Cowdenbeath are left fighting for survival as an SPFL club after finishing rock bottom of League Two.
In any other circumstances a 0-0 draw at Elgin City wouldn’t have been viewed as a bad result but it left the Blue Brazil stuck at the foot of the table.
They now face two tension-packed, pressure-filled legs against Lowland League champions East Kilbride, who beat Highland League winners Buckie Thistle to earn a tilt at the Fifers.
Cowden will travel west to K-Park on Saturday for the first match of the pyramid play-off final then will host East Kilbride at Central Park seven days later.
They actually had the better chances against Elgin in the first half, with home keeper Marc Water saving from Kyle Miller and Kris Renton.
Brian Cameron was then inches away for City from 20 yards, while Waters made another superb stop from Renton’s 37th-minute header at the other end.
The best Elgin chance came on 67 minutes but Ali Sutherland’s effort was too weak to beat goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon.
Meanwhile, East Kilbride manager Martin Lachlan was delighted to see his team progress to the final thanks to a 2-1 victory over nine-man Buckie to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Lachlan said his team took advantage of a weakness in the Buckie back line he identified after last week’s match.
He said: “We knew they had a problem in central defence.
“They looked sluggish there and we told the players to get at them, to get the ball in behind them.
“Joao Vitoria caused havoc for them all game. He is a quality player and could, on his day, play at a far higher level.”