LAST-gasp hero Thomas Sinclair almost never made it to Rob Roy vital cup clash at the weekend after missing the team bus.
Luckily for Rabs he jumped in his car and raced to the game ... and netted a last-minute equaliser to keep them in the cup.
Rabs weathered a second-half battering at Hill O’ Beath in the Scottish Cup on Saturday – with debutant stopper Steven McNeil in inspired form – until disaster struck in the final minute and Rabs finally succumbed to the Fife team’s pressure.
But Sinclair, who has been an absolute revelation in Rob Roy’s midfield since joining in the summer, bagged an astonishing injury-time leveller to keep Rabs in the cup.
Gaffer John Richardson laughed: “He’s the Georgie Best of junior football, both on and off the park, and I mean that as the biggest compliment to him.
“He missed the team bus on Saturday and jumped in his motor and drove up to keep us in the cup. He’s a flawed genius that everyone would want to have about their team.
“Nobody, not even the boys, know what they’re going to get from him, but his attitude since coming here has been first class.”
Richardson also lavished praise on 23-year-old goalkeeper Steven McNeil, who recently joined from Petershill.
Richardson said: “After the second-half I know how Davy Crockett felt at the Alamo.
“Steven had three saves that if they were in the Premiership they would still be talking about on ‘Match of the Day’.
“It was one of the best goalkeeping displays I have ever seen.”
Richardson admits he thought Rabs’ shot at the ‘Holy Grail’ of junior football was over for another season, but says his side have nothing to fear about this Saturday’s replay.
He said: “It was done. It was 90 minutes on my watch, but we’ve kept going, got half a chance and Sinky’s tucked that away. Have we got a chance on Saturday? Of course we have.
“We rode our footballing luck massively and know we were fortunate, but we were down to the bare bones, could only name one sub, didn’t turn up, yet threw ourselves in front of the ball and have Steven and Sinky to thank.
“The players shouldn’t be disappointed because if we can up it by even five or 10 per cent then we’ll have a chance.”