AUCHINLECK Talbot are in the Scottish Junior Cup quarter finals and it has to be said it’s where they deserve to be.

Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Pollok in an absorbing fifth-round contest was every bit as convincing and emphatic as the scoreline suggests even though two late goals from substitute Jamie Glasgow were needed to seal the Ayrshiremen's latest march into the Holy Grail’s latter stages.

A hamstring injury casting doubts over dynamic striker Glasgow’s fitness apart, Tommy Sloan’s men were as close to full strength as could be for going up against their Super Premier Division rivals.

Auchinleck got their noses in front from the penalty spot with 20 minutes played after ex-Talbot midfielder Bryan Young caught former team-mate Stevie Wilson’s foot at an attempted clearance inside the penalty area and Wilson got up to tuck the ball home with aplomb from the spot.

Roared on by supporters, Auchinleck went looking for further goals and came close with Mark Shankland and Graham Wilson efforts before surviving a scare when unmarked Lok front man Adam Forde wasted a great opportunity at the back post by heading tamely into the arms of goalkeeper Andy Leishman.

Nikky Little coming on to replace a limping Ross Brash did little to affect the territorial dominance of the home side whose reward arrived from a killer second goal almost on the interval by full-back Gordon Pope whose supporting run saw him perfectly positioned to receive a Dwayne Hyslop lay-off some 22 yards out and hammer an unstoppable shot beyond diving Pollok keeper Jordan Longmuir.

The home side continued where they left off in the second half but Pollok, for whom Wharton had stayed inside during the interval, held firm and approaching the hour mark only a superb one-handed diving save by Leishamn kept Little's curling shot from heading into the top corner and the giant keeper again came to his side’s rescue when parrying away a David Gormley netbound shot.

Auchinleck almost put the game to bed with a Shankland trademark free-kick that rebounded off the crossbar and Longmuir also denied Graham Wilson and Sean McElroy in what was the tiring front man’s last act before being replaced by Glasgow – who hadn’t even touched the ball before Pollok reeled their Cup dreams back in.

Little danger was apparent at an 83rd-minute Stefan McLuskey corner kick but Young atoned for his earlier gaffe by bravely diverting the ball home with a near post diving header that halved the visitors' deficit.

However any hopes of escaping with their Cup dreams intact were crushed just two minutes later when Glasgow picked up a Shankland flick and ran through to clip a right-foot shot past Longmuir for 3-1.

And in the final minute he was again perfectly placed to pounce on a rebound from a Stevie Wilson shot to round off the scoring.

Delighted Talbot boss Sloan said: "It’s a luxury having someone like Jamie to throw into the mix but he’d probably have started if there was not a worry over the hamstring injury picked up in training.

“Jamie insisted that he was fully fit but I was reluctant to risk losing him longer term and decided to keep him in reserve but I would have to say he was right after that quite electric 10 minutes on the pitch.”

Posing the question to Tucker of whether his Auchinleck Talbot side are on the verge of a 12th Scottish Cup win evoked a measured response.

He said: “We have done nothing other than earn a place in the quarter finals so it’s important we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

“To beat a very good Pollok side in the manner we did is pleasing and I was happy with large phases of our game out there – particularly first half.

“That said it took a couple of terrific saves by big Andy to keep our goal intact when Pollok came back at us and Butch’s goal might have set the scene for a nervy finale but for Jamie weighing in with his goals.”

Also among into the last eight are Rob Roy following a dramatic 4-3 comeback against Linlithgow Rose – who were 3-0 to the good after half an hour’s play at Guys Meadow.

Roddy McLennan, Martyn Shields and Tommy Coyne (pen) had the East Region outfit coasting but a 35th-minute wonder free-kick from Gavin Mackie galvanised the Rabs and they managed to get back on level terms before the interval with Gary Carroll (pen) and Kevin Watt counters.

The second half dismissal of Shields for two yellow-card offences left the Rose fighting for survival but their resistance was finally ended by a 90th-minute close range strike by Willie Sawyers.

Paul McKenzie netted the only goal of the game as Hurlford United got the better of Sauchie while East Region league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose were another faller after succumbing to a 2-1 reverse at home to Beith who had trailed to a Dean Hoskins penalty kick goal until the closing stages.

The visitors got back on level terms through a Connor McGlinchey spot kick before veteran centre-back Martin McLaughlin headed home an injury-time winning goal that sparked furious scenes and allegedly led to Bonnyrigg having three players red carded to go along with the two sent off in regulation time.

It was not all good news for West Region sides as Arthurlie lost 3-0 away to Carnoustie Panmure and the same scoreline ensued at Valefield where Bo’ness United came out on top against a depleted Kilbirnie Ladeside, for whom John Sweeney was giving his first-half marching orders for a diving save to keep out a certain score.

Will Snowdon netted the resulting penalty kick and scored again from the spot with Stuart Hunter also on target for the visitors.

WEEKEND RESULTS: Auchinleck Talbot 4 Pollok1, Bonnyrigg Rose 1 Beith 2, Carnoustie Panmure 3 Arthurlie 0, Irvine Meadow 0 Lochee Utd 2, Kilbirnie Ladeside 0 Bo’ness Utd 3, Rob Roy 4 Linlithgow Rose 3,Sauchie 0 Hurlford Utd 1. Super Premier Division Glenafton 4 Girvan 0. Super First Division. Kello Rovers v Largs Thistle ,Petershill 4 Maryhill 1, Darvel v Troon, Cambuslang Rangers 4 Renfrew0, Kilsyth Rangers 2 Rutherglen Glencairn 1, Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston. Central First Division. Blantyre Vics v Shotts Bon Accord, Greenock v Benburb, Neilston v Port Glasgow, East Kilbride Thistle v Thorniewood Utd, Glasgow Perthshire v St Rochs. Central Second Division. Ashfield v Vale of Clyde ,Dunipace v Johnstone Burgh ,Newmains Utd v Royal Albert,St Anthonys v Carluke Rovers, Lanark Utd v Vale of Leven ,Bellshill Athletic v Ayrshire District League. Muirkirk v Saltcoats Vics, , Irvine Vics v Whitletts Vics . New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup 1st Round. Craigmark v Cumbernauld Utd, Lugar Boswell v Clydebank.