Autumn Has Arrived | Edinburgh City #2 | Football Manager 2018 Stories

Welcome back to Ainslie Park! In this part of the blog we will be going through from September to January. We will be looking at both league and cup games and anything else that’s going on in Edinburgh. Can we find some form leading up to Christmas?

If you missed Part One of this series, go check it out here:

Edinburgh City | September 2017 to January 2018

  • September

The start of the month always brings about the award news. The man of the moment Ryan Day takes both Player and Young Player of The Month awards. His 6 goals in 4 games certainly helped him achieve these awards.

 

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On a personal level I took 2nd place in the Manager of the Month competition.

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2nd Place in the Manager of the Month for August

The first game in September was the early top of the league clash with Berwick Rangers. A great 3-0 win at Ainslie Park with Ryan Day adding to his 6 goals with another great finish in this victory.

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Another goal fest, this time away at Clyde. The 5-3 victory saw Scott Shepherd return from injury to bag a brace. Ryan Day also added his 8th of the season.

All good things must come to an end, in our case the visit of Peterhead showed our defensive frailties haven’t disappeared. Despite leading twice the visitors walked away with a 3-2 victory. Not our finest of games.

The month ended with another game against another high-flying team in Stenhousemuir. According to Ladbrokes they’re one of the favourites to go up. A great 2-0 win for us, with amateur Belmokhtar getting himself on the score sheet.

  • Played: 4
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 1

September player to watch

Spanish defender Jesus Garcia Tena has been the standout performer in the back line for us this month. Unfortunately for fans and coaches at Ainslie Park he has indicated he doesn’t want to stay after his contract expires in December.

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Jesus Garcia Tena | Edinburgh City
  • October

Another haul of awards for my players, Scott Shepherd taking both Player and Young Player of the month award with Belmokhtar claiming 3rd place in the Young Player of the Month award.

 

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Another 2nd place finish for me in the Manager of the Month competition. However I’m still missing the big trophy on my mantelpiece.

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2nd Place in the Manager of the Month for September

So October has been a quiet month after being knocked out of the Irn Bru Cup. We only played 2 league games and a cup match. The first game was a home game against Annan Athletic. A brace from Ryan Day secured us a 2-1 victory. It also takes him to 10 goals for the season, not bad for the 17-year-old.

Before our next game against Kelty Hearts, midfielder Josh Walker went off to India as he was surplus to requirements. £3.2k for a player in this division too has helped with wages and added a little to the transfer pot.

We demolished Kelty Hearts 7-1. Five goals from our strike force of Kessels, Day and Belmokhtar, Day and Belmokhtar both getting a brace. It was also a solid debut from little-known defender Aldin El Zubaidi. The Iraqi arrived on a free from Bo’ness Utd.

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The resulting cup draw brings Dumbarton to Ainslie Park. We’ll be looking for revenge after they beat us in the Betfred Cup earlier in the season.

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The final league game of the month was an away day at Montrose. A dramatic 95th-minute winner from Montrose confirmed our 3-2 defeat. Coming back from 2-0 down to enter the 90th minute 2-2, the defeat was difficult to take.

  • Played: 3
  • Won: 2
  • Lost: 1

October player to watch

I probably should choose Ryan Day for October’s player of the month. With his incredible goal tally of 12 goals in 10 games he also tops the league top scorers. But my player of the month is Abdelkarim Bekmokhtar. He’s scored an impressive 9 goals in 15 and assisted 7. The amateur has been offered a Part-time contract using the wages released from Josh Walker’s sale.

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Abdelkarim Belmokhtar | Edinburgh City
  • November

Again its awards day, Ryan Day picking up two 2nd place finishes in the Player and Young Player of the Month contests, proving he can compete with the older players in the league by again being the youngest player in the top 3.

 

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The games come thick and fast in November, starting with the arrival of Stirling to Ainslie Park. A disappointing draw saw us drop off the top of the table for the first time in a while. Disappointed to have lost the lead again in the 1-1 draw.

A hard-fought 4-2 victory away at Berwick followed with on loan striker Scott Shepherd getting a brace in what was an all-round excellent round performance despite conceding two goals.

Before our next game against Cowdenbeath, both Chris Mckee and Shaun Harrison knocked on the door and asked to leave. So both Mckee and Harrison have been transfer listed, we don’t need people like that here. Goodbye gentlemen. The game against Cowdenbeath proved we didn’t need them, the 2-1 home win and the brace from Belmokhtar will hopefully give us some confidence ahead of the cup game against Dumbarton.

The leaky defence strike again. A 2-0 lead ended in a 4-2 defeat. Awful, hopefully before my next league game I will have another new goalkeeper. Hopefully a more successful one. This marks the end of the Cup run. It will give us more time to focus on the league although some prize money would have been nice. December is a new month.

  • Played: 4
  • Won: 2
  • Drew: 1
  • Lost: 1

November player to watch

This months player to watch is central defender Stuart Morrison. Morrison, currently on loan from Dunfermline, has been the only consistent performer in a leaky defence. The game analysis has also noted he’s got a great pairing with both Jesus Garcia Tena and youngster Cammy Foy.

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Stuart Morrison | Edinburgh City
  • December

December arrives and the first piece of business is the confirmation of Connor Quinn. The young goalkeeper arrives after being released from Livingston. Hopefully this will help with our leaky defence.

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Connor Quinn arrives on a free | Edinburgh City

It’s always nice to be playing well and receiving recognition. Belmokhtar celebrating his first contract, all be it part-time, picked up 2nd place in both Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month awards.

 

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And still my Manager of the Month award evades me. Another 2nd place, it’s nice to be recognised all the same.

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Another 2nd place in the Manager of the Month

An away day at 2nd place Peterhead was first on the agenda. A great 2-0 away win giving me breathing space at the top of the league. Helped on the way by a great goal by Scott Shepherd. After the game I was straight on the phone to Falkirk to try to extend his loan stay from Falkirk. Quinn also made his debut in this game and managed to score a solid 7.0.

Our next game away at Elgin City was postponed due to snow. So the next game was against Stenhousemuir back at Ainslie Park. A great 3-1 victory with the in-form pair of Day and Belmoktar grabbing all the goals between them. The defence also played well, only being undone by a devastating counter-attack.

Our rearranged fixture against Elgin City was next on the cards for Edinburgh City. Before we arrived we received some bad news, our right-wing back Andrew Blake’s parent team, Hibernian, don’t want to renew his loan deal. The hunt for a right wing back begins now. Fringe player Moses Olanrewaju is leaving to BSC Glasgow on January 1st, freeing up some wages which will hopefully help in recruiting a new player. A great 3-0 win at Elgin City with Belmoktar grabbing another 2 goals. The whole of Edinburgh are pleased he signed a contract with us. This youngster could prove to be an extremely good addition at Ainslie Park.

Annan was a different game altogether. A 1-1 draw was, in all honesty, more than we deserved. A wonder goal for Annan deserved to win it for them. Bad news for the Edinburgh faithful is the news Tena doesn’t want to sign a new contract and looks set to leave after the Clyde game. I’ve also been linked to a move to Mansfield Town, but you’ll all be pleased to know that I’m not going anywhere. A great 3-0 win showed the supporters the whole team is united. Another clean sheet for hot prospect Quinn, the exciting young addition has only conceded 2 goals in 5 games. A fantastic start to his Edinburgh City career.

  • Played: 4
  • Won: 3
  • Drew: 1

December player to watch

The only player it can be this month is Connor Quinn. He’s made an unbelievable start to his career at Ainslie Park. As said before a fantastic return of 3 clean sheets in 5 games and also helping in taking 13 points out of 15. The leaky defence isn’t looking as unstable with him between the sticks.

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Connor Quinn | Edinburgh City

That’s it for this instalment, thanks for sticking with it 🙂 Join us next time when we go through January to the end of March. We will be taking our first look at the league table and hopefully some more transfer developments. If anyone else is doing a Scotland save, drop me a link and maybe we could sort out a head to head 🙂


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