Scottish Amateur Cup Round Six

Letham AFC 2 St Patrick’s FP 1

St Patrick’s FP had their Scottish Cup run ended by a well-organised Letham AFC who ran out 2-1 winners in Perth.

The Perth side had a plan and it worked, while the visitors huffed and puffed at times and never looked convincing despite some good chances.

The game began brightly for Saints with good work from McColl feeding a neat pass to Dom McElroy, only to be denied by a good clearance on the Letham keeper McEwan’s doorstep.

However, the Saints' early enthusiasm disappeared and we were left with only a good save from Dennison and then McEwan diverting a wicked angled shot from Kevin McElroy over the crossbar before the break to light up the dull afternoon.

This was the sum of an uneventful first period with Letham never looking particularly dangerous despite St Pats performance best describe as lack lustre and sloppy at times.

Spurred on by the interval team talk,Ross Cannon got forward with some intent and a McColl shot from outside the box nearly brought some joy. A Ross Cannon cross was met by Currie but his shot skimmed over the bar. Letham remained stubborn, their work rate superb, but they were nearly caught out with a clever looping attempt by McColl to find the far top corner, but again no luck.

On 67 minutes, the home side won a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box that ended with Dennison flying along his goal line to tip the ball out for a corner. It was just after that substitute Ayton managed to find the target as the ball bounced around the Saints area.

Five minutes later, the teams were back level. Dom McElroy forced his way forward only to be pushed to the ground and Kevin McElroy did the business from the spot, his shot wide of the keeper's reach.

There was a twist in the tale in the last few minutes. The ball was lofted into the box by Ferrie and should have been dealt with before it dipped in.