Wishaw High School FPs staged a stunning comeback from a seemingly impossible position against Shotts Vics on Saturday, to somehow keep themselves in the Scottish Amateur Cup.
Shotts appeared close to creating a shock against the former winners during the fourth-round tie, which took place on Coltness High School’s brand new 3G pitch.
The Vic’s dominated for long spells and always looked dangerous going forward in the first half and their persistence was rewarded after only 10 minutes when full back Scott Barr headed home from close range after a long throw in had failed to be cleared by The FPs defence.
Alan Patrick was unlucky not to equalise on 25 minutes when his deft chip over Shotts keeper Ryan Moore was cleared off the goal line. Patrick again was unlucky when a shot from the edge of the box sailed a yard wide on the half-hour mark.
The Vic’s doubled their lead on 40 minutes when Mark Telfer saw his cunning chip from 25 yards catch FPs keeper Andy Moran too far of his line and the ball found the back of the net.
The second half saw Shotts maintaining their superiority, with Gary Barr’s effort well saved by Moran. Then Richard Quinn’s well-drilled shot from 10 yards found the bottom corner after The FPs defence again failed to deal with a cross into their own penalty area.
The turning point came five minutes later when Quinn was unlucky to see his powerful header flash inches wide of Moran’s near post. This would have given Shotts a four-goal advantage and sealed victory.
However Wishaw High had other ideas and manager Stephen Mackie make some changes in an effort to spark a reaction. This had the desired effect and Robert Whyte saw his header from close range give his team some hope with 20 minutes left.
On 80 minutes Darren Cahill reduced the deficit to just one goal when he converted a penalty after FPs defender Wull Montgomery had been brought down as he raced in on goal after a good run.
With Shotts visibly rattled by the constant bombardment something had to give and the equaliser came when FPs Gary Miller sent a long free kick into the opposition’s penalty area some three minutes into injury time.
After a goalmouth scramble the ball fell kindly to Stephen Duffy who wasted no time in lashing it into the back of the net to earn his side a replay next week – weather permitting.
FPs coach Wullie Inglis was just delighted to earn another crack at it and said: “We only really played today once we went three down and it looked like we had given ourselves too much to do.
“The players have to take credit for the comeback mind you and every one of the squad showed great attitude with the substitutions making a real impact .”