Callum Rae’s injury time penalty secured Dundee West a point from a thrilling match with Fairmuir. The back and forth tie swung in Fairmuir’s favour with four minutes of normal time remaining, when Robbie Flynn grabbed his second of the match. But in the fourth minute of injury time, Rae got the equaliser from 12 yards.
These sides met twice in cup competitions last season, with both ties being decided by penalties. Dundee West came out on top on both occasions, and they had the first chance of the match after four minutes. Nick Fletcher won the ball in the Fairmuir box, but saw his effort pushed away by Shaun Watt.
Both sides were cancelling each other out in the opening stages, but Fairmuir landed the first blow after 10 minutes. Morgan Harrow was robbed by Graeme Stewart, who released Robbie Flynn. The striker powered his way into the penalty area, and unleashed a fierce drive past David Boylan into the bottom corner.
Despite being behind, Dundee West were growing into the game. Lewis Hutton saw his snap shot go narrowly wide before Callum Rae cleared Stewart’s goal-bound effort before it could reach the goal line. This would prove to be an important bit of defending from the captain, as five minutes later his side were level.
Fairmuir failed to deal with a corner, and the ball fell to Lee Clark, who stabbed his shot into the net through a crowd of players. It was a scrappy goal, but one that Dundee West deserved.
The remainder of the first half was bereft of clear cut chances as both sets of players tried to assert themselves on the game.