This match had all the hall marks of a great game in the making, with two good sides that had scored a bundle of goals on their march to this cup semi-final at Ochilview Park. Rossvale Thistle ended up winners by a slender 2-1 score line, in what was a hard fought contest between two contrasting styles, Thistle’s quick counter attacking, which at times was against the run of play, ultimately proving to be the most successful on the night, and that of Leith Athletic which favoured building from the back with plenty of slick passing movements.
Leith won a corner early on that led to their first half chance, Archibald’s corner was hit high and to the far post, Laverty failed to connect with his head by mere inches and Leith missed a golden opportunity to take an early lead. Leith were passing the ball about quite nicely at this stage, when on the ninth minute Archibald had a free kick thirty yards from the Rossvale goal, Thistle keeper Milne comfortably stopped the shot.
After about seventeen minutes of the match had been played, Rossvale Thistle looked to be way out of their depth against Leith, that was about to change when out of nowhere they managed to conjure up a fantastic goal that put them one up against the run of play. A dangerous long ball was played out of the Thistle half and up towards the Leith box, King managed to beat the Leith defender to the ball and casually struck his shot from the edge of the penalty area, over the keeper and in to the top corner of the net, many an EPL striker would have been proud to have this one on their CV. Minutes later the match was even when Davis struck a corner towards the far post, McBride connected and hammered into the back of the net with his head.
Immediately from the re start, Rossvale were on the attack when Martin won the ball in a challenge with the Laverty inside the Leith half, passing out to King on the wing who then ran in on goal but couldn’t manage to get past the Leith defence, he then held off a challenge and guided the ball towards Flanagany who struck from twenty yards, the shot whistled over the crossbar and he took a hard knock in the process. Leith then had a decent attempt when from a short corner the ball was played to Sheilds who passed to McBride ten yards from the goal line, the resulting shot was kept low and inched past the near post.
The match winner came on the thirty fourth minute of play, Flanagany and King, both of whom had been proving to be a handful for the Leith defence, combined well by passing to each other inside the penalty area, for the onlookers, it looked as if neither were willing to take the shot on goal, Flanagany made the decision and slipped the ball to the right of the keeper, leaving him with no chance of making the save. Leith had a go from the kick off and headed towards the ‘Vale goal, Reekie passed to McBride who then drilled the ball millimetres to the wrong side of the post.