It was an all Tynecastle affair in one of the South East Region Cup semi-finals which meant that even before kick-off we knew that Tynecastle would be featuring in the final. The question that was lingering at the forefront of everybody’s minds though was what Tynecastle side would it be.
Before the match got underway, a minute silence was observed impeccably by all in attendance for Jak Trueman who sadly passed away on Monday after losing his brave battle with cancer.
It was an even start as both sets of players looked to ease their way into the game and despite an early effort from Lewis Collins not troubling the goalkeeper it did show signs of intent from Tynecastle Colts.
The early signs had been promising for the second division side, yet it was the favourites, Tynecastle FC who took the lead through Kieran Ngwenya. Aaron Matheson poked a neat ball down the line to Ivan Alapiki who showed pace and strength to get hold of the ball.
He drove past one player and on his arrival at the byline he cut the ball back across the face of goal. There waiting, was Nhwenya who had the simple task of slotting past the diving goalkeeper.
Tynecastle FC were in the ascendancy and a swift breakaway, launched by Blair Ramage almost brought the second goal that would go a long way to having a foot in the final. Ramage found Alapiki who strode past the Tynecastle Colts defence and fired in an effort only to see it turned behind for a corner by goalkeeper Ryan Greechan.
That only made Tynecastle FC even hungrier for that crucial second goal and they had their opponents penned in for long spells in the first half. Alapiki was driving force in the Tynecastle FC front line and he showed that once more as he powered his way to goal and thundered an effort at goal which was somehow foiled by goalkeeper Greechan, a stunning stop.
Jack Carr for Tynecastle Colts was proving to be a useful outlet up top during the sustained periods of pressure. A dinked ball over the top would have allowed him to run in on goal using his lighting pace, however the ball just wasn’t falling for him, but he was a threat and Tynecastle FC had to be aware of that.