Edinburgh City defeat East Kilbride

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EDINBURGH City emphasised their intention of retaining the Lowland League title in a thrilling match in East Kilbride, securing all three points with a last-minute penalty.

EDINBURGH City emphasised their intention of retaining the Lowland League title in a thrilling match in East Kilbride, securing all three points with a last-minute penalty.

East Kilbride opened the scoring in 13 minutes. Jack Smith’s volley from a right-wing cross appeared to be flying wide but deflected from a City defender into the net. After considerable pressure the visitors equalised in 36 minutes, John Dunn intercepting a clearance and drilling the ball home from the edge of the box.

Play became even more intense after the break and the referee had to be strong to maintain control. The home side had City pinned in their own half. Ousman See was lucky to stay on following an off-the-ball incident in 71 minutes.

City came back in the closing minutes. With seconds remaining Ross Allum was barged to the ground as he cut into the penalty box. He took the spot-kick himself, which goalkeeper Matt McGinley touched onto his left-hand post – but the ball rolled along the goal-line, hit the other post and crept into the net.

East Kilbride: McGinley, Gebbie, Coll, Morris, Kerr, Winter, Hastings, McBride, Smith, Brady, Russell. Subs: Templeton, Howie, Kinnaird, Gormley, Craig, Lachlan, Kean.

Edinburgh City: Stobie, Caddow, Donaldson, Mbu, MacDonald, McKee, McFarland, Muhsin, See, Dunn, McConnell. Subs: Carse, Allum, Paterson, Deniran, Guthrie, Macnamara, Amos.