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Edinburgh edge out Napier in tight affair

Napier University 2s 0

Edinburgh University 4s 1

Johnston, 45+1'
  • Wednesday, 05 October 2016
  • Spartans Academy
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Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown | YFS South East Region Journalist
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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. 
  • Half Time:
  • Napier University 2s
  • 0-1
  • Edinburgh University 4s
Schatze almost provided an immediate response with a low drive from outside the area. Despite an initial save, Aviv spilled the ball. Calvin Muttit would have surely scored had been following the ball in - instead a great opportunity went lost. 
 
Chris Gorrie then attacked the ball well from a corner: however the Napier midfielder’s shot flew just over. 
 
Gorrie also tried an audacious lob from distance that looked to be heading in. As the ball sank it fell onto the to the roof of the Edinburgh net rather than the back of it and Edinburgh Uni breathed a sigh of relief.
 
Moments later screams bellowed loud from the Napier for what they - and probably correctly - felt was a free kick on Muttit in an extremely dangerous position.
 
Muttit could have no complaints shortly afterwards when he sliced the ball wide from a good position to at least work the goalkeeper.
 
Edinburgh Uni had chances of their own in quick succession around the hour mark. Johnston almost had a brace when he curled a neat free kick around the wall but the side netting came to Napier’s rescue. Arran MacLennan also tried the spectacular with a chest down and turning volley - the shot was blasted into orbit, however, and not the Napier goal.
 
The dangerous Johnston should have killed the game off with a half-volley from underneath the crossbar. Somehow he blasted over and Napier were given hope of a late comeback.
 
The comeback oh so nearly came with the last kick of the ball. As Jack Blake jogged back to the half way line, a horrendous kick out from Aviv went straight to where Blake was standing. Of course, he was running back and the ball couldn't have been controlled - otherwise it would have presented a fantastic opportunity to score.
 
Sadly for Napier the full time whistle rang immediately after Edinburgh cleared the ball. In a game of fine margins, Edinburgh got a freak goal from a defensive error in first half injury time. In second half injury time the tables almost turned. It wasn't to be Napier’s day and in the local derby Edinburgh Uni drew the first blood of the season.
  • Full Time:
  • Napier University 2s
  • 0-1
  • Edinburgh University 4s

Lineups

Napier University 2s
Edinburgh University 4s
1. Marc Wedt.
2. Steven Clarke.
3. Joe Newman.
4. Declan Lamb.
5. Gerard Edelston. (C)
6. Jack Blake.
7. Matty Jameson.
8. Calvin Muttit.
10. Kieran Ried.
11. Gary Aitcheson.
12. Finn Anderson.
14. Rory Watt.
15. Kieran Reid.
16. Bennett Scheledt.
17. Rowan Fife.
18. Jack Jones.
19. Domi Schatze.
1. Arik Raviv. (C)
2. Calum Matheson.
3. Logan Sirel.
4. Andrew Stavert.
5. Daniel Astridge.
6. Jakob Nussbaumer.
7. Jonas Wolter.
8. Ben Beaumont.
9. David Johnstone.
10. Thomas Cuthbert.
11. Jonathon Quietly.
12. Fraser Wallace.
14. Fraser Davis.
15. Donald Leaver.
16. Arran MacLennan.
17. Alex Falconer.
Star Player
Napier University 2s
Edinburgh University 4s
Domi Schatze. I thought the winger was causing Edinburgh Uni the more problems than his team mate. Sure, he missed a few decent chances but at least he was getting into those positions. I was rather surprised when he was hooked just before the hour. But hey, I’m not Mourinho so what do I really know?

Honourable mention to Calvin Muttit who had a thankless task as the lone striker and performed admirably. and to Declan Lamb who was solid at the back.
David Johnston. An awesome performance throughout - he could of, probably should have, grabbed a couple more goals. Probably fitting that if there was gonna be a difference between these two it would be the big centre forward who made it happen.
Magic Moment
Napier University 2s
Edinburgh University 4s
Domi Schatze's second header was a great counter attack. If that had gone in and Napier had instead scored first, it probably would have been a different affair.
Johnston's winner wasn't pretty but it did prove pivotal in the end.
Club Views
Napier University 2s
Edinburgh University 4s
“Definitely think we should be winning games like that. Working from the midfielders to strikers needs to be quicker. We probably also played way too many long diagonal balls that just allowed the other team to regain possession. I think defensively we were really solid - except sadly my mistake. We can only just work on this stuff at training: we’ll look to work at this stuff on Monday and then bounce back against Glasgow Kelvin next week. Our aim was to win the league - we’ve always got to aim to win the league despite two losses.” - Gerard Edelsten.
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