Vale see red in cup tie as four players sent off

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Vale of Leithen were sent reeling out of the Scottish Cup on Saturday after having four players sent off at Dudgeon Park.

The game sparked in to life just after the half hour mark when Vale captain James Young elbowed Zander Sutherland in the face. Without any hesitation referee Craig Sim showed Young a red.

The second red was a result of two yellows in the space of a 54 second period on 41 minutes. John Ross Kerr make a late challenge on Martin Maclean which initially saw Sim produce a yellow. However, when play resumed Kerr ran to chase down the ball before taking away Andrew Greig’s legs in a dangerous second challenge. Sim had no option but to show a second yellow and reduce the visitors to nine before the break.

Although depleted in numbers, the game plan of the visitors was clear – get the draw and a replay at their home ground. For 89 minutes that almost worked. However, further dismissals hindered the visitors in what will surely be a costly day for the Vale in disciplinary fines.

Keith Lough was sent off on 82 minutes for a foul on Gavin Morrison and shortly after that Vale manager Chic McAleavy was sent to the stand for foul and abusive language.

Almost a minute later the game was sent close to abandonment when sub Scott Gormley was also shown red for dissent.

Now facing a seven man outfit Brora scored in the dying stages. The ball fell to Ben Bruce whose goal-bound effort was deflected to an unmarked Steven Mackay who rifled in from four yards out to seal the win.