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Injury-hit Saints struggle but still march on in Scottish Cup

‘We can’t be turning in performances like that against better opposition or we would get absolutely murdered’

FC Clydebank 1

Oban Saints 3

Scotish Cup – third round

Football

OBAN Saints booked their place in the Scottish Amateur Cup fourth round draw with a hard-fought third round victory over FC Clydebank in Bearsden last Saturday.

Despite the date, there was no fireworks in a very sporting contest which saw Saints bang in three goals to see them safely through to the next round.

With nine players missing for various reasons, and several others nursing injuries, manager Alex Craik had his selection options severely curtailed. Despite a badly bruised right foot, Jamie Graham once again lined up at left back alongside Dene Cassells, captain Marc Maccallum and David McArthur, who made up the back four.

Injury concerns for Paul Kerr and Brian Mackay were bravely brushed aside as they joined Willie Gemmell in midfield. Up front, Dean Smith led the line flanked by Ross Maitland and Craig MacEwan. In goal was Thomas McCulloch, looking for a third consecutive clean sheet. Lack of numbers once again forced the gaffer to name himself on the bench where he had youngsters Matthew Kelly and Fraser MacFarlane for company.

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