Dryburgh Athletic toppled top-flight Blairgowrie as they advance to the second round of the East Region Cup. A first half own goal was enough to see Dryburgh through to Round Two.
After a strong showing in the Scottish Cup earlier in the season, the prospect of playing a side from the division above was not one that phased Dryburgh, but the first chance of the game went Blairgowrie’s way as Robbie Watson powered his way into the box before seeing his effort deflected into the side netting.
The resulting corner saw Harry Watson flick the ball towards goal, but Dryburgh keeper Kaden Leadbetter was equal to the effort.
Dryburgh had a chance to open the scoring when Stewart Page fumbled Bobby Shirkey’s long range free kick but nobody in a maroon shirt could force the ball over the line.
With seven minutes played Dryburgh did break the deadlock as Jay Cochrane’s corner was flicked into the net by a Blairgowrie defender.
Blairgowrie went close from a corner of their own as Caleb Robertson headed over Archie Browning’s delivery before Page denied Shirkey at the other end before the Dryburgh man fired his follow-up shot agonisingly past the post.
Dryburgh’s disciplined defensive performance was restricting Blairgowrie to precious little in terms of clear-cut chances, however the hosts were nearly undone as the ball broke to Reece Forrest six yards out, only for the Blairgowrie man to fire wide of the target.
Leadbetter produced a smart save to keep out a fierce strike from Browning as Blairgowrie pushed for an equaliser before Forrest turned the ball wide from the resulting corner.