Tynecastle put a dent in Easthouses’ Central Taxis Premier League ambitions as a late penalty from Euan McIntosh ensured the three points for the visitors at Newbattle.
With the new Tynecastle managerial team of Dougie Dalgleish, Steve Vinter and Chris Scott watching on, Chris Milligan’s deflected free-kick put the visitors ahead on 50 minutes.
Lily’s Ryan McQueenie was ordered off for violent conduct on 70 minutes but they equalised eight minutes later through a Gavin McCarthy own goal.
Tynecastle were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute when Tony Muir was clipped inside the area and McIntosh made no mistake.
With Leith not in league action at the weekend, Easthouses missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders to two points but manager Dave McQueenie believes all is not lost.
“We only started to play well once we went down to ten men. It wasn’t ideal losing the first goal right at the start of the second half, and on the whole we didn’t create enough chances to win.
“But we’ll keep fighting. Leith still have to play us here in the league and there will be plenty twists and turns before the end.”
Easthouses play Heriot-Watt University tonight in the re-arranged King Cup second-round clash at Newbattle (7.30pm kick-off).