Edinburgh City’s first team headed out to Musselburgh for another all Edinburgh clash, this time against city rivals and current league champions Mavericks 1 and 2.
City had lost the opening fixture to Mavericks 1 back in September and were keen for payback. However, the close encounter between the two sides only two weeks prior meant that Mavericks 2 were going to be no easy pushovers and the Citizens knew they were in for two very difficult games.
Superb team spirit and attitude saw City come from behind to take a victory in another tight affair against Mavericks 2 but the strength of Mavericks 1 proved too much and the league champions were able to claim the win.
Edinburgh Mavericks 2 (9-11) Edinburgh City 1
Injury and illness meant that City had to start without this year’s club leading scorers. A damaged finger forced Dave Ewing out of the fixture while illness meant that Daniel Pratt was only fit enough for a place on the bench. This meant that Rob Stone made his City 1 debut starting the game in attack. Mavericks were able to take advantage of the inexperienced City side and ran into an early four goal lead. The match became a bit frantic as City looked to get back in the game but a well taken time out and the introduction of Dan from the bench, helped steady the side.
Both teams traded another two goals each meaning that Mavericks maintained their four goal advantage heading into the half-time break. However, City had the belief that they could come back and came out for the second half determined to take the game to Mavericks. Both sides traded another two goals but then City’s skill began to show through. Some smart shooting from Clive Minshull and a well taken goal from Michael Garbutt meant that City found themselves level with ten minutes to go. Another goal from Dan was added to by John Bagnall and City found themselves with a two goal lead heading into the final few minutes.
Mavericks ensured a nervous few minutes with a penalty goal but a well worked attack was finished off by Katrina Caldwell to ensure that City would leave with all the points. The team showed excellent fight and mental strength to come back from a four goal deficit and everyone could come off the court pleased with their performance.
Goals: Dan Pratt (4), Clive Minshull (3), John Bagnall, Katrina Caldwell, Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell (1)
MVP: Dan Pratt
Edinburgh City 1 (6-28) Edinburgh Mavericks 1
The final game of the day saw City come up against current league leaders Mavericks 1. Mavericks had won all nine league games prior to this fixture, scoring an average of 30 goals per game so the City players knew that they would be in for a tough 44 minutes. However, buoyed by the spirited comeback victory in the last game, City went straight on the attack and were able to score from their very first shot of the game through Emma Cottell.
Mavericks responded to this shock by scoring the next three goals in quick succession. City responded with another goal of their own through John Bagnall and for a while threatened that they may have been able to cause the upset. Unfortunately, this was not to be and Mavericks strength showed as they were able to take a comfortable lead into half time.
Mavericks’ greater shooting percentage continued to pay dividends in the second half and they widened the margin. City kept fighting till the very end with John managing to bag himself a healthy tally of four goals in the game. After the game, Coach Dan commended the players on their effort and the citizens left knowing that they will continue to work hard and come back even stronger next time.
Goals: John Bagnall (4), Emma Cottell, Elly Gaunt (1)
MVP: John Bagnall