The game kicked off and Leith had the early ball, Jake Enguidanos playing it back through defence and passing it about before a challenge came in and Leith looked to attack down the right but it was stewarded out. Tynecastle came forward, getting into a dangerous area to the right of the Leith box and almost crafting a chance but Leith defended well and cleared the ball out of play to the far side.
The game was still settling down when Glen Smith broke away for Tynie but was tackled and then Leith responded, almost putting in Lewis Eddington but the keeper Kalum Fielding came out.
On 4 minutes, a couple of fouls and throw-ins followed as Smith and Kieran Connell looked for openings down the right again but again Leith foiled them and they were relieved of pressure through a free kick near the centre circle .
A long ball from Leith bounced awkwardly for the keeper Fielding but he dealt with it well and accepted a Leith corner. It was cleared and Fraser Murdier for Leith managed to recycle it and keep up the pressure, leading to a period of a couple of minutes forcing Tynecastle to keep defending cleverly and marshalling balls out where necessary. A pair of shots came in from Leith but they were speculative and ran for goal kicks.
With 11 minutes gone, the play was lengthened and suddenly Tynecastle were on the attack, two sweet one-two touch passes from Michael Joyce and Josh Slow-Clayton putting through Smith to shoot hard against the post but the offside flag was raised.
Tynecastle kept up the pressure but Leith were steady at the back and before a couple of goal mouth scrambles followed a corner, it was Leith who displayed some strong midfield play with Enguidanos fashioning an opportunity that the Tynie keeper Fielding stopped well with his feet.
At the quarter hour mark, the game became a power battle with big headers and big tackles contested whilst opportunities for passing still were sought. From a throw-in by Jay Corner Tynecastle won a corner but it came to nothing and from a goal kick Leith looked to work it out and upfield but Tynecastle came back and from a throw-in on the right, Smith reached the byline and pinged in a high looping cross which looked mean and swung in, crashing off the far post and in – an unbelievable goal! One nil to Tynecastle!
Leith immediately had two chances to chase down from the restart but the Tynie keeper Fielding cleared bravely and Tynecastle were forward again with another throw-in which, no sooner had it been cleared, the game was stopped for an injury for Leith. The substitution had to be made and play resumed.
Twenty-two minutes on the clock and from a Tynecastle free kick, the ball was played in low at an angle and Smith came onto it, was blocked off and fell and the referee deemed it to have been fair and penalty shouts were dismissed and Leith got to the half way line before Tynecastle wrestled it back and had Leith pegged into their corner again.
Leith were playing good football and worked it out to the right wing before Slow-Clayton looped a lovely ball forward and Smith raced onto it, nicked it away from the defender and slotted it past the on-rushing keeper, sneaking it inside the post to make it two nil to Tynecastle!!
Leith were rocked and Tynecastle looked confident , playing some good exchanges before Leith went forward and the Tynecastle keeper was forced to clear it. John Webley for Leith Colts stepped out of defence in strident mood and set Leith away but they were struggling with their touches. Persistence should be rewarded and Leith started knocking it around better with Glendinning, Webley and Cameron Coppola setting the example and there was a sense of their nerves dissipating. Tynecastle though stayed firm and kept pushing forward, Glen Smith shaping it into Daniel Joyce with Sam Anderson shouting for the ball on the edge of the box.
Coppola rescued it and Leith broke quickly, winning a corner which Mathew Scotland and Enguidanos almost got heads to. On 34 minutes, Tynecastle suddenly came forward and a lay back from Joyce allowed a pass down the wing for Anderson to latch onto and he came inside and fired a cross into Smith who chested it neatly down in the area, shielding it from the keeper who put in a good challenge and despite getting his foot on the ball, was deemed to have gone through the man and a penalty was indicated by the referee!!
Josh Slow-Clayton pulled up his socks with the ball placed and then blasted it high into the top right corner, and it was three nil to Tynecastle with some sympathy with Leith who were playing well. They pushed forward after the kick-off with Enguidanos sending out to the left wing but the Tynecastle defence cleared and a quick one-two set Smith off down the right inside channel, attempting a cross, recovering it and then trying with another but an excellent diving header from Glendinning showed Leith still believed.
Tynecastle saw the need to stay solid and their central defence cleared long direct passes straight into the chests and feet of their midfield who then had the confidence to lay off and go again as they half time whistle blew to end an intense first half.