winger broke down the left a fired a low cross to the edge of the box where Hunter was waiting. The attacker struck a powerful effort but the ball rebounded off the bar.

Edinburgh then came close to a third in fortuitous circumstances. Blair Short hit a free kick from the halfway line and the wind caught the ball, forcing Everett to palm the ball over the bar. The keeper showed an excellent reading of the ball in testing conditions.

With half an hour played, Drumsagard then pulled one back, making it 2-1. Jay Nelson drove with the ball from deep before sliding it to Hunter, who held possession for a couple of seconds before playing it back to Nelson. Nelson drove towards goal and coolly slotted past the onrushing Thomas McLean.

Edinburgh had one last chance before the break to make it three when striker Liam Edmonston got on the end of a ball in behind the Drumsagard defence. The forward used his strength to hold off the defender but had his shot blocked by Everett, who palmed the ball behind for a corner.

The referee blew his whistle not long afterwards to bring a hard-fought first half to a close.

Drumsagard kicked off the second half with a renewed determination to stay in the cup but it was Edinburgh who scored five minutes into the second half.

Cay MacDonald received the ball to the right of the Drumsagard penalty area and chipped in a delightful cross to the six yard box, where Sedstrem was waiting to calmly nod the ball home for the visitors’ third.

Drumsagard had a chance to pull one back shortly afterwards when Jack Doyle broke down the left wing and squared the ball to Hunter but McLean comfortably smothered the tame shot.

Doyle then had a go himself, again finding space down the left wing but was denied by McLean rushing off his line to deny him.

Drumsagard were gaining a foothold in the match and began to have more of the ball, and the home side came close once again when Nelson fired in a free kick from 25 yards, but McLean did well to block it.

Things then went from bad to worse for the home side when Jack McCafferty was shown a straight red card for a last-man tackle. Short took the resulting free kick from 20 yards but Everett could only parry the ball to the six-yard box. Burgess was waiting but couldn't react quickly enough to convert the chance, sliding his effort wide of the post.

Edinburgh made the extra man count and began to exert more control over proceedings. Short continued to look dangerous on set pieces and forced Everett into another good save when he fired in an effort from 20 yards.

Burgess looked keen to seal his hat-trick and came close with the game's final chance, a 35-yard howitzer that whistled inches wide of the post.

The referee blew his whistle for full time, sparking scenes of wild celebration amongst the City team. Both sides deserve a massive amount of credit for persevering despite the weather conditions but it was to be Edinburgh City's day.


Drumsagard AFC
Edinburgh City FC
1. Paul Everett
2. Calyn Gerraghty
4. Jay Nelson
5. Jack McCafferty
6. Joshua Rankin
7. Fraser Scott
8. Gary Clark
10. Baillie Hunter
12. Ronan Gillon
15. Josh Barnwell
16. Anson Lung
17. Jack Doyle
18. Aaron Lonie
74. Andrew Paulley
82. Ian Last
85. Ryan Clifford
1. Thomas McLean
2. Ross Jamieson
3. Blair Short
4. Mark Tennant
5. Daniel Lennie
6. Joseph Healey
7. Cay MacDonald
8. Jonathan Sedstrem
9. Liam Edmonston
10. Dean Burgess
12. Sonny Robertson
14. Alexander Marr
15. Charles Marr
16. Eyvindir Bjarnson
19. Samuel Newton
Star Player
Drumsagard AFC
Edinburgh City FC
Baillie Hunter - Looked dangerous in possession and caused the Edinburgh defence all sorts of problems. Got Drumsagard's assist, hit the post and was unfortunate not to find the net.
Dean Burgess - The attacker was at the heart of the best of City's play and scored the goals that saw his team progress to the next round. Excellent showing.
Magic Moment
Drumsagard AFC
Edinburgh City FC
Everett's saves against Short's free kicks in the second half were fantastic - any one of them could have resulted in a goal, credit to the Drumsagard keeper that they didn't.
Sedstrey's goal at the beginning of the match was a superbly-hit shot, giving Everett no chance of stopping it.

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