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Auchinleck Talbot 3 Irvine Meadow 2 as late goal settles Scottish Junior Cup thriller

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Tommy Sloan hailed his Talbot side's appetite to win after they came from behind twice to beat Irvine Meadow and reach the Scottish Junior Cup quarter finals.Craig McCracken's 88th minute header settled a fourth round thriller at Beechwood Park that Sloan himself admitted could have gone either way.A bizarre Mick Wardrope goal with just six minutes on the clock gave Meadow an early head start before Graham Wilson's clinical close range finish levelled the score just before the hour mark.Meadow quickly re-took the lead through skipper Mark McLennan's penalty after Wardrope was barged over in the box.But Keir Samson restored parity with a brilliant glancing header before an end-to-end last 20 minutes was decided by defender McCracken's aerial prowess.Victory keeps holders Talbot on course for an astonishing 14th Junior Cup triumph with a trip to Shotts up next in the last eight.Sloan admitted he was relieved to still be in the competition as he insisted it was important for his side to build momentum ahead of hosting Scottish Premiership giants Hearts in the senior Scottish Cup next weekend.He said: "We showed a bit of apetite coming back a couple of times and I was delighted with that."It was anybody's game.

We've had chances, they've had chances - there was good saves at either end."I'm just delighted we came out on top at the finish."We've got a great record (in the competition) and we want to keep that going."We'd lost a couple of games there and now we've a couple of wins in a row again.

That was important, obviously, going into next week."Covid restrictions meant a maximum of only 500 fans were allowed inside Beechwood but both sets of fans created plenty of noise as the teams ran out onto the park.And there was no

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