Hutchison Vale put on a goal scoring show to claim all three points in this Division 1 League Cup tie at a windy Meggetland after going behind against a plucky Leith Athletic side who only had ten outfield players available.
Hutchie started the game brightly passing and moving the ball well around the park in the opening minutes but they found themselves going behind with only five minutes on the clock when Fraser Murdie fired home with a fine finish to the keepers left hand side from18 yards out to put the visitors in front.
Gregor Lamb lined up a free kick for the home side around 25 yards out but his effort went high and wide of the right hand post.
Seven minutes into the half Lewis Reid had to be replaced by Mitchell Haddow in the Leith goal after taking unwell and Haddow's first action was to pick the ball out of his net a minute after coming on after Dale Skinner's low driven shot found the left hand corner to get the home side back on level terms.
Leith's Jack Enguidanos tried his luck from distance but the wind held up the ball which Bryan Cairns collected comfortably.
The home side started to find their rhythm and and get their one, two touch passing going but a moment slackness in the midfield allowed Murdie to rob his opposite number and play a ball in for Zak Mason who forced Cairns into a superb save to tip the ball round the post.
The home side got their noses in front on the 21st minute after Haddow pulled of a good save from Lamb's initial shot but he could only palm it out and Skinner was on hand to put the rebound away with the Leith defence rooted to the spot.
Lomond Gray was next to have a bash from 18 yards but Haddow collected at the second attempt for the Leith men but it was not long before he found himself beaten again. A free kick to the right of goal 28 yards out saw Hutchie's Ceiran Dunne step up and blast the free kick over Haddow and into the roof of the net leaving the goal keeper with no chance with 28 minutes gone.
Hutchie were flying now and they increased their lead four minutes later when Dunne saw his effort come of the junction of the post and bar and Ferrier reacted quickest to finish from six yards out.
Dunne then went close but his shot went wide of the post and then Ferrier came close after a good run through the centre of the Leith defence but put his shot just over the bar.
With five minutes to half time Leith pushed forward and were rearded with a free kick 30 yards out. Enguidanos lined up the free kick and struck the ball well forcing Cairns to get down low to his left to save. The visitors next chance came from a corner on the right which was played in by Murdie with Evan Glendinning going for the spectacular bicycle kick finish but failed to make contact, then the ball was played back to Murdie who saw his shot saved.
Hutchie had a good penalty claim in the last minute when Ferrier through on goal took the ball around Haddow who made contact with the Hutchie man and brought him down but referee Townsley waved Ferrier's penalty claim aside and blew for half time.