TYNECASTLE 1, COLDSTREAM2
Coldstream made their return to the East of Scotland Premier Division for the first time in four years against a Tynecastle side who were ‘relegated’ last season, but reprieved with the creation of the Lowland League in the summer.
Despite soaking up a lot of pressure, Andrew Gibson’s men turned in a resolute performance to run out 2-1 winners, with keeper Mark Walters a standout performer.
After a nervy start from both teams, new striker Tomie Cannon took just nine minutes to break the deadlock and get his Coldstream account up and running, rising high to nod past the keeper after a fantastic run and cross from Jonny Simpson.
The home side responded positively and a free kick whistled inches wide. But their pressure paid off when their midfielder smashed home an impressive leveller.
After the break, Coldstream soaked up everything that was thrown at them, with Walters making three or four fantastic saves. And from one of his quick throwouts the team in blue regained their lead, John Crawford powering past his marker into the box to square for Gary Wales, who smashed the ball home.
Tynecastle boss Dougie Dalgleish praised Walters. “After creating so many chances, we are still wondering how we lost this match,” he said. “To be fair, though, the Coldstream goalkeeper had an inspirational match.”
Coldstream: Walters, J Ainslie, Allan, K Ainslie, Birkett, Wales, J Simpson, S Simpson, McCrudden, T Cannon, Crawford. Subs: Glasper (gk), Heugh, Chisholm, Turner.