Neilston and Lochee United will have to do it all again in a replay this weekend after Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup fourth round clash ended 1-1 at Brig O’ Lea Stadium.

East Region Super League heavyweights Lochee started well and dominated for large spells in the first half, with Neilston fortunate to go in just the one down at the break.

New arrival James Digney had to be alert seconds into the second 45 to deny the Dundee side with a fingertip stop as Neilston weathered the storm and eventually began to find their feet.

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Currently on a 12-game unbeaten run, the Brig side channelled that form and were soon in control, with sub Allan Diack pivotal in the middle of the park.

Neilston continued to pile forward and deservedly grabbed their equaliser with 10 minutes to go when Martin Curren blasted the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area after a scramble in the box as it finished all square.

Neilston co-boss Derek Carson said: “I would say a draw and a replay was probably a fair result.

“We never turned up in the first-half but we got the boys back in and told them to have more belief. I think we maybe gave them a bit too much respect but we told the boys that it should be them that fear us and we were absolutely superb in the second-half.”

Neilston are now set to make the long trip up to Dundee this Saturday with Carson confident of progressing.

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He added: “We’re going up there with a lot of confidence. We more than held our own against one of the top junior teams.

“It’s been a long time since Neilston have been in the Scottish Cup after Christmas so that’s the target.”

The Neilston supporters bus will leave Brig at 9.45am on Saturday. Contact the committee for bookings.

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