Preston fight back to seal Cup knockout place

Dale O'Hara scored the opener
Dale O'Hara scored the opener
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Preston Athletic qualified for the knockout stages of the Lowland League Cup with 2-2 draw against group winners East Kilbride.

Goals from Dale O’Hara and Jamie Todd earned the Panners the point they required with manager Willie Kirk in Germany on Scottish FA business rather than the Pennypit touchline.

Harry Mitchell netted a brace for the visitors in what was a dead rubber for Billy Ogilvie’s team.

The draw means Athletic finished level with Stirling University on four points in Central Section A but go through due to their superior goal difference.

The home side got off to the perfect start when left back O’Hara fired them into the lead on seven minutes. EK turned the game on its head however, Mitchell nodding home to level before his 20-yard volley found the net to edge his side in front.

The East Lothian club were determined not to exit this completion having made the final last year, and defender Jamie Todd rifled in a volley of his own to secure the necessary result ten minutes from time.