City pair Pollok and Petershill were kept apart when the draw was made yesterday for the Macron Scottish Junior Cup quarter-finals.

Southside giants Lok were landed with a tricky away trip to Neilston, while the Peasy have home advantage against the sole East Region survivors Broughty Athletic if Martin Lauchlan’s men can come through this weekend’s fifth-round replay away to Darvel.

Both clubs will be relieved to have avoided reigning trophy holders Auchinleck Talbot whose pairing with Ayrshire rivals Hurlford United is the tie of the round.

Pollok boss Murdie MacKinnon, recuperating after gall bladder surgery, said: “I’d have preferred a home draw because Brig O’ Lea can be a bit of a hotbed on cup days. Neilston have a decent side and we will not get it easy, but nobody can deny we could have been given an even tougher nut to crack given the calibre of sides remaining in the competition.”

Meanwhile, Irvine Meadow supporters will surely be thinking Kello Rovers claiming their place in yesterday’s draw with last weekend’s victory over the Premiership big guns played a part in boss Brian McGinty resigning this week, but he insisted his surprise decision was “nothing to do with Saturday, with results or our performance on the day and was more to do with a difference of opinion.”

Medda officials are thought to be taking stock before beginning their search for a replacement and the likelihood is senior dressing-room figures Colin Spence, Ben Carson and James Latta will be asked to look after the team for tomorrow’s crunch derby away to Kilwinning Rangers.

Following Dunky Sinclair’s departure from Arthurlie, Craig Palmer has been announced as his replacement, assisted by Ryan McCardle and George Fotheringham.

Quarter-final draw: Auchinleck Talbot v Hurlford United, Neilston v Pollok, Beith v Kello Rovers, Darvel/Petershill v Broughty Athletic.

Ties to be played on February 22.