Rob Roy on right track

Players battle for possession during the Kilsyth v Rob Roy match
Players battle for possession during the Kilsyth v Rob Roy match

Despite an early exit from the Sectional League Cup, Rob Roy showed some resilience in their remaining two fixtures in the tournament.

Wednesday’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Dunipace put them back on track before grinding out a 1-1 draw against Kilsyth Rangers on Saturday.

Though they finished third in the group stage, they can now head into this weekend’s First Division opener on the back of more positive results.

Scott Morton opened the scoring against Dunipace when he headed home from a Chris Duff cross in the 32nd minute.

Rob Roy then went 2-0 ahead as Duff again supplied the cross with Paul Finnigan knocking the ball home.

Jordan McKechnie grabbed the third with a volley home from the edge of the box before John Stewart slotted home the fourth from the penalty spot.

Youngster Steven Aitken then climbed off the bench to head home the fifth with six minutes remaining.

Though a fine result for Rob Roy, they were unable to take their new-found form into the local derby game with Kilsyth.

Despite pressure from Rabs, Kilsyth took the lead after 20 minutes when Nicky Prentice whipped in a cross for Mark Duffy to flick the ball past Jonathan Murdoch.

Rob Roy went in search of their equaliser with Scott Upton, Finnigan and Gary McMenamin all forcing interventions.

However, they found the equaliser as McMenamin’s free-kick fell for Alistair Martin to head the ball past Michael Duke.

Duff, Aitken and Richie Change then saw efforts go begging as the Rabs pressed for the winner.

The two sides will now have to do it all again as they meet this Saturday in the First Division opener at Duncansfield.