HADDINGTON Athletic co-manager Kevin Twaddle hailed his side after a dramatic Scottish Junior Cup win over Shotts Bon Accord on Saturday.

The Hi Hi scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to force the Millfield replay to a penalty shoot-out, where keeper Sinclair Inglis was the hero, as he saved three penalties to book their place in the next round.

Shotts had forced the Millfield replay after themselves coming from 3-0 down to draw in the original game a week previously.

Twaddle, though, was "delighted" to see his side book their place in round three.

He told Courier Sport: "It was an amazing game – it was probably one of the most stressful I've been involved in.

"It was bizarre - we were 3-0 up in the first game and they got it back to 3-3 despite having their right back sent off.

"Then on Saturday, they went three-up, we had our right back sent off and drew 3-3."

"We've made a bit of a turnaround in the last five or six weeks and the boys don't ever look like they're beaten, and that showed on Saturday.

"It's great for the club, and all the committee guys who do so much work behind the scenes.

"Don't get me wrong, it means a lot to me as well but it's just brilliant for all the committee guys."

The 45-year-old ex-Hearts and St Johnstone man heaped praise on keeper Inglis for his performance, and shoot-out heroics.

He added: "Sinky was absolutely brilliant for us - he's a great keeper and a great guy to have in the squad.

"He made a few saves on Saturday that were absolutely unbelievable and then he went and saved the penalties as well.

"He saved us, he really did."

The Hi Hi co-manager, who took over alongside ex-Ormiston boss Brian Johnston in the summer, admitted their shoot-out success came without practicing from 12 yards.

"It's funny actually, we didn't practice it at all.

"After training on Thursday I spoke with the committee guys and I expected the game to go to extra-time, but they told me it went straight to penalties.

"We're quite lucky because we've got enough boys who you'd back to be able to take a penalty, but no, we didn't practice."

While Twaddle was hoping for another Millfield match in round three, he was focussed on returning to league action against Dalkeith Thistle this weekend.

"It won't be an easy game for us, they are a good side and they've been doing pretty well recently.

"In terms of the cup, it'd be great to get a home game and get a big gate for the club."

His wish was granted, with Haddington drawn at home to Neilston of Central District Division 1 in the third round.

All three other county clubs are on the road, with Dunbar heading north to play Dufftown, while Tranent Juniors take on Cumbernauld United.

Musselburgh Athletic, finalists in 2015, are at fellow East Superleague outfit Lochee United.