FRASER DUNCAN couldn’t hide the smile and the pride was radiating from him.

Minutes after watching his side defeat Bonnyrigg Rose 3-2 and secure their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup, the Sauchie manager praised his side for a sensational performance.

He said: “Brilliant, absolutely outstanding. We’ve worked all week, worked so hard to get things ready and prepared and, to be fair, every man in that team has done their job exactly how they were meant to do it and they’ve been superb.

“We’ve came out into a game against a team that’s two leagues above us and I don’t care what anybody says we deserved that more than anything. We’ve kept the ball better, we’ve made better use of the ball, passed the ball around and defended better. We were excellent, from start to finish. I’m not going to fault anything, we were excellent.”

Asked if it could be described as a giant killing, he said: “Definitely, it’s got to be. We’ve beat Bonnyrigg before but when you look at what they’ve done and where they are at the minute how can you say it’s not a giant killing? I’m absolutely delighted, we were outstanding.

“We’re delighted to be into the next round and we’ve put a really big side out of the competition. It’s really important for the club as well, you look at the amount of work that’s went into [Saturday], all the committee members and everyone working hard for the club. They deserve it, that’s a wee something for them.”

The whole team was exceptional and Duncan, while reluctant to single anyone out, praised a select few for their efforts.

“Kav [Ross Kavanagh] was sensational. He’s scored 16 goals this year, he’s gave their defenders an absolutely torrid time.

“He’s playing up there on his own, we’ve done everything we can to support him. He was outstanding. He’s been outstanding all season to be honest. We brought him in, worked with him in training, tied up a few bits of his game and I think we’re reaping the rewards now as a club.

“He's a constant threat but everyone was brilliant, I can’t single anyone out. Ross Balmer was excellent, he made a wee mistake but the whole game he was superb. Young Ally [Peacock] was superb at left back, Scott Davidson and Daz Carroll’s defending was outstanding.

“I’ve got a wee special mention for Brian Morgan because he was outstanding. For a guy who’s getting on in years he looked like a young kid, he just wanted to get involved.

“I’m chuffed to bits, I want to thank everybody. I can’t go through them all but we were outstanding.”

Ahead of the third round draw Duncan said: “I would love a third round tie at home. I’ll take whoever it is.

“We’ve got threats in our side, on our day we’ll beat anybody.”