New Deer travelled to Montrose to face Blackabbot for a place in the Quarter Final.
A close tie was expected and was proved right. New Deer went in front after 20 minutes through Gary Thomson but it was all square 2 minutes later when the home side scored.
On the half hour mark James Ritchie crossed for Kyle Tait to score. On 65 minutes the home side drew level once again and went in front with 10 minutes to go but back came New Deer with a goal from mark Raper with 3 minutes to go.
No more goals in extra time and it went to a penalty shootout. New Deer scored all 5 pens to go through to the Quarter Final, The Penalty scorers were Barry Crighton, Willie Robbie, John Branaghan, Gary Milne and Mark Raper with the winning one.
Victoria Coaches Cup Semi Final-A Tale of two halfs.
Elizabethan Link Up were facing Invercairn United for a place in the Victoria Coaches Cup Final. Link up had the first chance when a Bannerman free kick found its way to McKay but he shot wide of the goal.
At the other end Forman was played in on goal but dragged his shot wide of the goals. Andy McKay earned Link Up a penalty on 25 minutes when he was fouled in the penalty box and up stepped Steven Crawford whose shot was fired into the top corner. Keeper Pirie did get a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out. The last chance of the first half fell to Gall but his shot was well saved by Sinclair.
In the second half Invercairn were beginning to dominate the play and came close with Forman hitting the outside of the post. With the pressure mounting Invercairn drew level when Arron Gall headed home from a crossed ball.
A Forman corner was headed against his own post by Garden then cleared. The away side took the lead after Tait played a 1:2 with Forman down the left and then skipped past his marker and fired over Sinclair in the home goal.
Link Up’s Kevin Buchan did have a long range effort just over the bar. Substitute Alexander Stephen came off the bench to fire home the away side’s third goal with a cool finish from 10 yards. Link up then pushed forward leaving gaps at the back. Bannerman had a free kick deflected out for a corner which was easily cleared. They did manage to pull one back with a goal from Clint Cassie but it was Invercairn United that go through to the Final.
Victoria Coaches Cup Semi Final-Elizabethan Link Up 2 Invercairn United 3, Scottish Cup 2n Rd-Panasonic Tavern got a w/o after Afton pulled out (amazingly after all the hassle of the last 6 weeks) 3rd rd-Blackabbot 3 New Deer 3 aet, New Deer win 5-4 on Penalties.
They now join Clinton Thistle and hopefully Panasonic Tavern in the last 8.
Fixtures for Sat 29 Jan-Scottish Cup 3rd Rd-Panasonic Tavern v Kincardine ko 1.30, Deejays Nightclub League –New Pitsligo v Elizabethan Link Up-1.30pm ko.