Tollcross Thistle v West Edinburgh United

1pm  26 September 2015

Lothian and Edinburgh AFA, Logan Cup, Second Round
Tollcross Thistle 5 West Edinburgh United 0 (att 20)

Chief attraction of this fixture was the 1pm kick off time, coupled with its very close proximity to the 3pm start of a Scottish Cup tie next door.

Being able to see both games, in their entirety, depended on this tie being settled in 90 minutes, without the need for extra time. I thought it'd be a safe bet, as premier division Tollcross play three levels higher than the visitors.

The home side dominated possession throughout, but after going ahead in the 18th minute they proceeded to make the act of goal scoring look painfully difficult. West Edinburgh threatened occasionally, and I had visions of an unlikely equaliser and an extra half-hour to settle things.

It took until the 63rd minute for Tollcross to double their lead, when a speculative shot was spilled by the visiting keeper. Goal number three came two minutes later, and two late goals completed the scoring.

Had Tollcross been able to match the quality of their passing and possession when they got near the West Edinburgh goal the scoreline would have been more emphatic.

I'd previously seen Tollcross play a Friday night match on a 3G pitch elsewhere in Edinburgh, but their regular home is the 3G pitch at the Saughton Sports Complex. Four Lothian and Edinburgh AFA teams play here so, like on this occasion, it often stages two games on a Saturday, at 1pm and 3pm.

I could have stayed for the 3pm kick off on the 3G, but instead went next door for a Scottish Cup tie on Saughton's enclosed grass pitch.

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