Windy win day as Spartans storm past City

Posted on Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Spartans got their League Cup campaign off to a flying start, almost literally, with a 1-3 win over Edinburgh City at a windswept and wet Commonwealth Stadium.

Winter finally arrived in the Capital as both sides struggled in horrendous blustery conditions that failed to allow for any notable periods of fast-flowing football to be played.

The game kicked off in earnest with the band of trees surrounding the stadium perimeter swaying furiously around as the wind challenged each of the corner flags to blow in a different direction simultaneously.

Spartans kicked off the game with the wind behind them. The wind’s bedfellow, the rain, arrived shortly after to join forces and the match slowly turned into a war of attrition.

The first chance of the afternoon came in the 18th minute.  A cross to the edge of the City box saw Mushin attempt an acrobatic overhead / scissors kick however the Spartans man fail to connect and as the ball deflected off his trailing foot, he landed on the sodden turf much to the amusement of the travelling support in the stand

Beesley, sporting his luminous boots, showed how strong the wind was when a shot from just outside the box went as high as it did wide as another gust of wind took it beyond the goals.

It was a frustrating stop and start game for all with the ball seeming to spending more time off the pitch than on it as every missed pass or misguided shot took an age to recover.

With half an hour on the clock, City were awarded a free-kick 35 yards out after O’Donnell clattered Osborne but the dead ball attempt went wide of Bennett’s goal.

As the game edged towards half-time, fantastic interactive play by Mushin, Bremner and Whatley saw the latter whip the ball into the box for McLeod to deftly stroke the ball past the City keeper to score in his ninth consecutive game.  0-1.

Half Time: Edinburgh City 0-1 Spartans

An early chance for the home side to equalise saw Harrison rattle the bar from far out with a great wind assisted free kick as City looked to use the wind advantage to get back into the game.

A Stobie slip gave Beesley an open goal to have a long range shot at however the conditions played havoc and the shot didn’t trouble the City keeper as he raced back to get between the sticks.

Spartans finally doubled their lead in the 75th minute.  John Grant’s perfectly weighted corner kick found Willie Bremner unmarked on the six yard line and his header beat the keeper and conditions to land in the back of the City net. 0-2.

Two minutes later, City were back in the game.  A swirling corner kick evaded the fists of Bennett as the Spartans keeper tried to get to the ball in the midst of a plethora of bodies. The ball finally fell at the feet of Harrison and the defender composed himself from four yards to slot home. 1-2.

It didn’t take long however for the two goal margin to be reinstated for the visitors.  Unsurprisingly, the goal came from yet another corner kick.   Danny Main this time rising above the City defence to head the ball home from inside the six yard box to make the final score 1-3.

Final Score: Edinburgh City 1-3 Spartans

Team vs Edinburgh City: Bennett, O’Donnell, Main, Sivewright, MacKinnon, Muhsin, Beesley, Whatley, Bremner, McLeod, Grant.  Subs: Cennerazzo, Anderson, Ross, Henretty & Gilpin.

Malt and Hops Man of the Match: John Grant


Next Fixture

                     
Date: Saturday 20th April
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:New Dundas Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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