Junior sides on Scottish Cup duty

Rossvale v St Roch's at Petershill Park, Springburn.
Rossvale v St Roch's at Petershill Park, Springburn.

Both Rossvale and Rob Roy secured wins last weekend ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) Scottish Cup games.

In what the Rossvale manager Martin Lauchlan called treacherous conditions, the squad braved the hurricane force winds beating St Roch’s in a high scoring 4-3 home match.

Lauchlan said: “It was a good result in very difficult conditions. At half-time we were three-nil up and scored the fourth just after the break. But we took our foot off the gas and they came back to score three goals - with two of them coming from penalties.”

Lauchlan was the first to admit his squad did not put in their best performance, although he was glad they came away with all three points.

He added: “We’ve lost nine goals this season and five of them have been against St Roch’s, so we know how they can play.”

Rossvale are currently five points clear at the top of the Central District Second Division with two games in hand.

Rossvale will be on Scottish Cup duty tomorrow (Saturday) when they host Musselburgh at Petershill Park (kick-off 1.45PM)

Lauchlan said: “We will very much be the underdogs and it is going to be a tough game. I think we will score goals, but we will need to work on our defence.”

Meanwhile Rob Roy secured all three points in their rescheduled 1-0 victory against Largs last Saturday.

Because of the bad weather the match was switched at the last minute from Cumbernauld to Largs.

Rabs manager Stewart Maxwell said: “The weather was horrendous so we decided to switch to Largs, which raised a few eyebrows. But even with it being at Largs we still had four seasons in one day.”

Midfielder Scott Upton sealed the points for Rabs from the penalty spot.

Maxwell said: “I was quite pleased with the way the lads played. It was not a day for playing great football, with hurricane force winds battering the players.”

The Rabs boss praised the team’s supporters for making the trip.

He said: “I would like to say a special thank you to all the supporters who braved the weather to come down and support us. “

This Saturday the Rob Roy will also be on Scottish Cup duty travelling to Barrhead to take on Arthurlie.

The Rabs will also be the underdogs but again are determined to give it their best shot.

Maxwell said: “It will be a good test and we hold no fear of them. Even though Arthurlie are the favourites we will be going there to win.”