Shotts Bon Accord
SHOTTS skipper John Boyack admits the hairdryer treatment dished out at half-time by gaffer Tony McInally on Saturday helped keep the club’s Emirates Juniors Scottish Cup dreams alive.
The Bon Accord rescued this fifth-round tie at Kinnoull on Saturday having been 2-1 down at the break.
The sides traded penalties before Gary Fraser’s free-kick gave the Perth side an interval lead.
It needed Stefan McCluskey’s 55th-minute header to earn Shotts another crack at the East Region Central Division outfit this weekend.
“Tony had a go at half-time and rightly so,” Boyack said. “We got a bit of a rollicking for want of a better word.
“In the first half we were not good enough and only had three or four boys that were above average The rest of us were below par. You can’t really have that, especially in a Scottish Cup tie.
“After the interval we came out and played a lot better.
“If anything we looked the most likely to get a winner.”
He added: “Given we were down at half-time we are pleased to get them back to Shotts.”
Half of the round five ties will now be decided by a replay and Boyack is confident Bon Accord can secure their place in the quarter-finals when the sides meet again at Hannah Park this weekend.
“We are good enough to get through to the quarter-finals,” he insisted.
“There will be a bit more space at Shotts and hopefully we can get the ball down and play. We know what is in front of us know.
“They were a decent side and played some nice stuff.
“But I think if we can play to our potential we can beat them, however we need to do better than Saturday.”
He continued: “We did not play terribly well against Annbank in the first game of the last round but got them to a replay and beat them.
“Hopefully we can do that again this weekend.”