In a repeat of last year’s 2001’s Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup, reigning champions Edina Hibs faced Rangers SABC in Round 4 of this year’s competition. Despite going behind in the match on two occasions, Rangers showed their determination to battle back and to eventually seal some revenge with penalty shoot-out success.
Based on their first-half performance though it seemed as if Edina were going to cruise into the next round, creating chance after chance. With 10 minutes played Seamus Russell curled an effort towards goal, but his effort ended up just wide of the goalkeeper’s right post.
There was then two quick-fire opportunities for Aidan Mackenzie with a quarter of an hour gone. A slack back pass was capitalised by the striker and he went one-on-one with Robbie Walker. Mackenzie took the shot early, and in the end it was a comfortable save for Walker. Shortly after he was through again, this time taking the ball closer to goal but at a wider angle. His thunderous shot was fired over though and no test for Walker.
Eventually the pressure told and Edina took the lead with 27 minutes played. Mackenzie was involved again, this time turning provider as he advanced into the box on the left hand side and cut it back for Liam Edmonston. It was an unconventional finish from the tall striker with the ball almost bouncing off him and into the net, but it was a goal and one that Edina had deserved.
Conceding seemed to settle Rangers somewhat and in the final ten minutes of the half they looked more calm assured. However, Edina continued to press, but simply couldn’t find a second goal before half-time and for the chances the created, they were only a goal to the good.