MONTROSE Tennis Club’s men won their first Scottish Cup tie in many years on Sunday when they coped with difficult weather conditions to beat Duffus of Cupar by 7-2 in matches.
Heavy wind delayed the away match against the Third Division team and then the wind made play difficult.
Montrose’s first pair of Graeme Walker and George Baxter won their matches in straight sets, as did the second pair of Andy Moffat and Brian Wright.
The first pair had the toughest draw, beating the Duffus first couple 6-4 6-3 and then winning easily against the home team’s second pair by 6-0 6-3.
Montrose’s second pair beat Duffus’s third couple by 6-2 6-3, then turned in a strong performance to beat the first pair 6-3 6-4. The third Montrose couple of Fraser McGlynn and Rob Bennett lost 6-4 6-2 to the Fife’s club’s second pair and were a bit unlucky against the third couple to lose in two tie breaks.
At this point Montrose were ahead 4-2 in matches.
However, one of the Duffus players could not continue because of injury, which handed Montrose the decisive fifth win. Cupar conceded the other two ties, making the score 7-2.
Given a favourable draw this year after drawing Tayside’s best team, St Andrews University, in the first round the last two years, First Division Montrose have a good chance on paper of reaching the Tayside finals.
Montrose face Second Division Scone or Third Division Lundin Sports in the semi-finals next weekend.
This is only the fourth year the resurgent Montrose men have entered the Scottish Cup in recent times, following a long spell in the middle divisions.