A confident performance from Tower Hearts secured a deserved place in the SYFA Scottish Cup final, after they overcame Harmony Row 2-0 at New Tinto Park on Sunday.
A first-half penalty from Stuart Gauley was added to by Sean Smith's late chip, as Tower put in a controlled display in a game that was wholehearted and energetic from the start.
This was the first time the sides have met this season, with Harmony Row top of the West of Scotland 21s Premier League table, and Tower down in third, with 15 points separating the sides. Harmony Row have played five games more than Tower.
The game certainly didn't disappoint, and from the first whistle it was full of energy, determination, and physical challenges as both sides looked to gain the upper hand early on.
Both sides created early opportunities. Within two minutes, Ciaran Mulcahy flicked a ball on for Josh Winton. He raced in behind down the left, but fired his first-time effort over the bar.
Up the other end, a terrific swivel on the ball from Scott Cameron got him away down the right, but his low and powerful effort was well blocked.
Tower were causing problems down both flanks in the first 20 minutes with their crossing, particularly through the noticeable Aaron Graham, who seemed to pop up on either side and try to deliver crosses. Harmony Row's back-line were dealing well enough however.
The first half was a period really devoid of clear-cut chances. Many times both sides looked to have wriggled into some space in and around the box, but every defender on the pitch was ensuring they were getting important blocks on the opposition's shots.
David Ramsey, who really grew into the game for Harmony Row down the right, was a constant menace throughout. However, his crosses weren't being profited upon when they did go into the Tower Hearts penalty area.
Winton came close with a free-kick that was curled over, before Hearts' Cameron glanced McIntyre's free-kick wide.
Winton again nearly sneaked an opener as he sent a low, curling effort towards the back post. Credit must go to Daniel McLean, who palmed the ball out of the area, and generally showed terrific ball-handling throughout.
The first big chance of the game came on the half-hour. Sean Monaghan controlled the ball well in the box after David Seagrave headed it into the area. However, on the turn, Monaghan slashed over.
Harmony Row then nearly immediately took the lead Cameron controlled Winton's clever pass, and, after cutting inside from the right, sent a low effort that was well-held by McLean.
The opener came 12 minutes before the break. Tower won a free-kick on the edge of the box, and when Cameron's powerful strike struck the wall, the referee saw a hand-ball offence and gave a penalty. It looked a little harsh on Harmony Row, but Stuart Gauley was composed from the spot to bury home the opener - hammering his shot down the middle.
The response from Harmony Row was positive. Twice, Ramsey got in down the right and sent teasing crosses into the box. However, both inviting deliveries went unmet by Harmony Row's front-men.
An equaliser nearly came on the stroke of half-time. Again, Ramsey found space down the right and crossed high into the area. Christopher Scott rose well but headed just wide as Tower got in at the break in front.