Edinburgh City finish off Preston Athletic’s nine men

Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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Edinburgh CITY progressed to the semi-final of the King Cup with a 4-2 extra-time victory over a Preston Athletic side who played for nearly an hour with only nine men.

The regulation 90 minutes finished 2-2 before City’s numerical advantage eventually saw them through.

Sean Martin gave Preston an early lead before Daryl Devlin equalised with a close-range header.

Preston regained the lead in the first half when Martin converted a penalty.

Five minutes into the second half Preston’s Michael Osbourne was sent off and shortly afterwards Marck Cherrie followed him. City forced extra time through Peter Stenhouse.

City eventually made their numerical advantage count when Devlin headed home in the second period of extra-time before Mark Osborne sealed victory with a strike from 30 yards in the last minute.

City manager Gary Jardine said: “That’s two games in a row that we have come back from being a goal down. Preston were really, really good and it was difficult to break them down, even when they had only nine men. However, my players gave everything they had and our team spirit shone through.”

Elsewhere, Whitehill Welfare entertain Stirling University, also in the King Cup quarter finals tonight, with a 6.45pm kick-off at Ferguson Park.