On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Airdrie, Tynecastle FC produced a scintillating performance to blitz Lewis United 7-1 at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie in the SYFA inspire Cup final.
Both sides had come through tough opposition in the semi-final beforehand, with Lewis defeating Rangers SABC 1-0 and Tynecastle seeing off Portobello CFA 2-0.
The two teams were focused and energetic in their warm-ups, but from the start of the game you could see Tynecastle just had that extra bit of composure on the ball to overcome their nervy opponents. Lewis' defence were simply giving the exciting John Robertson and Matthew Dillon far too much space to run into in the final third, with Robertson in particular causing the Lewis back-line all sorts of problems with his direct style of play.
United struggled when they got into the final third to find that killer ball against a strong and composed Tynecastle back four, and Lewis will be disappointed at not testing Kyle Wilson enough throughout the 90 minutes.
Tynecastle started with purpose, and it was clear their biggest threat was down the left-hand side through Sean Ward. The winger was constantly reaching the by-line and getting in behind Harley Stewart.
Yet for all of their composed play, it was Lewis who could've nicked the lead. Murray Esson, who whipped in several teasing balls throughout, found Blair McKenzie but his toe-poke was well diverted round the post by Wilson.
Esson was doing his defensive duties well at left-back for Lewis, but Tynecastle continued to push forward and constantly looked for the pace of Ward. It led to a deserved lead when the United defence failed to clear a corner, with Robertson hooking it back into the box for Dillon to loop a header over Matthew Buckham and into the net.
Tynecastle were spurred on by the goal - moving the ball around quickly and accurately. Jones was at the heart of all things good for them, with his powerful driving runs from the midfield keeping Lewis on the back-foot. Robertson forced a low save from Buckham before more good work from Ward found Dillon in the box, and when he took a touch to round two defenders he should've done better than to lash over.
The second goal was coming though, and it duly arrived when Robertson was given too much space from 20 yards and hammered home a right-footed effort into the top corner.
Robertson came close again with another drive, but it would be 3-0 as Jones started off a move with a powerful run and linked up with Ward and Robertson before tapping home after having the ball squared to him by the energetic Robertson. Some more half chances fell the Tynecastle side's way, but the fourth came right on half-time when Lewis again failed to deal with a cross ball and Robertson ran through to square for Dillon to tap home.