East Kilbride boss Chris Aitken has urged his side to make their dreams of a glamour Scottish Cup tie a reality after a favourable draw for next month’s third round.
Kilby swept aside fellow Lowland League side University of Stirling 4-0 in the competition’s second round on Saturday and earned a tie with either Lowland rivals Dalbeattie Star or Rothes of the Highland League in round three.
The encounter will be away from home on the weekend of November 27 after Jack Stainrod’s double, coupled with Daniel McManus and Ryan Blair goals, sealed a comfortable afternoon at K-Park.
It was another four goals and a fourth clean sheet in succession for Aitken’s men.
They avoided potentially tricky ties against SPFL teams in Sunday’s draw and East Kilbride’s boss wants to make full use of it, with Premiership sides entering at the fourth round stage.
“I said on Saturday it’s a great chance to try and go to place we might never play at again, so it’s important we apply ourselves right when it comes about - and I know we will.
“We will go there with confidence and hopefully we get into the next round. Anything can happen in the Scottish Cup.
“We are away from home and we know all about Dalbeattie. We played them recently and I thought they were really dangerous.
“Rothes are up in the Highland League and we know what we would get up there. So we will need to see how they both do in their replay and we’ll start preparing for that.
“The biggest thing for me on Saturday was making sure we were in the hat for Sunday’s draw. Now we can go and prepare for the games that are coming up.
“The Scottish Cup is great, everything that comes with it. I’ve been at part-time football all my days and I played in the Scottish Cup. It took me to some of the best memories I’ve got in my 20-year playing career.”
The performance was assured from EK and similar in nature to their 3-0 league success over Stirling earlier this month.
Aitken is delighted with how his men are performing ahead of a return to Lowland League business on Saturday against Edinburgh Uni.
“Everything went to plan on Saturday which was good,” added Aitken. “Everyone to a man was excellent. We started the game really well and we were unfortunate not to score earlier than we did.
“We played to a really good standard and anybody who caught the game or was at the game would say it was a deserved 4-0 victory. It was a good day at the office for us.
“The challenge I set them in the second half was to score more goals. We go in at half-time 1-0 up but Stirling are still in the game. It should have been more than that.
“The challenge was to keep the level they were playing at up. It was to keep their energy and fitness levels the same as they were. We started really brightly and the second half goals tells you all you need to know about us.”
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