Their fairytale Scottish Cup run may be over- but Broxburn Athletic boss Brian McNaughton was left happy at full time as the cup story reached it’s ending.

The East of Scotland League side had a heroic journey to reach the fourth round. It started way back in August with a preliminary round match with Tynecastle.

Their Scottish Cup quest started in August. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Since then, they have played Girvan, East Stirlingshire, Cowdenbeath twice following a replay and Inverurie Loco Works. It led them to a Premiership away tie with St Mirren.

It ended in defeat, but Broxburn gave themselves something to be proud about. Despite the 3-0 scoreline, McNaughton’s men managed to frustrate St Mirren in large spells and did well to deny them chances, especially in the first half.

McNaughton has been left immensely proud of the club after the cup run was brought to its conclusion: “They did great, they really did. 3-0 at the end sounds like a smashing. St Mirren are a far better team than us but I thought we stuck into it.

Goodwin’s side had to work for Broxburn Athletic victory. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“It was just a bit disappointing we never got up the pitch a bit more. St Mirren’s first wasn’t a classic goal and the first was going to be critical.

“I was really pleased with them. When you think about tier one versus tier six, it shows there’s a bit of quality further down the chain in Scotland. I thought the players played exceptionally well.

“I’ve been pleased with them since the start of the season. There’s one thing I get out my players all the time and that’s 100%. Nobody’s left anything out on the park and that’s all you can ask for.

“If the footballing gods are with you, you sometimes get positive results. 1600 away fans is absolutely brilliant. They were loud throughout and here’s hoping we can get some turning up to other games on a Saturday.”

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