The Latest Update On The Junior Scene

It was a big week on the junior card as the Scottish Cup quarter finals took place. There was a major shock out East as much fancied Glenafton crashed out to lowly Thornton Hibs. The Hibees also knocked out Petershill in the earlier rounds and booked their place in the semi final with a 2-1 win over Gordon Dalziel's side. Creamery Park also saw Clydebank record a credible replay to big spenders Bathgate. Mark Hailstones opened the scoring with a terrific header which looped into the top corner. Despite the Bankies more than matching Thistle in the first half, the second saw relentless pressure from the home side. Ex bankie Paul McGrillen was furious with the referee and his linesman after he was booked for diving when going down from a challenge from keeper Barry John Corr. Video footage afterwards showed it was the correct decision - and a brave one to make at such a critical point in the match. Bathgate's pressure paid off though and McFadyen headed home with 15 mins left to earn a replay at Glenhead.

Favourites Pollok overcame a potentially tricky tie away to Lanark with a convincing 3-0 win at Moor Park. Goals from Dingwall, McGeown and Downs sent Pollok into the semi finals alongside Thornton. The other match still to be decided was the tasty Ayrshire derby between Cumnock and Auckinlech. Despite the pre-match hype the game apparently never lived up to expectation. However, Talbot took the lead through veteran striker Steve Mallan only for the Nock to grab a second half equaliser near the end to take the match back to Beachwood.

Thornton Hibs 2 Glenafton 1 (attendance 900)
Bathgate 1 Clydebank 1 (attendance 1,000)
Lanark 0 Pollok 3 (attendance 900)
Cumnock 1 Auchinleck 1 (attendance 3,800)
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