Cup adventure over for students
The University football club is out of the Scottish Cup after a first-round defeat by Vale of Leithen.
In-form Vale maintained their unbeaten record this season with a convincing 3-0 win at Peffermill.
The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when an Andy Martin cross found striker Aaron Somerville, who squeezed a header past University keeper Steven Oliver.
The students’ main threat came from set pieces, with centre-half Darren Jarvie using his height to good effect.
One of his first-half headers had looked net bound, but Vale keeper Darren Walker was equal to it, brilliantly tipping the ball over.
At the start of the second half, James Craigen went close to levelling for the students as he knocked a Jack Beesly corner over from close range.
But Vale went further ahead on the hour mark when Somerville found himself in space at the edge of the area and fired a great strike into the corner of the net.
Vale scored a third in injury time when substitute Steven Dongo collected a long ball and rounded defender Alisdair MacKinnon to shoot past Oliver.
No cup run
The result is a disappointment to the University team, which 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.
However, coach Douglas Samuel was philosophical about the result as he is seeking to rebuild his side after losing several key players in the close season.
There’s no shame in losing to the form side in the East of Scotland League. We’ve lost some key players over the summer and have been hampered by injuries and suspension this season. We will be better and stronger for the experience and I am optimistic about the season ahead.
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We were rated 4th out of 140 institutions in the Independent’s Complete University Guide 2008-09.
We provide bursaries, training programmes and a range of support services to help gifted students realise their sporting potential.