Despite dominating possession City only broke Preston’s resistance on 32 minutes, a threaded pass found Ross Allum on the right of the box, the striker had time to take a touch and drill the ball across Chris Flockhart’s goal into the net. Preston continued to frustrate the home side and broke forward on occasion with trialist Kris McLoughlin attempting a couple of long range efforts. Just on half time a long aimless ball forced a loose touch by Gary Nicholson and the ball dropped at Allum’s feet, he quickly adjusted and made no mistake from close range. Jordan Caddow then powered home a fine header just minutes into the 2nd half from debutant Aaron Dunsmore’s corner. Flockhart then made a fine double stop from Shaun Harrison. Preston’s Liam Todd forced a fine save from Andrew Stobie. Flockhart again produced a fine stop to deny Allum his hat-trick.
The away side then found a way back into the game as Kenny Park won and then converted a penalty after a last man tackle from Sean Muhsin. In the final minute the ball broke through to substitute Dean Carse but despite appearing to be a yard offside he kept his composure and neatly slotted past Flockhart.
Edinburgh City: Stobie, Caddow, Donaldson, Harrison, Muhsin, Dunsmore, McFarland(Carse), Gair, Allum, Dunn(Deniran), MacDonald. Subs: McConnell, Vanson, Paterson,Guthrie, Amos.
Preston Athletic: Flockhart, Cowan, Cochrane, Wilson, J.Todd, K.Park, Nicholson, L.Todd, Belope(Noble), Trialist(Dewar) Scott(Innes). Subs: Pennycuick, Bruce, S.Park