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Shire will travel to Albion Rovers in the third round of this season’s Scottish Cup.

It the reward for last weekend’s narrow 2-1 victory at Edinburgh City. Both clubs will see the match as an excellent opportunity to make it through to the fourth round, where they stand a chance of being drawn against a side from the SPL.

“It’s a good one for us because it’s a game we can win,” said coach Gordon Wylde after the draw was made at Hampden Park earlier.

But it will mean two matches in three weeks against the same opponents. The cup clash goes ahead on Saturday 24th November just a fortnight before the sides are scheduled to meet in the league at Firs Park.

There will, no doubt, be disappointment from fans who always relish a cup match against a team from outwith our division, but a repeat of our last visit to Coatbridge would secure victory and a potentially money-spinning fourth round tie.

Shire have played more league games against Albion Rovers than any other club but, strangely, cup-ties against the Cliftonhill team are few and far between.

It’s 30 years since the sides were drawn against each other in the Scottish Cup. That third round clash in 1976/77, at Firs Park, ended in a 3-0 Rovers win.

The last Shire Scottish Cup trip to Cliftonhill was in 1952/53, Shire lost that won as well, 2-0.

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