Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren went through all the emotions on a dramatic debut in the dug-out.
We eventually overcame Hurlford United 13-12 in a 28-penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw at Forthbank, to set up a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at home to Raith Rovers on November 29.
McLaren, who was an Albion player between 1996-98 and took over last Sunday after three years as head coach at Loughborough University, said: “It was quite an introduction and I’m thankful it won’t be like that every week!
“First and foremost, we have to give tremendous credit to Hurlford because they have been outstanding over the two games but I’m very pleased with the effort and the character of our players to come back twice and do so well with the penalties.
“It’s great to be in the next round – hopefully by then we will be in a better place in terms of how we are playing as a unit but we have an important League 1 game at Brechin on Tuesday and that is the priority.”
Hurlford boss Darren Henderson said: “Last week we battered Stirling and deserved to win but they created more chances today. It’s sore for the boys to have put so much into the two games and come away with nothing but I’m very proud of them.
“We wish Stirling well in the next round against one of my old teams – they were great and the fans applauded us off the pitch at the end, which was a nice touch.”