A hat-trick by leading goalscorer Aaron Somerville and a series of superb saves by Whitehill Welfare goalkeeper Bryan Young ensured the Rosewell club’s progress to the quarter-finals of the South Region Challenge Cup.
However, the scoreline flattered the hosts who were put under severe pressure by their East of Scotland League opponents.
Whitehill scored on eight minutes after Wayne Sproule was tripped on the edge of the penalty box by Ryan Ferguson. Ross McMullen saved Somerville’s penalty, but the referee ordered a re-take because he had not blown his whistle. This time Somerville rolled the ball into the corner.
Tynecastle equalised on the half-hour when Ferguson hit a diagonal dipping volley over Young and into the far corner. Young made a magnificent save from a Tony Muir overhead before Robbie McIntyre hit the Whitehill crossbar with a free-kick from 20 yards.
Whitehill brought on Kerr Dodds and Wayne McIntosh shortly after the break and McIntosh found Stevie Manson at the back post with ten minutes left. The winger cushioned the ball into the path of Somerville who smashed it into the net from close range.
Whitehill sealed their place in the next round, much to the relief of their supporters, when they caught Tynecastle on the break. Dodds hit a low shot which rebounded off the post leaving Somerville the simple task of tapping the ball in from three yards to complete his hat-trick and the scoring.
Whitehill Welfare: Young, Martin, Thom, Hall, McKenzie, McGlashan, Manson, Quinn (McIntosh 61), A Kidd (Dodds 61), Somerville, Sproule. Subs: Kerr, Noon, W Kidd.
Tynecastle: McMullen, Scott (Faye 81), McIntyre, Ferguson, McCarthy, Bennett (Miller 69), McIntosh, Malcolm, Dick (Russell 61), Muir, Milligan. Subs: Jardine, Fee.