Feb 20 2013 By Andrew Weston
Shotts Bon Accord
Shotts BA boss Tony McInally was delighted to silence the doubters as the Emirates Junior Cup holders stormed into the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Mark Sideserf’s goal direct from a corner late on sealed a 1-0 victory over favourites Pollok at Newlandsfield.
McInally said: “I was delighted for the boys. It just shows the character in the squad that they can go to a difficult place like Pollok and turn over a top junior side.
“Everybody wrote us off but we silenced the doubters, bookies, fans and pundits and won the match.”
He added: “The boys realise they are the team to beat this year, given we are Junior Cup holders and mentally they have accepted that challenge.
“It should be an exciting end to the season and one the players are looking forward to."
The gaffer insists Sideserf’s winning goal at Pollok was no fluke.
Sidy’s goal two minutes from time direct from a corner was parried into his own net by Lok goalkeeper Stevie McNeil.
It came after an even match which started to swing Shotts ways at Newlandsfield when home skipper Steve Reilly was sent off on 77 minutes after earning a second yellow.
McInally said it was a tactic discussed before kick-off to put McNeil under pressure throughout the game.
“It was very deliberate what we did and I make no apologies for it,” he said this week.
“The goalie is very weak on crosses and I said to the players put everything under his bar and even shoot from corner kicks.
“We boxed him in and didn’t give him much room and he flapped at everything.”
He continued: “We set up pretty cagey from the off and that was deliberate because in the past four occasions against Pollok we have been two goals down early on. So we were determined for that not to happen again.
“We had a game plan and Paul Finnigan man marked Carlo Monti because we respect what he can do and I thought Finny did an exceptional job.”
With SJFA beaks suspending star striker Allan Mackenzie as well as defender Paul Burns just hours before kick-off, McInally opted to play new loan signing Stephen McGuire from the start.
McInally has been tracking the Peterhead front man for a number of weeks and with Mackenzie suspended for another two matches, the gaffer feels he will be a welcome addition.
“Stephen is an excellent player. He’s very clever, quite similar to Stefan McCluskey but possibly more street wise because he is a bit older and cuter on the ball. The deal went through a week later than we planned but we got our man and I’m delighted.”
This weekend Shotts travel to Glenafton hoping to bridge the gap at the bottom of West Superleague Premier Division.
BA prop up the league having won just one of their opening nine league fixtures. However seven points separate the bottom six sides and Shotts have games in hand over their rivals. McInally said: “It’s a difficult place to go but we look forward to it.”