Coldstream 7-4 Tynecastle

Jack Hay scored four and set up two others for Coldstream.
Jack Hay scored four and set up two others for Coldstream.
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Jack Hay scored four and John Crawford bagged a hat-trick as Coldstream won a thrilling cup tie at Home Park.

With both teams very poor in defence, there could easily have been more than the 11 goals served up in this hugely entertaining Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup first round tie.

In the end, Coldstream’s clinical front two proved to be the difference between the teams. Captain Crawford has now scored eight goals in four games, but the limelight was stolen from him this time by strike partner Hay, who was outstanding.

With Phil Johnson in charge in the absence of manager Oliver, Coldstream made another slow start and fell behind when a free-kick whipped in from the left was headed in by Tony Muir.

But the home side quickly rallied, Crawford bundling over from close range and then running on to a beautiful Hay through ball to round the keep and slot into the net.

A great run and cut-back from Jonny Simpson on the left was expertly turned in by Hay at the near post to put Coldstream 3-1 up, but they conceded from another free-kick just before half time.

Like the first one, it was needlessly given away by Kieran Ainslie, and poor marking allowed Jamie Devlin to head home the cross at the near post.

Tynecastle’s Brendan Edwards nearly equalised early in the second half with a free-kick which hit the post.

But the visitors did make it 3-3 when hesitation at the heart of the Coldstream defence enabled Devlin to control a high bouncing ball and run into the box before firing low into the net.

But with Hay and Crawford looking razor sharp in attack and Tynecaslte looking equally vulnerable at the back, Coldstream looked like scoring nearly every time they went forward.

The strikers combined in the 63rd minute to put Coldstream ahead, Hay cutting in from the right and squaring for Crawford to complete his hat-trick.

Devlin fired home another equaliser for Tynecastle in the 67th minute after Coldstream failed to react inside the box.

But two minutes later Coldstream were 5-4 ahead. This time it was Hay getting on the end of a low cross from Simpson. He completed his hat-trick by dribbling through the defence to slide home Coldstream’s sixth goal.

With Tynecastle struggling, Crawford smashed a shot against the inside of the post before Josh Hebdon released Hay to score his fourth and Coldstream’s seventh.

Coldstream: M Walters, G Wales, R Baxendale, D Powling (R Graham 76), K Ainslie, J Hebdon, J Simpson (J Rutherford 72), C Devenay, J Crawford, J Hay, J Lauder. Sub not used: P Johnson.