ROSS KAVANAGH was the hero for after his extra-time winner guaranteed Sauchie a spot in the quarter finals of the South Challenge Cup.

Sauchie fell behind by two goals to Cumnock inside the first 15 minutes, but their determination ensured they overturned the deficit to win 3-2.

Goals from Darren Carroll and Danny Smith carried the game into extra time, with Kavanagh slotting it past the keeper, leaving Cumnock unable to respond.

The forward told Advertiser Sport how he hoped Sauchie would use this momentum into the next round.

He said: “Scoring the winner was brilliant to be honest, we’re delighted. Fifth round as well, that gets us into the quarter finals.

“We deserved it – we work really hard throughout the week and we’re seeing it pay off each game.

“We regrouped at half time and we came out in the second half and dominated the game. I’m glad we pulled through and got our act together.

“It’s about sticking together and kicking on and building the momentum throughout the rest of the season.”

Sauchie’s form of late has been nothing short of phenomenal, going unbeaten in the league by 11 games and embarking on a daring cup run.

The Reds have been drawn at home to Drumchapel United in the quarter finals, to be held the week of April 1.

“Drumchapel are doing well in their league,” Kavanagh added. “I think it’ll be another well-contested game just like this one.

“I think whoever turns up more on the day will be the team that goes away with it.”