Edina Hibs CFC 15s blew away Edinburgh City Real 15s with a confident 8-1 victory to progress to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
It didn’t take long for Edina to make their mark at Forrester High School. With City still settling into the cup tie, Russell Bowers played a crossfield ball from left to right and Liam Edmonston stopped the pass in its tracks before firing into the far left corner of the goal for 1-0.
The confident start from Edina continued as they probed away at the City defence looking to double their lead. By the tenth minute they found an inevitable second of the afternoon. Fraser Blackie’s corner from the left was met with a glancing header from Lewis Sives at the near post and the ball nestled past keeper Aiden Black.
City had been rocked by their hosts’ flying start but by the 20th minute they created their first real chance. A throw-in from the right picked out Jack O’Connor just outside the opposition penalty area and he hit a thunderous strike just inches wide.
It was to be a rare moment in front of goal as Edina went on to dominate the rest of the first half. Twenty minutes in they grabbed a deserved third for their efforts when Bowers’ cross from the left flank was steered in by Blackie at the back post with a composed finish.
The striker was instrumental again for his side as the half continued to go Edina’s way. With ten minutes to play before the interval, Sives ventured down the right wing before cutting the ball back for Blackie. Then, under pressure from Zac Nicol, he picked out the top left corner to make it 4-0 with a determined close-range strike.
Edina had dominated the opening 40 minutes and the same pattern of play continued after the interval with Blackie, Edmonston, Sives and Bowers all looking a constant threat. It took a mere five minutes after the restart for Edina to grab their next goal of the game. Blackie this time provided the assist as he tore down the right before crossing for Edmonston to head into the right-hand side of the goal.
City were doing their best to at least get on the scoresheet and they started to look a bit more threatening in the final third, but still a goal wasn’t forthcoming.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Edina’s attacking efforts continued to reap rewards as they scored yet another goal. This time, Blackie played the ball into the box from the left and Edmonston teed up Steven King with a backheel before he smashed home a sixth.
It had been one-way traffic for the majority of the game, but City did at least have a consolation to cheer when they made the most of a rare opportunity in front of goal. Ross MacFarlane got on the end of David Forbes’ free kick from the left to ensure Edina’s Thomas McLean wouldn’t be registering a clean sheet.
Edina, a minute later, reacted to conceding by scoring another. Substitute Dean Burgess bundled the ball over the line to restore the winning margin to what it was.
As the game drew to a close there was still time for Burgess’ side to find a sublime eighth of the tie. Bowers tried his luck from 25 yards and the ball pinged into the top right corner to put the icing on the cake for Edina.
Having seen his side put eight past City, Coach Scott Bonar reacted to his side’s goalscoring feats after the game.
“I thought we played really well, all the work they put in at training came to fruition. They’re getting better every week and that showed in the result.
“As long as we keep working hard then these boys will keep improving game after game. If things go our way in terms of the draw we’ve got every chance of progressing if we keep up our effort levels. They’re certainly a capable bunch.”
Edinburgh City Real 15s: Aiden Black, Ali Bouhaddou, Zac Nicol, Ross MacFarlane, Josh Davidson, Ben Hunter, Robbie Walker, David Forbes, Patrick Carin, Colin McKinnon, Emre Karaduman, Calum Dignan, Greg Jones, Hamish Glashan, Ethan Williams, Jack O’Connor.
Edina Hibs CFC 15s: Thomas McLean, Dean Burgess, Nicholas Aitchison, Lewis Sives, Jordan Keenan, Alassan Jones, Liam Edmonston, Russell Bowers, Ross Jamieson, Dean Coyle, Tadgh Flanagan-Woodhead, Steven King, Fraser Blackie.