Renfrew co-manager Martin Ferry admitted a draw was a fair result after Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup stalemate against St Roch’s.

Unbeaten in their last eight league matches and currently sitting second in the Championship, Frew were overwhelming favourites to progress to the third round on Saturday as they made the trip to James McGrory Park.

However, Renfrew struggled to implement their style on proceedings in the north of Glasgow, with the Candy Rock resolute.

The visitors did manage to get the ball in the net 20 minutes in but it was chopped off after David McKenna had strayed into an offside position.

St Roch’s went on to carve out the best chance of the first 45 right on the stroke of half-time with a headed effort rattling back off the woodwork and away.

Renfrew then found themselves down to 10 men with 25 minutes remaining after David McCallum received two quick yellows.

The visitors did have a couple of chances despite being a man down but they were eventually forced to settle for a draw and a replay at New Western Park this weekend.

Ferry said: “To be honest, there wasn’t much between the two teams on the day. It wasn’t much of a footballing spectacle, let’s put it that way. James McGrory Park is always a difficult place to go so we expected a tough match.

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“It was a hard-fought draw with a lot of fight and effort from both teams but there wasn’t much quality on show from either side to be honest - it was just scrappy. The quality of the park didn’t help much either.

“We were the favourites beforehand but a draw was probably a fair result on the balance of things so I can have no complaints about that.

“They hit the bar just before half-time and we had a couple of chances in the second. More clinical finishing from us would have seen us in the third round but, on the whole, both teams worked hard and a draw was fair in the end.

“We’re hoping that it’ll be a different story this weekend once we get them back to our park.

“We’ve been picking up good results in the last few weeks so it’s hopefully a case of continuing that.

“The artificial surface should help us too. Their park is a typical old style junior ground so it’s always difficult to make the transition back to that after playing on the 4G for a period of time, but we’re still in the draw and have every chance this weekend.” 

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