Gus is fo­cused on league game

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Queens Park man­ager Gus MacPher­son in­sisted that he is look­ing for­ward to his side’s Petro­fac Train­ing Cup semi-fi­nal but be­lieves there are more im­por­tant games to play be­fore then.

The Spi­ders pro­gressed to the last four thanks to goals from John Carter and Chris Dug­gan on Satur­day. They will now take on Peter­head on Satur­day, Novem­ber 14, for the chance to reach their first na­tional cup fi­nal in 115 years.

Gus said: “It didn’t mat­ter who we were drawn against, it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game. It’s a winnable tie but I think that any of the teams would have wanted Queen’s Park.

“Peter­head have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and good strik­ers. They beat Falkirk in the pre­vi­ous rounds so they have plenty of at­tack­ing op­tions and they are a strong side.

“The next im­por­tant game is An­nan this week­end and then Stir­ling Univer­sity in the Scot­tish Cup. Those are the games we should be fo­cused on.

“I am look­ing for­ward to it but I am re­al­is­tic as well. The next game is the most im­por­tant. It’s the old­est cliche in the book but it’s the way we need to look at it.”

Galt saw a glanc­ing header fly just past the wrong side of the post af­ter Jamie McKer­non de­liv­ered a pin­point cross. El­gin’s first mean­ing­ful at­tack of the game came af­ter 34 min­utes when Kyle MacLeod did well to hold off Bryan Whar­ton and find Thomas Reilly but his shot on the turn was dragged wide.

The visi­tors’man­ager Jim Weir made a cou­ple of changes at the break and within five min­utes El­gin were right back in the game. Matthew Cooper fired in a free kick where Archie MacPhee won the first header and Darryl McHardy turned and shot home to make it 2-1.

They al­most found an equaliser sec­onds later when MacLeod was first to a cross and his header beat Wul­lie Muir but Whar­ton popped up on the line to clear.

On 55 min­utes Queen’s Vin­nie Berry let fly from dis­tance but Hurst did well to get to the shot and touch it onto the post.

El­gin poured for­ward in a last-gasp ef­fort to sal­vage an un­likely re­sult but a Gunn header sailed past the post. Draw Gus with Peter­head’s Graeme Smith

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