Newcraighall Leith Vics went down 0-1 to Spartans FC Youth in a very tight and hard fought game.
A superb free kick from Aaron Heinemeier for the visitors produced the only goal of the game to secure the three points for the Ainslie Park men.
Spartans got the game underway but the home side started the brighter of the two teams and showed their intent when they forced a corner two minutes in. Scott Thorburn swung in a corner from the right which was met by the head of Kieran Johnstone but his effort went wide of the right hand upright.
Newcraighall were on the front foot and won another corner when Jordan William's shot was deflected. Thornburn swung in another corner from the left this time but Aaron Heinemeier headed behind for the home sides third corner in the opening five minutes. Again it was Thorburn on corner duty and he played a short ball to Sam Nicol who whipped in a cross but Taylor Philip headed wide.
The visitors first real attack came on six minutes when a long ball found Mario Falsone and he played in Brad Fergie. Nick Marshall was the recipient of Fergies pass but his shot looped up into the air and Campbell Johnston in the Newcraighall goal came and claimed the ball.
Spartans were struggling to cope with the strong start from the home side and they were under attack again down the left this time when Williams made a great run evading three challenges from Spartans players but unfortunately his ball into the box did not match the quality of his run.
The visitors did get forward when Jordan Lock found Marshall with a great diagonal pass but his ball into the box was headed clear by Conner Henderson for the home side.
Taylor Philip produced a delightful chip over the top of the Spartans defence but Tomasz Wieruszewski was alert to get out quickly to collect before Daniel Garvey could get to the ball.
Spartans were starting to get into the game and Marshall saw his shot save comfortably, then a free kick awarded inside the Newcraighall half was floated out to the left side by Blair Lawson but the ball in was just to long for Fergie and the ball went harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Falsone had a great chance for the visitors when he found himself in the box 16 yards out but he sliced his shot which meant neither keeper still had not been forced into a save of any note with 20 minutes gone in the game. Spartans then were awarded a free kick after Sam murphy was brought down but Lock put his 30 yard strike straight down Johnston's throat.
The game was pretty even now and but Newcraighall came close when Nicol played a ball into the box which Wieruszewski had to watch closely as it just dipped over the bar.
Both sides had good opportunities to open the scoring within a minute of one another when firstly a free kick from Falsone for the visitors found Marshall inside the box but he scuffed his shot then Garvey latched onto a ball in the box for the home side but he hooked his shot over the bar from six yards out.
Thirty minutes gone and both teams were going for it and it was the visitors who produced the next chance but Falsone who was getting into some great position in and around the box blasted over the bar from 16 yards. Lock then showed great footwork on the edge of the box and after he shifted the ball onto his favoured side it looked like he was going to shoot but instead of getting his shot away he decided to play the ball out to the right and the chance was gone.
A corner on the right for the visitors was whipped in by Marshall and powerfully met by the head of Fergie who directed the ball wide of target but even if he had scored it would not have counted as the referee pulled the play back for what he deemed to be a foul on the keeper.
Newcraighall looked to have broke the deadlock minutes from half time when Garvey played a delightful chip over Wieruszewski and with the ball behind him he some how produced a super one handed save to put the ball behind for a corner, he then punched clear the resulting corner.
The final chance of the half came in the visitors favour when Fergie had a great opportunity to get a shot away but wanted the extra touch which allowed Johnston in goal to force him wide and make sure the half finished 0-0.