Fans go north for free
A free bus is heading to the Highlands for anyone who wants to back the University football team in the Scottish Cup.
The team plays Brora Rangers in a first round replay on Saturday and a coach will leave George Square at 8.30am.
It is a rare chance to see the University’s footballers compete in Scottish football’s national cup competition
The trip north also gives students who are new to Edinburgh an ideal opportunity to see the scenic beauty of the Highlands.
To find out more or book a place, call Irene McTernan on 0131 650 2346 or email email@example.com.
A last-gasp goal had denied Edinburgh victory against Brora last Saturday.
The late equaliser means the students must now travel to Sutherland to settle the tie.
The students looked to have booked their second-round berth when Benji Antoni gave Edinburgh a 2-1 lead in injury time at Peffermill on Saturday.
But with virtually the last kick of the game Brora’s Daniel MacKay squeezed the ball in to set up the replay this weekend.
The home side had opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Callum Murray’s cross was turned in by Colin Cameron.
The Highland League side levelled in the 58th minute with a stunning 25-yard strike from veteran midfielder Nigel Mackenzie.
Despite the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser, Edinburgh coach Douglas Samuel says his team can approach the replay with confidence.
He said: “Brora will start the replay as favourites. They have a good home record this season and we face a long trip to get there, but we enjoy being the underdogs.”
It was probably the most dramatic end to any match in which I’ve been involved. We went from the huge high of scoring what looked like a winner to the massive low of conceding a last-gasp goal all in the space of a minute. But we’re still in the Cup and if we play well in the replay, then we have every chance of progressing.
The University team has performed well in the cup in recent seasons.
In 2006, the club reached the third round for the first time in its 125 year history, where it lost to Scottish League side Cowdenbeath.
And five former University players are currently playing in the Scottish Football League - Jamie Redman and Andrew Cook (Brechin City), Scott Bennett (Montrose), Scott Fusco (Stenhousemuir) and Michael Dick (East Fife).
Brora Rangers vs Edinburgh University Association Football Club
Admission: £5 (£3 for concessions, including students). A bus will leave George Square, Edinburgh at 8.30am.
Saturday 2 October 2010, 3.00pm
Saturday 2 October 2010, 5.00pm
Dudgeon Park, Brora, Sutherland KW9 6QH
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