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Edinburgh City 2 Forfar Athletic 3

Sunday, 07 August 2016 20:45

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Loons on Their Way from Misery to Happiness Again.

Edinburgh City made their senior Scottish football league debut in the opening game of their Ladbrokes Scottish League Two campaign at home to Forfar Athletic, and the historic occasion was watched by a tremendous turnout of 547, with the Loons support making up around one fifth of the total.

Forfar started the match quickly and Lister had the ball in the home net but he was adjudged to have been just offside when he received the ball.  A few minutes later Swankie smacked a shot off the crossbar from outside the box as Forfar tried to take an early lead.  In return Beattie tried an audacious long range effort when he spotted Adam off his line but the Forfar keeper managed to adjust his position to avert the danger. Forfar took the lead on the ten minute mark with Cox converting a penalty after Denholm was pushed by McKee.  Edinburgh tried to reply quickly but Beattie blazed an effort over the bar just before McConnell volleyed his effort over the bar as well.  However, Edinburgh were not to be denied and on twenty minutes Beattie equalised with a low shot from a tight angle after a fine run into the Forfar box from the left.  With Forfar looking to get back in front Munro headed an effort over the bar and Lister forced Antell into a save with a back post volley.  Muhsin then passed up a good opportunity to give the home side the lead when he scuffed a shot past the post after a mix up in the Forfar defence. Beattie then saw a long range effort go harmlessly past Adam’s post and McConnell fired over the bar from inside the box as the home side pushed forward.  In return a Forfar corner broke to Malcolm but he also fired over the bar from inside the box.  Four minutes before the break Forfar regained the lead when Mackintosh played a fine ball through a square home defence for Milne to advance and calmly slot past Antell in the home goal.  On the stroke of half time Adam had to be alert to gather a flick on from a long Edinburgh throw.

Both sides had early chances in the second half.  Munro headed another effort over the bar for Forfar just before Beattie squared for McFarland who fired the ball straight at Adam from a very good position in the box.  There was a minor moment of controversy when Lister ran on to a long clearance and clashed with Antell in the home box just after trying to take a touch past the home keeper, but the award of a goal kick by the referee was met with little complaint all round.  A Swankie free kick into the home box was flicked on by Munro but no-one was at hand to capitalise when Antell parried the ball back into play.  Edinburgh substitute Guthrie then saw his header from the edge of the box go just the wrong side of the post as the league newcomers pushed for another equaliser.  However, they were undone on eighty-one minutes when a quickly taken free kick by O’Brien into the inside right channel was pulled back across the goal from a tight angle by the sliding Lister and into the net off the far post.  At three goals to one up Forfar should have been looking to see out the game comfortably, but this proved not to be the case.  Confusion in the Loons defence gave Edinburgh a half chance which wasn’t taken, however in the final minute Guthrie took advantage of some slack play to bring the home deficit back to one goal.  Edinburgh sensed they could get an equaliser as they pushed on in the dying seconds of the game, but they fell just short when Gibson saw his effort deflected onto the bar, and despite some corner kick pressure they were unable to prevent the Loons from taking all three points.  The intensity of the final moments of the game saw tempers flare at the final whistle, and after an altercation inside the Forfar net involving quite a few players from both teams Mbu of Edinburgh and Cox of Forfar were both shown straight red cards.

So a fiery end to the Loons first visit to Meadowbank Stadium since 1994 has nevertheless got them off the mark for the new season ahead.  Next up is Cowdenbeath at Station Park this Saturday coming.

Match by Cameron Davidson

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