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The third round of the Kappa and Only Sport Scottish Amateur Cup

Most of Saturday’s 3rd round of the Kappa and Only Sport Scottish Amateur Cup took place as planned, despite the monsoon-like conditions on Friday in many parts of the country.

The handful of remaining ties will be played next week to complete the final 64 line-up.

The all-in draw introduced from this 3rd round onwards undoubtedly makes the national competition so exciting for the participating clubs. In a series of ties, the sides had to travel across the country to take on unknown opponents.

Wishaw High School FP returned from Aberdeenshire with an impressive 5-1 win over local side Ellon Amateurs. Edinburgh’s Tollcross Thistle also traveled cross-country to face Ayrshires Galston United, a team that had made a strong start to their national season. Tollcross advanced with an impressive 4-1 result.

Cupar Hearts, leaders in the Kingdom of Fife AFA, were the top scorers of the round and raged to a resounding 9-1 win over Renfrew’s Houston United.

Many had experienced the Oban Saints-Drumchapel clash in the Central Scottish League and the St.

Drumchapel prevailed at Oban with a hard-earned 2-1 win. Dumbarton’s St. Pat’s march on after dominating their tie with a comfortable 3-0 win.

As in the previous round, several draws ended in the drama of a penalty shoot-out after all fields were over after 90 minutes. After a 2-2 draw, Alva from the Stirling and District League prevailed 7-6 against Baillieston Thistle from the Glasgow Saturday Morning League. Other notable winners were Eaglesham (Caledonian League), who triumphed over Edinburgh Star (4-2 after a 2-2 finish), and the long-awaited Shortlees, who beat GSC (4-2 after 3-3).

So the dream of a day at the National Stadium remains alive for those who stay in the competition. The 4th round draw will take place shortly, with these draws scheduled for the first week of December.

Inevitably there will be some gigantic clashes between some of the most popular amateur games. Some teams are also hoping for what they consider to be a “friendlier” draw and a possible transition into the real drama of the Cup finals.

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