No fairytale for Thistle but they can be proud

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Craigshill Thistle were unable to cap a fairytale run in the Foster’s Scottish Amateur Cup as they were beaten 3-1 by Harestanes in the final at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

The West Lothian side – who only formed this year – weathered the initial wave of attacks from their East Dunbartonshire opponents. They went behind though after 15 minutes when Jamie Broadfoot received a pass from a short corner and unleashed an unstoppable strike from the edge of the box into the top-left corner.

Harestanes were then denied by the post three times, while Craigshill’s best efforts were thwarted by the crossbar and the referee, who chalked off an equaliser for the Livingston side.

David Swan was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as the feet of Harestanes goalkeeper Michael O’Boyle prevented him from finishing a beautifully-worked move from Craigshill.

They were lucky to not concede a second after a defensive error allowed Craig Young to slip in behind and dink an effort over Mark Reid but wide of goal. Two quickfire goals after the restart put Harestanes three ahead. Mark Fitzsimmons poked home from six yards after a goalmouth scramble and Craig Young rose up from a corner to head the ball past Reid.

Craigshill managed to get on the scoresheet in the 70th minute as George McGregor smashed a pildriver past the helpless O’Boyle.

Harestanes survived a strong penalty claim when the ball appeared to catch David Black on the arm.

While Craigshill could not overturn the deficit, they could feel very proud of their display.