History makers reach last eight for first time

Ross Graham goes close for Dundonald in the historic Scottish Cup win over Dalry
Ross Graham goes close for Dundonald in the historic Scottish Cup win over Dalry

Dundonald Bluebell have qualified for the last eight of the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history.

A 5-2 win over Dalry on Saturday in front of a large crowd at Moorside Park saw them through to the quarter-final stage.

Alan Halliday, club secretary, reckons it was worth the 68-year wait since the club turned junior in 1946.

“We’re over the moon,” he told the Press.

“It’s been a difficult journey for us but we’re now getting things right on and off the park.

“We only had two signed players at the start of last season, but 16 months later we’ve managed to get ourselves challenging for promotion and into the last eight of Scottish Cup.

“We’ve also built a new social club and local businesses are supporting us – we had full hospitality on Saturday.

“We had around 1000 spectators in total, which is probably our biggest home crowd ever.

“We’re making good progress and long may it continue.”

Bluebell have only lost two competitive fixtures all season and are currently second in the South Division, eight points behind Edinburgh United but with three games in hand.

“All the plaudits go to the players, the manager Archie Wyse, and the coaching staff, who have all worked extremely hard,” Halliday added.

“We’re just enjoying the Scottish Cup - there’s no pressure on us in that - our main aim is promotion and it’s still very much in our own hands.

“Everybody probably wants us in the quarter-final draw but we’ve got a lot of good players and we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone, especially if we’re at home.”

Dundonald settled nerves on Saturday when ex-Cowdenbeath striker Paul McQuade saw an early shot turned into the net by a Dalry defender.

The home side increased their lead before the break when Ian Lally rounded the ‘keeper to score.

The third goal came early in the second half when Derek Wallace’s diving header found the net.

The visitors where given a lifeline when Wallace headed a Dalry cross into his own net, but any chance the visitors had of staging a comeback disappeared when they had a man sent off after Craig Morrison was pulled backed as he ran in on goal.

Dundonald took advantage of the extra man and Tommy Carr’s cross was headed into the net by Morrison.

Substitute Bradley Grieve got Dundonald’s fifth when he scored with a fine diving header. Dalry never gave up and got a consolation goal in the 87th minute.

The draw for the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup has not yet been made but ties will be played on March 15.

Dundonald get back to league business this Saturday as they welcome 11th placed Rosyth to Moorside Park for a 2.15 p.m kick-off.

The last time the sides met at Recreation Park in November, Bluebell ran out convincing 8-0 winners.