Tynecastle FC booked their place in the Willie Bauld Cup U14’s Final and a trip to Tynecastle Stadium after defeating Leith Athletic at Leith Links thanks to an extra-time free kick by Lewis Gill.
Leith kicked the game off in sunny weather but heavy ground conditions. It was a cautious start from both sides, a perhaps symptom of what was at stake: a final to be played on the hallowed turf of Heart of Midlothian’s Tynecastle Stadium.
In a game short on chances, Tynecastle’s Max Bendle was first to attack at ten minutes. Lewis Gill fed a ball through to the mini maestro who was unable to connect properly with his strike, an easy gather for Leith goalkeeper Adam McLean.
Leith took the lead on sixteen minutes after a charge down the left flank to the Tynecastle by-line was cut back into the six yard box. A goalmouth stramash resulted in Leith’s Callum Bremner managing to poke the ball into the net.
It was not the prettiest of openers and there was an argument on whether the ball was in play at the by-line, however the referee allowed it to stand and Tynecastle now needed to rally after the sluggish start.
That they did. The frustration of the goal kicked the team into life with more sustained pressure beginning in the Leith final third.
The visitors got their equaliser thanks to Aaron Wilson. After attempts to capitalise down the right channel Tynecastle released a bouncing ball eight yards from the Leith back post where it was met by Wilson who connected sweetly knocking it past keeper McLean.
Leith’s Liall Smith tried mounting a response soon after the goal in the centre of the park, beating Tynecastle’s Bendle and firing a shot thirty yards out narrowly wide of the left post.
As the first half drew to a close, little separated the two sides with neither playing to their full potential.