Coldstream 2, Tynecastle 5
A RUSH of blood from Streamers keeper Mark Walters led to the eventual capitulation of Coldstream at the hands of Premier Division Tynecastle in this King Cup tie at Home Park.
The big stopper’, who has been the player of the season so far in many peoples eyes, took the decision to charge out of his area after 15 minutes, up ending the Tynecastle striker and giving the referee no alternative, but to wave his red card. With Baxendale remaining on the sidelines with his long term injury and other absentees including M. Cornish, Lambert and Hebdon away, a reshuffle had already ensued prior to this incident.
A bright start on a heavy pitch saw Coldstream play some nice football at times and after only a few minutes they were ahead. Good build up play down the left from Tait and Heugh resulted in the fullback lofting a cross into the Tynecastle box which Gary Wales met with his head to steer home.
A penalty appeal from the home side for handball was then turned down before the visitors drew level from a cross with Walters and K. Ainslie getting in a tangle allowing the forward to nip in and head into a gaping net. The sending off then followed minutes later which brought with it continued pressure to some now disheartened Coldstream players. S. Simpson was sacrificed for reserve keeper Mason.
Tynecastle went close three times from the far post area with Mason pulling off two fine saves to keep them at bay. Cannon then went on one of his dribbles from the back, beating as many as five players before hitting the frame of the goal. Towards the end of the half McCrudden turned well to fire just wide and at the other end Tynecastle continued to deliver crosses, but to their frustration they did not come to fruition.
Gibson’s team talk at half-time must of instilled confidence as Wales grabbed his second of the game within minutes of the restart. A majestic run down the left from winger J. Simpson setup his team mate for a simple tap in.
It was then a case of holding on, but this proved easier said than done and proved short lived as the jinky Tynecastle wide man drifted in from the left to hit a shot in off the upright for the equaliser
A substitution from the Edinburgh side then severely impacted the match in their favour with the pacy forward netting himself a second half hat-trick. He fired home from within the box for his first, ran through to power home a second before out muscling McLeod to hit home a third.