Poor possession and missed chances costly for Eyemouth

Edinburgh City4

Eyemouth United0

Eyemouth crashed to a heavy defeat at Meadowbank Stadium in Group C of the Qualifying League.

In what was a poor display from Eyemouth, the Berwickshire side were guilty of poor possession and failing to convert opportunities. The amount of goals they are conceding is also a cause of concern.

Still using this competition as a warm up to the start of the league campaign, Fishermen manager Carl Hudson again tinkered with his starting line up.

Eyemouth lined up 4-5-1, with Michael Wales, Richard Baxendale, George Windram, Josh Hebdon, Jordan Ainslie and Stuart Coyle all returning. The Fishermen started brightly, retaining possession well on a difficult surface, and they could have taken the lead through Steven Shennan, who hit the post from close range.

Eyemouth were forced in to an early change when Michael Wales was forced off following a dangerous challenge, and was replaced by his brother Gary.

City took the lead against the run of play, their big number five scoring directly from a 25-yard free kick. This spurred Eyemouth into action and they should have equalised when Alan Jess was sent clear, but he dragged his shot wide. Johnny Simpson also went close just before half time, but smashed his shot off the stantion.

Unfortunately United returned for the second half a completely different team, giving the ball away cheaply and defending poorly. This culminated in City doubling their lead on the hour and they quickly grabbed their third.

Eyemouth to their credit were still creating chances and if it wasn’t for poor finishing the visitors could easily have clawed their way back into the game. But the final blow came with 10 minutes to go, when slack defending allowed the City number nine to complete his hat trick which cemented Eyemouth to their second defeat of the season.

Eyemouth Utd: Trialist, J Ainslie, M Wales (G Wales 25), Hastie, Baxendale, G Windram (Adamson 60), J Simpson, Hebdon, Jess, Shennan, Coyle (Punton 75). Subs not used: Sword, K. Ainslie