A half-time talking-to ensured Dalbeattie Star live to fight another day in the Scottish Cup.
The Islecroft side trailed 1-0 at the break to Newtongrange Star thanks to a Liam McIntosh chip.
But Ritchie Maxwell’s side responded to the harsh words and equalised through Dylan Cairney, meaning the sides will have to do it all over again on Saturday.
Maxwell said: “They were hungrier than us in the first half which is disappointing – especially in the Scottish Cup.
“They got to second balls quicker, they were winning 50/50s and they were outrunning us. They scored with their only shot on target. We were disappointed with the first-half performance although we got in just one goal down.
“We had created a couple of half chances but we weren’t happy with the way we were playing.
“We let the boys know that and the good thing is the response.
“Right from the first whistle in the second half we were far better. We looked hungrier, there was a bit more desire and we looked like a team that wanted to stay in the Scottish Cup.
“It was a great header from Dylan and we went on to dominate the rest of the second half.”
Despite drawing level – and their East of Scotland League rivals having Ryan Porteous sent off – Star were unable to get themselves in front. As a result, the sides will meet at Islecroft this weekend in the replay.
Maxwell said: “It was disappointing we couldn’t find a winner but the main thing was we were in the draw on
“Although we weren’t delighted by the performance we managed to keep ourselves in the draw and we get another chance to
“I hope we get the second-half performance from Saturday and if we do that we’ll give ourselves a great opportunity of getting through.
“We’ve proved in the second half if we play to our level and if we do things right then it’s definitely a winnable tie.”
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