By Steven Connolly
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Saturday saw the Scottish Cup Fourth Round take place although only 7 ties took place with the remaining 9 either postponed or taking place on Sunday.
Neither Celtic nor Rangers were in action and although there were no shocks in regards of teams being knocked out, the minnows certainly played their part with 3 lower league sides holding their SPL counterparts to a draw - and each being away from home.
Here we take a brief look at the afternoon's games :
Aberdeen 6 East Fife 0
The Dons safely progressed to the Fifth Round with a comfortable victory over Second Division East Fife, currently managed by ex Scotland stars John Robertson and Gordon Durie.
Aberdeen raced into a 4 goal first half lead with Scotland under 21 star Chris Maguire bagging a wonderful hat trick with Scott Vernon netting the other.
Another strike from Vernon and one from Josh Magennis sealed the 6 goal demolition for the Reds.
Craig Brown admitted after the match the result had been harsh on the visitors saying "We're embarrassed we scored as many goals because East Fife did not deserve to be on the receiving end of that."
The former Scotland boss also praised starlet Maguire claiming he's surprised not to have received any bids for the frontman he rates as highly as Rangers target David Goodwillie of Dundee United.
Dundee United 0 Ross County 0
A repeat of last season's cup final failed to ignite at Tannadice with the First Division outfit holding the Premier League side to a comfortable draw.
County started the better side but failed to seriously test Arabs keeper Dusan Pernis.
United were without the suspended David Goodwillie and struggled to make many clear cut opportunites in front of a disappointing crowd of only 4,041.
Hamilton 2 Alloa 0
Hamilton produced a decent display to see of a spirited Alloa side who currently sit Fourth in the Second Division.
A strike form Nigel Hasselbaink gave Accies the lead after 33 minutes but the victory wasn't sealed until an injury time winner from Flavio Paixao.
Minutes prior to Paixao's clincher the home side had been awarded a penalty which saw Alloa goalkeeper Stephen Robertson sent off for bringing down Jim McAllister.
Having used all their subs, striker Dave Gormley took over the stopper's jersey and promptly saved Simon Mensing's spot kick.
Billy Reid was happy to progress to the next round but felt the winning margin should have been more.
"We could and should have scored more, but too many times we took the wrong option." he said
Inverness 2 Elgin 0
It took Inverness until the 90th minute to open the scoring in this Highland Derby as plucky Elgin battled away only to be cruelly defeated with the last kicks of the ball.
Caley will be delighted to have notched up their first victory since November 20th but it was still harsh on the Third Division side who battled away throughout the 90 minutes.
Dani Sanchez scort the Jags first with much heralded Adam Rooney netting the second.
Montrose 2 Dunfermline 2
A rip roaring tie at Links Park saw Montrose grab a well deserved replay against the Pars through a last minute strike from veteran striker Paul Tosh.
The much traveled forward struck after it looked like goals from substitute Pat Clarke (73) and Andy Kirk (81) had secured the Fifers passageway to Round Five.
It was Tosh who had given the Angus side the lead after 26 minutes much against the run of play and although Dunfermline dominated they were forced to accept a replay after the injury time equaliser.
Hibernian 0 Ayr United 0
Hibs produced another shocking display as they were jeered off the park by the majority of the poor 6,056 crowd.
Colin Calderwood described the Hibees display as "under-par" whilst his Ayr counterpart Brian Reid was left rueing Andy Rodgers injury time chance which saw home keeper Mark Brown save well from the striker.
Reid said "The players have to take belief from that performance. If you don't, then you obviously have problems with your professional players."
St Mirren 0 Peterhead 0
Saints disappointed their support after failing to see off Second Division Peterhead in an entertaining goalless draw in Paisley.
Peterhead keeper Jon Batemen made a wonderful injury time stop save to deny Buddies Craig Dargo a goal when he tipped the strikers header over the bar.
Danny Lennon criticized his players at the end saying "It's very disappointing considering the amount of possession we had."
The Blue Toon's boss Neale Cooper heralded a fantastic result after a lack of match action and said "To come here and get a draw after having so few games recently is a fantastic achievement."
The match between Morton v Airdrie was postponed due to adverse weather and the game will now be played on Tues 18th January.
Elsewhere Falkirk v Partick, cancelled due to snow, has yet to have a date set for the replay whilst Queen of the South v Brechin, also cancelled due to snow, has provisionally been re-scheduled for Tuesday 11th January.
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