Tynecastle FC booked their place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over Dryburgh Athletic. The hosts are unbeaten in the G Taylor League, but fell behind just before the break. Tynecastle found the net on three further occasions in the second half as they ran out comfortable winners.
Dryburgh goalkeeper Aaron Cosgrove was called into action after six minutes. The keeper did well to deal with Jacques Crane’s effort from distance.
It was clear that the pitch was having an impact on both sides, as both resorted to long balls in an attempt to fashion an opportunity. Tynecastle had a golden opportunity after 11 minutes, when Ivan Alapiki set up Kieran Ngwenya on the top of the box, but the Tynecastle skipper fired his shot over the bar.
Dryburgh were struggling to impose themselves on the match, but looked dangerous on the counter attack. The hosts would have been in on goal after 18 minutes, if not for a composed piece of defending by Josh Winnik, who did well to cut out a pass that had left the Tynecastle defence exposed.
The hosts had Cosgrove to thank keeping the score level after 29 minutes. The keeper did well to keep out Kyle Robertson’s free kick, and then pounce on the loose ball that Scott Hunter was preparing to tap in to the empty net.
Dryburgh were beginning to see more of the ball as the half wore on, but were failing to trouble Aaron Heap in the Tynecastle goal. As it looked like the teams would go off level at the break, Tynecastle took the lead.
Hunter did well to create a yard of space on the left wing, and sent in a cross towards Alapiki, who’s header looped over Cosgrove into the side netting. It was a goal that, on the balance of play the visitors deserved, but one that Cosgrove will know that he should have done better with.
The visitors nearly doubled their lead before the break. Aidan Nelson picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Hunter, and the resulting free kick fell to the winger, who did well to create space for himself, but fired his shot over the crossbar.