City Capital-ise at K-Park

By Joshua Kane


East Kilbride’s Irn Bru Cup run came to and end on Saturday with defeat at the hands of SPFL League 2 side Edinburgh City.


The home side held their own for the majority of the match and were unlucky not to progress into the third round after conceding two late goals in quick succession.


The game started brightly for the K-Park side who looked like they were fully focused on securing their name in Tuesdays hat for the next round.

Ross McNeil had two chances in the space of a few minutes which first saw his shot and then header both held well by Ansell in the City goal.


A minute later saw some last ditch defending from the away side to block Anton Brady’s shot that looked bound for goal.


However, it was the side from the capital who took the lead ten minutes before half time. Blair Henderson was put through on goal and made no mistake in firing past McGinley in the EK goal.


The second half saw a flurry of goals from both sides with EK again starting the half on top.


The home side eventually got their reward on 73 minutes when Ross McNeil capitalised on a poor clearance from City and rifled a his shot into the bottom left hand corner to level the scoring.


Celebrations had barely died down before EK took the lead a minute later.


Malcolm added to his tally for the season after latching onto a cross and bulleting his header back across goal into the top corner to put EK ahead with 15 minutes to go.


EK continued the pressure after taking the lead and looked comfortable going into the later stages of the match.


Liam Craig met the end of a cut back but saw his shot fly over the bar from 18 yards out.


With five minutes to go, City levelled the scoring through substitute Allan Smith who looped a his header across goal from a near impossible angle and into the back of the net.


It was then heartbreak for EK only two minutes later which saw Smith grab his second and the match winner with another header, this time from close range.

A strong performance from East Kilbride against Football League opposition in front of a busy K-Park bodes well for the season ahead

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