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Edinburgh gain valuable win

28th September 2007 21:56

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Godman: The Scottish cap proved the difference between the sides

Edinburgh produced a fine display at Murrayfield on Friday to secure a well-deserved 24-10 Magners League victory over Ulster.

With a host of off-field troubles during the off-season Edinburgh bounced back from an opening day defeat to secure a much needed victory.

They were in control for the bulk of the contest and in the end were frustrated not to earn a precious bonus point.

To add to Ulster's woes, lock Ryan Caldwell was red-carded for an off-the-ball stamp in the closing stages.

Edinburgh had the better of the jittery opening exchanges, and it was no surprise when they opened their account in the 16th minute.

A passage of patient play paved the way for centre John Houston to power through, with Phil Godman confidently adding the extras.

The hosts maintained the momentum but were held up by a combination of weak finishing and stout defence from the Ulstermen.

Edinburgh had luck on their side on the half-hour mark when they were the beneficiaries of a controversial penalty try.

Andy Turnbull was blocked a couple of metres short of the line by Scotland's Simon Danielli - and when the other visiting winger Mark McCrea also challenged, referee James Jones ruled the ball had been deliberately killed to prevent a score.

Ulster were justifiably furious as Godman slotted the formality of the conversion.

The visitors came more into the picture in the build-up to the break but could not turn pressure into points.

They broke their duck three minutes after the restart when Niall O'Connor kicked a penalty.

Edinburgh seized back the initiative with a kick-and-chase touchdown by Turnbull, endorsed by the video referee - and substitute Ally Warnock slotted the conversion to open up an 18-point gap.

Ulster refused to buckle, however - and a Mark Bartholomeusz try, converted by O'Connor, kept their hopes alive until Caldwell was dismissed.

There was still time for Warnock to clip over a penalty for Edinburgh to make sure.

The Scorers:

For Edinburgh:

Tries: Houston, Turnball, Penalty

Cons: Godman 2, Warnock

Pen: Warnock

For Ulster:

Try: Bartholomeusz

Con: O'Connor

Pen: O'Connor

Yellow card: Ben Gissing (75th minute - Edinburgh)

Red card: Ryan Caldwell (81st minute - Ulster - stamping)

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Nick DeLuca, 14 Andrew Turnbull, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 John Houston, 11 Andrew Maxwell, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Ben Mayer, 8 Simon Cross (c), 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Matt Mustchin, 5 Ben Gissing, 4 Craig Hamilton, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Andrew Kelly, 1 Augusto Allori.

Replacements: 16 Steven Lawrie, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Fergus Pringle, 19 Roland Reid, 20 Greig Laidlaw, 21 Alistair Warnock, 22 Matt Dey.

Ulster: 15 Bryn Cunningham, 14 Simon Danielli, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Seamus Mallon, 11 Mark McCrea, 10 Niall O'Connor, 9 Kieran Campbell, 8 Roger Wilson (c), 7 David Pollock, 6 Matt McCullough, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Justin Harrison, 3 Tom Court, 2 Nigel Brady, 1 Justin Fitzpatrick.

Replacements: 16 Matt Miles, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Tim Barker, 19 Kieron Dawson, 20 Paul Marshall, 21 Adam Larkin, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.

Venue: Murrayfield

Referee: James Jones

Touch judges: Neil Paterson, Alan Forrest

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