Edinburgh City were back in action against Edinburgh Mavericks 2 & Dundee 1. The previous two meeting against the Mavericks have seen close contests and it was expected to be another battle to secure the points, but battle they did and the Citizens came up with 2 great wins to move up to 2nd in the SKL1 league table.
Edinburgh City 1 (12-10) Edinburgh Mavericks 2
After close results against this team at the last two attempts, this one was no different. The citizens pulled back a deficit in the last 10 minutes, scoring 5 out of the last 6 goals to grab the win.
The game started with goals being traded between the sides. City scored 3 goals early on only to be pegged back each time. It was Mavs who created some space first, pulling away to a 4-6 lead with back-to-back goals from Jean Fourie. But the Citizens remained in the game with a couple of goals from Andrea Kinver sandwiching a difficult running-in shot from Dan Pratt.
With Mavs maintaining their 2 goal cushion with a smart drop-off shot from match MVP Jena Connolly and only 10 minutes remaining, the Citizens could have been forgiven for getting nervous but a Heather Mackintosh goal forced Mavs to blink first as they called a time-out to calm things down. The break gave the squad a chance to talk things over and the game plan was to take more shooting opportunities on the move. Straight from the restart City executed perfectly and Katrina Caldwell scored a great shot moving away to the right to give the home side their first 2 goal cushion of the game.
It was the catalyst needed to close the game out as only a late consolation goal from Owen Shea troubled the away team’s scoreboard after the decisive time-out. The whole squad showed great patience and confidence coming from behind to win.
Scorers: Clive Minshull (3), Dan Pratt, Andrea Kinver, Katrina Caldwell (2), John Bagnall, Ailith Ewing, Michael Garbutt (1)
MVP: Emma Cottell
Edinburgh City 1 (11-4) Dundee 1
The second of two matches was a less dramatic affair, with City coming out comfortable winners to end the weekend’s fixtures 2nd in the league.
A very cagey first half started with Dundee opening the scoring, but a couple of quick goals from Dan pushed City ahead before former Citizen Stella McNulty replied for the visitors. A couple of goals from Clive Minshull before the break left the scores at 5-2, which despite the amount of possession City had enjoyed was probably a fair reflection of the game so far.
In the second half, City began to find their feet and pulled away. Graham Robertson, another former Citizen joined Stella on the scoresheet for Dundee but a second-half hattrick from John Bagnall was more than enough to see of the challenge.
Scorers: Clive Minshull, John Bagnall (3), Dan Pratt (2), Elly Gaunt, Michael Garbutt, Heather Mackintosh (1)
MVP: Elly Gaunt