Kilsyth Rangers 0 Cumnock 4
Scottish Junior Cup, fifth round
Rangers tumbled out of the Scottish at the hands of Premier Division club Cumnock Juniors, and the gulf in class between the divisions was pretty evident here.
It was never really a contest after the visitors went two up just before the interval.
Now Rangers must put all their energies to maintaining a place in the Super League.
This was one of only two Scottish ties to survive the weather and Duncansfield was looking good by kick-off time with a bright sun overhead, although the ground was still pretty soft underfoot.
A big support had come up from Cumnock and with many neutrals also in attendance it was easily the biggest crowd seen at Duncansfield for quite a few years.
Rangers had won the toss and elected to play with the breeze. However, inside the first minute Cumnock had the ball in the net, although it was clearly offside. Rangers responded with Dolan making a very good run down the right but no-one was in place to meet his cross.
Johnson tried a shot from distance for Cumnock but it sailed well over. Cumnock won their first corner in ten minutes and although the ball was initially cleared it fell to Love, some 25 yards out, who unleashed a fine, low shot to the bottom right corner of the net.
For Rangers Kelly was proving the main threat and he made some good runs, from one the ball bounced around in the goalmouth and it eventually bounced clear of the top of the crossbar.
Then Semple spilled another of his efforts and McLaren was in on top of the keeper, there were appeals for a penalty but none was given.
Eeles was also making a few good runs down the middle but by this time the Cumnock defence could see where the danger lay and were pretty effective in cutting it out.
There was still only one goal in it as half-time neared, but another corner to Cumnock resulted in Love nipping in to hit home his second from close range.
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