The under 20s enjoyed the novelty of a friday night game under the floodlights at Meadowbank. They faced Leith Athletic, a team who had beaten them 4-3 at peffermill the previous saturday.
The 20s started strongly, looking very well organised and playing some attractive football. A strong run by Peter Mair in the 20th minute past several Leith defenders was followed by a nicely weighted ball into Joe Macfarlane down the left flank. Macfarlane then shaped the ball towards the back post where Nathan Evans finished confidently. Edinburgh continued to apply the pressure and sharp thinking from Mair to take a free kick quickly, allowed him to link with Macfarlane again. This time Mair received the ball back, bursting through and finishing well with his left foot across the keeper. Half time.
The emphasis at half time was to do exactly the same and in the first couple of minutes of the second half Bruce Scott put the Uni 3 goals infront with a finish from a Nathan Evans cross. The 20s maybe sat back a bit from here on out and allowed Leith to have much more of the game. A dubious penalty was awarded against Ben Mcglinchey and Scott Hainey could do nothing to save it. Even though Leith seemed to be applying more pressure the Uni’s goal never really seemed to be troubled as Hainey only had to make one save in the second half, which he did with typical reliability. Credit has to go to the back for and crucially Ben Mcglinchey and man of the match Greg Swann who were solid throughout the game. The 20s did not play quite the same quality of football in the second half but looked resilient and the victory never looked in doubt. Final score 3-1 to the EUAFC U20’s.