Tidy finishes from Nathan Kay and Callum Hall were enough to lead Edinburgh City to victory over Spartans FC in a game of few chances.
City were the first to threaten at Ainslie Park, when Kay made room for himself at the edge of the box and struck it on the half volley but was smartly denied by keeper Jordon Pettigrew in the 4th minute.
Hall was the next City forward to cause problems for the Spartans backline when the tricky winger managed to have a crack at goal in the 14th minute, but once again Pettigrew was there to collect.
Spartans got their first real chance of the game in the 21st minute when Ollie Hetherington was unlucky to have his close ranged shot blocked off the line after numerous scrappy clearances from the City defence failed to leave the box.
However, it was Edinburgh City who broke the deadlock in the final after Hall picked up a stray defensive pass out on the left wing and charged towards the goal before dispatching a powerful low-driven shot into the bottom corner, not giving Pettigrew a chance in the 33rd minute.
Spartans struggled to get in the flow for the remainder of the first half with City piling on the pressure, but unable to finish the half with a reward of a second goal.