Kirrie kick off cup in style

Dundee Violet......................2

Kirrie Thistle .......................4 (after penalties)

Kirrie Thistle kicked off their east of Scotland cup campaign with a tricky away tie at Glenesk Park home of Dundee Violet.

The visitors, who had lost to their hosts three weeks prior in the league, made a bright start and took the lead five minutes in when a Ross Lunan through ball was efficiently dispatched into the Violet net by winger Robert Smith.

Violet fought back straight from the restart and after 15 minutes of hard pressure their persistence paid off.

A punt up field by Hutchison in the Violet goal was collected by Urquhart who drove into the Kirrie box and clinically slotted home for 1-1.

Ten minutes before half time Kris Morrice succumbed to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Adam Fraser, who was to make his competitive debut.

The home side had numerous chances to go ahead but failed to capitalise due to Tough’s fine form in the Kirrie net.

The second half proved a tighter affair, despite Violet taking the lead three minutes after the restart due to a defensive mishap which resulted in McConnachie tapping home past Tough in the Kirrie goal.

Violet continued to put dangerous crosses into the Kirrie box but defenders Gorman and George dealt expertly with them by heading everything that moved out of the box.

It was last seasons top scorer Ross Sievwright who proved to be the hero when at the second attempt slid a confident finish past Hutchison.

Thistle and Violet both had chances to clinch a winner but it was not to be and the game headed to penalties.

After Tough saved Violets first effort, Kirrie charged on to a 4-2 penalty win with George, Sievwright, Fraser and Russell all on target. And it was more than enough to go through to the next round.