After receiving a bye into Preliminary R2 of the Scottish Cup, Preston Athletic travelled to the west of Glasgow to take on the holders of the Scottish Amateur Cup, Colville Park AFC.
Co-Managers, Jack Lynch & Paul Riley were missing suspended Marc Reid, Gavin Stevenson & Jack Jardine and injuries to players Liam McFarlane, Jonny Whiteman and Paul McCathie and newly married Steven Campbell.
Inside of the first ten minutes you could see tension in the team and they were caught out when Colville took the lead when Gary Currie was sent down the wing by Chris Craig, then he crossed it over to Liam Cusack to tap it home.
Stephen McDevitt and Garry Tierney had chances on 13 minutes and 20 minutes to double their team’s advantage but they fired them over the bar. Preston’s best chance of an equaliser came on 36 minutes when Greg Binnie fired just wide of the target after being set up by Shaun Conway.
Both teams did have chances to score just before half time but Colville’s Liam Cusack and Preston’s Jason Young couldn’t find the target.
Preston came out in the second half and had a chance on the hour mark to equalise but Jonny Grotlin put his chance wide. Then on 64 minutes it was 2-0 as Liam Cusack got his and Colville’s second of the match after a stramash in the goalmouth area which he was able to fire home.
Chris Inglis who came on for Craig Innes on 66 minutes and almost immediately got a goal back for Preston when he hit a sweet 25 yard dipping volley off the top of the crossbar but no-one was there to follow it up. Colville got there 3rd goal on 74 minutes when Chris Craig fired home a free-kick from 20 yards. He got his second and Colville’s fourth on 75 minutes, firing home again from outside the box.
The game was finished off on 87 minutes with a 5th goal by Colvillle and it was substitute Alex Clearie who found the net after being set up by Robbie Peebles & Thomas Airlie.
Next up it’s back to league action for the Panners as they travel to Home Park in Coldstream in East Of Scotland League action. Last time they met, Coldstream won 2-1 in the League Cup Qualifying Section.
Preston:- S.Inglis, M.McFarlane, Innes(C.Inglis 66), Liddle(c), Cowan, Conway(D.Pennycuick 59), Binnie, Woodcock, Young(Dmitrov 69), Grotlin, Cochrane
Subs Not Used:- Gilchrist, Jack, Murray, C.Pennycuick(GK)
Referee:- Scott Lambie