Sunday morning side Partizan FC swept away Gotham City in the rain at Gyle Park as they ran away 4-0 winners.
The muddy pitch in west Edinburgh didn’t allow the sides to get into any regular passage of play, but it was the home side who adapted best and never looked in danger in this league encounter.
They took the lead after just three minutes, a penalty being awarded for handball by Gotham’s Alasdair Houston. Patrick Shelvin stepped up, sending the ball straight down the middle and into the back of the net.
Partizan went further ahead after just half an hour of play through David Johnston. His side advanced on goal and after seeing a few shots blocked by a resolute Gotham defence, Johnston found space to hit a low shot onto the post. The ball came back to Johnston, who didn’t miss this time and found the near corner for 2-0.
The second period was very quiet in terms of notable moments around either goalmouth until the 80th minute when Daniel Shelvin forced Gotham goalkeeper Graeme Page into a fingertip save from a well-placed free-kick just outside the 18-yard box.
Partizan made sure of the points with two quick-fire goals. Firstly, the ball landed at James Air’s feet from a corner on the right and he hammered the ball home from a crowded penalty box.
Only two minutes had passed before they got their fourth of the game. Patrick Shelvin received the ball on the left of the box and tried to hit a shot on goal, the ball hitting off Daniel Shelvin and, fortunately for them, finding the net for 4-0.
Fernieside cause upset
FERNIESIDE caused a shock in the Challenge Cup as they knocked out home side Tollcross Thistle, 3-2, in the second round on Saturday.
They took the lead following a short passback to the Tollcross goalkeeper, Graeme Finnen intercepting and laying the ball to Ally Anderson who slotted it home from an angle.
The second Fernieside goal arrived before half-time, Marc Robertson showing purpose down the right wing before putting a ball across the six-yard area which was turned into the net by a Tollcross defender.
Shortly after the interval, Tollcross were given a glimmer of hope as they got back into the tie. Michael Robertson’s drive was parried by the Fernieside goalkeeper and prolific forward Adam Perry was there to convert the rebound.
And with an hour gone Tollcross got the equaliser. Craig Pinnons did well on the left wing as he went past two Fernieside players before chipping the ball into the net from a tight angle.
There was time for another goal late on but it was for Fernieside, who regained their lead. The ball was crossed into the box and Chris Gordon knocked it back to substitute Craig Lyall, who rifled the ball into the top corner for the winner.
Barca undone by Penicuik
Penicuik and Barca were level on 16 points going into this Premier Division game but it was the home side who pulled away courtesy of a 3-0 win.
Despite the margin of victory, it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests with the teams still locked 0-0 at half-time having both squandered chances.
Around 20 minutes into the second half however, Penicuik went in front through an unstoppable shot from John Kerr.
Kerr was at it again just two minutes later, doubling the hosts’ advantage with a near-post header from a corner.
Both sides continued to threaten but it was Penicuik who got the killer goal. Scott Finlayson received the ball from the right wing and hit the crossbar from close range. The ball bounced off the woodwork and off an unlucky Barca defender and into the net.