A LATE Ross McNeil strike fired East Kilbride into the third round of the Scottish Cup at Central Park.

Cowdenbeath had created several chances but it was Billy Stark’s team that progressed.

Stark said: “We are delighted with the result, but the thing that pleased me most was the performance.

"I know Cowdenbeath haven't be setting the heather on fire, but they have some good solid players on their own patch that made life difficult for us.

"We stood up to that well defensively and I felt we had a certain control and composure about us."

Lowland League leaders BSC Glasgow were humbled at Buckie Thistle, where they went down 6-2.

Ross McMillan’s red card compounded the misery for Stephen Swift’s team.

David Greenhill and Jamie Dishington both scored twice as Spartans eased past Clachnacuddin at Ainslie Park.

Blair Atkinson was also on target in the 5-0 win.

Spartans boss Dougie Samuel said: “We scored early which was vital to settle things down.

“We played really well during the first half and could maybe have had a few more.”

Second half strikes from Alan White and Jamie Watt secured a 2-0 win for Banks of Dee over Selkirk.

Deflated Selkirk boss Ian Fergus said: “We had too many experienced players missing today.

“We hit the woodwork twice before they scored but they probably deserved to win in the end.”

Scott Graham scored a double as Brora Rangers left the capital with a 5-0 win over Civil Service Strollers.

There was a 4-0 defeat for East Stirlingshire at Formatine.

William West netted both of Fraserburgh’s goals as they left Peffermill with a 2-0 win over Edinburgh University.

Stirling University crashed out at Montrose after going down 4-1, and Edusport Academy conceded two late goals as they went down 3-1 at Elgin City.

In the Lowland League Vale of Leithen moved away from danger with a 3-1 win at Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Kerr Allan, Shaun Stevens and Matthew Graham were on target for Chris Anderson’s team.