Hearts into the hat for the next round.

Saturday 6th October 2018.

Scottish Cup 2nd Round

Glasgow was the destination for Cupar Hearts’ Scottish Cup 2nd round tie and Strathclyde Saturday Morning League side Quayside Thistle were the opponents.

Hearts travelled with a depleted squad with first team regulars Sean Murdoch, Aaron Leadbetter and Steven Pennington notable absentees.

Cupar dominated the opening stages with new signing Kenny Baxter making his presence felt. He combined well with Martin Woods but his shot was easily saved by Matthew Coyle.

Jakub Dobes did well to win the ball in the middle of the park and produced a great pass out to Lee Sibanda. His excellent drive into the box and shot was equally matched by the goalie.

At the other end a throw in bounced dangerously in the box but Gavin Wilson managed to touch the ball away.

The visitors should have taken the lead on the half hour mark when Finlay McCuish’s free kick found Steven Copeland unmarked but his glancing header went wide.

It was Hearts who opened the scoring 6 minutes later when Martin Woods did well to force a corner. It was initially headed clear and Scott McKay sent in one of his speciality long throws for Jakub Dobes to nod in.

Cupar took the slender lead into break knowing that one goal wasn’t enough to see off Thistle and they started brightly with a Finlay McCuish run and quick fire shot but it was just wide.

Hearts settled and a Kerr Brown free kick found Connor Wells out wide who sent in a perfect cross for Jakub Dobes but his header was just off target.

Cupar doubled their lead on 73 minutes. A Lee Sibanda run down the wing and a quick one two with Jakub Dobes saw him cross into the box. A clever dummy by Sibanda left it open for Scott McKay to fire the ball into the net.

Five minutes later Quayside pulled one back after a string of quality passes sliced right through Hearts and David Sexton scored.

But it was the visitors who had the final say when a superb through ball by Scott McKay saw Lee Sibanda stride through on goal and although under pressure easily fired past Matthew Coyle in the sticks.