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Last-gasp goal puts Vale out Scottish Cup


By Craig Christie


DEVERONVALE suffered William Hill Scottish Cup heartache to a last minute goal on Monday night.

Lewis Dunbar scored for Vale
Lewis Dunbar scored for Vale

Spartans will host Queen's Park in round two after edging Vale out 2-1 in the replay at Princess Royal Park.

It was cruel luck on the Banff men, who were unchanged from the team which drew 1-1 in Edinburgh in the first game nine days earlier.

The scheduled replay at Princess Royal Park on Saturday fell victim to the floods, meaning a hastily rearranged Monday night rematch.

Lowland League Spartans drew first blood, scoring on 21 minutes when ex-Berwick Rangers striker Aaron Murrell spun to clip a drive wide of keeper Grant Pennet.

The visitors' lead was fairly short-lived, as ten minutes later Deveronvale drew level with a brilliant goal.

A corner was cleared only as far as full-back lewis Dunbar who smacked a 25-yard effort low inside the post to the joy of the home support.

Michael Dunn then fired over from good position as Vale chased a second goal.

In the second half chances were few and far between but Vale seemed to have a real chance late in the game when Spartans' defender Adam Corbett was sent off for lashing out at Robert Scott.

However the capital side refused to let their numerical disadvantage affect them, and they snatched victory right at the death.

Sub Nicholas Reid was the man who did the damage, breaking away to slot the 90th minute winner to break Vale hearts.

Vale: Pennet, Dunbar, H Noble, Aitken, M Dunn, Willox, Charlesworth (Scott 63), Gauld (Robertson 90), S Dunn, G Noble, Wallace.



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