Edinburgh University 4 Vale of Leithen 3
An unbelievable game which might have been excellent entertainment for the home and neutral spectators, but can only be described as disastrous for the Vale team and their supporters.
The first half performance was well below par for the Vale and it was a surprise it took 32 mins before the Uni took the lead, when a cross from the left was knocked home by Baird.
The home team increased their lead in 41 mins when a poor free kick by Blaikie outside the Uni box broke to the unmarked Baird on the left who proceeded to run down the wing before cutting inside and slotting the ball past Gilpin for a 2-0 lead.
Vale started the second half with Dixon and Ireland replacing Smith and Berry.
With an increase in tempo Vale started to take command of the game and were rewarded in 66 mins when a ball over the top was met by Stewart who bundled the ball home to make it 2-1.
With Vale in the ascendancy they equalised in 76 mins when after a blocked Stewart shot substitute Kerr Allan knocked home the equaliser.
In 82 mins a cross in the box was handled by a Uni defender and the subsequent penalty was hammered home by Stewart to give Vale the lead.
Instead of closing out the game, 3 mins from full time Vale were caught in possession on their right and the ball was dispatched to Yussuf who darted towards the box before he was upended by Blaikie. Although the infringement appeared to be on the edge of the box, the referee took guidance from the linesman and awarded a penalty which was converted by Daniels-Yeoman.
The disappointment of losing this equaliser was compounded in the 90 min when after again losing possession on the right a ball into the box was miss hit by Blaikie and the ball broke to Yussuf who scored the winner.
In injury time a long ball over the top was headed goalwards by Stewart and only a great safe by Davidson prevented an equaliser.
Again the general opinion of followers of the Lowland League will be if you’re looking for goals and entertainment head to Vale games.
However, the goals against total is rising at an alarming rate and unless this is stopped Vale will be dragged into another relegation fight.
Stirling University 2 Vale of Leithen 2
A point away from home is a good result, however at the end of the game the Vale will feel that it should have been full points.
The game started with Vale on the back foot as the youthfulness of the home team was giving them problems with their running.
Their pressure eventually paid off in the 13 min when some slack Vale play in the midfield resulted in long cross ball by Lyons arriving at the feet of McEwan, who had time and space to lob Gilpin to give them the lead.
This spurred on the Vale and Sean Stewart was starting to create all sorts of problems for the home defence with his speed and movement, and this was rewarded in the 21 min when a good pass from Dickson found Stewart who beat a couple of defenders before slotting by the goalie for 1-1.
With Vale now in command a through ball caught out the defence and with Stewart bearing down on the goal he was taken out by the home goalie Allan just outside the box. The referee deemed this only a yellow, although as last man it could have been a red.
From the resultant free kick from Kerr Allan, the goalie made a good stop but was unable to knock clear and Bonner followed up to head home for 2-1, 28 min.
Things got worse for the University when in 40 min Lyons was red carded for a lunge at Stewart.
The second half was only 5 mins old when after slack play again in the midfield, Vale gave away a free kick on the left. The flighted ball in the six yard box came of McBride’s head for an own goal.
The rest of the half was played out with neither team in control and with Vale not taking advantage of the extra player.
The only two real chances fell to Vale where Stewart and Currie were unlucky not to score.
A good point and I’m sure if we were offered it at the start of the game we would have gladly taken it.