SAUCHIE JUNIORS boss Fraser Duncan believes his side ‘totally deserved’ their victory over Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Playing in the competition for the first time, Sauchie won 2-1 despite going a goal down within five minutes and then losing a man and conceding a penalty.

Thankfully, Chic Bell saved the penalty before Danny Smith and Conor Kelly scored to secure the club’s progression to the second round where they will host Dunipace.

Duncan told Advertiser Sport: “The whole club’s buzzing, it’s a great result for the club. We worked so hard on how we wanted to play and it’s worked for us. [It was] touch and go at the start, it’s the highs and lows of football, but it was a great experience and I’m just delighted for the lads because they worked so hard and deserved every bit of it.

“We’ve worked on a lot, we’ve watched how they played. I can’t say it was a game where we were hanging on. We’ve played the way we’ve been playing the last few weeks and we’ve finally got that wee bit of luck.

“They’re an experienced team, you don’t get to the third or fourth round of the Scottish Cup every year if you’re not a good side.

“It’s all about kicking on now and hopefully this result pushes us forward.”

Sauchie couldn’t have asked for a worse start when they went behind but Duncan’s men rallied and he praised his goalkeeper for playing such a huge part in the game’s decisive moments.

He continued: “You lose that goal early doors and you fear the worst: they came out the blocks really flying and so did we, it was end to end and then they score and I’m thinking the worst.

“Chic Bell turned the whole game around, he saves the penalty with a great save and then we started playing and scored. We put Conor Kelly on the park and he made a difference, he wasn’t 100 per cent fit to start the game but once we put him on he made a difference.

“Danny’s scored a great goal and then our second, again Chic’s been phenomenal, we talked about catching them on the break because they throw everything into the box and we talked about breaking early. He played the long ball right through their defence and Conor’s got on the end of it.

“I felt the lads totally deserved it.”

The win ensured Sauchie’s progression but also earned them a first Scottish Cup tie at Beechwood and Sauchie will have nothing to fear.

“A home draw, that’s what we were looking for,” Duncan continued. “They’ll be very hard to beat but we’re looking forward to it.

“You only need to look at Fraserburgh’s record this season, they’re flying, scouting reports said they were relentless and it would take a very good side to beat them. Well, Sauchie’s just went up and beat them on their own patch.

“The boys have got nothing to fear, we just go for it and give it everything we’ve got. We’re looking forward to it.”