EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY manager Dorian Ogunro was pleased to see a performance from his team get the points it deserved after a 2-0 home win over Gretna 2008 at East Peffermill.
Two second-half Joe Aitken goals were enough to give Uni the points and Ogunro believes displays so far this season have previously gone unrewarded.
“In terms of performances this is probably one of the best starts we’ve had for a while,” he said. “We’ve performed well in pretty much every game this season apart from last Saturday. We’ve been playing well but it’s needed a bit of game management, experience, taking our chances when they come and I think that’s what we did.”
Both sides started brightly with Brandon Longcake flashing a shot in Mark Tait’s side netting inside the first minute. Aitken then should have had the hosts ahead just two minutes later. Paul Sutherland’s searching pass found Ross Patterson on the left, who in turn picked out Aitken’s angled run into the area. The striker took a touch and lifted the ball over on-rushing Gretna goalkeeper Vincent Parker but unfortunately for Uni, over the bar as well.
Longcake was proving to be a creative force for Gretna, and his neat interchange with Daniel Graham allowed him to break down the right before delivering a great ball to Addison, but the No.9 couldn’t get a proper connection to turn the ball past Tait.
With Uni playing on the counter attack, Gretna enjoyed the bulk of possession and territory for the majority of the first 45 but didn’t really create anything clear cut. The closest they came was on the stroke of half-time when Dean Crozier arrowed a drive from distance towards the top corner that Tait had to be at full stretch to tip over.
The Students imposed themselves more as an attacking threat in the second half and took the lead nine minutes after the break. Jack Guthrie nutmegged his man in the box before hitting the byline and squaring for Aitken, who composed himself and stroked the ball past Parker. Guthrie again was the provider on the hour, squaring for David Maskrey but Parker was out quickly to block.
Gretna substitute Adam McMath saw a header cleared off the line just before Uni doubled their lead. Guthrie sent Patterson scampering down the left and his floated ball was met by Aitken at the back post who tapped in for a brace.
Tait then produced a wonderful reaction save to prevent Sutherland turning the ball into his own net before Guthrie was denied at the other end by Parker. Tait again kept out a McMath effort with 15 minutes remaining before Guthrie somehow failed to make it 3-0 heading wide at the back post after a Patterson free-kick from the left.
Edinburgh University: Tait, Thomson, McIntosh, Sutherland, McFarlane, Maelger, Maskrey (Mair 63), Daniels-Yeoman, Guthrie, Aitken (Oswald 18), Patterson.
Gretna 2008: Parker, Graham, Inglis, Casey (Milligan 53), Rea, Crozier, Longcake, Addison (McMath 59), Anderson, Graham (Reid 72), Douglas.