The rainy and windy conditions were not ideal for a Scottish Cup quarter-final but they did nothing to lessen the physicality of the match between Banks O’Dee Albion and Tynecastle FC. Banks O’Dee secured their place in the semi-final with 4-3 win. Ben Ross scored a hat trick for the home side with Calum McKenzie adding their winning goal, while Tynecastle’s goals were scored by Jackson Cowan, Russell Cairns and Lewis Gill.
Both teams fronted up well in the opening phases of play before the home side made a break through Calum McKenzie. However he became isolated in the corner and Tynecastle’s Ciaran McKenzie closed in and won the ball, allowing his side to clear.
Tynecastle pressed forward and Owen Winnick shot from twenty-five yards but it was pushed over the crossbar by Banks O’Dee goalkeeper, Vitali Sahhalevtis. Gregor Lamb then shot from forty yards for the visitors but Sahhalevtis pushed the ball over the crossbar once again.
The visitors were awarded a corner which was taken by Jackson Cowan. He crossed the ball into the box where it was fumbled into the net to give Tynecastle the lead in the seventh minute.
Banks O’Dee pressed forward through Calum McKenzie and Connor Wood but neither could find the chance that they were looking for as Tynecastle held their defence.
In the twelfth minute, the visitors were awarded another corner. Russell Cairns sent the ball into the box where it hit the far post and bounced into the net to extend his side’s lead.
The home side were looking to respond and Mark Reid raced through the defence but the ball was smothered by Tynecastle goalkeeper, Jamie MacPherson, before Reid could make his shot.
Banks O’Dee were then awarded a corner taken by Calum Beattie who crossed it into the box. The ball was pushed wide by MacPherson and cleared by Andrew Lickley.
However the home side’s efforts were soon rewarded when McKenzie crossed the ball into the box, luring MacPherson out from the goal mouth to create an opening for Ben Ross who sent the ball into the back of the net in the twenty-fourth minute.
The visitors pressed forward and Cairns shot from wide to the left only to be denied by Sahhalevtis. Cowan then created an opening to shoot from twenty-five yards but it was deflected by Ross.
The home side were looking for an equaliser, and Jason Ritchie made a long pass to Hamish MacLeod who broke down the wing and weaved through the defence to shoot from twenty-five yards but it went wide.
As the half drew to a close, Tynecastle drove forward and Callum Bremner shot from twenty yards and wide to the right but the ball went just over the crossbar.