Leith Athletic v Tynecastle at Preston Athletic FC

2.30pm  15 October 2017

East of Scotland FA, Alex Jack Cup Final at Preston Athletic FC
Leith Athletic 0 Tynecastle 3 (att 220)

Back in May I watched as these two sides contested the East of Scotland League Cup Final. On that day Tynecastle took a first half lead but were unable to withstand a second half recovery by Leith Athletic.

I thought I might be in for a repeat as Tynecastle once again went into the half time break with a one goal advantage after a lively first half. But this time Leith were unable to stage a comeback.

Whether the memory of May's defeat was a factor I don't know, but Tynecastle's desire and determination to protect their lead was greater than anything Leith could muster to get back into the game.

An own goal doubled the advantage, and a late third goal put the outcome beyond any doubt, meaning Tynecastle were able to lift the Alex Jack Cup, a competition open to the handful of East of Scotland League clubs who aren't eligible for the season's Scottish FA Cup.

As winners, Tynecastle now enter a play for a place in next season's Scottish Cup, although these days there seem to be so many ways of qualifying for the national cup I don't understand why the Scottish FA don't just open it up to anyone who wants to enter.

The venue for this year's final was the impressive Pennypit Park in Prestonpans, home to Preston Athletic FC. The ground's main feature is a good-sized seated stand (identical to the stand at the next door rugby stadium), and grass banking surrounds the rest of the pitch.

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