Lochee United are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in eight years after Saturday’s thumping 4-1 win at Beith.
And, after their second-successive win in Ayrshire, few would bet against them going on to lift the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
The hero for the Bluebells was Connor Birse, who scored a hat-trick, and the striker insists they fear no-one in their quest to win a first Scottish Cup.
He said: “To a man we were fantastic and fully deserved the win against a good side.
“I hadn’t scored for a few games, so to grab three in such a big match was beyond my wildest dreams.
“The club have never won the Scottish Cup and we now have a two-legged semi to look forward to. There is no reason why we can’t go all the way and write our name in the history books.”
Yet it started badly for George Shields’ side when they fell behind after five minutes when Greg Kirk handled in the box and Conner McGlinchey made no mistake from the spot.
The lead only lasted five minutes as Birse pounced on a defensive mix up to equalise.
Lochee went ahead five minutes after the interval when Birse turned provider and set up Grant Lawson, who cut inside before firing into the bottom corner.
With half-an-hour left Birse got on the end of a Scott McComiskie cross to slot home. Then, with 12 minutes to go, Birse ran on to a Stephen McNally pass and dinked the ball over the keeper to complete his hat-trick.
There was still time for a bit of drama when Beith were awarded another penalty but, this time, Mark Fotheringham dived to save McGlinchey’s spot-kick.
While Birse will take all the plaudits, it was a magnificent team performance and they should feel confident of beating whoever they are drawn against in the last four.
The last time the Bluebells reached the semi-final stage was 2010 when they met Linlithgow, then managed by Dave Baikie.
However, despite winning the first leg 1-0 at Thomson Park they lost 4-1 in the second leg.