Edinburgh City goalie Alan Mackintosh had anticipated a rather boisterous and rowdy couple of days this coming weekend after being all set to pack his bags for a work colleague’s stag do in York.
However, after playing a pivotal role in his side’s 4-4 draw with Highland League outfit Fraserburgh in the second round of the Scottish Cup, which included saving a first-half penalty, the 45-year-old is now hoping for a more relaxed state of affairs on the north coast in Saturday’s replay.
The veteran shot-stopper admits playing in a tie of this calibre was a shock to the system, his position between the sticks having come at the expense of losing No. 1 Andrew Stobie to a broken finger sustained during City’s 1-0 win over Stirling University the week prior to Fraserburgh’s visit to the Capital.
“I’ve been at City for about 15 years now and played in quite a few Scottish Cup runs,” Mackintosh recalled. “I played against Dunfermline, Ayr United and Buckie Thistle, so quite a few of the bigger clubs, but to have a chance of playing in the Scottish Cup at my age now is just fantastic.
“I was over the moon when we equalised, but straight away I realised I was supposed to be going away down south. I’m not that bothered though, as there will be plenty other stag weekends in the future. I’ll take a 1-0 win this weekend and I’m sure we can have a couple of shandies after the game, which will more than make up for missing the races at York.”
Mackintosh continued: “Andrew is the number one as he’s a cracking goalie. I am under no illusions, but I am quite enjoying the coaching side of things as I am not getting any younger. Gary (Jardine) has made it clear that he is quite happy for me to be on the bench when required, and when called upon I am more than happy to play.”
City looked doomed at one stage despite taking an early lead through Peter Stenhouse, the Highlanders fighting back and showing a real prowess in front of goal, their two strikers in particular catching the eyes of quite a few admirers.
Nevertheless, Mackintosh’s own contribution at saving a spot-kick with the score level at 1-1 helped ensure a second bite of the cherry, with SPFL League Two side Montrose awaiting the winners.
Mackintosh said: “It was a great game to play in as it was pretty much end-to-end. I was quite impressed with Fraserburgh. We started well though and I thought we were the better team, scored early on and then we seemed to take the foot off the gas a bit and let them back in. The movement of their front pairing was really impressive and they both showed what good players they are.
“I think the good thing from our point of view was even at 3-1 and 4-2 down, we never gave in as we kept plugging away and got our rewards in the end. I certainly think there is enough quality in this side to go there and get a result this Saturday.
“As any goalie will tell you with a penalty, you’ve got to pick a side early and lucky enough I went the right way and got a hand to it and touched it on to the post. I knew it was coming back out, so I got myself back up and made the second save and I was probably happier with that one.”