Vale of Leithen 2 Tynecastle FC 0
Football Nation Qualifying Cup 1/4 Final
This game was moved to Ainslie Park due to snow making Victoria Park unplayable.
A healthy crowd was in attendance as play commenced.
Vale started with the same team that had hammered Gala Fairydean Rovers on the previously Saturday.
Vale started the game on the front foot with a series of corners which were cleared by the Tynecastle defence. As the game progressed Tynecastle were beginning to find their feet and although the first half was fairly even with regard to possession, Vale were creating the chances without taking any of them.
The second half commenced with Tynecastle pressing forward trying to take control.
However, the Vale defence was resolute and although Tynecastle were having some good possession, as in the first half all the decent chances were falling to the Vale.
Both teams were playing good football, but gradually the Vale were gaining control and were rewarded in the 70 min when after some neat passing around the Tynecastle box Andy Martin slotted the ball home for a deserved lead.
Two minutes later after some good work by Sean Stewart who drew the goalkeeper before slipping the ball to substitute and ex Tynecastle man Tommy Patterson who played it into an empty goal.
The remainder of the game was played out with Tynecastle chasing a goal and Vale breaking upfield on numerous occasions without adding to their total.
Bobby Craigie presented the Man of the Match award on behalf the match sponsor, Thomas Ward Motorsport to Ainslie Hunter.
Against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale at Saughton Enclosure, Edinburgh
Wed 7th Feb 2018 KO 7.30pm