A solitary Thomas Coyne goal was enough to put East of Scotland League side Linlithgow Rose through to the Scottish Cup second round following a 1-0 win over Huntly.
Linlithgow are now seven games unbeaten against Highland League opposition in the cup and manager Mark Bradley was pleased to get through to round two.
He said: “We never played well in the first half, playing long ball too much, and Huntly tried to press high to stop us playing out from the back.
“We changed our game in the second and created more chances, and Owen Ronald has been putting in some cracking crosses like he did for Coyne, who knows where the goal is.”
Huntly’s preparations weren’t helped after being delayed on the way to Linlithgow due to traffic tailbacks and they had to make a change to their starting 11 when defender Christopher Herd failed a fitness test.
Manager Martin Skinner said: “I thought we did enough to get a replay. We had some chances right at the end. We had three players who played through injury as they wanted to be part of this game and every one of them put in everything they had.
“John Farquhar pulled off some unbelievable saves and we could’ve been ahead at the break ourselves, with their keeper keeping us out with some good saves.”
Bradley Manson got forward in the 40th minute to create an opening for Paul Esslemont but he was denied by goalkeeper Michael McKinven.
In the final minute of the half, Kai Ross chipped the ball up and, on the turn, unleashed a volley which looked to be going into the near post only for McKinven to push the ball round the post.
The goal came in the 59th minute when Linlithgow were awarded a corner and Owen Ronald floated the ball to the back post for Thomas Coyne to net with a header.
Huntly went close again in stoppage time when Manson hit a shot which looked destined for the net only for McKinven to tip it over the crossbar.