Roslin Da Vinci held off a spirited Meadowbank AFC rally late on to secure a 2-1 victory in the President’s Cup second round at Meadowbank 3G.
It was Meadowbank who looked the more threatening of the two sides early on in the cup tie. Both Mark Mason and Marc McGregor looked to test David Livie in the Roslin goal from distance but neither could cause too much trouble for the man between the sticks.
The pressure continued from the hosts and they came mighty close to finding the opening goal of the game 11 minutes in. Darren Prentice set up Paul Martin and he sent a half volley from the edge of the box that rattled the left-hand post.
It was enough to set the alarm bells ringing for Roslin and they began to make inroads into the game. Twenty five minutes in they saw themselves hit the woodwork when Darren Clapperton’s ball in from right found the head of Ross Connell and his effort clashed against the crossbar.
It was this aerial threat that prevailed five minutes later as Roslin took the lead. After winning the corner, Craig Edwards leapt in the box to head in Clapperton’s set piece for 1-0.
The response from Meadowbank came quickly and they were inches away from a finding an equaliser as the half drew to a close. Martin followed up McGregor’s initial effort to fire a shot under the body of Livie, but the Roslin keeper did just enough as he leapt back to stop the ball from trickling over his goalline.
On the stroke of half-time Roslin found a second with their opponents pushed upfield in search of an equaliser. Craig Edwards slipped in Connell and he caught the Meadowbank defence napping to get in behind and place a shot into the bottom left corner.
After the interval, Meadowbank continued to battle as they searched for a way back into the game but the Roslin defence were standing firm. Eventually though, the pressure paid off as they found the net with 15 minutes to go. A ball in from the right found the head of Martin at the back post and he made no mistake to head in.
Minutes later they could have been on level terms. Martin lifted the ball over Livie but Calum Edwards somehow managed to get back and clear the ball off the line.
The momentum was with Meadowbank as they pressed to take the game to extra time and again they came close to finding a leveller. Fraser Andrews latched onto the ball on the right hand side of the box but he could only send his half volley into the side netting.
Into injury time, Andrews’ side continued to pursue an equaliser but Roslin held firm to progress to the next round of the competition.
Head coach Darren Connell reflected on his side’s performance after the game with hope for the season ahead.
“In the first half I felt we were the better side and we controlled the game. We scored two good goals which in the end turned out to be vital for us. In the second we lost our way a little and let them back into the game but again I felt our keeper didn’t have too much to do, our defence stood strong and dealt with ball after ball that came into the box. Overall I felt we deserved it and we’re delighted to be in the next round of the cup.
“With regards to the season, if we can find some consistency I’d like to think we would be back up there again challenging on all fronts, losing two league games early on hasn’t helped matters but it’s still early doors,” he said.
Meadowbank AFC: Fraser Andrews, Jordan Davidson, Steven Duchart, Jamie Duffy, Arran Gosman, James Horsburgh, Conor Lang, Denholm Lyall, Paul Martin, Mark Mason, Marc McGregor, Darren Prentice, James Russell, Ryan Scott, Brian Thomson
Roslin Da Vinci: Steven Baillie, David Brydon, Darren Clapperton, Darren Connell, Ross Connell, John Cooper, Craig Donaldson, Calum Edwards, Craig Edwards, Rory Edwards, Scott Edwards, David Livie, Fraser Smith, Kieran Smith, Greg Thomson