A bumper edition of this week’s Loan Watch is in the offing after this weekend’s action saw nine Hearts players take to the pitch for their loan clubs.
Dario delivers Wasps’ sting in the tail
Canadian winger Dario Zanatta scored his second goal in three games for Alloa Athletic in Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Brechin City.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark before setting up Alan Trouten for the Wasps’ third, after Greg Spence had doubled their lead in the second half.
Alloa now face a trip to St Mirren in the fourth round.
Currie’s Fifers sink Hamilton’s Berwick
Rory Currie came out on top against Chris Hamilton in the battle of the loan stars after East Fife bagged a 2-1 win at Berwick Rangers.
Currie set up East Fife’s second goal, five minutes after they had taken a 6th minute lead through Ross Davidson.
Hamilton got in on the action too, providing the assist for Daryl Healy to pull one back but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Shielfield side from crashing out of the cup.
East Fife’s reward for making round four is a home tie against either Greenock Morton or Peterhead.
Moore cup success
Joining Dario and Rory in the fourth round is Lewis Moore, following Forfar Athletic’s 2-0 victory against Lowland League outfit BSC Glasgow.
It was a productive afternoon for the winger, setting up John Bair’ opener before seeing the favour returned his late close-range finish sealed the win and set up a next round clash at Kilmarnock.
It was an afternoon to forget for Andy Irving’s Falkirk after they fell to a derby defeat at Stenhousemuir.
The Championship side were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by their League One neighbours, with Irving starting the game and playing 68 minutes.
Paul Paton opened the scoring at Ochilview but a quickfire Conor McBrearty brace put Stenny in front.
Joe McKee restored parity for Falkirk but goals from Sean Dickson and Mark McGuigan ensured a famous 4-2 Stenhousemuir win and safe passage to the next round, where they will meet Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Staggies make numbers count
Aidan Keena’s Dunfermline gave themselves a mountain to climb in Dingwall after Kallum Higginbotham saw red after only 14 minutes for an off-the-ball incident.
The home side came out on top in the Championship meeting thanks to Billy McKay and Jamie Lindsay goals, with Jackson Longridge pulling one back for the Pars.
Keena was introduced to play in the 73rd minute, replacing his Hearts teammate Malaury Martin, to make his 6th appearance for Dunfermline.
Allan Johnston’s side sit in 7th place in the Championship table.
Livi lose at Ibrox
Bobby Burns made his second start in a row for Livingston as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox.
The 19-year-old, called up the full Northern Ireland squad for the first time recently, played 63 minutes in what was his 6th Livi appearance.
Daniel Candeais opened the scoring for the home side before Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield added late goals.
The result means Livi move down to 8th in the Premiership table, joint on points with seventh-placed Hibs.
Well good at Fir Park
Conor Sammon made his 13th appearance for Motherwell in their 3-0 Premiership win over Aberdeen.
The striker came on the 85th minute with the Steelmen 3-0 up thanks to a Denny Johnson double and David Turnbull’s second-half goal.