Nov 6 2012 by Iain Howie, Perthshire Advertiser
It was the case of two in and two out for Perthshire clubs in the North of Tay second round.
Bridgeton delivered a comprehensive performance to despatch a good Dundee Uni side, while the Jags on their travels agonisingly fell by the odd goal in five, after a good showing.
According to team bag man and soothsayer Shug Williamson, Fairfield had been building up to the big showdown versus St Johns in their second round tie, however, the superior finishing of Dr Goals, Billy Carle who has been quiet in recent weeks, soon put paid to that idea, as his hat-trick was the difference.
In the Perthshire Cup, high-flying Balmoral were pushed hard by Alyth after their tie was switched up to Diamond Jubilee Park, with Neave slotting home the winner.
Swifts advanced after a dominating performance at Glenfarg, as they spurned chance upon chance, playing with two midfielders up top, but eventually registering four on the day and restricting the home side to one shot on goal.
The shock of the day was at Auchterarder as the Primrose fell to the out-of-form Vale.
On league duty, it was no surprise that Craigie lost again at Letham on a very hard pitch, now six on the bounce.
Coupar Angus were the better team at home to Ballinluig, but somehow managed to be on the end of a five-goal thumping, so they may know how Craig Levein feels.
The form of Rattray has picked up in recent weeks and that was evident with a seven goal demolition of Comrie, who were let down badly by a number of late call-offs.
Both Townsley and Murray were at the double to secure a vital three points.
It was business as usual in the second as Breadalbane thumped five past the Strathearn Grove and the Vale hit Kinrossie for six to stretch the gap at the top. In the third, the game of the day had Perth Utd coasting five goals up at half time at Methven, only to take their foot off the gas.
Despite a concerted second half comeback, a Rylance hat trick was enough to secure maximum points.
Three points in the win column was also achieved by The Brig, Kettins, Wolfhill and Newtyle Hearts who get the award of performance of the day as they thumped the Pole Team.
Results from Saturday, November 3: North of Tay Cup, second round - Tayside Royal 2 Tay Thistle 3, Fairfield 2 St Johns 6, Bridgeton Utd 4 DUMS 0. Perthshire Cup second round - Balmoral Utd 2 Alyth 1, Glenfarg Utd 1 Jeanfield Swifts 4, Auchterarder Primrose 1 Vale of Atholl 3. League Division One – Comrie Rovers 2 Rattray 7, Coupar Angus 1 Ballinluig 5, Letham 1 Craigie 0. League Division Two – Breadalbane 5 Strathearn Grove 0, Vale of Earn 6 Kinrossie/Caledonian 2. League Division Three – Bridge of Earn 4 Star of Atholl 2, Kettins 6 Meigle Vics 1, Kenmore 1 Wolfhill 6, Methven 5 Perth Utd 7, Newtyle Hearts 5 Pole Team 0.
Fixtures for Saturday, all kick offs 2pm: Scottish Cup Third Round -Auchterarder Primrose v Cambria (S Whyte), Ballinluig v Dunipace Thistle (G Graham), Blairardie United v Balmoral United, Glasgow Harp v Polteam Perth, Carluke Baptist v Bridgeton United, Leven United v Letham, St Johns v Pathhead (A Brown), Wolfhill v Dumbarton Harp (G McCabe). Perthshire Cup second round - Tay Thistle v Kinrossie/Caledonian (D Ragsdell). League Division One – Burrelton Rovers v Comrie Rovers (M Sharpe), Rattray v Craigie (G Christie). League Division Two – Strathearn Grove v Jeanfield Swifts (D Brydie), Fairfield v Alyth, Vale of Atholl v Vale of Earn (R Thomson), Glenfarg Utd v Breadalbane (K Stewart). League Division Three – Meigle Vics v Methven (J Richardson), Newtyle Hearts v Bridge of Earn (P Lynch), Perth Utd v Kenmore (S Milliken). Free day, Star of Atholl, Coupar Angus and Letham. No game, Kettins.