A packed crowd watched the Peter O’Neil Cup final at Saughton Park, as Leith Athletic and Hutchinson Vale fought it out for the chance to lift the trophy come the full-time whistle.
If there was ever a perfect way to start a cup final, then Hutchie certain achieved it with only a few minutes on the clock. Jack Furness did well to dig out the cross on the by-line, and Lawrence Linklater was unmarked at the back post, and had the simplest of finishes to launch his side into dreamland.
They were clearly in a mad rush to get the trophy sealed and delivered, as they countered and threatened for the following few minutes, before Ethan Wynne went close with a swerving shot for Leith on seven minutes, but it swerved at the last moment wide of the post.
It was a sign of things to come, as Leith began to impose themselves on the game, with Euan Howie testing the keeper twice within quick succession, however both efforts were reasonably comfortable saves to make.
They eventually got their goal on the half-hour mark as Cameron Stewart swung in the free-kick, and Ben Murray reacted first to head the ball on target. But Evan Miller made a good save, however, and parried it back into the path of Murray who simply could not miss - and he did not.
The goal gave Leith a huge lift, and just before half time they went one better. A good run from Cameron Kerr down the right wing forced a corner. Strathy Mackay whipped the ball in and, unbelievably Stewart, who surely had to have been the shortest player on the pitch, popped up with a near post header to put his side in front just before the break.