Linlithgow Thistle’s dreams of Hampden glory were ended in Fife last week when they were knocked out of the Scottish Amateur Cup by Leven United.
Thistle made made it all the way to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history but their run finally came to an end with a 3-0 defeat.
With a place in the semi-final at stake the two sides were relatively cagey for the duration of the first half, getting to grips with each other’s styles of play, with perhaps Thistle ending the first 45 minutes the happier side.
But in the second half Leven came out strong an on 55 minutes Thistle were reduced to 10 men for foul and abusive language by Wayne Meikle towards the linesman, who had erred in his decision that the ball remained in play.
Thistle remained resolute for another 10 minutes but Gary Mitchell was dismissed for a second bookable offence and reduced the visitors to nine men.
From this point it was always going to be difficult but Thistle carved out one or two decent chances before capitulating to the two-man advantage carried by Leven.
Two quick goals killed off Thistle’s challenge as Scott Methven got the crucial opener and Ryan Muir added a second from 10 yards before Paul Cuss volleyed a third towards the end.
While desperately disappointed in the manner in which the Scottish Cup run came to an end, it certainly has whetted the appetite for more in the seasons to come.
On a positive note, Wayne Meikle was called into the Scotland Amateur FA Select side to face East Stirling FC in a friendly at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium. Scott Methven from Leven United also featured.