Daniel Johnston pounced on a defensive error to hand Napier's second string a second consecutive defeat to start the season. A tightly fought close affair meant neither team really had the upper hand throughout and when Johnston pounced on Gerard Edelsten’s mishap in first half injury time it proved to be the difference. Johnston spurned a great chance to kill the game off late on but Domi Schatze also had a trio of chances to grab the Napier goal that never came.
The first chance of the match fell to Napier and to Schatze: Matty Jameson whipped in a high free kick where Domi Schatze rose highest. Despite having a free header, he could only direct it straight into Edinburgh Uni goalkeeper Arik Ariv hands.
Edinburgh’s Jonathon Quietly tested Marc Wedt from distance, but the big German parried the ball wide. From the resulting corner, Logan Sirel delivered a superb cross; luckily for Napier there were no takers for would have been a certain goal if someone was gambling.
Mere moments later, Edinburgh Uni again were presented a wonderful goalscoring opportunity. Napier’s defence parted like the seas of Israel leaving Thomas Cuthbert with a great sight at goal. Cuthbert panicked and rushed his effort tamely into Wedt’s hands. Another touch to control and he surely would have been more clinical.
Up at the other end, Schatze again spurned a good chance with a header again too near to the goalkeeper following a
On the half hour mark, Ariv fumbled an inconspicuous Napier corner which lead to an Edelsten shot ricocheting around the box, although Steven Clarke eventually fired well over.
On the stroke of half-time disaster struck for Napier. Edelsten lost his composure at the back and mis-controlled the ball, allowing Johnstone to slot home easily. “When I turned and saw their striker clean through my stomach sank” the centre half dejectedly admitted after the game. “It was a nightmare.”
Those goals right before half-time will always change team talks: until the game was a bit of a dead rubber with chances few and far between. Now Napier had to really up their performance.