Leith Athletic 2 – 0 Preston Athletic
Central Taxis East of Scotland League
Leith got their league campaign off to a fine start with victory over an out of sorts Preston Athletic who were playing their first East of Scotland league match since 2013. A goal in each half by Callum Mein and Ryan Currie were enough to secure maximum points.
With a strong wind swirling round Meadowbank 3g both sides struggled to get to grips with the conditions. Preston’s Johnny Grotlin created the first chance of the match on 15 minutes but was off balance as he hit his shot over. Leith were causing Preston’s backline all sorts of trouble with long diagonal balls with the wind making these difficult to judge. Preston then created a great chance as they were able to get behind the Leith defence but keeper Neil Fairnie did well to stop Jason Young and then Gavin Stevenson from the rebound. The miss was to prove costly as Leith immediately broke up the other end and Callum Mein cut inside and with space and time picked his spot from the edge of the area.
The second period continued to see a lot of the play in the middle third of the park as neither midfield gained control of the match. Leith created two good chances as Ryan Currie cut through the Panners’ defence but didn’t trouble Inglis in the Preston goal, then Ross Larner fed Gavin Reid who shot just wide. Preston nearly drew level after the hour mark as a Jay Cochrane corner was met by Steven Campbell but the defender’s header flew just over. The home side secured some breathing space as Currie rounded Campbell and then Inglis to fire home into the empty net.
Preston : S.Inglis, M.McFarlane, Whiteman(C.Inglis), Liddle, Campbell, Conway, Cochrane, Trialist, Grotlin, Young(Jardine), Stevenson(Woodcock). Subs: C.Pennycuick, Trialist, Gilchrist, Heggie.