Tollcross Thistle strolled into the third round of the Scottish Cup with a comfortable 5-1 win over Stirling outfit Cambusbarron Rovers at Saughton.
Although the tie ended with plenty of goals, it was a slow start to proceedings as the sun bathed down over the 3G pitch. Both sides battled for control of the tie without really creating too much in the final third. Then, 22 minutes in, drama suddenly unfolded just inside the Rovers penalty area when Thistle’s Dale Wight was tripped by Ross Johnston and the referee awarded a penalty. Pieyam Khosrowpour took responsibility for it but his effort was well saved down low by keeper Greg Maitland.
Thistle began to dictate and their next good chance came on the half hour as Stefan Hay picked out centre-half Graham Nisbet from a corner and, unmarked in the area, he connected well with a header, only to see the ball fly narrowly over.The miss wasn’t to prove too costly for his side however as five minutes later the pressure finally got to Rovers. Khosrowpour sent a through ball to Dale Wight and Lewis McIvor tried to intercept the pass but only succeeded in passing the ball past keeper Maitland.
It was a deserved lead for Thistle and, after edging the opening 45, they began the second in the same vain.
It wasn’t long before they found the net again, albeit thanks to a little help from their opponents.
A route-one ball forward from the back was flicked on by Khosrowpour to Wight. Maitland lost the ball in the sun and Wight was able to walk the ball into an empty net.
It spurred Rovers on and they finally had the ball in the net minutes later when Jamie Bone turned the ball in from close range, minutes after having a headed goal ruled out for a foul on Thistle keeper John Nisbet.
Rovers now had the momentum and minutes later Nisbet was in action again as he did well to turn McIvor’s free kick from range onto the post.
With 65 minutes gone Khosrowpour amended for his penalty miss as he turned in substitute Martin McCann’s square pass to make it 3-1.
Thistle took full advantage, adding another goal five minutes later. Khosrowpour sneaked in behind and had his shot palmed away by Maitland, but only to Wight who doubled his account for the day with a tap in from close range.
With Thistle in cruise control, there was more space to exploit at the heart of the Rovers defence and Hay took full advantage of this when he drilled a low effort in from 25 yards to wrap things up for his side.
After the game, manager Alan McKay reflected on his side making it into the next round.
“It was a good performance. I’m really happy with how they’ve done.
“We’ve won 5-1 and it could have been more. We’re just looking to take each game as it comes. We’re into the third round now so we’ll be hoping for a home tie but I suppose it would also be great to get a glamour tie away to one of the central teams,” he said.
Tollcross Thistle: John Nisbet, Shaun Conway, Steven Devine, Stefan Hay, Pieyam Khosrowpour, Sean Mossman, Graham Nisbet, Calib Paterson, Christopher Reid, Maclean Simpson, Daniel Smith, Iliya Stoev, Matthew Watson, Dale Wight, Martin McCann.
Cambusbarron Rovers: Greg Maitland, Jamie Bone, Grant Cunningham, Gianluca Deluca, Ross Evans, Steven Grahamslaw, Ross Johnston, Craig Laird, Paul Masterson, Ian McDonald, Lewis McIvor, John McPhail, Liam Murray, Alistair Roy, Scott Taylor, John Morris.