Goals from Murphy, Love, Fergie and Lovell for the home side saw Spartans move into the quarter finals to face Hutchison Vale after defeating Salvesen 97's 4-2 in a pulsating cup tie at Ainslie Park with Jackson with McNeill replying for the visitors.
Salvesen got this Bob Bankier Trophy cup tie underway on a surprisingly pleasant day for football especially after the weather of the last week or so.
Ryan Love started off in blistering form and made a good run down the right wing but his shot was cleared up field and it was Love again who was involved in the home sides next move after he again marauded up the right leaving the Salvesen players in his wake then played a ball to Nick Marshall who found Mario Falsone who saw his fierce shot tipped brilliantly onto the bottom of the near post by Andrew Smith and out for a corner.
The resulting corner was whipped in by Love and after a bit of a scramble in the box Sam Murphy picked up the loose ball and blasted in off the underside of the bar with four minutes gone to put the home side in front.
Salvesen came back at Spartans after good play by Ewan Waddell on the left squared the ball to Ryan Campbell who blasted straight at the keeper but the visitors next venture up field nearly bore fruit when Waddell found himself one on one with Wieruszewski in the Spartans goal but the home keeper did brilliantly to stay big and spread himself to deflect the shot away from the danger area.
Adam Robertson had several chances for the men from Forresters when he shot just wide of the far post with his low driven shot, then he drove into the box from the left but his shot was blocked and after being set up by John Dunbar he saw his well struck shot cleared.
Nick Marshall was trying to match Robertson for his side when he took it upon himself to try and increase the home sides lead. Marshall went on a good run down the right but was crowded out by two Salvesen men and the ball went out for a goal kick.
He was then denied what looked a sure goal when he was just about to pull the trigger inside the box a superb last ditch tackle by Ben Leicester who nicked the ball away in time and his next attempt would have been one to remember as he went for a spectacular bicycle kick but his fabulous effort went over the bar.
Love was terrorizing the visitors down the left hand side and again after a great individual run evading several tackles he drove in on goal but Smith was alert to save Love's powerfully hit shot then Love's next attempt saw him hook his shot just over the bar.
Twenty minutes gone and it was end to end stuff now and it was Salvesen on the attack again when Waddell got the break of the ball on the right and forced Wieruszewski into a good stop low down to his left.
Marshall then shot wide for the Ainslie Park men with Waddell again forcing Wieruszewski into another fine stop at the other end of the park.
Salvesen were looking for the equalizer and Calum Jackson was unlucky to see his goal bound shot superbly blocked by Eoghann Douglas who had been solid at the back for the men in blue and white.
Salvesen should have got on level terms when Ryan Campbell had a great chance after he found himself free at the back post but failed to hit the target.
A really good cup tie which the neutral would have loved as the next goal could have come from either side and it was the home side who went looking for it when Marshall rode a few challenges down the right side and played the ball into the box but Falsone did not make the contact he wanted and Smith saved comfortably.
Marshall was involved again with Spartans next attack after another great run down the right he found Brad Fergie who showed great control to play in Falsone who saw his shot saved again by Smith.
A freekick from Salvesen was floated into the box by Jackson and Baillie McLean was deemed to have handled the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. A decision that seemed a bit soft but in football today you just can not raise your arms as you are always running the risk of being penalized.
A great opportunity for Salvesen on the 36th minute to get level and this was the duely taken when Jackson stepped up and fired low into the left hand corner leaving Wieruszewski with no chance.
Salvesen could and probably should have doubled their lead a minute later when Robertson found himself in a great position in the box but shot just over the bar then Dunbar and Robertson combined well down the left but Douglas done well to come out and force them wide to avert the danger.
Salvesen were probably just edging the game going into the last five minutes and they had the final effort of the half but Robertson saw his shot deflected for a corner.
The resulting corner was cleared up field and the referee blew for half time.