Bell's Cup first round

AIRDRIE UNITED 0-2 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

QUEEN of the South overcame First Division newcomers Airdrie United to progress and Emilio Jaconelli was instrumental in both goals. He crossed to Gary Wood on 59 minutes and Wood slotted in from six yards. Jaconelli was felled on 80 minutes and Tom English scored from the spot.

ALLOA 2-0 ELGIN CITY

ALLOA Athletic had few problems dispatching Third Division Elgin City, and Brown Ferguson put Alloa ahead on 12 minutes from the edge of the area. Ross Hamilton completed the victory just before half-time, sliding in from close-range after picking up a Jamie Stevenson cross.

ARBROATH 2-4 PETERHEAD

PETERHEAD enjoyed a comfortable victory over Arbroath as John Cusick gave the visitors a lead before Peterhead Martin Bavidge netted twice for the Blue Toon. Goals from Keith Gibson and Jamie Buchan ensured Peterhead’s win.

AYR 0-3 FALKIRK

A DOMINANT second-half performance sealed Falkirk’s second-round berth following a goalless first half. Goals from Andy Lawrie, John O’Neil and Darryl Duffy were too much for a lacklustre Ayr outfit.

DUMBARTON 1-2 STIRLING

STIRLING Albion had a brace from Scott McLean either side of the break to thank for their progression into the second round of the tournament. Steve Bonar fired the Dumbarton in front after five minutes with a vital touch into the net from six yards, but McLean equalised on the stroke of half-time, and proceeded to netted the winner after 49 minutes to allow Stirling to hang on for victory.

EAST FIFE 0-0 COWDENBEATH

IT TOOK a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win for the visitors to decide this highly competitive local derby. Cowdenbeath eventually snatched the win, but both sides had chances to score in extra-time with Dene Shields’ shot coming off the post for the visitors and East Fife’s Greg McDonald seeing his shot saved. Goalkeeper Andy Carlin was the hero for the Blue Brazil saving McDonald’s penalty to win the match.

EAST STIRLING 1-2 BERWICK RANGERS

BERWICK showed signs of weakness against East Stirling but a 70th-minute goal from Gordon Forrest sent them through. Kevin Gordon put Berwick ahead on 11 minutes after being put through by ex-Shire player Paul Hampshire, but Ross Donaldson equalised with a long-range effort on 59 minutes. Forrest’s close-range effort snatched victory for Berwick, much to the delight of their travelling band of supporters.

FORFAR ATHLETIC 3-1 MORTON

FORFAR ran out comfortable winners despite finishing with 10 men following the dismissal of Paul Shields for a second booking. Shields netted the opener for Forfar after two minutes before Paul Walker levelled. Further second-half goals from Shields and Paul Tosh saw Forfar triumph.

GRETNA 3-0 MONTROSE

GRETNA eased through to the Second Round with a comfortable victory over the Gable Endies at Raydale. David Bingham scored the opener on five minutes and Andy Smith and Ryan Baldacchino also found the net.

PARTICK 3-0 BRECHIN

PARTICK were too strong for Brechin as new signing Ramon Escalas proved his worth with two goals. Billy Gibson scored the opener on 15 minutes with a four-yard tap in. The Escalas made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with a tap in and then headed the winner in the 61st minute.

QUEEN'S PARK 1-1 STENHOUSEMUIR

PENALTIES settled this one with Queen’s Park going through 4-2. Paul McGrillen and Steve Reilly scored penalties in extra-time before Joe Savage and Paul Murphy missed in the shootout for Stenhousemuir.

RAITH 0-2 ALBION ROVERS

THIRD Division Albion Rovers created a major Bell’s Cup upset with a comfortable victory over First Division Raith Rovers. It was John Bradford who was Rovers’ hero, scoring the opener for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, and then grabbing his second midway through the second half, using his pace to latch onto a fine through ball from midfielder Jim Mercer before netting.

ROSS COUNTY 2-1 ST MIRREN

AN ALEX Burke double helped Ross County to a victory in a tightly contested match. Burke’s first came on 49 minutes when he knocked a John Rankin cross high into the net. Saints equalised through a Ricky Gillies effort on 81 minutes, but Burke’s second three minutes from time sent County into the next round, and with the tricky winger on form they must be considered amongst the cup favourites.

ST JOHNSTONE 2-0 HAMILTON

ST JOHNSTONE gave First Division newcomers Hamilton a torrid time, running out comfortable victors in an impressive start to the season. Versatile former Celtic player David Hannah put away a penalty on five minutes for St Johnstone after Michael Moore had been brought down. Then, an hour later, Moore got his own name on the score sheet lofting in a shot from the edge of the area.