On a afternoon more reminiscent of a summers day than mid November, Tynecastle Fc crashed out of the South East Region Cup with a whimper following a brace from Dale Baxter for Shott's who thoroughly deserved their win.
Tynecastle and Shott's were looking to book themselves a semi final spot after getting to the quarters with a 5-3 win against Leith Athletic and a 3-2 extra time triumph over Currie Star respectively.
The home side got the game underway on a rather heavy pitch after the over night rain and should have found themselves ahead only after two minutes when Ryan Ritchie drove down the right hand side and saw his cross met by the head of Ben Gardinar which crashed of the bar and Thomas Patterson blasted the rebound well over the bar from six yards.
Ritchie came close with two more efforts in the opening five minutes after cutting in from the right hand side he tested James Davidson at the near post with a fierce strike and then followed that up with a shot from the right hand side of the box which he saw blocked.
Shott's looked shocked by Tynecastle's intense start to the game but slowly started to get a foothold in the game which saw Dale Baxter drive down the left side and cut inside to see his powerful shot cleared. A Shott's free kick 25 yards out then saw a bit of panic in the Tynie box when the ball spiraled high into the air off Baxter's head to see Declan Muir meet the ball but was adjudged to be off side.
Shott's were coming onto their game now and Kerr Fraser played in a delightful ball into the box but there were no takers for the visitors and he then followed it up with a well hit shot from 10 yards which saw Keiron Ross in the Tynecastle goal have to react sharply to save with his feet.
A Shott's corner taken by Baxter was just begging for someone to stick a foot out as the ball traveled across the front of the Tynecastle goal but the Shott's front men just could not react quickly enough.
After all the Shott's pressure it was Tynecastle who nearly took the lead sixteen minutes into the half when after some great play down the left, Thomas Patterson whipped a ball into the box which was controlled beautifully by Richard Kerr 16 yards out. Kerr was very unlucky as he spun and shot in one movement only to see his rocket of a shot hit the right had side juncture of the bar and post.
A Tynecastle free kick 30 yards out driven in by Patterson caused a bit confusion for Davidson between the Shott's sticks when he lost track off the flight of the ball as Alexander Hutchison ran across him but he gathered his senses to clear the ball.
Baxter who was a thorn in Tynecastle's side all game so far went down in the box but his penalty claim was turned away as no one seemed to be around him when he hit the ground.
Both keepers were tested at their near posts when Shott's Davidson got down well to save a low shot from Dominic Foulkes and his opposite number had to get down sharpish to smother Gary McGeouch effort.
Tynecastle had Hutchison to thank for not falling behind in this cup tie when he cleared off the line when Fraser's lopping header over the advancing Ross was goal bound.
Shott's were in control and forced several throw in's in succession with Paul Hughes receiving the ball from one on the edge of the box but sliced his shot 18 yards out. Shott's next opportunity came when Baxter who was every where for Shott's played in Luke Brown who was brought down unceremoniously for what looked a certain penalty. The referee deemed the initial touch came out side the box and awarded a free kick 18 yards out but Baxter's effort was taken by Ross at the second attempt.
Shott's pressure deservedly paid off in the last minute of the half when that man again Baxter picked up the ball 25 yards out down the left and drove into the box to show great composure to slot the ball into the right hand corner past the helpless Ross in Tynie's goal.
A great time to score and Tynie nearly doubled Shott's lead in added on time when Baxter played in a ferocious ball low across the box which was met by the Tynecastle defender, facing his own goal 6 yards out and was very fortunate to see the ball go inches wide of the right had post.