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Brora Rangers 2-1 Hearts: Highland League champions knock Hearts out of Scottish Cup

Hearts, who sit top of the Scottish Championship, had reached the last two Scottish Cup Finals, but are now out of the tournament before the Premiership teams enter the competition

Hearts were on the end of an incredible Scottish Cup shock as they lost 2-1 to Highland League champions Brora Rangers in the second round.

Brora had not played since their 2-1 first-round win against Camelon on January 11, hours before Scottish football was suspended below the top two men’s divisions.

The Highland League remains suspended, with Brora having played just three league matches, but they stunned Robbie Neilson’s Championship leaders – Scottish Cup runners-up in the past two years – at Dudgeon Park.

Brora took the lead in the 12th minute when Jordan Macrae found the top corner following a break down the left.

Hearts missed a number of chances, with Jamie Walker and Armand Gnanduillet the main culprits, but they got themselves level in the 69th minute when Christophe Berra volleyed home after a corner.

Incredibly, Brora regained the lead six minutes later when Martin Maclean headed home from a corner.

The home team held on without major late scare to set up a third-round tie at home to Stranraer on April 3.

Round-up: Falkirk seal Celtic tie

Falkirk set up a trip to Celtic Park after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Arbroath. Thomas O’Brien gave the hosts an early lead but Charlie Telfer levelled with a neat finish just before the break.

Arbroath dominated the second half but the Bairns broke in the 87th minute and Kai Fotheringham struck.

Inverness secured a Highland derby against Ross County but they had a late scare in a narrow 3-2 win at Buckie Thistle.

First-half goals from James Keatings and Sean Welsh had Caley Thistle 2-1 ahead until Callum Murray levelled with six minutes left. Daniel Mackay put the Championship side back in front two minutes later to set up the trip to

Partick Thistle secured a trip to Tannadice to face Dundee United following a 3-0 home win against Cowdenbeath. Shea Gordon, Zak Rudden and Connor Murray were on target.

Raith Rovers will travel to Livingston after winning 2-0 at Stirling thanks to goals from Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Tait.

Dumbarton will host Aberdeen after a 4-0 win over Huntly thanks to a double from Jamie Wilson and one apiece from Ryan McGeever and Ross Forbes.

Ayr also won 4-0, at Elgin, following first-half goals from Joe Chalmers, Michael Moffat and Luke McCowan (two). They will now host Clyde, for whom David Goodwillie was on target in a 2-0 win over Keith.

Stenhousemuir will host Kilmarnock after Mark McGuigan’s goal earned a 1-0 victory at Peterhead.

Craig Johnston hit a hat-trick as Montrose won 7-1 at Nairn to set up a trip up the north-east coast to face Fraserburgh.

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