Preston Athletic 2 – 1 Edinburgh University
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Preston snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with 2 very late goals scored within the 8 additional minutes played by the referee. The end to this match had everything: defensive mistakes, controversy and goals.
The Preston equaliser came on 90 minutes as an impressive Edinburgh Uni side looked to be leaving the Pennypit with full points. A long ball forward aimed in the direction of Josh McGonigal as the striker was trying to get back onside, he left the ball however and Jamie Beaton latched onto it, the linesman put his flag up but realising that McGonigal made no attempt to play the ball put his flag back down and followed play, Beaton then crossed into the box and inexplicably the big central defender for the Uni caught the ball with both hands, at no point did the whistle go, with bedlam all around the referee and linesman has a conference on what to do next with the whistler pointing to the spot correctly for handball. Jamie Beaton confidently stroked the spot kick home for Preston’s first goal of the season at the Pennypit.
Worse was to come for the students as in the 8th minute of added on time Preston broke forward again, this time Beaton on the left worked the ball into the middle and substitute Gary Nicholson was in the right spot to control and prod home from inches out to secure an unlikely 3 points. Even then Edinburgh Uni could have equalised as Chris Flockhart had to tip a deflected effort over the bar and then clear a corner before the final whistle sounded to Preston’s delight.
The Students edged the first half as both sides tried to get the ball down and play, the Uni front 3 Guthrie, Maskrey and Patterson caused Preston all sorts of problems all night with their pace and craft and with Daniels-Yeoman joining them at every opportunity to pick up the scraps on the edge of the box.
Both sides created chances in the the first period Preston’s best came on 15 minutes as a shot by Andrew Gilchrist was deflected towards goal only for the ball to hit keeper Tait square on the nose and clear to safety, on 33 minutes a great run by Maskrey saw a neat cut back to Patterson but he shot just wide. Just before the half time whistle Uni created a hat-trick of chances all falling to Daniels-Yeoman who converted the third of these with a cool header from Maskrey’s cross. At this point no one could argue the lead wasn’t deserved.
The 2nd half was a lot tighter than the first with Preston arguably creating the best chances with James Martin breaking through but his shot was well blocked, then McGonigal’s header was spilled by Tait but there were no takers to the loose ball, then there was the added time drama.
The statistics surrounding this win for Preston make very interesting reading, that was the club’s first league win at the Pennypit in 2015, only the third league win at home since January 2014 and the first back to back league wins since September 2013. The last two wins mean we are only one win short of the three league victories achieved in the whole of last season.
Preston: Flockhart, L.Todd, Porcher, Manson, J.Todd, Morrison, Aitchison, Beaton, McGonigal, Gilchrist, Martin. Subs: McSherry, Page(T), Thomson, Coull, Nicholson, Ferguson(T), Baillie
Edinburgh Univ: Tait, McMillan, Thomson, Sutherland, MacFarlane, Maelger, McCrory-Irving, Daniels-Yeoman, Guthrie, Maskrey, Patterson. Subs: Murray, Conington, Verkaik, Aitken, Tufail