MUSSELBURGH Athletic’s Scottish Cup journey came to an end last night (Monday) at Wick Academy.

The East Lothian side made the 270-mile trip north aiming to secure a place in the first round of the cup competition.

Kevin McDonald’s men, making their debut in the tournament, had set up the tie with the Harmsworth Park team after defeating Penicuik Athletic 3-2 following extra time in the first preliminary round.

However, the trip north, which had been postponed on multiple occasions, proved a journey too far.

Musselburgh only had 14 players available for the second preliminary round contest with the Scottish Highland Football League side, who took an early lead through a Craig Gunn penalty.

The visitors were dealt another blow with goalkeeper Ryan McGurk sent off just after the hour mark, with Ross McRae coming off the bench.

With time running out, the 10-men forced extra time when prolific striker Mathu King levelled the scores.

Wick were awarded a second penalty in extra time, with Gunn again finding the net before Mark Macadie sealed the win.

The Highland outfit will now face their own lengthy journey when they travel to Cowdenbeath on Saturday in the first round of the competition.