Edinburgh City 0 (0)
Gretna FC (2008) 0 (0)
28th March 2015
When Edinburgh City visited Raydale in September as league leaders, we were left scratching our heads wondering how on Earth Gretna managed to lose the match. Gretna were that dominant in the first half they should have been four or five goals ahead at half time. Instead they lost the match 2-0. We all thought that City were not good enough to stay at the top of the league. They proved all the doubters wrong by being the most consistent team in the league and Gretna visited Meadowbank to participate in the Edinburgh City championship party. City were indeed in party mood as they were due to be presented with their championship trophy after the match. Gretna were out to play the role of party poopers but everyone’s day was spoiled by the strong winds blowing around the big athletics venue.
The match turned out to be the proverbial game of two halves. The first half was almost exclusively played in the City half of the park while the second half took place in the visitors’ side of the field.
Gretna formed a guard of honour for the new Lowland League champions as they welcomed City to the field. Right from the kick-off the wind showed that it was going to be a major factor in the day’s proceedings. In the first attack of the day Longcake slipped through a pass to the onrushing Anderson but the wind got a hold of the ball and carried it over the bye line. This was to set the pattern of the day’s events as both teams struggled to master the blustery conditions.
With the strong wind at their backs, chance after chance fell for Gretna forwards as they put the City defence under sustained pressure. However Stobie in the City goal was rarely troubled as most of the Gretna shots on goal missed the target. It took half on hour of play before City had their first shot on goal as they began to come to terms with the conditions. The first half ended with City pressing on the Gretna goal but to no avail, the half ended goalless.
The second half began much the same way as the first, however this time it was the team from the capital that were on top with Gretna having to defend deep in their own territory. Just as City did in the first half Gretna did create chances with Anderson and Milligan working tirelessly against the wind. However it was Murray in the Gretna goal who made sure that that a share of the points went back down south. He produced a series of saves which frustrated the City attack.
However it was deep into injury time that the best chance of the day fell to Gretna only to be frustrated by an early whistle by the referee. An inch perfect cross from Anderson on the edge of the City box found Milligan free at the back post with the goal at his mercy, however as Anderson crossed the ball he was fouled, the referee failed to see the advantage and blew for a free kick for Gretna.
Overall a draw was a fair result with the wind being the winner on the day.
Edinburgh City: Stobie, Caddow, Donaldson, Harrison, Paterson, McKee, McFarland, Gair, Allum, Dunn, McConnell.
Subs: Deniran, Guthrie, Osborne, Torrance, McDonald, Wilson, Mackintosh.
Gretna: Murray, D Graham, Thorburn, Wood, Inglis, Addison, Longcake, Main, Anderson, Milligan, C Graham.
Subs: Cassidy, MacAnespe, Wallace, Halliday, Cowper, White.