Edinburgh Ciy 1
EoS PREMIER DIVISION
ALICK MILNE reports from Meadowbank
ALTHOUGH Selkirk left the points in Edinburgh they can take heart from a stuffy defensive performance in which they restricted their high-flying hosts to a single goal.
The Souters lined up without injured Scott McKenzie and with Jamie Gibson suspended, although Grant Gass and Paul Hossack were available once more. It looked bleak for the visitors when City went a goal up after only two minutes, Ian McFarland’s square ball from the left sailing just beyond John Dodds’s reach and allowing Robbie Ross a simple tap-in from six yards.
The home side continued to press, and it took a well-timed tackle by Euan Pritchard to foil a threatening run by Kenny Ross. In 15 minutes Des Sutherland did well to keep the ball in play and cut back to Jay Wilson, who forced a diving save from Andrew Stobie. The City keeper blocked an attempt in 32 minutes when Grant Gass pounced on a deflected ball. At the other end, Dodds pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny Ross and Grant Vanson just before the interval.
Both sides were in fine defensive form, with Selkirk’s strikers being regularly caught out by City’s offside trap.
Jay Wilson and Grant Gass had long-range shots which were deflected for corners, but the Souters were unable to capitalise on these.
City came close to stretching their lead in 78 minutes when Gair broke through, but was frustrated by a magnificent save from Dodds.
The game came to life in the final 10 minutes. Gass breaking through the defensive line, but his shot sailed wide.
With nine minutes left, Paul Hossack was yellow-carded for a two-footed challenge on McFarland, and shortly afterwards Des Sutherland turned Ross Macnamara and sent a square ball across the goal which no-one could reach.
Boss Bryan Templeton pushed more men forward, Callum Gass replacing Ryan McManus, and three minutes from time Wilson got his head to a Sutherland cross, but Stobie held it safely.
The home side tried to take advantage of the exposed Selkirk defence, but attempts from Peter Stenhouse and McFarland were well cleared.
Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, Ross McManus, J. Inglis, E. Pritchard, P. Hossack, J. Wilson, G.Gass, D. Sutherland, Ryan McManus, S. Hardie. Subs: B. Milven, C.Gass and D. Main.