Students in cup exit

The University football team is out of the Scottish Cup after a hard-fought first round replay in Sutherland.

The students lost 2-1 to Highland League opponents Brora Rangers on Saturday following a 2-2 draw in the first match at Peffermill.

Two coach loads of supporters made the long trip to Dudegeon Park and they were rewarded with a gallant performance from the students.

The first half was fairly even but Brora took the lead after 36 minutes when Mark Cathcart upended Liam Baxter just inside the box.

It was a clear penalty which Ally Macdonald hammered home from the spot.

The goal increased the confidence of the home side, although the University created a very good chance just after half-time but failed to score.

On the hour mark, Edinburgh’s Daniel Main was booked and two minutes later was given a red card for use of the elbow.

In the 70th minute, Brora doubled their advantage. Following a Baxter corner the ball found its way to Scott McKain who pounced to score from four yards.

The students rallied and with two minutes remaining pulled one back. Mark Gair’s floated corner kick found its way into the back of the net, but Brora held on for victory.

The match was well contested, but the strong, fast and confident play of the Brora team, in front of their home supporters, made it difficult for the University players to settle into their normal passing game.

Alan ChaineyPresident Edinburgh University Association Football Club

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