A.C Oxgangs are in the the hat for the third round draw of the David Murray Cup after over coming Spartans 4-0 who were reduced to ten men for the last 37min of the game.
A controversial sending off in the second half certainly ended what was a very competitive cup tie as a contest.
Spartans came out of the traps the quickest and Aaron Murrell tested Andrew Dunnett but the keeper saved well with his feet and then was alert to collect the loose ball.
Next it was Oxgangs who created a good opportunity when Paul Macari played in Murray Cockburn who blasted well over the bar.
Spartans Peter Wood played in Murrell who forced Dunnett into a good save from 25 yards. Murrell was then involved in Spartans next chance whenhis shot from the right hand side was deflected for a corner. The resulting corner was played in and Syska directed his header just over the bar.
It was very much a game of cat and mouse as both sides tried to suss each other outin the early stages.
Oxgangs were awarded a free kick for a push in the back by Ben Lovie. Isaac Thomson stepped up from around 25 yards but his effort went wide of the left hand post.
Spartans wood drove in from the left hand side but his shot was well saved by Dunnett at the near post.
The visitors then should have taken advantage of slack defending when Danny Cameron played a ball right across the font of goal which saw the Oxgangs players stand ball watching but more importantly for the home side the Spartans forwards did the same.
Oxgangs created a couple of chances when Cockburn went on a run down the right, cut inside but his shot found the side netting and then Thomson tested Blair Lawson in the Spartans goal when he got down well to save at the near post.
The men from Ainslie Park were playing the ball out from the back and and this led to a chance for the eye catching Wood's who after a good move from the back through midfield picked up the ball. Wood's then drove into goal down the left hand side of the Oxgangs box and easily could have went down when he was clearly fouled but managed to stay on his feet and get his shot away which Dunnett collected at the second attempt.
All credit to Wood's for staying on his feet when it was easy to go down and get what would have been a stone wall penalty and probably a straight red card for the Oxgangs man.
Spartan then came close again when a very optimistic effort 30 yards out by Murrell who seemed to be on the end of most things for Spartans came off the bottom of the left hand post. Thirty minutes gone in the half and the best chance of the game fell to Spartans when Cameron found himself in the box but blasted over from 6 yards out when it looked easier to score.
A very competitive half with nothing really between the sides saw the deadlock broken with five minutes to half time. Thomson played the ball into Tom Embleton who then played him the ball back and his cross was met at the back post by the head of Cockburn to score from a yard out to give the home side a rather unexpected lead going into half time.