Pollok battled their way to a 1-1 draw against Arthurlie at Newlandsfield Park on Saturday, leaving their league cup destiny in their own hands.
The opening opportunity fell to Lok in the second minute, but Iain Diack’s mis-hit shot was stopped by Keith Ross.
It took untill the 45th minute for the first goal, as the Pollok keeper was left helpless when Michael Keenan scored from 35 yards.
Things almost were even worse for Pollok one minute after the restart but Stewart’s attempt was deflected for a corner.
Pollok’s hopes of a recovery were dented when they were reduced to ten men after 56 minutes when a Diack challenge earned a second yellow.
His side almost came up with the perfect reply on the hour mark when Stephen Swift headed towards goal, but Ross tipped the ball over.
Lok were presented with a lifeline in the 70th minute. The referee deemed there to have been illegal contact by John McLay on Jordan Smith and pointed to the penalty spot.
Ross was unable to deny Brian McGinty a third goal in as many games for Pollok.
Following a quick breakaway by the Barrhead side, Stewart was denied by a well-timed lunge by Scott Gair.
Pollok almost grabbed victory in injury time when Nichol struck a free-kick goalwards from 30 yards out, only for Ross to stretch full-length to tip the ball around the upright, leaving the score at 1-1.
For Pollok to advance, they must have won by four or more goals against St Anthony’s at McKenna Park in last night’s match (result in next week’s Extra).
Pollok’s Stagecoach super premier league campaign begins on Saturday at 2pm when Beith visit Newlandsfield Park.
Meanwhile, it all started so well for the Spiders in their first game of the new league season.
By the 26th minute of Queen’s trip to Annan, the hoops were up 2-0 thanks to goals from speedy youngster Craig Smith.
However things started to take a turn for the worse soon after when David Cox scored a break away goal for Annan on the 30th minute, and then, just before the whistle blew for half time, Graeme Bell fired past Parry to draw Annan level 2-2.
Both side had chances at the start of the second half but it was Annan who were to take the lead on the sixtieth minute when Scott Gibson put Athletic ahead with a close-range effort.
Just minutes later, Annan made it 4-2 when Steven Sloan took advantage of poor QP defending.
Gardner Speirs made some changes, but they couldn’t prevent Annan from pulling away and scoring their fifth when Gibson slotted his second from 12 yards.
Both sides had chances in the closing twenty minutes but the game was well out of Queen’s hands by that point.
Manager Gardner Speirs hopes the Spiders can reverse their fortunes when Stranraer come to Hampden on Saturday.
He told ExtraSport: “We were in a good position against Annan but shot ourselves in the foot with a lot of silly mistakes.
“We have to perform better on Saturday”.