Leith Athletic and Kilwining Sports Club faced off in an exciting Scottish cup quarter final tie at Meadowbank. Leith dominated the early exchanges between the two sides and they turned this dominance in to a goal very early on. Davis was on corner duty and delivered a great ball in to the back post for the awaiting McManus to make it 1-0 to the hosts with just 6 minutes played.
Just a couple of minutes later Davis was on hand at a set piece again floating in a long free kick from deep that just evaded the awaiting Leith players in the KSC box.
Kilwinning may well have been losing the battle for possession but they could hardly be accused of a lack of effort, chasing every ball down and attempting to regain control of the match.
With 10 minutes played Wilson threaded a through ball towards KSC frontman Jack Ewing as they fashioned their first real chance to draw the game level. Laverty of Leith had other ideas however, showing great awareness to cut out the ball just before it reached its intended target.
Kilwinning were not to be deterred however and midfielder Ben Black showed a fantastic turn of pace to race through the Leith defence in to the box, another good challenge this time by Jamie Chapman denying the visitors the equaliser.
After this scare Leith pushed on, Bradon Archibald looked keen to get on the score sheet as he tested KSC goalie Sinclair with two long range efforts from well outside the area. Though the efforts were well saved by the goalkeeper credit must be given to Archibald who had both the belief in his ability and technique to keep both efforts on target from some way out.
Leith were not to be denied a second however and it was the combination of Davis and McManus again who produced the goods. Davis created good space down the wing, whipping in a great cross for McManus to apply the finish and get his second of the game, 2-0 Leith with 21 minutes played.
KSC looked surprised to be two goals down and turned their frustration in to energy straight after the goal. Bryden took the ball for a run through midfield interchanging passes with Black before finding Ewing with a driven pass. The big striker showed great technique, attempting a chip over the advancing Leith goalie, however Chapman was once again on hand for Leith this time to clear off the line.
Once again Leith seemed to deal with a scare by holding the ball well and probing at the KSC defence. Ewing was one man who epitomised his team’s determination to get back in to the game however as he chased down every ball looking to create chances for his teammates.
What happened next perhaps sums up how unlucky KSC could count themselves during periods of this match. Having had an effort cleared off the line Ewing looked desperate to score. Ewing took control of the ball and looked to charge at the Leith defence, however Coll Reekie of Leith showed great movement and a perfectly timed tackle to take the ball from Ewing. The Leith midfielder then wasted no time playing a well-executed lofted ball to McManus who took the ball in his stride past the KSC defence and finished low in the corner for 3-0.
Some teams may have taken the foot of the gas at 3-0 and looked to finish the half with more possession. By contrast Leith looked determined to secure their passage to the Scottish cup semi-final by adding another. With 40 minutes played they did just that when Davis was brought down in the Kilwinning box. Davis showed great courage taking the penalty himself sending Sinclair the wrong way and slotting the ball in to the corner. 4-0 Leith at the halftime whistle.