Salvesen progressed to the next round of the Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup after a commanding 5-2 win against a Spartan's team that struggled to hit their best form on the day. This takes nothing away from Salvesen who showed a great football maturity and fully deserved their win.
Salvesen kicked this cup tie off and showed their intent when they broke up field and won a corner in the first minute but the resulting corner was cleared.
Salvesen dominated from the start and their and the first real chance of the game came in the seventh min when Sam Shaw whipped in a great ball which was met by the head of Sean Elliot who saw his header saved.
Shaun Steven's was next to test Euan Morton in the Spartan's goal minutes later when from eight yards out he spun on a six pence only to see his shot go wide of the post. Steven's who looked very lively for the home team had a penalty claim turned down but he seemed to be the only player claiming for it.
Spartan's tried to get the ball down and play football but Salvesen pressing them high up the park caused Spartan's play to break down but on occasion's they managed to get forward but were restricted to efforts from long range.
Salvesen came close to doubling their lead in the 19th minute when a corner from Elliot was headed just wide by the impressive Steven's from eight yards out. Salvesen were nearly in again when Morton failed to hold onto a shot but was relieved to see his team mate clear the danger.
Spartan's had a good opportunity when a long ball played over the top for Aaron Currie just had too much pace on it for him to bring under control. Spartan's were being restricted to shots from distance and forced just to clear their lines time after time.
Steven's, O'Donnell and Shaw all had good chances for the home side and it looked only time before Salvesen would get their opener. Salvesen did not have to wait long when a good ball into the box from MacFarlene on the left hand side allowed Steven's to open the scoring in the 34th minute when his shot hit the left hand post and went in.
It was only what Salvesen deserved and they should have scored again minutes later after Elliot picked up the ball and drove at the Spartans goal finding himself one on one with Morton between the sticks. Morton did well to stand up and make himself big which forced Elliot to shoot wide.
Salvesen piled the pressure on and came close on several occasions in the latter stages of the half but it was Spartan's who could have found themselves going into the break on level terms. A long searching ball forward saw Ryan Philip in on goal only to see McGinley rush out and smother the ball at his feet.