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The BetFred Cup match day two sees us entertain fellow League 2 opponents Stenhousemuir at Ainslie Park.
Our new streaming service ECFC TV got its first outing on Tuesday night and was well-received. Supporters of both sides can click here to purchase the LIVE stream for only £9.99 and see details of our forthcoming streams that can be pre-ordered. ECFC TV has a useful FAQ guide to how the new service will operate and the stream will feature commentary from the voice of Edinburgh City Graham Nisbet. We hope fans of both teams will be able to enjoy the match.
Today’s digital match programme is available at only £2.50 from our online store and can be purchased by clicking here. All proceeds help the club and as always it’s a brilliant read!
This will be Davie Irons’ side’s first match in the competition when they make the relatively short trip to the North of Edinburgh on Saturday. The Warriors have been active in terms of recruitment making a raft of signings, most notably experienced Callum Tapping and former Citizen Chris Kane.
We will be wearing our home kit of white shirts, black shorts and white socks while the visitors will be in their traditional colours of maroon shirts, white shorts and maroon socks.
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Sadly due to Coronavirus restrictions, no spectators are permitted in the ground and we would ask all our supporters to respect this. As detailed above, supporters of both sides can purchase the match via LIVE stream from www.ecfctv.com
Our new signings – Josh Campbell, Ouzy See, Danny Jardine, Zac Butterworth and Lee Hamilton all made their competitive debuts in midweek which was positive. Several members of the squad missed out against Livingston including Marc Laird, Robbie McIntyre, Kelby Mason and long-term absentee Allan Smith.
Last season the Warriors joined us in League 2 and we met four times across the League and Challenge Cup. Stenny won 2-1 in the Cup however we came out on top in each of the League meetings, our most impressive result being a 4-0 win last October with goals from Scott Shepherd, Conrad Balatoni, Danny Handling and Aidan Wilson. The last match was on 24 January at Ochilview, where we came from behind to win 2-1 thanks again to goals from Shepherd and Handling.
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Competitive action returned to Ainslie Park for the first time since March with the visit of Premiership outfit Livingston in the BetFred Cup.
The visitors came out the traps quickly, moving the ball at pace and spreading the play well. It took only seven minutes for them to open the scoring, Calum Antell did well to stop a shot, but the ricochet ended up falling nicely for Scott Robinson to head home from inside the six yard box. Five minutes later however City could have been on level terms, a great cross found Danny Handling unmarked but his powerful header was superbly saved by the Livingston keeper Stryjek. Livi continued to threaten and doubled their advantage on 22 minutes, when Josh Mullin rounded Antell and stroked it into the net. A third followed just before the break, Mullin again the scorer from close range after an excellent cross took out the City defence.
HALF TIME: CITY 0 – 3 LIVINGSTON
Although the score reflected Livingston were the better side, City competed well and tried to pass out of defence and take responsibility in possession throughout. The second half followed a similar pattern, with the Premiership team having the better of the possession and although a few half chances were shared in the early stages of the half, it was City who created the best opportunity just before the hour mark, when Ouzy See burst through the Livi defence and again the keeper pulled a save straight out of the top drawer to deny Ouzy a goal on his second competitive debut! Livi made it four shortly after with Poplatnik the beneficiary of a questionable off-side call to score from close range. Only minutes later however City did get on the scoresheet, Liam Henderson was fouled in the box and Danny Handling showed a cool head to slot home from 12 yards. Sadly for us Livi added a fifth on 77 minutes when another of the substitutes on the night Lokotsch headed home after a good cross from Mullin.
FULL TIME: CITY 1 – 5 LIVINGSTON
Reflecting on the game although the scoreline sounds bleak the performance was positive in many ways, especially considering our full time opponents were 10 games into their Premiership campaign. The match was a contest throughout and had it not been for two exceptional saves from the Livingston goalkeeper things may have been closer.
NEXT MATCH: STENHOUSEMUIR | BETFRED CUP | SAT 10/10/2020
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