St Andrews BC came from behind twice to beat Ferry Athletic and secure their spot in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Goals in either half from Louie Porter had the Dundee side in front on two occasions, but strikes from David McGowan, Liam Lapsley and Naythan Stewart won the game for the visitors.
The Greenock outfit travelled to the City of Discovery with just 11 players, but despite their threadbare squad, they started brightly. Josh Cooper’s overhead kick went narrowly wide before Mark Jardine saw his cross come back off the post. The ball fell into the path of Declan Black, but he slipped and missed the chance to knock the ball into the empty net.
Ferry nearly took the lead in bizarre circumstances when a clearance cannoned off Daniel Ogilvie, and left Dean McMillan scrambling to stop the ball sneaking in at his near post. Some of the Ferry faithful were convinced the ball was over the line, but the referee ignored their pleas.
Any issues they had about the ruling were quickly forgotten when Louie Porter fired a low shot into the far corner of McMillian’s net after 20 minutes.
Things nearly got better for Ferry when Luke Queen rounded McMillian, but he lost his footing and St Andrews cleared the danger. At the other end, David McGowan was denied a shot at goal by a well-timed challenge from Reece Muir.
As half time approached, St Andrews increased the pressure on the Ferry goal. Connor Milton made a fine stop to deny McGowan, but was beaten by the striker two minutes before the break. McGowan controlled a cross from the left, and made no mistake with a cool finish from close range.