Edinburgh University took full advantage of the East Peffermill pitch surviving the weather by recording a comprehensive 4-1 win over their Stirling counterparts in the South Challenge Cup.
The hosts took the lead when a driving run from Jack Guthrie split the Stirling defence. He slid the ball to Calum Murray on his left, who cut inside before slotting past Ryan Marshall in the Stirling goal.
The visitors responded, zipping the ball around the offensive third with Chris Geddes’ volley well saved by Mark Tait.
At the other end, the Edinburgh’s front two of Guthrie and Bruce Scott linked up superbly. The home side’s Tim Rawlinson converted from a corner following a kerfuffle in the Stirling six-yard box before the Edinburgh talisman slid Guthrie through to score late in the half. Stirling, spurred on by manager Shelley Kerr’s half-time team talk, started the second half with real intent. Capitalising on poor passing around the Edinburgh defence, Geddes surged forward before teeing up Paul Sludden who slotted home.
Edinburgh stole a fourth against the run of play as Guthrie controlled a Ross Patterson cross before turning in off the post. Edinburgh frustrated their opponents for the remainder of the tie to seal a memorable victory.
Edinburgh University: Tait, MacFarlane, Thomson, Sutherland, Black, Irvine, Murray, Rawlinson (McCrory-Irvine 80), Guthrie, Scott (Mackintosh 80), Patterson.
Stirling University: Marshall, Ashe (Komitski 80), Cuff, Leigh, Nixon, Gillen, Faulds, Kessie, Geddes, McCafferty (Sludden 60).