GOOD old Scottish weather, coupled with the festive break, left Campsie Minerva without a competitive game for six weeks, but they got back to winning ways on Saturday.
Campsie Minerva.................... 2
Stirling University................ 1
Scottish Cup Round 4
The University of Stirling were the visitors to Merkland astro in Kirkintilloch and the Caledonian League side came with a formidable reputation.
The opening exchanges were even as both teams seemed rusty after such a long lay-off. Minerva full-back Roberston was able to make a couple of good runs into the opposition box, but nobody could finish his good work.
With 15 minutes on the clock, recent signing Chris Duff came close with a header – getting on the end of a good Lenaghan cross, only for the visitors’ keeper to bring off an outstanding save.
The remainder of the first half saw both teams attack at every opportunity, but again both failed to flourish in front of goal. Just before half-time Minerva keeper Tait kept his side in the game with an excellent one-handed save.
The home side started the second half in a more determined fashion and Duff came close again with only four minutes played, finding space in the box to get a good shot away which was saved.
With 50 minutes on the clock Minerva made the breakthrough. A good move saw Duff find McLaughlin in the box and the big striker slotted home from close in.
On 72 minutes the same duo of Duff and McLaughlin combined well in the box for McLaughlin to poke home his and Minerva’s second goal of the game.
Credit, however, to the University boys who never gave up and were rewarded for their persistence in the 88th minute when Tait under pressure at a corner punched the ball into his own net.
Minerva held on however to progress into the fifth round of amateur football’s premier trophy, where they meet local rivals Waterside Ams.
Minerva were pleased with this result. The effort the players have put in at training in recent weeks paid dividends.