A DRAMATIC night of knockout action saw two Dundee sides head into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with late goals while Dundee University 1sts moved into second spot in SFL-Dundee.
Goals in the closing minutes saw FC33 get the better of the all-Dundee clash against Celtic with a 4-2 victory before Dundee West completed a three-goal comeback with a last-gasp equaliser before a penalty shootout victory against PYF Academy.
And in league action, Dundee Uni 1sts and Dundee Stars moved up the table in the race for second spot with a 6-1 win over Dundee University 2nds and a 3-1 success over
St Andrews University respectively.
The all-Dundee cup clash was a tense affair as FC33 and Dundee Celtic traded blows throughout the contest.
It was 33, however, who kept pushing in front until a 4-2 victory saw them through.
Michael McBrearty opened the scoring with a fine low effort on three minutes before Jordan Timmons smashed in an equaliser just 60 seconds later.
Neither side was giving an inch as both Frankie Bryceland and Scott Kirk stood up strong in each goal.
FC33, though, nosed back in front as Peter Hine popped up at the back post on 29 minutes.
Once more it was Timmons who pegged them back to cue celebrations on the Celtic bench with just four minutes to go.
Those were short-lived, however, as Adam Fairweather cracked in a strike worthy of winning any cup-tie before McBrearty added his second with two minutes left to seal his side’s place in the last eight.
For 39 minutes of their tie against a slick PYF Academy side, it didn’t look like Dundee West would join them as the young Perth outfit took a deserved 3-0 half-time lead.
They took the lead after 10 minutes after Steve Brown was adjudged to have fouled his man in the area, giving Jamie Bell the chance to open the scoring from the spot.
And it was quickly 2-0 through Ally Alcorn before Ross Cameron added a third on 17 minutes.
PYF passed up opportunities to seal the tie in the second period before West got a foothold through Jamie Reilly’s run and finish into the near post on 23 minutes.
He would add his second on 28 minutes but it looked like PYF would hold out for the win as the clock ticked down.
With just 20 seconds remaining, though, their resistance was broken as John McIntosh fired across goal for George Cran to bundle in the equaliser.
And they made that count in the penalty shootout as Callum Rae and Reilly strikes from the 10 metre mark gave goalie Rob Black the chance to win the tie by saving the final penalty of the shootout to seal a last-eight spot.
In league action, Dundee University 1sts moved into second spot on goal difference after sweeping aside their second string.
Early on the division’s bottom team enjoyed a strong start and were unlucky not to lead before Hubert Cousin shrugged off a defender to open the scoring on 13 minutes.
Quickly, the 1sts stretched their lead thanks to Craig Kemlo and then Sam Pirrie’s howitzer in the 14th and 17th minutes before Jack Penn and Anthony Darlington made it
5-0 at the break.
The 2nds rallied in the second period and got one back through Charles King before Pirrie’s deflected effort in the last minute made it 6-1.
Stars, meanwhile, are just two points behind the students after a hard-fought 3-1 win over St Andrews University.
After a strong start to the campaign, Saints have struggled to build up any form in recent months but they started well with a second-minute strike from Pierre El-Sayed Youssef.
Both sides created chances before Faisal Ahmed levelled things on 14 minutes and then Blair McCord made it 2-1 before the break.
The second period was a real battle with both sides passing up gilt-edged chances before McCord finally sealed the points with a thunderous effort into the top corner in the final seconds.
That sees Stars in with a chance of a second-placed finish as they head into a final league match of the campaign against Dundee City.