Loanhead kicked-off the game among the chilly winds at Meggetland sports complex.
The 3G surface of the ground was unaffected by the previous days bad weather, allowing for some good free flowing football to be played by both teams.
Tynecastle deployed a tactic of high pressing from the off defending from the front as a team, the away team however seemed unnerved by the pressure and some quick one-two touch passing along the defence allowed them to put Tynecastle on the back foot early in the first half.
The first chance of note however was provided by Tynecastle from a freekick 25 yards out forcing an excellent stop from Loanhead keeper Ben Mackenzie.
There would be no respite for the Loanhead defence as the resulting corner produced a fine header from Tynecastle’s Matthew Quinn only for it to be blocked brilliantly by the Loanhead defence keeping the score level
As the half wore on it was clear that this was a game needing something special to break the dead lock as both teams seemed to cancel each other out through the middle of the park.