EUAFC win in BUCS trophy

On Wednesday the 12th of February Edinburgh University beat Stirling University 4-1 in the last 16 of the BUCS Trophy to set up a quarterfinal tie with Liverpool John Moores University on February 26th. A strong second half display in the end gave Edinburgh a comfortable margin of victory but it could have been a closer affair after a close start to the match. Edinburgh got of to a flying start when they were awarded a penalty after the lively Kohei Habata was brought down during a powerful run into the penalty area. Calum Murray calmly converted the penalty. The rest of the first half was closely contested with neither side managing to dominate the game. Stirling started to edge possession moving into the last 15 minutes of the first half and finally got a reward when they too were awarded a penalty after a foul from Paul Sutherland. The penalty was scored to leave the sides level at half time. Edinburgh got off to another quick start when Tim Rawlinson bundled the ball home from a corner 10 minutes after the restart. Stirling had two good chances to equalise but were denied firstly by the on rushing Mark Tait and secondly by a last ditch challenge from Paul Sutherland. Between these two opportunities for Stirling, Edinburgh could have doubled their lead when a low cross from Dan Ward found Finn Daniels-Yeoman at the back post but his effort came back of the woodwork. Following the second of the Stirling chances Edinburgh started to take control of the match. A low drive from Jack Guthrie went narrowly wide before Kohei Habata scored the third goal with a delightful run and chip following a superb through ball from captain Tim Rawlinson. Edinburgh continued to dominate the latter exchanges of the match and a beautifully judged free kick from Dan Ward meant Edinburgh had a comfortable finish to the match. After an excellent result Edinburgh University are now four wins from four in 2014 and are full of confidence for the upcoming semi-final.