Edinburgh 1s Lose Out in Extra Time
On a blistering cold day, the 1s travelled down to England to face off with Nottingham Trent University in the British Cup. The game was a tale of two halves, with Trent dominating the first 45 minutes, putting early pressure on the Edinburgh defence. Edinburgh played on the counter, creating some early opportunities, without troubling the Trent goalkeeper too much. After a dribbling run up the flank, Duverger laid off the ball to Boeckh, who produced a fizzing shot over the crossbar. Trent took the lead on the 15th minute mark with a headed goal from close range following a looping corner kick. They doubled their lead ten minutes later when one of Trent’s wingers burst down the right flank and cut inside, firing a well-placed shot into the top left corner of the net. Both sides had further chances before the half time whistle, with Edinburgh’s defence withstanding heavy pressure from the speedy Trent attackers. Edinburgh emerged with a new lease of life in the second half, dominating possession and switching the ball from side to side. Guthrie caused particular problems and scored a spectacular goal for Edinburgh after latching on to a looping pass from Boeckh, outrunning the Trent defenders and blasting the ball into left side of the net. At 2-1, the momentum well and truly with Edinburgh, who piled the pressure on, giving Trent no time on the ball. Coppel scored a well-deserved equaliser on 70 minutes, controlling a long pass and hitting a sweet half-volley over the Trent goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net. Trent simply had no answers to the Edinburgh onslaught and were let off the hook multiple times when the ball bounced off of the crossbar. Another Edinburgh shot hit the left post and rolled agonisingly along the Trent goal line before being cleared. Luck was not on Edinburgh’s side and the teams went into extra-time level at 2-2. Trent regrouped in extra time, scoring an early headed goal to take regain the lead and take the game to 3-2. Afterwards, Edinburgh struggled to regain the momentum they had created in the second half, marking a frustrating end to an otherwise impressive performance.