Reuben Flapan stood his ground to save the crucial penalty from Igor Sobiesiek in a dramatic Charles Kelvin Cup semi final on a blustery winters morning at Balerno High School.
Currie Star Colts raced into an early lead on 13 minutes but found themselves going into the break down by two goals.
However the home side fought back twice in the second half to force a penalty shoot-out, including a last minute equaliser from Ben Smyth.
Civil Service Strollers started the brighter of the two, as Marc Shortel guided a loose ball onto the foot of a post before Jamie Kerr curled over the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Currie Star were at their best on the counter attack in the early stages, goalkeeper Rory James came to smother a few crosses, as well as Smyth and Santosh Rowe both going close.
The breakthrough for Currie Star came through the impressive Rowe, who picked the ball up from Patrick Milne on the left wing before drifting inside and rifling a shot into the top left corner past the helpless James in goal.
The equaliser came almost moments later, Shortel showed some nimble footwork to reach the byline, before looking up and rolling to Sobiesiek inside the area. The midfielder sidestepped a challenge before drilling the ball across goalkeeper Flapan and into the bottom right corner.
The visitors then turned the score on its head on the 20 minute mark as Calvin Paterson got the run on his marker to prod home at the near post from a corner.
Chances followed at both ends in the lead up to halftime, Flapan swiped away to clear a bobbling strike from Kerr and then Smyth passed up two reasonable chances to equalise at the other end, the second of which - a towering header from a corner which was held onto by James.
With the half coming to a close, Sobiesiek picked out Adam Smith with an inch-perfect diagonal free kick. Smith then brought the ball down for teammate Shortel, but the striker saw his attempt smartly stopped as Flapan parried behind.
A corner followed, and as the ball fell to Smith, he still had a great deal to do. The winger spun with a neat dragback before bending the ball perfectly into the top right corner from the edge of the area to double his side’s lead on the stroke of halftime.