Caledonian Braves FC failed to progress beyond the first round of the Scottish Cup after a seven goal thriller at Alliance Park. Highland league side Rothes defeated the Brave 4-3 on Saturday
It was a historic moment for the Braves playing their first ever Scottish Cup game since this summers rebranding of the club. It was a tight contest as both teams came into the game on the back of good wins.
It was the away side who would break the deadlock. A stramash in the box as Braves failed to clear their lines and Sutherland blasted high into the net to put the highland league side 1-0 up.
Straight away Rothes doubled their lead. The ball slid underneath Dom Slattery giving Cormack the chance to slot home past Hogarth in goal from just inside the box.
Rothes came out in the second half much the way they started the first. The took a 3 goal lead after Cormac found Sutherland at the edge of the box before rushing in and finishing from a tight angle beyond Hogarth.
The braves would grab one back though. Marc Kelly’s cross was headed downwards by Evan Galasso. The Rothes keeper blocked the shot but that allowed Ross McNeil to nip in and tap home with the header.
Rothes would then score their fourth. A towerning downwards header was met in space as rothes managed to sneak the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Although the game looked good and over Evan Galasso’s shot couldn’t be held by the Rothes keeper as the on-loan Partick Thistle strike claimed his first goal for the Braves.
As the Braves threw everything in hope to get a result centre back Jack McDowall was sent up to attack and managed to nod home from a Marc Kelly cross to give some hope of a late comeback.
It wasn’t to be for the Braves with a disappointing result meaning they exited the Scottish Cup at the first hurdle. Back to Lowland League action next week with East Stirlingshire the visitors. Saturday 28th September 3PM KO Alliance Park.