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BUCKIE Thistle will need to come through a replay  if they are to progress to the third round of the Scottish Cup.

The Jags dominated the game against Gretna 2008 after falling behind to an eighth minute goal by Richard Murray.

However, a combination of good goalkeeping, solid defending and bad luck saw the Jags frustrated for most of the afternoon at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Their pressure paid off in the second half when John McLeod scored from close range to make it 1-1.

Gretna keeper Daniel Armstrong was in good form and the centre back pairing of Richard Murray and Daniel Wood were at the heart of a hard working visiting defence.

Armstrong produced two saves in the opening five minutes to keep out efforts from Stuart Taylor and Kevin Fraser.

Buckie were undone when Jack Hunter’s long throw deep into the box was headed in by Murray.

The Jags continued to press and McLeod missed a great chance when he was clean through on goal but fired over the bar with just the keeper to beat.

Buckie started the second half on the front foot and McLeod and Angus both saw efforts saved by Armstrong.

The home side had a scare on 62 minutes when keeper Ross Salmon was forced to save bravely at the feet of Dylan Neill after the striker beat the offside trap.

The remainder of the game saw Buckie largely camped in the Gretna half.

McLeod popped up with the leveller after good work by Sam Uquhart and sub Chris Angus.

Buckie continued to press forward but could not find a winner against a well drilled Gretna defence.

The visitors had David Reynard sent off late on for a second booking after he pulled back Kevin Fraser.

The sides will meet again next Saturday at Gretna.

Buckie: Salmon, Cheyne (MacKinnon 90+2), Carrol (Wood 58), Munro, Dorrat, McLean, K Fraser, Taylor (Angus 58), Low, McLeod, Urquhuart. Not used: Copeland, J Fraser, Murray, Strong

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