What a wonderful example for a Scottish Cup tie this was. This was a match that had everything from goals, near misses, great saves, controversy, extra time and a penalty shoot out. Both teams were evenly matched from start to finished although the team playing towards the wooded area on the right, often had a slight wind advantage resulting in all but one goal coming at that end.
The Fraserburgh side endured a nightmare journey by bus, rising before 06:00 to travel the 220 miles to Stevenston but there would be no signs of weary legs from the northerners. It was Burgh who shocked the home side by taking an early lead after missing some decent chances previously. Evan Dyka found himself through on goal from the right, his shot from just inside the box was well saved by keeper Dylan Jackson but the power of the shot took it onwards over the line for the the opener after 12 minutes of play.
On 24 minutes, Tass equalised from a ball down the left, which was picked up by Marley McGuinness, who fired home from an incredibly tight angle; again the keeper getting a hand to it but unable to keep the ball out of the corner of the net. Four minutes later, Thistle were ahead from a calmly taken effort from Marc Walker, slotting the ball beyond the Link Up keeper.
Not soon after Sean Douglas had the ball in the net for what he thought was the leveller but Referee Alan Burnett deemed his effort to be offside.
Tass should have had the game wrapped up when Lee Horn placed a wonderful cross over the visitor’s defence on to the head of the incoming striker, whose bullet header flew over the bar.