Manager reactions to first round Scottish Cup draw

Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team-mate against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park.
Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team-mate against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park.
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East Super League champions Bo’ness United are set to face former Scotland striker Garry O’Connor in the William Hill Scottish Cup first round after they were drawn away to Lowland League side Selkirk.

The BUs will return to Yarrow Park for the first time since they knocked Selkirk out of the Scottish Cup at the same stage in 2010 with a 6-1 victory.

Manager Allan McGonigal was in charge then, but expects a tougher test on September 13. He said: “It will obviously be a difficult tie. We would have preferred it to be at home, but we’ve just got to get on with it.

“They’ve got Garry O’Connor, so that tells me that they have improved a lot from the last time, but so have we.

“He’s a top quality player who has played at the highest level. There is no question that he has genuine quality.”

Super League rivals Linlithgow Rose will travel north to take on Highland League outfit Fraserburgh.

Danny Smith, who will have his first taste of managing a side in the Scottish Cup, said: “One of the reasons I came to Linlithgow was to be able to test myself at that level.

“It’ll be a difficult game, especially away from home, but one that we are looking forward to and one which we’ll be looking to win.”

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale’s reward for their victory over Burntisland Shipyard in the preliminary round is a tough home tie against the Lowland League’s early pacesetters East Kilbride.

Kevin Twaddle’s outfit had already been drawn away from home against East Kilbride in the first round of the Image Printers Cup which takes place next Wednesday, and will meet them again at Saughton Enclosure on September 13.

“It could have been better but it could also have been a worse draw for us,” reflected Twaddle. “Being at home gives us an advantage, but we will be underdogs because they have won their first three games in the Lowland League.

“We play them next Wednesday in the Image Printers Cup so we’ll have an opportunity to have a good look at them then, but we also played them in the semi-final of the SFA Challenge Cup last season and lost a close game.”

Civil Service Strollers, face another long road trip after their weekend 2-1 win over Wigtown and Bladnoch in the preliminary round. Ross McNeil’s side will travel to Highland League outfit Forres Mechanics, a match McNeil will miss due to work commitments in America.

“I’m actually working the weekend of the first-round game in New York so I’ll miss it, but that’s why you have a good coaching staff in place whenever you’re absent! I’m sure I’ll get word how the boys get on.

“It’s a tough fixture against a side whom we don’t really know a lot about. The Highland League is a very competitive division but they probably won’t know a lot about us so I think that adds to the magic of it.”

A trip to the Highlands to face Clachnacuddin awaits Edinburgh University should they overcome Hurlford United in this weekend’s replay having drawn 2-2 last Saturday.

Edinburgh City host Coldstream, having cruised through the preliminary round, beating Fort William 5-0. Preston Athletic face Threave Rovers.

William Hill Scottish Cup first-round draw: Lossiemouth v Turriff United; Deveronvale v Nairn County; Selkirk v Bo’ness United; Gretna 2008 v Gala Fairydean Rovers; Culter v Strathspey Thistle; Clachnacuddin v Hurlford United or Edinburgh University; Rothes v Banks O’Dee; Preston Athletic v Threave Rovers; Forres Mechanics v Civil Service Strollers; Huntly v Wick Academy; Cove Rangers v Newton Stewart or Hawick Royal Albert; Keith v Formartine United; Edinburgh City v Coldstream; Fraserburgh v Linlithgow Rose; Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v East Kilbride; Golspie Sutherland v Dalbeattie Star; Auchinleck Talbot v Buckie Thistle; Whitehill Welfare v Girvan. Ties to be played on Saturday, September 13.