Colin Millar scored late on as Gotham City came from behind to beat Meadowbank Wednesday 2-1 at Gyle Park.
Millar, a post-grad sports management student, struck a superb, curling effort from 25 yards to complete his side’s late comeback.
“I’m not usually much of a goal threat,” said the relieved 24 year old. “I had come close with a few shots earlier and I knew when I hit it that I’d caught it well.
“We made hard work of it, their keeper kept on making saves and I thought it wasn’t going to be our day. But we managed to get one goal and knew we could push on”.
Meadowbank made a perfect start as they looked to grab their first league win of the season when Richard Harvey half-volleyed a lob to open the scoring.
Some valiant defending by Meadowbank and good goalkeeping by John Dewar kept Gotham at Bay, but they just weren’t able to see the game out.
With five minutes to go, Dewar went down in discomfort following a challenge, but the referee played on and Kevin Fitz headed in the loose ball.
Minutes later, Millar made it 2-1 with a thumping strike from range.
Rose bowl Thistle over
Edinburgh Rose AFC recorded a straightforward 4-0 victory in the second round of the Scottish Amateur Cup away to Bathgate Thistle.
After some early pressure, the visitors found the net through Robert Boyd. A cross into the box was met by Raymond Walker who headed on to the bar and Boyd was there to convert from the rebound.
The visitors continued to look threatening in the final third and soon went 2-0 up. After some good build-up in midfield the ball was threaded through the Bathgate backline to Walker who chased the pass down and slotted it past the advancing goalkeeper.
After Kyle Rankin in the Edinburgh goal saved a penalty, his side scored a third, Walker beating the offside trap to round the goalie to put the ball into the empty net.
After the break, Bathgate looked to come back into the game but were having no luck up front. The away side, however, continued to look dangerous and made it 4-0 with 15 minutes to play. Steven Togneri’s powerful strike from distance crashed off the underside of the bar and went in.
Students pass test in cup
Edinburgh University AFC advanced to the third round of the Scottish Amateur Cup after a 3-0 win away to Grangemouth Rovers.
In an even first half, chances were few and far between, though Jamie Jackson had a fantastic chance before half-time for Edinburgh when a cross fell to his feet. His instinctive shot was matched by a good reflex save by the Rovers goalie.
The visitors came out a different side after the break as they looked to up the pressure on their opponents.
On the front foot and looking lively, Edinburgh went ahead five minutes into the half. A ball over the top found Andy Thomson who cut in from the left before finding the far corner of the net.
Grangemouth were struggling to soak up the pressure and soon conceded another. Edinburgh centre-half Jack Simmons, came up from the back and produced a striker’s finish in the area when he reacted first to a loose ball.
In control of the match, the away side looked to add more to their tally and Harold Burchardt wrapped up the win with eight minutes to go when he smashed the ball in from six yards.