The second half kicked off with Countess Park still bathing in sunshine. It was Hutchie to threaten first, when a great chance to regain the lead was spurned. Liam Henderson made good progress down the right hand side of the pitch driving into box, he had the awareness to look up and pick out striker Jordan Combe with the cut back, yards from goal. Unfortunately for Combe when sliding to divert the ball goalwards, the ball somehow squirmed underneath him hindering the resulting effort, which bobbled wide.
The second half continued with a similar flow to the first 45, with tackles flying in from all angles. This resulted in Liam Henderson being booked for a late challenge on Merchiston attacker Nathan Evans. The next chance at goal then fell to Merchiston. James Redpath whipped in a great ball from a freekick, which found the head of striker Joe Turner-Law, who expertly angled a header towards the bottom corner. However, the ball tantalizingly came off the inside of the post and out, with many Merchiston fans already cheering a second goal.
It was Hutchie's turn to try and regain the lead next. Ryan Malcolm drove with purpose up the left hand side, demonstrating great pace, before bursting into the box and firing an effort at goal, which was palmed away for a corner. Merchiston defended the corner routinely and minutes later had the lead for the first time in the match.
After staving off a Merchiston attack, Hutchie attempted to clear their lines, only for the clearance to ricochet of one of their own men and into the path of Turner-Law. The striker progressed towards goal, but his effort was saved, the impressive Baptie was quickly on to the loose ball however rounding Cordery before being felled by the vocal Hutchie keeper. The referee had no hesitation in correctly pointing to the spot. Law stepped up confidently and dispatched the effort with authority, as if it was the most rudimentary of task's, powered high into the roof of the net. The celebrations ensued and Merchiston led the Cup final for the first time.
Hutchie seemed determined to restore parity, and came close shortly afterwards. Matthew McGuire played an exquisite crossfield ball, which released Malcolm, who drove into box only for the ball to be smothered at his feet, halting the attack.
Hutched were on the front foot again shortly after with, Zach Szemis making the most of some rare space on the right flank, and delivering a ball into the danger area. The cross was headed out to the edge of the area where Henderson connected purely with a right footed drive, Forsyth though was equal to it and made an impressive save to his right.
Hutchie’s next attack was to prove more prosperous however. Coyle produced a cute turn in the box to deceive his man, allowing him the time to size up and strike a left footed effort which was initially saved by Forsyth, before the ball squirmed underneath him causing havoc in the 6 yard box. Redpath tried to eliminate any danger but inadvertently thumped the ball into his own net from close range. It was a cruel blow for Merchiston to concede in such circumstances, but Hutchie were level and the relief was evident in the celebrations.
Hutchie looked the more likely team to go on and win the game, galvanised by their equaliser with momentum now firmly behind them. There was to be a golden chance to win the game within the 90 minutes, Coyle got on the end of a pass in the box, and intelligently squared for Combe, and just as it looked like Hutchie would snatch the winner the ball managed to evade the striker and went harmlessly across the penalty area.
The whistle sounded with the teams level after an enthralling 90 minutes. Both sides had performed tirelessly, in a game where both teams had spells on top. The players tried to absorb the coaching staff's words into their weary mind before returning to the pitch for a fatigue inducing 30 minutes.