"With ten minutes remaining, you would've been forgiven for thinking it might not be Edinburgh City’s day at Ainslie Park in the first cup final of the season. However, a late brace saw the Whites lift the trophy as they overcame Salvesen CFC 2-1," writes LUKE WALKER.
As the match began, City set out with a 4-4-2 formation, opting with the striking duo of Arin Tuncay and Keigan Young up top. Salvesen started in a 4-5-1, deciding to utilise the strength of their lone striker Ronan Williams.
The game started end to end, with both sides looking to edge out their opponents early. Tuncay fired a free kick just wide and then Salvesen’s Williams’ rode several challenges before putting the attempt wide of the target.
There were several fouls given away but neither side made the most of their set pieces. City couldn’t quite make their possession and extra man up front count, whilst Salvesen were able to stay resolute in defence despite City piling on pressure.
Salvesen’s direct approach from goal kicks helped to allow their Williams’ to ask questions of the City defence, and it was through chasing long balls, and putting pressure on centre-backs that led to the opening goal of the cup final on the half-hour mark.
William’s pressure on the City backline led to a mix up between goalkeeper and defender and the striker seized the ball and smashed it past Salvesen keeper Moffat, who couldn’t recover.
Following the goal, Salvesen continued to cause defensive issues in the City backline, who seemed to become more and more susceptible to counter as the first-half progressed.
A promising counter led to another big chance that came from another error between keeper and defender. The ball was spilled by the keeper and the chance fell to Salvesen midfielder Ross Elder, but he couldn’t double the lead as Moffat recovered to make a fine stop.
Following the goal, Salvesen pushed players forward with Jordan Toni moving further forward to support scorer, Williams.
Before the interval, City were unlucky not to equalise after a clever free-kick routine involving Gab Peter, Graeme Dailey and Tuncay, with the latter’s shot flying just wide of the Salvesen goal.
The link up play between the two City strikers caused a few late first-half scares. Firstly, Young had a scuffed effort cleared off the line by Salvesen defender Dylan Callander, after Tuncay supplied the pass. Shortly after, the roles reversed with Young showing quick feet to dribble past several defenders before finding Tuncay who fired his shot wide.