Steamers fight all the way but go out of cup

Leith Athletic 1

Coldstream 0

The courageous Streamers went out of the Scottish Cup by the narrowest of margins on the artificial pitch of a sunlit Ainslie Park.

They were by no means overawed by their powerful opponents and with a little luck the tie could have been taken back to Home Park for the replay their football deserved.

They were strong at the back, inventive in midfield with some of the through passes to Sutherland very inviting. Crawford was missed for his scavenging skills in the box and this is probably why the Blues failed to score.

Simpson was the first to show for the home side when he flashed a shot just wide and Glynn fired a free-kick over the bar.

Play was even when Sutherland was put through on the keeper only to be adjudged offside much to the chagrin of the visiting fans. He was in action soon after with two shots blocked before Gordon turned his final effort away for a corner.

Leith took the lead on the half-hour mark when a shot from Keith was deflected away from the waiting hands of Walters for Hainey to tap in.

Play surged from end to end and on the half-time whistle Gordon just managed to tip over Sutherland’s flashing free-kick.

The second half started with Hay hitting the post from a tight angle before Sutherland at the other end shot just past.

Gordon saved again from Sutherland before Walters was called into action with Leith forcing a brace of corners ending with a stramash in the goalmouth. Fortunately Walters emerged with the ball in his hands.

Just near the final whistle Sutherland had a great chance after clever work in the box but his final shot skipped past the far post.

Coldstream: Walters, Wales, Logan, Ingles, Hossack, Hebdon, Robinson, Beasley, Sutherland, Steele (Gray), Brown (Johnston). Subs: Tibbits, Nisbet, Bowling.

q Coldstream are in the middle of a series of very tough matches with Lothian Thistle next up in the East of Scotland League followed by Lowland League side Spartans in the Football Nation Qualifying Cup.