The William Hill Scottish Cup takes centre stage once more this weekend, as teams from across the country look to book their place in the third round of the competition.
The draw for the second round has thrown up some of the longest away trips the competition can offer, with Fraserburgh’s reward for edging a seven-goal thriller in their first-round encounter coming in the form of a tie against Edusport Academy at Annan’s Galabank Stadium.
Going in the other direction will be Coldstream, one of four teams remaining in the draw from the preliminary qualification rounds, as they make the long journey north to take on Brora Rangers for their first second-round match since 2001. Not only that, but the two sides will be meeting in the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1954, with Brora emerging victorious on that particular occasion.
Two of Coldstream’s fellow survivors from the preliminary rounds face off for the right to continue their Scottish Cup adventure, as Beith Juniors host Linlithgow Rose, whilst the final member of the quartet – Auchinleck Talbot – takes on defending Highland League champions Cove Rangers.
At the other end of the spectrum of journeys, a Borders derby lies in store at Shielfield Park this weekend as Berwick Rangers host Gretna FC 2008, with the visitors having never gone past this stage of the competition.
The first round’s biggest winners, Gala Fairydean Rovers, will be looking for a repeat performance when they welcome East Stirlingshire to Netherdale, while their successors as the hosts for the Scottish FA’s featured match, Rothes, host Annan Athletic.
Those who enjoy the prospect of an upset may be minded to keep an eye on Civil Service Strollers this weekend, with the Lowland League side travelling to League Two leaders – and one of the form sides in the entirety of Scottish football - Edinburgh City in a highly-anticipated Edinburgh derby. It will be a tall order for the Lowland League outfit, who are still waiting for their first second-round victory after 11 previous attempts.
Kelty Hearts will also be eying a giant-killing, with the men from New Central Park travelling to the north-east to take on Peterhead, who find themselves behind only Edinburgh City in the League Two standings. A big day for the visitors will take on extra significance, with the occasion marking the first time that Kelty have been drawn against SPFL opposition in the Scottish Cup.
Formartine United and Whitehill Welfare will similarly be looking to put one over on higher ranked opponents, taking on Albion Rovers – making their first appearance in the second round in four years - and Elgin City respectively for a spot in Saturday night’s third-round draw.
There is a brace of all-League Two ties for fans to follow this weekend, each of which promise to be highly-competitive affairs. Cowdenbeath host Danny Lennon’s Clyde, whilst Queen’s Park travel to Forthbank to take on Stirling Albion for the first time in the competition since 2003.
Beneficiaries of a first-round bye, BSC Glasgow take on Lowland League rivals Cumbernauld Colts as they look to reach the third round for the first time in their history. The Colts, however, are undefeated at home in four Scottish Cup matches, and will represent a tough test for their opponents.
Deveronvale welcome the last university side standing in the form of the University of Stirling, after both sides won their respective first-round ties 2-1. Victory for the university would represent a best-ever Scottish Cup showing, having previously never progressed further than the second round of the competition.
Finally, East Kilbride will be hoping for a cup run akin to that of 2015/16, when they were knocked out by Celtic in the fifth round. Their 2018/19 Scottish Cup journey begins with the visit of Spartans to K Park, who have scored eight goals in their previous two meetings with their hosts in the competition and will be looking to overcome their manager-less opponents on Saturday afternoon.
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The draw for the Third Round will take place following Saturday's matches at 5.45pm. You can watch it live on the Scottish FA’s official channels:
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