Ed City travelled to Dundee for the SKA Cup group stages, having been drawn against Edinburgh University B, Glasgow B, Edinburgh Mavericks A and Dundee Dragons. With a mix of players across both Ed City squads playing on the day, the fans were eager to see how quickly this untested line up would gel.
The Citizens started the day against a young and energetic Edinburgh University side, who were keen to jump out to a fast start and take advantage of the shortened cup-style matches. However, Edinburgh City’s experience and cool heads shone through as they always looked comfortable on their way to a 9-2 win.
Next up was an older (and debatably wiser) Glasgow B side, sporting a mix of seasoned veterans and fresh-faced beginners looking to keep their tournament hopes alive after a loss to Dundee in the first match. However, another strong defensive display saw Ed City hold Glasgow to 2 goals, resulting in a 6-2 win and an impressive tally of only 4 goals conceded in the first 40 minutes of play.
Lying in wait for the third game of the day were tournament favourites Edinburgh Mavericks A, who were looking to build on their very strong form in the league. Mavericks jumped out to a lightning-paced start, scoring 4 goals in the first two and a half minutes. Edinburgh City showed good composure and began to find their feet in the match, however Mavericks were too strong and ran out 10-4 winners.
The loss to Mavericks took Ed City out of contention for the gold medal match, however it did mean that the final fixture against Dundee Dragons would decide who took second place in the group and entered the bronze medal fixture. Dundee came into the game in high spirits after a strong showing coming within 3 goals of Mavericks A earlier in the day but it was Edinburgh City who jumped out to a quick lead, scoring 4 unanswered in the early stages of the game. After this rapid start the scoring slowed, however City remained composed and kept a stranglehold on the game on their way to a 7-4 win, booking themselves a place in the 3rd/4th playoff.