Tayport set to end two month lay-off

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TAYPORT’S Emirates Scottish Cup tie against Petershill was postponed yet again last Saturday.

The Canniepairt failed a 9.30am pitch inspection on the day of the match, meaning that ‘Port have now gone two full calendar months without a competitive fixture.

Some Scottish Cup ties did get the green light last weekend, including the tie of the round – Linlithgow Rose versus Auchinleck Talbot.

Like Tayport’s match, that tie was originally scheduled for December 4, but despite getting the game on, those two junior giants are not really any further forward, after having entertained the substantial Prestonfield crowd to a 2-2 draw.

Of course, former Tayport gaffer Dave Baikie is now the Linlithgow supremo, backed by Mel Irons and Derek Carr, both of whom were prominent members of his backroom team during his time at the Canniepairt.

In addition, Rose are captained by John Ward, a former ‘Port stalwart and two-time Scottish Junior Cup winner with the club.

Ward, who lifted the ‘Scottish’ for Lithgae last season, took his usual place in their line-up and it was the hosts who opened the scoring, when Tommy Coyne jnr. crossed for Colin Strickland to head home.

Talbot equalised before half-time, with a near-post header following a corner kick.

Auchinleck proved to be the better team for much of the second half, forcing the home ‘keeper into some fine saves, but with just a few minutes to go, Linlithgow were awarded a penalty.

SUCCESSFUL

Coyne duly netted what most observers believed would be the winner.

The Ayrshire men did not give up though, and the most successful side in the history of the competition equalised in injury-time, courtesy of a fine finish, after a well-worked move.

The teams will replay tomorrow when Tayport hope to finally get their tie underway.

Kick-off at the Canniepairt will be at 1.45pm and supporters, as has become customary, will know to ‘phone the newsline, on 01382 552755, or visit the club’s website, at www.tayportfc.org for up-to-date information.