Away day’s a big ask in Scottish

William Hill Scottish Cup
William Hill Scottish Cup

The draw for the first round of the William Hill Scottish Cup has paired both Bo’ness United and Linlithgow Rose with difficult away ties.

Super League champions Bo’ness will travel to Lowland League side Selkirk who have former Hibs and Scotland striker Garry O’Connor in their line-up.

And Linlithgow Rose face the long journey north to take on Highland League side Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park.

At Newton Park, Bo’ness boss Allan McGonigal believes his club could not have been given a more difficult tie, saying: “We played them four seasons past in the Scottish Cup and that time we beat them 6-1. I don’t think the score will be that margin this time around.

“They have star quality in O’Connor and have brought in some foreign players too, so it will be a hard task.

“But I think some of our players will enjoy the prospect of facing the former Scottish international.”

And he added: “Selkirk has a good set up and our draw is one of the main games in the first round.

“But we are used to playing in big games so I’m sure the players will be up for it.”

Rose boss Danny Smith agreed it would have been better to get a home draw as his team will have an early start ahead of the 170 mile trip to Fraserburgh.

He said: “Fraserburgh are an unknown quantity. They finished fifth in the Highland League last season and have won three of their four league games this season.

“We will have them watched in the weeks ahead – I believe the game will be winnable though.’’

Other junior clubs competing in the Cup include Junior Cup winners Hurlford who could face Highlands outfit Clachnacuddin if they overcome Edinburgh University; Auchinleck Talbot, who face Buckie Thistle after beating St Cuthbert’s Wanderers; North champions Culter play Strathspey Thistle; and Banks O’Dee play Rothes. All ties are to be played on Saturday September 13.

* Tomorrow (Saturday), both the Rose and United are at home with matches against Hill of Beath and Penicuik respectively. Both games kick off at 2.30pm.