WHILE there was no WoSFL action in the area on Saturday, two of the town’s amateur sides met each other in some thrilling cup action as Irvine AFC hosted Irvine Thistle in the second round of the James Scott trophy.

AFC went into the game looking to prove that they are Irvine’s strongest amateur side - given their standing the the Premier League, with Thistle one division below.

And that they did, edging a tight and thrilling affair 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 2-2 inside 90 minutes.

The match was a real rollercoaster, with both sides holding the lead at at least one point.

It was AFC who took the early initiative, with Darren Sherman converting a controversial penalty to put his side 1-0 ahead.

Though Thistle fought back and eventually took the lead themselves after goals from Lewis Quigley and then Jack McCartney.

However, a stunning free-kick from Billy McGinn then brought AFC level, and ensured the tie went the distance.

Thistle then missed two of their five penalties, so despite AFC failing to convert one of their own, Liam Wells slotting in the fifth and final penalty was enough to secure the Premier League side a spot in the quarter finals.