Queen’s Park deservedly forced a Hampden Park replay on Tuesday evening as they extended their rich run of form, which has brought only one defeat in the last 11 games.
A routine victory over a team facing the prospect of a League One relegation battle may not be enough to spark dreams of a repeat of their historic heroics of 2014, but St Johnstone have at least negotiated the first possible bump on the road to Hampden.
Dunfermline have a decent Scottish Cup pedigree and seem intent on keeping their interest in this season’s competition alive as long as possible. But they will need to keep a tighter lock on their defence.
East Fife manager Barry Smith hailed match-winner Nicki Paterson’s moment of brilliance after the midfielder’s stunning volley secured the Methil club’s first ever victory at Livingston.
Aberdeen coasted past League One strugglers Stranraer at Pittodrie to reach the fifth-round of the William Hill Scottish Cup and keep hopes alive of their first triumph in the competition since 1990.
St Johnstone ease past League One Stenhousemuir in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Ayr United and Queen's Park face a Scottish Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday as their first meeting finishes goalless.
Dunfermline Athletic battle past Alloa Athletic and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.