Tynecastle U14’s produced a commanding, powerful performance to see off Lewis United in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup and keep the dream of cup glory alive.
A beautiful afternoon in Edinburgh set the scene for a thrilling cup tie, however it would be the hosts who were to prevail despite a spirited display from visitors Lewis United who had made the trip south from Aberdeen.
The match started in a flurry of action straight from kick off. The hosts surged forward and looked to threaten the Lewis United goal. The attack eventually petered out but Tynecastle had expressed their intentions very early on.
Intentions soon became reality as Tynecastle opened the scoring inside the first five minutes. Paul Smith’s effort from the right hand side of the box found its way across to Liam McCue who was lurking at the back post. He steadied himself with one touch and fired the ball past the keeper, striking the post and into the net.
Tynecastle’s dream start continued as Charlie Green doubled his side’s advantage as he drilled a low shot past Mathew Buckham in the Lewis United goal.
The visitors were struggling to impose themselves on the game and the sharpness and dynamism exhibited by Tynecastle in the opening stages was making it very difficult for the Aberdeen based team.
Two goals with no reply soon became three as Green intercepted a goal kick and showed excellent composure to simply slide the ball past the goalkeeper.
It would have been extremely easy for Lewis United to drop their heads and think the tie done, but they did not. Lewis United almost instantly had something to cheer about as Robert Ward pulled a shot, inches wide. It wasn’t a goal, but it was something to build upon.
Tynecastle were totally dominant all over the park and made it near impossible for Lewis United to even get out of their half. The passing was slick, their moving magnificent and their attacking dynamic.
Despite the lack of possession from the visitors they always had an outlet in their striker Ward and through him their next chance came. Joel Murray played the ball into his path and Ward released the trigger just inside the penalty box. Again however it was off target and was a large let off for Tynecastle.
Lewis United were made to rue their missed chances when Smith curled in a beautiful effort into the top corner from the edge of the box. The goalkeeper could do naught but helplessly watch the ball find the net.
As the half time whistle drew nearer the visitors did manage to edge themselves into the game a bit more, retaining possession accompanied with small periods of pressure, however it never materialised into any clear cut chances.