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Match Report


Lothian Thistle

Sat 04 Sep 2010




Star player: Ryan Wilson


Ryan Wilson (1)

City came away from Saughton yesterday with a 1-1 draw as disappointed as they were when they outplayed Whitehill Welfare a fortnight ago and having nothing to show for it.With only a point to show for their efforts yesterday, quite simply they are not taking the chances they are creating in abundance and are being severely penalised for the simplest of mistakes at the other end of the pitch. It happens! The players again gave it everthing and Gary and John could never question the commitment of the lads in trying to get their first League victory of the season.In the warm summer sunshine both sides started this match looking to gain the upper hand with City recalling club captain Ross Macnamara to central midfield allowing Guthrie and Macfarland to get forward and support loan striker Andy Howat. With Lothian settling on the ball in the early stages it was City who created the early openings with Guthrie and Wilson both going close.City did go in front after 30minutes when Howat put 19year old Ryan Wilson through and the youngster with great maturity slid the ball past Lothian keeper Swain to give the visitors an all immortant lead.The boost of scoring was short lived with the departure of City's Harrison who had to be withdrawn with a hamstring pull, however the ableJamie Bain was intrduced to the central defence. City with both Gair and Dingwall pushing on from wide areas should have gone 2up when Howat missed an excellent opportunity to put City 2up going in at the interval. H/T 1-0 The 2nd period saw a determined effort from the home side to get back on level terms and with and City looking to further increase their lead this match swung from end to end. It is no coincidence that the best defenders are the ones who do the simple boring things well, and in thinking about this might be an area where City could learn from. City gave away a needless free kick in a dangerous position just outside the 18yard box, and on its execution somehow Alan Mcdonaugh hooked the ball over the top of the bewildered city defence into the top stamp corner leaving goalkeeper Stobie helpless. Lothian pressed for a 2nd and missed a great opportunity when there young striker failed to find the net after good play from the home side.City required further surgery to the side with Bruce leaving the field with an ankle knock and being replaced with a first season appearance of Euan Black. Chances kept coming from both sides, however it was City who had the upper hand with Moonie going close on 2 occasions, Howat Wilson,Black and Gair all failing at the final hurdle and the visitors rueing what might have been and not for the first time. A special mention should go to the boy Swain in goal for Lothian Thistle who was absolutely outstanding F/T 1-1

Starting line up

  • 1

    Andrew Stobie

  • 15

    Joe Dingwall

  • 10

    Dougie Gair

  • 4

    Shaun Harrison

  • 5

    Ross McNamara

  • 17

    Ryan Wilson

  • 8

    Ross Guthrie

  • 7

    Andy Howat

  • 11

    Ian MacFarland


  • 14

    Euan Black

  • 23

    Alan MacKintosh

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