Airdrieonians 2-3 Cove Rangers
It was a win for the Highland League champions of 2016/17 as they defeated League One’s Airdrieonians. It was Stephen Findlay’s men who went ahead through Jordan McGregor but Cove quickly equalised through Harry Milne. On-loan Motherwell midfielder Jake Hastie put the Diamonds back in front but a late goal from Scott Ross brought the tie level with only four minutes to go. Milne was to pop up again and score the winner however as he headed home a Jamie Masson delivery to win the tie for John Sheran’s men.
Arbroath 3-0 Berwick Rangers
Dick Campbell’s side advanced to Round 4 with a convincing win over the Wee Gers at Gayfield. Colin Hamilton opened the scoring for the hosts following a corner before Leighton McIntosh made it two, nine minutes before the break. The former Dundee striker had just entered the field of play for Thomas O’Brien who had to come off with an injury. The striker was to bag his second and seal the victory for the Red Lichties with their third of the afternoon on 70 minutes to compound matters further for Robbie Horn’s League Two outfit.
Banks O’Dee 2-6 Ayr United
It was a strong victory for Ian McCall’s men despite conceding two early penalties. Lawrence Shankland fired United ahead early on, but, goalkeeper Jordan Hart fouled Jamie Watt to concede an early penalty and it was Watt himself who converted from 12-yards to draw the hosts level after only 9 minutes. Watt was to put the SJFA North Superleague side ahead from another penalty after Ayr captain Ross Docherty fouled Michael Philipson inside the area. Paddy Boyle left the field of play ten minutes before the break with an injury and McCall made an attacking substitute with winger Declan McDaid coming on to replace the full-back. It paid dividends immediately as Shankland grabbed his second of the encounter to bring the game back onto level terms. Then, McDaid would fire the League One leaders in front just before the break to give the Honest Men a half-time advantage before he doubled his tally for the afternoon just moments later in first-half stoppage time. Kane Winton was shown a second yellow on 56 minutes and their full-time opponents took full control of the game from there on in, scoring twice more through striker Craig Moore to complete the scoring.
Buckie Thistle 2-3 Brechin City
Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle came close to making it two wins from two against their Championship opponents this campaign. The pair already met in the Irn-Bru Cup earlier in the season but it was Darren Dods’ side who salvaged themselves in the Scottish Cup after getting another scare. John McLeod fired the hosts ahead early on but Jordan Sinclair would equalise for City midway through the first-half. McLeod put Buckie ahead once more just minutes into the second period but it was substitute Isaac Layne who won the tie for Brechin with two second-half strikes; the Englishman made an instant impact off the bench after firing in only moments after coming on before firing home the winner after being set up by Finn Graham with four minutes of regular time to play.
Clyde 0-2 East Fife
Danny Lennon lost his first game in charge of the Bully Wee after a home defeat to East Fife in the William Hill Scottish Cup. Kevin Smith made his first start of the campaign after an injury ravaged opening quarter and he was to put the visitors ahead at Broadwood Stadium before Jonathan Page doubled the Fifers’ lead on 67 minutes. Martin McNiff would compound matters further for the hosts after being sent off with a straight red card near the end.
Dumbarton 1-0 Elgin City
In an evenly-contested encounter at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, it was the hosts who came out on top in the end. Stevie Aitken’s men scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute through Stuart Carswell, with the midfielder securing the Sons’ passage into Round 4 at the expense of Gavin Price’s League Two side.
East Kilbride 3-4 Albion Rovers
Brian Kerr’s League One side managed to squeeze past their Lowland League opponents in an enthralling match at K Park. Ross McNeil fired Billy Stark’s men ahead after only 6 minutes but an own goal by Craig Howie brought the game level midway through the first-half. Gary Fisher put Albion ahead two minutes into the second period. Matthew McGinley was to replace Jake Kean in the Kilby goal due to injury on 52 minutes and his first task was to pick the ball put of his own net as Joao Vitoria made it 3-1 just a minute later. Alan Trouten seemed to have secured the SPFL side’s progression to the Fourth Round with goal number four for the visitors but strikes by Ross McNeil and Craig Howie in injury time made the hosts come close to forcing a replay.
Formartine United 1-0 Forfar Athletic
Paul Lawson’s Highland League side progressed to the Fourth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup after defeating Jim Weir’s League One outfit at North Lodge Park. Jonathan Crawford scored the only goal of the game after 15 minutes from a corner in a richly-deserved win for the hosts. The Loons struggled to get going all afternoon and never had a shot on target despite their best efforts.
Livingston 2-0 Glenafton Athletic
It was a comfortable and straight-forward victory for David Hopkin’s men against Junior side Glenafton Athletic at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Former Motherwell youth striker Dylan Mackin grabbed himself a double – scoring one goal in either half – to secure a win that could’ve been even more emphatic on another day.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 1-7 St Mirren
East of Scotland League side Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale saw their Scottish Cup journey of 2017/18 come to an end at the hands of SPFL Ladbrokes Championship side St Mirren Jack Ross’ men were always in control from the start and built up a two goal advantage within 8 minutes. Lewis Morgan had put the Buddies in front before Gavin Reilly grabbed his first goal of the match. Jack Baird and then Cammy Smith increased the lead to make it 4-0 after only 24 minutes. Reilly scored another three before half-time, taking his tally to 4 and the Paisley sides’ lead to 7 at the break. Sean Wringe grabbed a consolation at the start of the second-half but there was no fairytale comeback for LTHV as they bowed out of the competition to superior opposition.
Montrose 0-0 Queen of the South
For the second time this season, albeit in different cup competitions, Stewart Petrie’s Montrose have held Gary Naysmith’s Queen of the South to a draw inside 90 minutes. Despite Alan Martin not having a save to make in the Doonhamers goal, the visitors also couldn’t find a way past Allan Fleming at Links Park. A replay will now be played at Palmerston Park as the League Two side hope to cause an upset against their Championship opponents.
Peterhead 3-0 Raith Rovers
A depleted Raith Rovers were dumped out of the cup up north as the Blue Toon won through at Balmoor. Jordon Brown came on during the first-half for the injured Simon Ferry and he was to be the influential difference between the two sides. The midfielder opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half and two minutes later he was the creator as he set up Rory McAllister to make it 2-0 for the hosts. The pair were to link up late-on as McAllister got his brace to send Jim McInally’s side through in style.
Queens Park 1-4 Dunfermline Athletic
After a dour first-half, proceedings livened up in the second period with five goals. Nicky Clark opened the scoring three minutes into the second period before left-back Jason Talbot struck from 25-yards to put the Pars further ahead. David Galt swung in a free-kick just five minutes later which landed in the back of the net via a deflection off a Dunfermline defender inside a busy six-yard box. Substitute Andy Ryan scored soon after coming on before Declan McManus drilled in a low-shot from the edge of the area to complete the scoring a minute before time.
Spartans 1-2 Fraserburgh
Lowland League side Spartans were to lose out at home to Highland League opponents in the William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round. It was the Ainslie Park side who initially went in front with Jamie Dishington finding the back of the net after being set up by David Greehill. William West was taking out in the penalty box just a minute into the second half: Paul Campbell converted the spot-kick to level the tie. Bryan Hay was the hero after firing home from a corner in the 89th minute to send Mark Cowie’s side in to the hat for Round 4.
Stenhousemuir 1-2 Alloa Athletic
Jim Goodwin’s side continued their good recent run of form to come from a goal behind to defeat Stenhousemuir. The home side went ahead on 27 minutes through former East Fife midfielder, Nicki Paterson. The Wasps drew level shortly after half-time through Craig Malcolm, with the experienced striker sending the visitors into the next round, after he found the back of the net from an Iain Flannigan corner.
Stranraer 0-1 Brora Rangers
Former Inverness defender Ross Tokely saw his side leave it late before causing an upset at Stair Park. It looked like the Highland League side would get another shot at defeating Stevie Farrell’s League One side after a goalless 90 minutes, however, three minutes into added time Steven Mackay produced the only goal of the game to send the small band of away supporters home happy.