After extra time
Selkirk manager Steve Forrest has warned his side to improve on their extraordinary King Cup win over Ormiston or face a Spartans hammering this weekend.
The Souters were involved in an eight-goal thriller against the East of Scotland First Division team, which also included five red cards brandished by referee Jordan Stokoe, two of which were for the hosts.
Forrest said: “We have been improving every week, but today was a dip in performance. I am just pleased to get through.”
In terms of quality, this cup tie was the equivalent of a batch of dodgy watches sold down Peckham market by Derek Trotter.
But for entertainment, it was better than a Bruce Willis shoot-’em-up blockbuster.
The drama began on 20 minutes as Stokoe sent off Selkirk’s Daryl Johnston after he threw an arm at Ormiston’s Ian Adams after being on the receiving end of a late tackle.
The visitors took advantage five minutes before the break as Scott Wright, son of Hibs legend Keith, produced a great cross for Sean Miller to head in. But Selkirk came roaring back on 44 minutes when David Battle produced a perfect chip finish over Ormiston stopper Jordan Dunsmore.
The visitors regained their lead on 57 minutes as Barry Milven and goalkeeper Gregor Amos both failed to clear Miller’s corner to allow Graham Nisbet to nod in a simple goal.
Yet, the tie was levelled on 68 minutes, as were the playing numbers. Ormiston’s Scott McKenzie was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, and the resultant free kick by Connor Handren was headed in by Ryan McManus. Craig Scott then put Selkirk 3-2 in front with a simple tap in.
Despite being reduced to just nine men when sub Kenny Riding was ordered off for a late challenge on Handren, Ormiston’s Daniel Keane forced extra time with a goal just four minutes from full time.
Forrest described Kevin Barr’s goal as “the ugliest he had seen”, as he scuffed Selkirk into a 4-3 lead on 94 minutes. And both teams lost a further player when Connor Ramage of Ormiston and Scott picked up second yellows.
However, the first goal of real quality sealed Selkirk’s win as a move involving Phil Addison and Stephen saw Handren find the net for the first time since his move from Raith Rovers.