Edinburgh City came into the match winning 10 out of their last 11 league matches, including two massive victories against top of the table contenders, Cove Rangers & Cowdenbeath.
The only team able to halt the Citizen’s winning ways were this week’s opponents – Queens Park at Hampden Park back in November 2019. Would it be the same story this time round at Ainslie Park or did McDonaugh’s men have other ideas..
After a morning of extreme gale-force wind and rain, most of the League 2 matches had been called off due to waterlogged pitches, this included Cove Rangers’ match at Stirling which gave the Citizens an opportunity to go above the league leaders by 1 point if they came away with the win.
As it got closer to KO the weather started to calm and the stage was set at Ainslie park.
Queens Park started the stronger team, controlling possession and applying the pressure to the City defence. One free-kick early in the half, was crossed in from the right and narrowly missed by Spider’s number 9, Kouider-Aissa. The striker also had a well struck shot from the edge of the box which was saved comfortably by Alan Martin.
Edinburgh City stood strong at the back and eventually won themselves a freekick in a dangerous wide position, in a very similar area to where City have proven themselves a goal threat before.
Craig Thomson floated a tempting ball into the back post which was met by none other than the December League 2 POTM, Liam Henderson in the 17th minute, making it his 5th goal in 6 games!
It wasn’t all positive for the Citizens as shortly after the goal, key player, Marc Laird went down and stayed down with a groin injury – adding to Edinburgh City’s injury worries.
Half-time – Edinburgh City 1-0 Queens Park
The second half began very similar to the first, with Queens Park applying even more pressure than in the previous half.
The Home-side eventually succumbed to the overwhelming early attack from the Spiders, conceding two goals in the space of 4 minutes – first coming from William Mortimer who headed in from the back post, then Salim Kouider-Aissa confidently putting the ball past the City keeper when clean through on goal.
This two-goal punch looked to have initially taken the wind out of the City squad but they came back with one last push firstly coming from a lovely one-two down the left side of the pitch between substitute, Crane, and Harris which Crane then fired across goal only to just pass by the frontmen Shepherd and Court!
This last attempt from Edinburgh City was rewarded with a late corner which another perfectly flighted ball was put into the 6-yard box and saved not only once but twice off of the line, denying both Newman and Wilson, what looked like a certain equaliser!
Full Time – Edinburgh City 1-2 Queens Park
MAN OF THE MATCH
This week’s man of the match was nominated by sponsors Hunter Wealth Management and was Edinburgh City goal scorer, Liam Henderson.
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