Shotts Vics provided too strong for Dalkeith Miners in the fourth round of the South East Region cup as they ran out 6-2 winners. The cup tie was closer than the scoreline suggested but the game got away from Dalkeith in the end.
It was Dalkeith who started the game the quickest firing ahead in the opening minutes. A ball through from Robbie Yuill was latched onto by Alexander Hyndman who made no mistake from close range.
The goal lifted the confidence of the home side and they pushed forward looking for a second. Melvin Muturi found space on the edge of the box but his powerful shot was tipped wide by Lee Quinn in goal for Shotts.
That chance sparked Shotts into life. Cameron Murray forced Max Gordon-Tennant into a save at his near post before Murray cracked a shot off a post minutes later.
Both teams were settling into the game well and the cup tie was becoming a tasty prospect. Shotts grabbed an equaliser when the ball broke to Kieran Sweeney at the edge of the box. He brought the ball down, turned the defender and rattled a low shot across the keeper into the far corner.
Shotts began to increase their control on the game and forced another good chance before the break. James Fisher took the ball from a lay off by Murray and swept a low shot goalwards but Gordon-Tennant was equal to it, saving at his near post.