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THE New Saints booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a 3-1 away win at Forfar Athletic's Station Park.

Greg Draper was the Saints' hero with a hat-trick, opening his account in the 23rd-minute. The home side appealed for a corner but keeper Paul Harrison took the goal kick quickly and a mis-directed defensive header fell to the Kiwi international who fire home from a tight angle.

But the Loons levelled seven minutes before the break when Stuart Malcolm headed home from a corner via the underside of the crossbar.

It took a superb diving save from Harrison to prevent Jamie Bain from handing the home side the lead after the break as Forfar started to dominate proceedings with Jim Lister twice going close in the same move.

Athletic continued to press and a powerful Martyn Fotheringham free-kick finished just the wrong side of a post but, with 10 minutes remaining, Draper was played-in by Robbie Parry and was able to fire into an open goal from inside the six-yard box.

Simon Spender went close before Draper settled the contest from an Aeron Edwards pass which was midjudged by home keeper Grant Adam.

TNS are joined in the last eight by Ayr United, Alloa Athletic, Dundee, Dundee United, Livingston, Saint Mirren and the winners of Sunday's tie between Queen of the South and Linfield.

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