HENDERSON HEADER’S ARE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE CAPITAL
CLOSE: McAdams tips a Scott Ross header on to the bar during the first half at Ainslie Park
Edinburgh City 2 Cove Rangers 1
Ladbrokes League Two
Saturday December 7, 2019
At Ainslie Park
Despite the high winds, both teams started the game well, with the ball being passed around confidently by both sides. The opening goal came after just nine minutes, when a free kick from Craig Thomson found the head of centre half Liam HENDERSON who bulleted a header beyond the Stuart to put Edinburgh ahead. Their lead was doubled just after the half hour, when HENDERSON once again rose to meet a Thomson delivery – to head home. Shortly after we reduced the deficit after some fine work on the right by Blair Yule who crossed expertly for Jimmy SCOTT who showed brilliant awareness to finish with an overhead kick. Just before half time Scott Ross almost brought us back on level terms and had it not been for an outstanding McAdams save, tipping his header onto the bar, then we could have gone in all square as the wind continued to play a part in the match.
Half Time - Edinburgh City 2-1 Cove Rangers
The second half was much less eventful, with the swirling wind making it more difficult for both teams to play their normal passing game. We had the best of the posession and took the game to Edinburgh but couldn't find the decisive chance that would bring us back on level terms and quite well could have gone on to score again. Aidan McAdams, on loan from Rangers, made two phenomenal saves in the final stages of the second half. John Robertson was introduced late on to try and create something in the final third but with nothing falling our way, referee Grant Irvine brought the game to an end infront of the 439 crowd and all three points stayed in the capital.
Full Time - Edinburgh City 2-1 Cove Rangers
EDINBURGH CITY: McAdams, Thomson, Balatoni, L Henderson, Crane, Handling, Brown, Laird, Harris (Stewart 71), B Henderson (Court 63), Shepherd (Smith 84)
Subs: Sinclair, Wilson, Kane, Beveridge
COVE RANGERS: McKenzie, Scully, Ross, Strachan, Yule, Megginson, Scott, Masson, Redford (Robertson 85), Aird, Fyvie
Subs: Redman, Brown, McCafferty