Kelty Hearts through to Scottish Cup fifth round
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Action from Kelty's 4-2 Scottish Cup win over Whitburn. Photo: Thomas Ritchie.
KELTY Hearts swept aside Whitburn 4-2 to clinch their place in the fifth round of the Emirates Scottish Cup.
The Jambos were looking to get back on the winning trail after two straight Super League defeats and there was no doubt that they were up for the game.
They dominated possession in the opening exchanges and it always looked a case of when and not if Kelty would eventually open the scoring.
The opener came in 17 minutes when Roger Duffin did the spadework for Greg Meikle to fire home and then in 24 minutes they went two ahead.
Nelly McCabe sent Meikle free and his shot came back off the keeper to Conrad Courts, who shot home from 12 yards out.
Hearts could have had a third but in a rare Whitburn raid they pulled one back with a freak goal. From a corner the ball flew off Duffin and over keeper Allan Fleming's head.
But Whitburn's joy was relatively short-lived as on the interval whistle a second yellow saw them reduced to 10 men.
Robbie Henderson snatched the killer third goal early in the second half before Meikle added a fourth from close in, although Whitburn pulled one back late on.
Gaffer Keith Burgess was delighted to be in the hat for round five but felt his side could have played better.
"We came out of the traps fast and hit them with two quick goals but while we always dominated possession we could have done better in terms of goals," he told Press Sport.
"We were a little careless at times and should have won by a wider margin but we are in the hat for round five which is the important thing especially as one or two of the more fancied sides are out."
In the East Central League it was a tough weekend for the West Fife teams who shipped 16 goals between them in three games.
Steelend lost a 10-goal thriller as they were defeated 6-4 away to promotion-chasing Lochgelly.
It looked like it was to be a long afternoon for the Vics who found themselves 4-0 down at the break after playing into the wind.
Steelend battled hard in the second period and, with the wind behind them, pulled two goals back through Andy Smith and Andrew Watt.
Lochgelly again moved three ahead before Watt notched a double to complete his hat-trick, although sandwiched between them was the Albert's sixth.
Crossgates were defeated 3-0 at Newburgh while Rosyth turned in an extremely poor performance as they were crushed 7-0 by a hard-working and well-organised Jeanfield Swifts side.
Rosyth have signed goalkeeper Barry Nelson from Ballingry Rovers to provide competition for current number one Bryan Kenny.
Oakley navigated a tricky away tie in the East of Scotland Cup second round against Montrose.
A really strong wind and heavy surface made for a bruising encounter, which was made even more difficult when Oakley went behind through a John Cusick own goal after 15 minutes.
Gary Kelly notched the equaliser and Oakley dominated the second half, although it took a last-minute wonder goal from 19-year-old Dean McMullen to take them through to the last 16.
Saturday's fixtures: East Super League - Kelty Hearts v Musselburgh; East Premier League - Oakley Utd v Broughty Athletic; East Central League - Rosyth v Bankfoot, Steelend Vics v Crossgates Primrose. Kick-offs 1.45pm.