BUCKIE Thistle boss Graeme Stewart hailed his Scottish Cup heroes and the fans who cheered them to victory.
The 10-man Jags put in a terrific performance at Meadowbank Stadium to dump Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City out of the competition.
A large and noisy travelling Buckie Thistle fans’ army had a day to remember as goals in the last 20 minutes from Iain Macrae and Chris Angus secured a 2-1 win and a place in the third round.
Chris McKee had given Edinburgh a first-half lead and Buckie looked to be up against it after also having midfielder Jay Cheyne shown a straight red card for an elbowing offence.
However, they produced their best performance of the season to win the game.
Stewart said: “The boys were brilliant and that was my best feeling as a manager.
“I have never been so proud and the players did 100 per cent what they were asked to do.
“We were the better team in the first half and we changed a few things around at half-time and we dominated the second half.”
Stewart was delighted for the players and the superb Buckie support.
“The fans were amazing and sung the whole game. No other club would have had around 150 fans down there. After the game the players were celebrating with the fans.”
The only sour note for Stewart was Cheyne’s red card, and he admitted the player will be fined for his indiscretion.
“The boys dug deep after that and I said at the end that the whole team deserved a kiss and a cuddle from Jay for that,” said the manager.
Stewart had Edinburgh City watched three times in the build up to the second-round match and the game plan was built around weaknesses that could be exploited.
“I had never been as confident after watching a team,” he revealed.
Another virtuoso performance from Kevin Fraser underpinned the Buckie win.
“Kevin Fraser was unbelievable and was the best player on the park by a country mile.”
Buckie are in Aberdeenshire Shield action on Wednesday night at home to Fraserburgh before welcoming Lossiemouth to Victoria Park on Saturday.
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