Edinburgh City recorded a comfortable win after a strong start from Cramond made for a pretty even first half. Two goals just before half time gave the home side the momentum and three further goals in the second period gave a gloss to the scoreline. Cramond continued to battle but City were too strong in the end.
The recent wind had died down and conditions were good for football even though the temperature was on the low side. The artificial surface looked slick and both sides looked to get the ball down and pass it. The coaches and spectators settled in for what promised to be an entertaining game!
Both sides started the match at full throttle looking to gain the early advantage but the breakneck speed of the game didn’t offer any timely openings. Once the match matured a bit the passing football began to shine through and some space was starting to open up in the middle of the park. It was the home side who took advantage of this first with the ball breaking to Alex Thomson who controlled it before dinking a neat shot into the far top corner. A great goal for the home side; exactly what they were looking for.
The response from Cramond was swift though with a couple of half chances which were well dealt with by the City defence. Eventually Mark Manclarkmanaged to pick an excellent pass between the centre backs for Jamie Cunninghamto run through on goal. He showed great composure to wait for Craig Liddle to commit before sliding the ball beyond the City keeper to equalise.
That goal seemed to really lift Cramond and they sensed the game was there for the taking. They pressed forward and created a good chance for the lead. It was Cunninghamagain who was causing problems with his runs from deep and one of his low shots forced Liddle into the save round his post. The resultant corner was to provide fruitful though with Daniel Harrisonheading in the perfect cross at the near post.
The second Cramond goal sparked Edinburgh into life and they looked to restore parity but a last ditch block prevented Cole Cowan from adding his name to the score sheet. There was more to come from the number nine in the second half though…
City were beginning to control periods of the match now and they kept Cramond pressed in their own half. The pressure eventually paid off with Callum Jardine finding space inside the box to dispatch a low shot into the far corner of the net to bring the home team back level again. A very close and entertaining opening half hour saw four well-taken goals!
Edinburgh City looked to be the stronger side and carved another couple of good chances. Firstly, Oliver Niven found himself space in the box but his header from a freekick was too high to trouble Murray Brownin the Cramond goal before Thomson worked his way towards goal but his shot flashed wide of the far post.
Cramond responded well though and came close through Manclarkwho was found by an excellent pass from Harrisonbut his shot slid by the post.
It was Edinburgh City who finished the half stronger and two quick goals put them in command of the match once more. Jardine threaded a ball through for Cowan to plant a shot beyond Brownto give City the lead before Edinburgh grabbed a fourth. Thomson picked up possession in the middle of the park and drove forward into space before unleashing a powerful long range effort which nearly took the net off! What a strike!