Scottish Cup last eight place up for grabs

Oban Saints face a tough test against Wishaw HSFP to reach the last eight of the Scottish Cup.

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Heavy overnight rain on the eve of the match put the final nail in the coffin of the slender hopes of Glencruitten surviving the recent dismal weather forcing the postponement of last Saturday’s scheduled Scottish Amateur Cup sixth round replay between Oban Saints and Wishaw HSFP.

The eagerly anticipated re-match has therefore been re-arranged for this coming Saturday with a 1pm kick-off either at Glencruitten or the all-weather surface at Oban High School.

The incentive, if any was needed, for the two combatants is a home quarter-final tie against last season’s runners-up, and many tipsters competition favourites, Eastfield, of the Central Scottish Amateur Football League Premier Division.

Wishaw HSFP, winners of the most prestigious trophy in Scottish amateur football, kicked off this season’s campaign with a comfortable 3-0 away win at Windlaw of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League.

Wishaw were on the road again for their second round tie which took them to Falkirk to face Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football Association Lothian West Division strugglers Mill where an emphatic 6-0 win eased them through to the third round.

A third consecutive away draw gave Wishaw a shorter journey to Glasgow Green and a third round tie against Hampden of the Glasgow Colleges Football Association Premier Division. Despite succeeding where all others in the competition have failed in breaching the miserly Wishaw defence, the Saturday morning team were no match for their afternoon opponents and were easily brushed aside by six goals to one.

The fourth round draw set up an all Central Scottish Amateur Football League Premier Division tie between Wishaw and three times cup winners St Patrick’s FP. Having already inflicted a heavy away league defeat on their opponents, the much fancied Dumbarton men went into the tie as favourites though Wishaw had other ideas and produced their best performance of the season to progress by two goals to nil.

After competing well for the first 45 minutes of their fifth round tie, Singer were stunned by two Wishaw goals in five minutes at the start of the second half. There was to be no way back for the home side and Wishaw added a third goal to put the tie beyond any doubt and set up a sixth round clash with Saints.

Scottish Amateur Football Association Select manager Colin MacLeod was among the large crowd at Wishaw Sports Centre when Wishaw HSFP hosted Saints in round six.

The national gaffer would have been impressed with a number of players on both sides and quietly satisfied that two of his players, Oban Saints Scott Maitland and Wishaw’s Lee Hadden, provided the goals in a 1-1 draw.

Saints progressed to this stage of the competition with a bye in the first round.

Round two saw the Oban side paired with Perthshire outfit Vale of Earn and it took two games and penalty kicks for Saints to march into round three. The first game in Oban finished 4-4 with the replay in Crieff ending in a 3-3 draw, with Saints winning the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

There was no such drama in the third round tie at a damp Garscube Sports Complex where Saints recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Westerlands.

Saints made the gruelling 410-mile round trip to the chilly north-east for round four and a re-match with last season’s conquerors Rothie Rovers. The Oban side progressed to the fifth round with a hard-fought 3-0 win.

In the fifth round, Saints were paired with Glasgow Saturday morning side Renfrew Town with Saints running out 5-1 winners.

Saturday’s tie must be decided on the day with a penalty shoot-out coming into play if the two sides cannot be separated after 90 minutes. Once again taking charge of proceedings is Mr Donald McCallum of the Scottish Amateur Football League.