Slick passing Arsenal Boys Club progressed to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after victory over a hard-working and tenacious Glenrothes Strollers side. Kane O’Neill struck first for the Glasgow side but his effort was cancelled out immediately by a Robert Kinnaird goal. The scores remained level until deep into the second half when O’Neill was, again, on hand to put Arsenal ahead. A George Hutchinson header restored parity for the Strollers but an injury time winner by Andy Hume was enough to send Arsenal into the fifth round.
Glenrothes were first to threaten the goal. Hutchinson headed the ball down to the feet of Greg Moffat whose shot from just outside the box was narrowly over the bar.
While at the other end, O’Neill did well to get to a low Kieron Innes cross and his shot was only just too high.
O’Neill would not have to wait long to get his name on the score sheet, the ball broke to him after a series of high balls in the midfield. He outpaced the defence and calmly rounded Chris Harrower who had forced O’Neill into a tight angle before he passed the ball into the net.
The Strollers’ response was immediate. A long Moffat free kick was controlled by Kinnaird who acquired enough time and space to smash the ball home from inside the box.
O’Neill then displayed great skill a great one two with Gary Guthrie put him into great crossing position and quick feet allowed him to evade the first challenge before Jack Guy forced the ball out for a corner.
A Moffat set piece almost had Strollers ahead before the interval. Jamie Farmer rose well to get his head on the corner and the effort was just off target.
The first half was characterised by good defending. Great tackling by Frazer Crossley and Guy had kept O’Neill and Callahan largely at bay with their surging runs forward. While organised defence by Arsenal, particularly Iain Seymour, had prevented Moffat and Hutchinson from creating much.