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Falkirk’s late equaliser denies Saints Scottish Cup victory

Big crowd expected for replay at Glencruitten on Saturday

Falkirk Community 3

Oban Saints 3

Scottish Amateur Cup 3rd Round

Football

OBAN Saints and Falkirk Community will reconvene at Glencruitten this Saturday afternoon after a pulsating 90-plus minutes of end-to-end action at Alva Academy failed to separate the two evenly-matched sides.

The keenly-contested Scottish Amateur Cup third round tie ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon with the home side snatching a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to force a replay.

Saints Manager Alex Craik’s selection problems deepened with four players dropping out from the squad which defeated Inverclyde on league duty the previous Saturday, so much so that Marc Maccallum interrupted his sabbatical to partner the Gaffer at the heart of the defence.

With Falkirk FC playing at home, the Falkirk Stadium was unavailable to the Community team therefore the tie was switched some 20 miles away to Alva Academy, a venue slightly more in keeping with the Scottish Amateur Cup.

The home side kicked off playing into the bright low sun with lightning quick right winger Grant Plenderleith posting early notice of the threat his pace would pose accelerating away from Scott Maitland in the first minute and sending in a deep cross which Steven MacLeod hooked clear.

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