Scottish Cup update
ALL the hopes and dreams of the Scottish Cup were encapsulated into 90 minutes at Falkirk Stadium, writes Roddy Mackenzie.
There was a non-league team playing above their station and holding their own for 70 minutes before a child’s vision came to fruition.
Lee Miller’s hat-trick eventually put Fraserburgh in their place as Falkirk duly booked their fourthround berth with a 4-1 win, the player revealing afterwards that his son, Lennon, had foretold it. Imagine.
“My last hat-trick was for Falkirk against St Mirren in a 4-4 draw but because a St Mirren player also scored three that day I didn’t get to keep the match ball,” Miller explained. “I’m keeping this one though. “It’s been a great week for me, between getting my contract extended then scoring three times and I’m really buzzing.
“My wife and kids were here and, beforehand, my nine-year-old son Lennon had said that I’d score a hat-trick so he called it right.”
Marc Lawrence had Fraserburgh dreaming of an upset with a 67th minute equaliser but it was to last just three minutes. Will Vaulks restored order before Miller hit a late double.
“That was an experience I’ll never forget,” Lawrence said. “We came down and we knew we could have parked the bus but we wanted to give it a go. Our fans had come here in numbers and we wanted to put a show on for them – luckily enough we gave them a goal to celebrate.
“When the ball came through to me I was looking over my shoulder thinking I was 20 yards offside as there was no-one near me and it felt like everything was in slow motion when I scored.”
Buckie Thistle – who lost 3-1 at Stranraer – were the only other non-league team to exit the competition on Saturday and this week’s fourth round draw will see an unprecedented nine teams from outwith the SPFL in the mix.
East Kilbride led 2-0 at Stenhousemuir only for the home side to earn a replay with a last-minute goal from Stuart Malcolm.
Inverurie Loco Works were 3-1 up at home to Annan Athletic but then trailed 4-3 before Neil McLean equalised in the final minute to take it to a replay.
Andy Geggan gave Dunfermline Athletic a 1-0 win at Ayr United, Morton won 2-0 at Albion Rovers through goals from Denny Johnstone and Joe McKee and Jordan White scored twice as Livingston won 3-1 at Peterhead.
Raith Rovers, 2-1 victors at Elgin City, and Airdrieonians, who beat Brechin City 3-1, also made it through.
Six of the 13 ties played finished as draws and require replays.