Part 26 – S1 C1 P25 South Challenge Cup 3rd Round – Leith Athletic (A) 17th Oct 2018 15:00

Another view of the Peffermill 3G

Before we make the 7 mile trip back to the Peffermill Playing Fields that Leith Athletic share with Edinburgh University our Reserves played out a 3-3 draw with Camelon Reserves, with Jordan Garden, Joe Boyle and a Camelon OG on the scoresheet.

Leith Athletic ( ) are currently in the East of Scotland Conference A, 2 tiers below the Strollers and have no ‘real’ players in game so with the Scottish Cup game away to Annan in 3 days in mind I’m resting Big Kev, James Hainey and Andy Mair. Clappers maintains his spot as he’s not banned in this competition (yet) and I’m giving game time to Guthrie (Striker), Mackay (AML), Barras (AMR), Devers (Advanced Playmaker in CM), Chris Milligan (CD) and Kyle Fee (Right Wing-Back). Leith are sporting a 4-2-2-2 2DM Narrow, lets see how it plays out.

First Half Comprehensive Highlights

HT Leith 0 Civil Service 3 (Mackay 17, Fee 24, Barras 39)

After a bright and breezy (9C) opening Kyle Fee swung the ball in to Mackay, who finished with a lovely right foot volley to make it 1-0 in the 17th minute. In the 24th minute Kyle Fee made it 2, sweeping in off the right, placing the ball across the keeper in the bottom right corner of the goal. In the 39th minute it was 3-0 – a counter from a McVitie headed clearance from a Leith corner saw Mackay sprint most of the length of the pitch before crossing to Barras who finished well. Again we’ve not got massively high possession or pass completion but our finishing has been very good.

Second Half Comprehensive Highlights

FT Leith 0 Civil Service 4 (Mackay 17, 90+2 , Fee 24, Barras 39) Att 72 (50 Away)

A relatively uneventful half, with Mackay making it 4-0 from a free kick in injury time, all a little bit uninspiring until you see the scoreline – If we could do that every week I’d be more than happy 🙂 Mackay was a deserved MOTM with 2 goals, 2 assists and 4 key passes. He’s definitely giving Andy Mair a run for his money at the moment, averaging 9.55 in this competition!

The 4th Round draw for the South Challenge Cup is as follows:

Away to Linlithgow Rose, another East of Scotland Conference team, so I’m hopeful we can get through that to the Quarters with rotation (Its the Wednesday game in a Sat-Wed-Sat sandwich. Next up is our biggest game so far – Scottish Cup 2nd Round away to League 2 opposition Annan. Looking forward to smashing it 🙂

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