Preston Athletic 0 Montrose 3Montrose cruised through to the next round of the Scottish Cup after seeing off eight-man Preston Athletic 3-0.
After a fairly tame first half in East Lothian, the second period exploded into life just minutes after the restart as veteran striker Chris Templeman was adjudged to have pushed over Fabio Neto inside the area following a Daniel O’Rourke corner.
But the Panners skipper failed to capitalise, drawing a fine save from Allan Fleming.
The home side’s misery was compounded just three minutes later as Preston’s Reece Cochrane scythed down winger Graham Webster handing the Gables Endies a spot-kick of their own and Gary Fraser made no mistake in sending Craig Pennycuick the wrong way to open the scoring.
Chris Templeman and Jonathan Court ensured the SPFL League 2 outfit’s passage with two further strikes of their own.
The hosts, meanwhile, ended the tie with eight men as substitute Jack Jardine, Gavin Stevenson and O’Rourke were all sent packing by referee Craig Napier.
Pennycuick produced the save of the match midway through the first half as he somehow got a touch to deny Fraser from a Webster cross.
Montrose continued to press for the opener but couldn’t force an opening.
But, the match finally came to the fore two minutes into the second half as Neto crumbled under the challenge of Templeman.
However, Fleming got a firm hand to deny Colquhoun from 12 yards before Fraser showed his rival how it’s done as he sent the Preston No.1 the wrong way.
Templeman used his experience to send an angled shot into the far corner to double Paul Hegarty’s side’s advantage on 65 minutes and substitute Jonathan Court wrapped up things with a close-range finish four minutes from time.
Jardine had only been on the park 17 minutes when he was shown a straight red for a late tackle before teammates O’Rourke and Stevenson followed having picked up a second booking each for dissent.