Saturday 12 November 2016, 15.00, East Peffermill
After coming out of the Whitehill Welfare game against Abbey Vale, we raced from Rosewell to south Edinburgh to take in the second half of Edinburgh University versus Wigtown and Bladnoch in the South of Scotland Cup.
It’s a second visit to see Edinburgh University after taking in their pre-season friendly against Musselburgh Athletic, but this time they are playing on their proper pitch, and we get there in time to sample the week’s marvellous cakes on sale in the clubhouse. It’s worth a trip to Peffermill just to partake in the baking which are available every home game.
Like the game at Whitehill, the home side are from the Lowland League while the away side are from the South of Scotland League. The University side sit in 12th in the sixteen team Lowland League while the men from the south are running away with their league, eight points clear after fifteen games.
Edinburgh University had won four games in a row prior to this match and would have been looking to extend that record.
A first sighting of the South of Scotland side who were formed in 1880 as Wigtown FC. The Bladnoch part of the name – the name of a nearby village – was added in 1919.
They have plied their trade in the South of Scotland Football League since league reformation in 1946 and have won it five times. Most recently they lifted the title in 2014-15 when they retained the trophy for the first time.
Appearing in the Scottish Cup 14 times, they had their most noteworthy success in 1952 when they won at Montrose.
At half time, Uni are a goal in front after Hay had scored in 19 minutes, taking the ball round Roddie to score.
Hay was the first to have an effort on goal in the second half, latching on to a flick on, but he volleyed over the Wigtown bar.
Uni’s number 11 showed good feet in 61 minutes before rifling a shot narrowly wide with a low effort from the edge of the box.
Great control by Hay took him to the Wigtown by-line in 62 minutes and he cut the ball back for Hely, but Roddie was out quickly to block his effort from close range.
It was a very competitive match with little between the two teams.
Hely burst into the Wigtown box in 76 minutes but was halted by a great tackle by Cluckie.
Despite the game being relatively even, it was the home side that were increasingly creating the chances.
A ball across the face of the Wigtown goal in 78 minutes was missed by everyone and came to Hely, but he didn’t catch it properly and Roddie was able to scramble the ball behind.
Another fine challenge by Cluckie halted Hay’s run into the box in 87 minutes as Uni tried to seal the win.
In the final minute, Daniels-Yeoman played a great ball into the Wigtown box. It came to the head of McCrory-Irving all on his own, but he headed high over the bar.
In injury time, McCrory-Irving nutmegged Whorlow on the edge of the Wigtown box, but dragged his shot wide.
The final whistle blew to the disappointment of the Wigtown players, but they hadn’t really looked like scoring. They had their fair share of possession, but couldn’t get through the Uni defence.
In the half I saw, Daniels-Yeoman and the number 8 were solid in the home midfield and Hay caused all sorts of problems for the Wigtown defence. Cluckie was a rock at the heart of that defence and Roddie looked an able keeper.
Not the greatest half in the world, but I go back to the fact we were there in time for cake.
I’ve been unable to get the names and numbers of the home team. They are usually written up on a board in the clubhouse, but there was no sign.
Edinburgh University go through to the next round.
Full Time: Edinburgh University 1 Wigtown and Bladnoch 0
Admission: £5 (if you had been there at the start. We probably spent that on cake)
Edinburgh University: 1 Mark Tait, 2, 3, 4, 5 Max Verkaik, 6 Finn Daniels-Yeoman, 7 (Hely 58), 8, 9 Jack Hay, 10 Scott McCrory-Irving, 11 (12 86). Subs: 12, 14 Liam Hely.
Wigtown and Bladnoch: 1 Martyn Roddie, 2 Chrissy Chilton (Rennie 70), 3 Mark Whorlow, 4 Lewis Richardson, 5 Stuart Cluckie, 6 Callum Scott, 7 Richard Jones, 8 Lewis Dunn, 9 Robert Jamieson (Lowe 75), 10 Blair Dougan, 11 Ian Miller (Robertson 64). Subs: 12 Tyler Rennie, 14 Matthew Robertson, 16 John Lowe.
Referee: Ryan Lee
Programme: Free with admission.