Practice makes perfect for spot-on Edinburgh City

Gary Jardine was a happy man as Edinburgh City defeated Threave Rovers 3-0. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Gary Jardine was a happy man as Edinburgh City defeated Threave Rovers 3-0. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Gary Jardine enjoyed a less stressful three points this weekend as Edinburgh City re-established their scoring touch from the spot with a 3-0 Ferrari Packagling Lowland League home win over bottom club Threave Rovers.

A first-half Ouzy See brace had them well on their way before Dougie Gair’s late penalty banished any spot-kick hangover after missing three against Spartans in the New Year derby – unsurprisingly prompting a midweek practice session from 12 yards. “That was our tenth penalty of the season and we’d scored six prior to last week,” explained Jardine. “We did practice them during the week! We worked for 15 minutes on them – the whole team. We’ll do that continually between now and the end of the season.

“It was a bit more straight-forward than last week, but Threave made us work for it.”

City led after 17 minutes. See showed good feet on the edge of the area before playing a one-two with strike partner Ross Allum and calmly slotting past Martin McCauley from close range. See doubled his and City’s tally just after the half hour mark. Jon MacDonald found himself in space out on the right and his low centre was met by the midfielder at the near post, who stroked high into the net.

Andrew Stobie was called into action midway through the second half, getting down well to block Ian Miller’s first-time effort following a counter-attack from the visitors, serving a reminder that the three points staying at Meadowbank wasn’t quite a formality.

See was denied the opportunity of a hat-trick when he was forced off after falling heavily while defending a corner, requiring lengthy treatment before being replaced with 15 minutes remaining, requiring a stretcher to return to the 
dressing room.

Threave may have been forgiven for being quite content when City were awarded a penalty with five to go given the events at Ainslie Park the previous weekend. Gair stepped up after Sean Muhsin had been upended and made no mistake, sending McCauley the wrong way to make it 3-0.

Jardine was concerned following See’s withdrawal and awaits a firmer diagnosis after the goalscorer was wheeled round the pitch on a flat bed trolley following his injury.

“That was the down side to the day,” he admitted. “It looks a real bad one, but hopefully it looks worse than it is. He went to hospital to get it checked so we’ll take it from there.”

Edinburgh City: Stobie, Mbu, MacDonald (Harrison 62), McConnell, Paterson, Donaldson, McFarland, See (Muhsin 75), Allum, Dunn, Gair

Threave Rovers: McCauley, Jamieson, Kirkwood, Patterson, Wilby, Forsyth, Couper, Dunglinson, Irving (Milligan 64), Barnes, Miller.