Deveronvale will be included among the great and the good in this afternoon’s draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round at Hampden’s Scottish Football Museum after Stirling Albion were on the wrong end of a 1-0 shock result at Forthbank just four weeks after they had defeated Rangers by the same score in a Third Division game.
The Banff side’s Craig Cowie scored the only goal with a low shot 10 minutes into the second-half, ironically after a mistake by Brian Allison, who had been the Forthbank side’s match-winner against Ally McCoist’s men.
The win ensured a repeat of Deveronvale’s success of 51 years ago, when the sides met at Princess Royal Park, and jubilant boss Charles Charlesworth said: “I cannot praise the players enough for what they have achieved. Our game plan worked really well and I am over the moon at being in the next round.”
Albion had begun brightly and thought they had scored in the first-half through Daly McSorley, but his effort was ruled out for offside. They were left to rue that decision. Assistant manager Marc McCulloch said: “We needed the players to stand up tall in this game and it never happened. We are all very disappointed at how the game panned out.”
There was also a shock in the Highlands as Third Division Elgin thumped Second Division East Fife 5-1, a result that prompted the resignation of Gordon Durie. Stuart Leslie opened the scoring midway through the first-half and Craig Gunn’s clever turn and flick made it 2-0 at half-time. Ten minutes after the resumption Brian Cameron was fouled in the box and Daniel Moore converted from the spot, with Mark Nicolson side-footing home a fourth and substitute Paul Harkins making it five before David Muir headed a consolation for the Fifers.
Elgin manager Ross Jack said: “I am really looking forward to the draw and I am hoping that we get a home tie. We are a match for anybody at home if we play like we did in this game.”
Bonnyrigg Rose are also in the draw, coming close to an upset in a 2-2 draw at Brechin. Sean Grady and former City player Kris Renton had the juniors two ahead, but Andy Jackson’s strike and David Dunn’s sliced clearance into his own net saw the hosts live to fight another day.
Rose manager Max Christie said: “We were looking good to go through at 2-0, but then a couple of mistakes were punished. It was still a great performance and I am optimistic about our chances in the replay come Saturday.”
There was an unexpected start at Cowdenbeath, where the home side fell behind against Vale of Leithen before Colin Cameron’s side ran out 8-1 winners.
Scott Moffat edged Vale in front after two minutes, but they were soon up against things, as co-manager Kerr Dodds was dismissed for a crude challenge on Jamie Stevenson and Greg Stewart completed a first-half hat-trick. Lewis Coult hit a second-half double with Marc McKenzie, Mark Ramsay and Jamie Stevenson completing the Blue Brazil’s easy passage.
Partick Thistle made life difficult for themselves before defeating Cove Rangers 2-1 at Firhill. Ross Forbes curled the Jags into the lead after 13 minutes, but striker Steven Craig was dismissed quarter of an hour later. The on-loan Ross County front man was fouled by Eric Watson and he flicked out a kick at the Cove player. Referee Mike Tumility brandished a red card to give the Highland League leaders a route back into the game. Despite being a man short, Thistle scored a second goal on 37 minutes when Stephen O’Donnell crossed and Alan Redford headed into his own net with Kris Doolan in close attention.
Cove were presented with another chance to get back into things just before the hour mark, when Conrad Balatoni was penalised for handball in the box, but substitute Danny Milne sent in a tame effort that was easily saved by Scott Fox. Milne then shot home from 30 yards out late on, but the First Division promotion chasers held on.
Ayr required a double from Michael Moffat as they came from behind to defeat Clachnacuddin 2-1. Scott Graham had given the Inverness side the lead after 14 minutes with the Honest Men levelling five minutes after half-time when Moffat headed home. The striker sent Ayr through when he netted from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after David Winters had been fouled.
Dumbarton defeated East Stirling 4-1, although the outcome was in the balance until the last 15 minutes. The Sons went ahead when Andy Graham nodded home on 12 minutes, but David Greenhill fired the ball into the top right-hand corner to level a minute from half-time.
There was more drama before the break as the home side responded immediately when Jim Lister scored following good work by Garry Fleming. Both sides had chances in the second half, with the hosts ensuring their berth in round four when Bryan Prunty tapped in and Alan Lithgow rose to head home just before the end.
Second Division leaders Queen of the South defeated Edinburgh City 2-0 at Meadowbank with Nicky Clark settling growing visiting nerves with a close- range header three minutes from half-time. Ross Guthrie hit a post as the capital side looked to get level, before Gavin Reilly scored the second with a cool finish 18 minutes into the second half.
Turriff, in their first season in the Scottish Cup, defeated hosts Buckie 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Gary Harris.
The remaining six ties all ended in draws, with replays taking place either next Saturday or tomorrow week and, although they didn’t win, Nairn County and Inverurie Locos will be flying high as they stunned Forfar and Arbroath respectively by coming back from three goals down to draw 3-3 and earn replays.
Forfar looked home and dry with Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie and Stephen Tulloch goals before half-time, but Nairn refused to concede defeat and Martin MacDonald along with Ross Naismith netted before Craig MacMillan levelled in injury-time.
A Steven Doris penalty and Paul Currie’s drive had Arbroath ahead at half- time and when Darren Gribben made it three on the hour mark it looked all over. But Clark Bain and a late double from Neil Gauld will see the sides meet again.
Airdrie United and Raith Rovers drew 2-2, an injury-time goal from Greig Spence coming to the rescue for 10-man Rovers. Raith took the lead on 13 minutes when Simon Mensing slotted home from six yards out. Airdrie equalised 15 minutes later, when a cross was flicked on by Jamie Bain and Gavin Griffin volleyed home from 20 yards out.
Raith’s Brian Graham was caught by the standside assistant clashing with Kieron Stallard off the ball a minute into the second half and the striker was dismissed. Jason Thomson then added to Raith’s woe when he headed into his own net but Spence saved the day.
Tony Stevenson’s volley had Albion Rovers one ahead of Morton at half time at Cliftonhill, before Peter Weatherson earned a replay, Stenhousemuir’s Stewart Kean cancelled out Paul Currie’s goal for Berwick and Stranraer and Queen’s Park will also meet again after David Anderson’s opener for the Spiders was matched by Craig Malcolm.