Garry O’Connor back in Edinburgh for battle of table-toppers

Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team mates against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park
Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team mates against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park
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Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City welcome Selkirk and Garry O’Connor to Meadowbank this evening for a first-versus-second clash.

City’s 6-3 win at Gala Fairydean Rovers at the weekend meant they leapfrogged East Kilbride into top spot. Gary Jardine’s team remain the only side with a 100 per cent league record this season.

Selkirk were also amongst the goals with a 4-1 victory at Vale of Leithen on Saturday. Tonight’s match will see a familiar face return to Edinburgh as O’Connor lines-up just a stone’s throw from his old Easter Road stomping ground.

The former Hibs man has found the net regularly for his new club so far this term, but City arguably possess the greater goal threat, as evidenced by the fact they are the Lowland League’s top scorers with 13 goals in four matches.

Mark Osborne, John Dunn and Ross Allum have netted 12 goals between them, and Gary Jardine is confident his side can cause Selkirk problems.

“Garry O’Connor will raise the profile of the league so well done to Selkirk on bringing such a quality player in, but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves,” he said. “Mark Osborne’s been fantastic – I wasn’t expecting him to score so many goals this early on. I thought he’d play a part from the bench the first half of the season and towards the end of the campaign would come into his own. He’s forced our hand with his level of performance. Ross Allum’s been away and come back in and he looked very hungry on Saturday.”

The City boss praised tonight’s opponents for their improvement on last season and the ambition they’ve shown.

“I think if you told the paying public coming to watch Lowland League football that Edinburgh City v Selkirk would be top versus second after the first four or five games you’d be laughed at. It shows the ambition of Selkirk – from being bottom of the league last season to where they are now – even last season you could tell the manager had ambition beyond the way they were performing. He’s done great.”

Whitehill Welfare will be hoping to emulate City’s weekend success when they travel south to face Gala tonight. Mickey Lawson’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Gretna 2008 at Ferguson Park on Saturday and sit mid-table with two wins and two draws in four games.

Welfare have had little trouble finding the net themselves in recent weeks, and will be hoping striker Wayne McIntosh’s hot scoring streak continues.