Edinburgh City 3 had the short trip to Oriam on Sunday where they faced off against Glasgow 2 who will surely be in the mix for the title this year, and a fresh faced Edinburgh University 3 side full of new players. Laura Kitchen was making her debut and Rich Allan was pulling on the red and black again for the first time since 2014.
Edinburgh City 3 (6) v Glasgow 2 (12)
In the first match against Glasgow 2, City managed to stay with the visiting side for the first half. Going goal for goal, making it difficult for the opposition to get the ball into their attack and Rebecca Cheape was dominating the rebound for the hosts.
The 3s couldn’t quite sustain the pressure in the second half though, and despite a couple of great goals from Lee Goossens, the home side just couldn’t keep up with Glasgow, with the full time score not quite reflecting how hard City had pushed the visitors.
Especially tough one to take, as ex-Citizen Nina Murdoch led all scorers with 5 goals against her former team!
Goals: Lee Goossens (2), Matthew Cook (1), Vivek Santayana (1), Alex Johnston (1), Emma Steel (1)
MVP: Emma Steel
Edinburgh City 3 (13) v Edinburgh University 3 (6)
The second match saw Edinburgh City put in a more complete performance. They started a little slowly but the experiences heads of Rich Allan and Lee Goosens soon got City ticking with a couple of goals each.
Coach Kashif Irshad was quick to praise Alex Foster for his hard work in the rebound which allowed City to have multiple possessions in attack and it paid dividends with Vivek Santayana also grabbing a brace.
The game saw some stellar attacking from Alex Johnston who got a couple of goals too, plus an incredible long range shot from Jeremy Lau, but the defence were also showing their strength with Laura Kitchen impressing, as she managed to win interceptions and cause the Edinburgh University team problems.
City have now played 4 games and have picked up wins in half of those, an incredible effort for a team that has featured four brand new players making their competitive debuts over the past week!
Goals: Vivek Santayana (2), Alex Johnston (2), Rich Allan (2), Lee Goossens (2), Rebecca Cheape (1), Matthew Cook (1), Lauren Halkerton (1), Jeremy Lau (1), Emma Steel (1)
MVP: Alex Johnston
As the final whistle blew at Oriam, the 1s were warming up in Saint Andrews ready to take on Edinburgh Mavericks 2. It’s always a tough game to prepare for as there could be many strong players from Mavericks dropping down. The side were also taking on Saint Andrews University 1s and we’re pleased to say that our Citizens managed to bring home all of the points in two comfortable wins!
Edinburgh City 1 (18) v Edinburgh Mavericks 2 (9)
The first match was a good test for the 1s, playing against a number of Mavericks who will surely feature for their 1st team when the title rivals go head to head in December. The first of 5 goals from top-scorer Laura de Nooij got our Citizens off to a great start, but despite scoring again, we were pegged back to 2-2 shortly afterwards.
Some patient play meant that Edinburgh City were slowly able to grind their way to a lead at halftime, heading into the break up 6-3.
The second half saw a greater confidence from City and numerous interceptions meant that our attack had more time on the ball and made it pay, with Laura continuing to score freely and Clive Minshull and Dan Pratt bagging hat-tricks too.
Every player for City worked fantastically together to make sure defensively we were causing many issues for Mavericks and the confidence in attack grew as the match went on. A good start to the season and the first hurdle was passed.
Goals: Laura de Nooij (5), Clive Minshull (3), Dan Pratt (3), Heather Mackintosh (2), Rob Stone (2), Ella Paul (1), Michael Garbutt (1), Andrea Kinver (1)
MVP: Dan Pratt
Edinburgh City 1 (26) v Saint Andrews University 1 (4)
The final match of the day saw City take on Saints and it was a really slow start for the Citizens. It took 4 minutes before the first goal went on the scoreboard but once the drought ended, the goals really started to flow.
The defence on show was superb from City, really frustrating the home side and it carried over into out attack. Christie Smillie, Michael Garbutt and Ella Paul all finished the game with 4 goals each and with a couple of minutes to go, Rob Stone managed to score a couple of great goals to ensure that all of the travelling Citizens ended up on the scoresheet in this match.
It really was a complete team performance, both on and off the pitch, as the victorious City team stuck together for some ice cream and some of Anstruther’s famous fish and chips after the games!
Goals: Michael Garbutt (4), Ella Paul (4), Christie Smillie (4), Clive Minshull (3), Dan Pratt (3), Andrea Kinver (2), Rob Stone (2), Laura de Nooij (2), Jacky Mo (1), Heather Mackintosh (1)
MVP: Michael Garbutt