Strathy McKay's wondergoal, moments before the final whistle, was all there was to separate Leith Athletic and Edinburgh City, and see the former lift the Federation of Hearts Supporters cup.
The game started out at a high tempo: Leith looking to play out through City’s high press; and although quality chances were at a premium, there were plenty willing to try their luck from range.
That is, after James Farrell glanced a header a few inches wide of the far post from a corner in the opening minute. Charlie Craig blazed over on the half volley before Leith’s Ethan Wynne had a pop on the counter; but a deflection took the sting out of the strike.
And that’s just to name a few chances that went begging.
Leith began to turn the screw and and Rory Hunter went near with his head: diverting Thomas Ramage’s tempting cross goalward – but it narrowly evaded the far post.
He would soon have a second chance as Wynne raced forward on the counter. The ball fell to Hunter’s feet but Jonathan Steel was quick to block his effort.
More wayward efforts and crunching challenges were to follow and these were becoming somewhat reccurring themes as the half developed.
Cameron Stewart and Euan Howie of Leith both saw efforts rise over the crossbar from the edge of the area before Strathy McKay dragged a shot past the near post from the right.
In the midst of this, another half-chance fell the way of Hunter – but from close range he could only head wide.
The last action of the half was to be provided by a corner that evaded Leith Goalkeeper. There was a scramble for the ball, with a city player on the deck as Leith ushered the ball to safety. They weren’t to know the referee had already blown for a freekick on their favour – as the sides went in goalless at the break.