Whitehill Welfare made the trip to Innerleithen to face Vale of Leithen for the third time in cup competition this season.
After previous wins in the Image Printers and League Cups and at home in the league, Grant Carnie’s men travelled as favourites.
In the sixth minute, Welfare defender John Hall misjudged a high ball and his push on Scott Moffat’s back saw the referee Michael Banks point to the spot. Hall’s brother Jordan then saw his spot kick saved well by Darren Walker.
It was a largely sterile first half until after 35 minutes, Andrew Kidd’s header came back off the crossbar, and in the scramble which ensued, Vale defender Ricky Miller saw red as he was judged to have handled on the line. It was Wayne McIntosh’s turn to open the scoring from the spot, but his weak shot was easily saved by Craig Weir. Despite some strong Welfare pressure, it remained goalless at the break.
Full report in this week’s Advertiser - out now.