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A late winner for Scottish Cup finalists Tynecastle was just enough to secure the win in a tightly contested rehearsal of the Evening News Division 1 final against Loanhead Miners Youth.
Substitute Kieron Small was in the right place at the right time to steal the three points for the home side in the 89th minute as the match looked to be heading towards a draw.
For the away side, who sit mid-table in the league despite having only played seven league games, could feel they deserved at least a point from the match having looked in control after taking the lead after 18 minutes.
The Loanhead twins teamed up to give their side the lead after a slack header from Tynecastle full-back David Wright was too short for goalkeeper Billy Taylor to gather.
Kyle Scott was able to nip in between goalkeeper and defender before teeing up sibling Stephen Scott who passed the ball into the empty net to spark wild celebrations amongst the Loanhead players.
Loanhead had looked dangerous early on and had started the brighter of the two teams. Ryan Porteous, playing on the left wing for the away side was proving a handful with his delivery from the touchline. He almost set up Stephen Scott for the opener after 15 minutes but Taylor did well to push the ball out for a corner at his front post.
Tyencastle piled forward in search of an equaliser but always looked fragile if they conceded possession with the pace of Kyle Scott from midfield making Loanhead dangerous on the counter attack.
The home side brought the scores level shortly before half time, coming out on the right side of a goalmouth scramble.
Matthew Graham did well to get in a good delivery from the left which found the influential Ryan Currie on the edge of the box; his shot came back off ‘keeper Ben MacKenzie and Greg Kerr was able to divert the ball into the net, clattering into a Loanhead defender in the process.
Half Time: Tynecastle FC 1-1 Loanhead Miners
Loanhead almost regained the lead after the interval, Kyle Scott surged down the left wing and looked to pull the trigger, but under pressure from a Tynecastle defender he couldn’t get the shot away and Taylor came out to smother at his feet.
Tynecastle had all the pressure after this chance for Loanhead but many of their shots were off target and the times they did get shots on target, Loanhead ‘keeper Mackenzie looked like he couldn’t be beaten.
Currie and Matthew Quinn traded opportunities for their side, Currie firstly with a shot at the front post and Quinn then rose with a header from a corner but Mackenzie produced the goods to deny the home side.
It appeared like Tynecastle had left it too late and they weren’t going to find the winner, but for all their pressure it was inevitable they were going to break Loanhead.
Alex Bertram delivered a dangerous ball into the box which was headed out by Loanhead, but only as far as Jason Kerr who passed the ball back into the area, finding substitute Small who composed himself before finding the net in a packed penalty area.
Full Time: Tynecastle FC 2-1 Loanhead Miners
Douglas Ormiston, coach of Tynecastle, said: "I thought we had the better of the second half, it was good to finally see the ball go in the back of the net. It's a huge three points for us."
Peter Kay, coach of Loanhead, said: "I felt we deserved at least a point. We just didn't take our chances and that's what let us down."