Whitehill Welfare avenged their League Cup defeat at Meadowbank with a deserved 4-0 win in the drizzle at Ferguson Park, but the story of the match might have been different if Edinburgh City had been able to convert some of their chances in the first hour.
Before kick-off, a minute’s silence was held for Arniston Rangers coach Neil Brownlie, who passed away at an Edinburgh City youth match last weekend.
Neither team was able to score in a fast and exciting first half. Devlin netted for City in 12 minutes but was ruled offside before McFarland shot over from six yards. At the other end Dodds shot wide after some fine interplay with Somerville, and three minutes before the interval Somerville’s cross was headed just over by Andrew Kidd.
Somerville had an excellent chance in 48 minutes, but Stobie snatched the ball from his feet as he tried to round the City keeper. In 51 minutes Devlin hit the Whitehill post and Guthrie’s follow-up was scrambled away for a corner and in 59 minutes Bruce was booked after foiling a City break by fouling Wilson.
Mike Bruce opened the scoring in 62 minutes, a harmless-looking lob from the left being bundled in at the back post. Welfare were making fine use of the conditions, sending long balls which forced City defenders to try to turn on the muddy park, and in 70 minutes Andy Martin doubled the home lead with a low angled shot from the right which deceived everyone and slid in at the far corner.
It was now all Welfare, but the visiting defence held out until substitute Wayne McIntosh crushed City with two very late goals. In 88 minutes Manson’s cross from the right was nodded into the net from close range, and in the second minute of stoppage time the striker broke through the defence to slot the ball under Stobie.
Whitehill Welfare: Young, Hall, Thom, Bruce, Dodds, McGlashan, Manson, A Kidd, Somerville, McLaughlin, Martin. Subs: McIntosh, Sproule, Noon, Finnie, W Kidd.
Edinburgh City: Stobie, Vanson, James, Donaldson, Paterson, McFarland, Devlin, Gair, Wilson, Torrance, Guthrie. Subs: Burgess, Harrison, Gibson, Osborne, McConnell.