(Cupar Hearts win 5-3 on penalties)
Fence ‘N’ Deck Cup was the order of the day as Cupar Hearts travelled to face fellow league strugglers Balgonie Scotia.
Cupar were looking for pay back after Scotia left Duffus Park 2-0 winners a month previous but Hearts would once again make hard work for themselves after losing a two goal lead and needed penalty kicks to advance.
Cupar opened the scoring on the half hour mark when great play by Daniel Lang found Gary Sutherland whose run and cross was spectacularly finished off by Callum Galloway with a diving header at the back post.
Callum Galloway doubled his, and Cupar’s lead 7 minutes later when a corner kick was cleared only as far as Charles Anderson who sent the ball back in leaving Galloway with a simple tap in.
A strange handball decision by the referee gave Scotia a free kick on the edge of the box just before the break and Craig Pitcairn stepped up to fire the ball over the defensive wall and into the net.
Balgonie got themselves back on level terms through a header on 70 minutes.
With five minutes remaining Hearts went back in front. A shot by Gary Sutherland was saved by ‘keeper Garry Little and substitute Kevin Binnie was on hand to fire in the rebound.
Their lead didn’t last long though as two minutes later Graeme Neish equalised which meant penalty kicks were needed to decide a winner.
Daniel Lang, Stuart Beveridge, Darren Thomas and Gary Brown all scored for Cupar and Scotia fired their fourth penalty high over the bar which left Charles Anderson to score the remaining penalty to send Hearts through and the Cupar stalwart did not disappoint.
Cupar Hearts - Robson, Melrose, M. Brown, Anderson, Leadbetter, Lang, Thomas, C. Galloway (C), A. Binnie, Sutherland and G. Brown.
Subs - Beveridge, K. Binnie, Thomson, Flynn and Mason. Tomorrow (Saturday) Cupar Hearts are idle.