Neilston progressed to the quarter-finals of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 13 years at the weekend with a battling 1-0 win away to Premiership side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.

The Farmer’s Boys, who last reached this stage back in 2007, suffered an early setback as Euan Clark hobbled off injured before going on to dominate large spells of the tie.

Paul Stewart grabbed the only goal of the game 35 minutes in, guiding the ball into the net after Craig Patterson’s clever flick carried it beyond the Rob Roy defence.

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Comfortable for the majority of the second half, the Brig side survived a late onslaught to progress to the last eight for just the fourth time in the club’s history, with co-manager Derek Carson insisting his team won’t just be in tomorrow’s draw at Hampden to make up the numbers.

“That was a huge result for the club, for myself and Chris (Cameron) as managers and for all the boys,” Carson told Barrhead Sport. “We were confident going into it, as we know what this team is capable of.

“Rob Roy are an established Premiership team but we knew our squad was good enough to compete and we showed that.

“This is myself and Chris’ first season as managers, so it’s our first real taste of the Scottish Junior Cup. Reaching the quarter-finals at the first time of asking is a brilliant achievement and the best of our managerial careers so far.

“It is a big result but we’re not in the last eight just to make up the numbers now. We know we’re good enough to beat anyone on our day.

“Don’t get me wrong, teams like Talbot, Beith and Pollok have been there and done it, so any draw will be tough, but we’re not resting on our laurels after a massive win. We’ve got a taste of it and want to keep going.

“From the outside, it was maybe a bit of a shock result. To us, though, it definitely wasn’t. We know going into the draw tomorrow that we’ll be underdogs against whoever we get but we’re all absolutely buzzing for it.”

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Returning to league action this weekend, Carson has urged his players to build on their cup momentum in Saturday’s fixture against second-placed Cumbernauld United.

He added: “We had a wee sticky patch in the league due to injuries and suspensions but the Scottish Cup win has come at the right time for us.

“We’ve got a full squad to choose from again and confidence is high. We’ll have a full squad and we’re looking forward to Cumbernauld.

“They’re up there in second, so it’s crucial we begin to make up some ground on them.”

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