Scott Clelland joked he'd like to keep Auchinleck Talbot for the Scottish Junior Cup final after masterminding a fifth round giant killing over Irvine Meadow.

The Kello Rovers boss made the tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked how far his League One underdogs can go in the competition after they beat Meadow 2-1 this afternoon to reach the quarter finals for the first time in 45 years.

Holders Talbot progressed to the last eight themselves with a 2-1 win over Tayport and Clelland said: "I'm an Auchinleck man so we'll keep them for the final!"

Clelland admitted watching his nine-men cling on for a monumental victory against top flight Dow was the most emotionally draining experience of his football career.

But he insisted it was worth it as he revealed how the Kirkconnel outfit had gone above and beyond the call of duty to do their homework on Brian McGinty's side.

He said: "I had somebody watch the Medda six times since the draw was made. We went and watched them against Arthurlie and we know what they're all about.

"They're not a typical Premiership team. They don't knock it about.

Kello boss Scott Clelland

"They're workmanlike and they work for one another. I had to make a few changes to the team to adapt to that and I thought it worked well.

"I thought we were the better team actually - even when we went down to 10 men early in the first half. Watching it, you wouldn't know we had 10 men.

"I said to the boys at half time as long as we don't lose our discipline we'll win this game.

"I knew the Medda were gonna score but it was up to us to see if we could defend for the 94 minutes or whetever it was and we did.

"I thought we deserved to win the game today but I don't think I've been as emotionally drained in all my life."

"But listen, Meadow are a good team and they'll come back from this. We got them on an off day and we had a good day."

Clelland admitted he started to believe an upset might be on the cards when defender Sean Bennie scored a wonder goal early in the second half to put Rovers 2-0 in front.

"It was Roy of the Rovers stuff, he said.

"That's when you start asking yourself are we gonna win this here?

"But I thought even with nine men our fitness levels were still good. For a team two leagues below the top division I thought man-for-man we matched them for 90 minutes."

Clelland is hoping the result will inspire the people of Kirkconnel to get right behind his players on a weekly basis after they packed out Nithside Park for the cup clash.

He added: "We usually only get 50 to 100 at a game and you seen how many folk were here today.

"I'm just hoping that they enjoyed it and the decide to come back support the boys."