Amateurs: St Bernards knocked out by own goal

St Bernards fought back valiantly against Haldane United
St Bernards fought back valiantly against Haldane United
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St Bernards fought valiantly in their Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Haldane United, but ultimately fell short with a 3-2 defeat at Royal High School.

St Bernards fought valiantly in their Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Haldane United, but ultimately fell short with a 3-2 defeat at Royal High School.

United began strongest in the cup tie as they held onto the ball well, looking dangerous in the final third. They took a deserved lead 15 minutes in when Daniel Mcilmun blasted home in a goalmouth scramble.

As the half progressed both sides had chances and Saints were unlucky not to go in at the break level when Ryan Raeburn’s effort on the edge of the box smacked off the post.

Ronald McKellar pulled off a few good saves for Saints at the other end before the break but he could do little to stop United grabbing another early on the second 45 through Allan Macpherson.

Saints rolled up their sleeves and pulled a goal back through Ryan Raeburn’s penalty, but then made life difficult for themselves when Darren Nicol’s red card saw them reduced to ten men.

Despite that they pulled a second back thanks to another Raeburn penalty and looked likely to go on and win the game but United found a third when Saints’ Gary Mckinlay turned the ball into his own net to see the Central League team through.

• A Fraser Seywright hat-trick helped North Merchiston Vale book their place in the third round of the Miller Cup as they defeated Inter Edinburgh 5-0 at Forrester High School.

Vale took the lead after 20 minutes, reaping reward for a good start. Ryan Stewart delivered a deep cross in from the right to the back post and Seywright opened his account with a straightforward tap in.

Although Vale looked good value for their lead they had to wait until the second half for a second. Again Seywright made Inter pay for some slack defending as he picked out the goal from just outside the box with a well-hit effort. Then, minutes later, the Vale captain completed his hat-trick when he ran onto Marc Ritchie’s through pass before sending a composed finish into goal with just the keeper to beat.

Inter’s resolve had faded and with that Vale were happy to extend their lead further as the second half continued. Joe Green dribbled to the byline before cutting the ball back for Ritchie to get on the score sheet from close range.

With the result now a formality, Vale kept up the pressure and they found an emphatic fifth in some style. Robin Brown played a first-time pass down the left channel to Green and he hit a left-footed half-volley into the goal from 25 yards.

• Heriot-Watt sealed their place in the third round of the Anderson Cup with a battling 3-1 victory over Haddington Athletic at Whittingehame Drive.

Watt, looking for a second victory over their opponents this season, began brightly in the cup tie and it wasn’t long before they went ahead. A ball in from the right was half cleared by the Athletic rearguard and left back Toby McIntosh picked it up on the edge of the box before firing into the goal.

The rest of the half didn’t go as smoothly as Watt would have liked however. Athletic grabbed a foothold in the game and they took advantage of a lapse in concentration at the heart of the Watt defence. Craig Bell intercepted a misplaced pass from Watt’s Thomas Grant and he ran through on goal before finding the back of the net.

As the half came to a close Andres Santa went close for Watt but he was unable to put away a handful of chances. Though, shortly after the interval, he more than made up for it when he kept calm one-on-one to steer home Watt’s second.

Athletic tried to rally once again but as the game wore on Watt looked set for a third and they struck again with 20 minutes to go when Bruce Hay whipped the ball in from 20 yards.