East Peffermill, home to Edinburgh University FC, played host to the final of the prestigious Willie Bauld Cup. Two goals in as many minutes was enough for Hillfield Swifts who battled well to lift the silverware.
The first half was extremely close with both sides fighting hard in the middle of the park. However, Swifts were very unlucky not to take an early lead.
A free-kick was only half cleared by the Vale defence, and the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Austen Wood. His powerful effort was parried into the path of Nathan Morrice who tapped the rebound into the back of the net. However, the celebrations were cut short by the linesman’s flag, and the score remained 0-0.
Fifteen minutes later and it was Vale’s turn to have a goal disallowed. A free-kick from the wing was played in, and when Lewis Foster challenged the keeper, the ball fell to Lucas McGarry who smashed the ball into the net from close range. However, the referee deemed Foster’s challenge to be unfair, and the goal was chalked off.
Just before the half-hour mark and Vale had another great chance. A free-kick was played in by Ciaran Heeps and keeper Liam Campbell was caught under the ball, but Taylor Steven could only nod wide from close range.
With Steven’s miss, the first half came to an end with the game still tied up at 0-0.