Tynecastle found themselves on the wrong end of an 11-goal thriller at Coldstream in the first round of the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.
Despite an impressive hat-trick from Jamie Devlin and a solitary effort from Tony Muir, Tynecastle conceded seven goals to the rampant Borders outfit.
The Fernieside Park team will be hoping for better luck next weekend when they kick off their Central Taxis Premier Division Campaign with a home match against Craigroyston.
Leith Athletic made it four wins from their opening four matches despite a close encounter with Craigroyston at St Mark’s Park. The goal that ultimately settled the issue came just before half-time through Lachlan Thom. The hard luck continued for Craigroyston as they hit the bar twice through efforts from Mark Hunter and Kyle Bogle and lost Craig Anderson to a hamstring injury. They are still looking for their first win of the new campaign with manager Tom Hendrie keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the Premier League opener with Easthouses Lily at Newbattle Complex on Wednesday evening.
Lily, meanwhile, scored five goals for the second successive week with a trouncing of Eyemouth United at Warner Park. John Hunter and Paul McDermott were both on target with two goals apiece and the fifth goal coming from former Dalkeith Thistle player Graeme Young. Dave McQueenie’s men have now scored 15 goals in their opening four matches.
David Bingham’s Preston Athletic bowed out of the competition as they lost 2-0 to Stirling University after a disappointing display at Pennypit Park. The students’ goals came from Chris Geddes and Oliver Minguel.
Cup holders Whitehill Welfare saw off the brave challenge of Central Taxis First Division side Ormiston Athletic at a breezy Ferguson Park.
Mike Lawson’s Welfare had to wait until the 60th minute to draw level through Kerr Dodds after Dean Woods had given Ormiston a shock 11th-minute lead. Wayne McIntosh put Welfare in front on 79 minutes only for Woods to strike again for the visitors seconds later. With the game heading for extra time, McIntosh had the last laugh as he struck a powerful effort to send Welfare into round two and leave the visitors disconsolate.
Ormiston entertain Peebles Rovers at Recreation Park on Wednesday evening in their Central Taxis First Division opener.