Extra time strikes from Athan Barry and Jamie Bannerman guided Lochend FA past Maryfield United and into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
A 6-1 win over Bathgate Thistle in the second round saw Lochend travel to the City of Discovery to face highflying Maryfield, who had already eliminated Dundee’s reigning champions Ferry Athletic en route to Round Three.
The early exchanges saw both sides try and establish a foothold in the game, with Lochend seeing the lion’s share of possession without ever testing Cameron Landsburgh in the Maryfield goal.
Maryfield came into the game unbeaten and crafted their first opening when Dillon Gurang slipped in Arran Duncan who couldn’t hit the target with his effort.
After a slow start the game began to open up as both sides went in search of the opener. Sam Mackie was sent in for Lochend only to fire wide of the post before another Duncan strike took a wicked bobble in front of Kieran Wood, but the Lochend stopper managed to make the save.
With 21 minutes played the deadlock was broken by Lochend when Riley Haston found the net. Georgios Kavoussanakis provided the pass, and Haston made no mistake with a low finish past Landsburgh.
Both teams passed up golden opportunities to get the second goal of the game on the stroke of half time. Duncan powered his way into the Lochend box only to see his strike kept out by the feet of Wood.
From this the visitors raced down the pitch with a low cross being played into Athan Barry, who’s first time effort was somehow kept out by Landsburgh from point-blank range.