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Digital Subscriptions > The Oban Times & Lochaber Times > 12th January 2017 > Saints come from behind to march into last 32 of the Scottish Cup

Saints come from behind to march into last 32 of the Scottish Cup

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Westdyce 1

Scottish Amateur Cup – fifth round

OBAN Saints had to come from behind at Glencruitten last Saturday against Westdyce of the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association Division Two East before comfortably booking their place in the last 32 of the Scottish Amateur Cup.

Only six minutes were on the clock when Callum Mackay gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after a rash challenge from Dene Cassells. The early reverse was exactly what Saints required to wake them from an extremely slow start and spur them on to an eventually convincing win.

Manager Alex Craik had the rare luxury of an almost full squad available for selection but opted to stick closely to the starting XI that had been victorious in Edinburgh against Salvesen in round four.

The ever-present Thomas Mc-Culloch continued in goal, with David McArthur coming in to partner Dene Cassells in central defence. Scottish amateur international Scott Maitland and youngster Matthew Kelly occupied the fullback slots. Stand-in captain Paul Kerr was joined in midfield by Myles McAuley and Paul Carmichael, with Ross Maitland, Craig MacEwan and Brian Mackay making up the forward line. An extremely strong bench consisting of Martin Bonar, Donald Campbell, Willie Gemmell, Dougal Graham, Jamie Graham, Marc Maccallum and Dean Smith gave the gaffer plenty of scope if changes to his original game plan were required.

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