GREG Fleming was left admiring and cursing opposite number Connor Quinn in equal measure at the weekend, but hopes Ayr United can finally get the better of Clyde on Tuesday night.
Ayr found Clyde keeper Quinn in inspired form on Saturday when they needed a Paul Cairney equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw and set up the replay at Broadwood.
The 18-year-old former Livingston goalie was only signed last week as a stand-in for the suspended John Gibson but helped to deny Ayr a place in the quarter-finals at the first time of asking with a string of superb saves.
Fleming admits there was frustration in the Somerset Park ranks that they could not see off their League Two opponents, but is determined they can finish the job tonight.
He told @CCP_sport: “It was a tough game on Saturday, which we expected, but the Clyde goalie has played well and pulled off some really good saves.
“That’s just one of those things. For it being his first game for Clyde, and at first-team level, he did very well. It was a good debut for him to have.
“I was cursing him from the other end of the pitch. When you see some of the saves he’s making you’re getting a bit annoyed.
“But at the same time you’ve got to say ‘fair play’ to the lad as well.
“We know going to their ground it will be another tough game. We’ve just got to make sure we’re at it right from the start and hopefully get the job done and get through.”
Whoever progresses will face the winners of the replay between Hibs and Hearts, meaning a possible return to Easter Road for Ayr, who have earned a win and a draw on that ground in the league this season.
Fleming added: “It’s a decent draw for both clubs to get. Both teams will obviously be right up for the game to try to get through.
“It’s not often that a team from either of our leagues gets through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, so we’ll be doing all we can to get there.
“We’ve done okay against Hibs this season, but we’ve got to concentrate on our game first and then let the Hibs-Hearts game take care of itself before we can think about anything like that.”