The game started evenly with both sides fashioning some chances. A battle between O’Neil of Spartans and McTaggart of Arthurlie in the middle of the park made for good viewing as both players tried to get control of the game for their respective sides. McTaggart played in Sharman for Arthurlie early on but good defensive work stopped a real chance from forming. The first real chance of the game fell to Spartans, Rutherford collecting a pass from O’Neil before driving in to the box and having a shot which Arthurlie goalkeeper Mitchell saved well at point blank range.
Arthurlie responded well soon after with a free kick curled in by Deane met by a strike from Wilson which went just wide. A number of free kicks followed for both sides, enthusiastic challenges to be expected when competing for a place in a cup semi-final, however neither team was able to make the most of the set pieces. An exception to this rule however came on around the 25 minute mark. A free kick on the edge of the box for Spartans saw Hosey go for goal aiming for the top corner, bringing out a magnificent save from Wright in the Arthurlie goal to deny the hosts the lead.
Soon after Arthurlie had their own chances to take the lead. First Paul Brown made a dangerous run towards goal, this however was stopped emphatically by Spartans defender Lewis Mooney. Arthurlie’s Whitehorn then took the ball from midfield beating two men before unleashing a low drive, although this was well saved by Spartans goalkeeper Jamie Mitchell.