A single goal from Aiden MacKenzie was enough to claim the points for Edina Hibs in this hard fought encounter against a hard working Spartans side.
Most of the play was restricted to the midfield with both sides fighting for supremacy in that area of the park in the opening stages.
The first half chances of the match fell to the visitors when Dean Burgess drove into the box from the left side but his shot was blocked then Nicholas Aitchison was next to try and create something but his ball into the box was claimed by Ben Ritchie in the Spartans goal.
The home side started to push forward and Steven King was halted by some strong but fair tackling and then Burgess showed a good touch and control but again Edina stood strong to deny him a shot on target when Seamus Russell produced a well timed tackle.
Spartans then showed their defending ability when after a good run down the left Burgess again found his advance halted by Owen Barnes this time.
Edina created a half chance when Jordan Keegan saw his drive deflected of team mate Liam Edmoston but Russell put the follow up wide of the left hand post.
The Ainslie Park men came close to opening the scoring on 14 minutes after Rory Campbell played the ball into Balde who was unfortunate to see his well struck shot from 16 yards out come back of the post.
Ritchie was then tested by Edina's Burgess but the keeper saved comfortably and then a nice one and two passage of play down the left side involving several Edina players ended in the final shot being blocked by Ritchie.
Both teams were working hard and showing great competitiveness in the game and it was the home side who went on the attack this time with Matteo Crolla playing in a lovely through ball for Archie Morris but he just could not bring the ball under control and it rolled out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Spartans were starting to win more of the second balls in the midfield and this led the visitors giving away a free kick 30 yards out which was played in by Crolla but when Balde got on the end of it he was adjudged off side.
Spartans were creating a lot but the final ball in the last third was letting them down at times and allowing their opposition to clear the danger.
Twenty five minutes in and the visitors had not forced Ritchie in the home goal into any noticeable saves partly due to Spartans defending well and getting numbers behind the ball restricting Edina to long range efforts.
Edina came close when Edmonston headed the ball on for Russell but his effort from 20 yards went wide off the upright then at the other end Campbell picked up the ball in midfield and drove towards the visitors goal but his shot from 25 yards out did not trouble Thomas McLean between the sticks for Edina.
The team from the East of the city should have opened the scoring five minutes to half time when Aiden MacKenzie found himself one on one with Ritchie but the keeper done well to make himself big and saved well with his feet.
The visitors turned up the pressure and Burgess was halted in his tracks after Kris Graff produced a great tackle and then Graff was on hand again to block Aiden MacKenzie's goal bound shot.
Spartans nearly snatched the lead in the last minute of the half when the busy Balde produced a ferocious strike from 25 yards which McLean brilliantly turned around the right hand post for a corner with the resulting corner from the right going straight behind from the kick.