Ten man Tynecastle FC booked their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, following a penalty shootout against East Craigie Swifts. The visitors lost striker Matthew Dillon after 37 minutes, and fell behind at the start of the second half courtesy of Ewan Faulkner’s goal. With time against them, Alassan Jones scored in injury time to take the game into extra time, but the game was decided by a penalty shootout that saw keeper Kyle Wilson save two of the four East Craigie penalties, while his teammates all found the net, taking Tynecastle into the last four.
The visitors started on the front foot, with defender Andrew Mackay twice heading over the bar from corners inside the opening minutes. East Craigie’s first effort came from striker Kier Gardiner after 10 minutes, but the striker’s header was easily saved by Kyle Wilson.
The Tynecastle keeper was called into action three minutes later. Max Flucker’s free kick was diverted towards the bottom corner, and the keeper did well at full stretch to keep the ball out of the net.
It was clear for all in attendance at Craigie Park that the pitch wasn’t doing either side any favours. Despite the less than ideal conditions, both sets of players battled on. East Craigie keeper Charlie Kennedy was called into action after 19 minutes keeping out Charlie Green’s effort.
Next up, the hosts created their best chance of the half. Reece Lornie was sent through one on one with Wilson, but the keeper managed to get a fingertip to the ball and push it wide of the post. Despite starting on the back foot, East Craigie were beginning to grow into the game, while Tynecastle were about to be dealt a big blow.
In the closing minutes of the half Tynecastle were reduced to ten men, courtesy of a second yellow card. Things nearly went from bad to worse for the visitors as Gardiner managed to create space in the penalty box, but his effort went straight into the arms of Wilson.