Replay win puts Rovers in first round
Threave Rovers are back where they belong.
A Roman Soltys double against Glasgow University on Saturday sent Threave into the first round of the Scottish Cup, where they will face Glenafton Athletic later this month.
And player/manager Scott Wilby believes the result shows the club is on the up.
He said: “The aim was to get into the Scottish Cup proper and that’s where the club should be.
“The club has been on a bit of a downward spiral for the last couple of years but we’re the South team that’s lasted longest.
“It was a great support and the pitch was fantastic, the groundsman had done a good job. For every good day there’s bad days but you take them when they come.”
After drawing 1-1 in the first game, the sides needed a replay at Meadow Park to decide who would go through.
And Soltys struck twice in the second half to ensure it was Threave who progressed, despite a late goal for the visitors.
Wilby added: “The result was the main thing and we got there in the end although we had a late scare when they got a penalty after 75 minutes and after that it was a bit nervous.
“The first half was 50/50, they started well but we grew in confidence and had chances. Roman hit the post, Ben Irving had a great chance and so did Dan Thom so we could have had a few goals at half time.
“In the second half
Roman had two tremendous finishes and that put us in a comfortable position until the referee gave a penalty. It was very soft but we saw the game out.”
This Saturday Threave host Abbey Vale in the first round of the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.
However, coaches Sam Warren and Michael Houston are set to take charge of Threave as Wilby spies on their Scottish Cup