Brora Rangers 2-1 Hearts: Stornoway football hero Martin Maclean's winner sparked joy within proud dad Calum!

In his day job, Stornoway-born football star Martin Maclean checks substations for electricity firm SSE to maintain power supplies to communities in the furthest part of the country.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:37 am
Martin Maclean celebrates scoring his winner against Hearts (Submitted pic)

And Maclean, 29, caused a major spark of his own by rifling in a 75th minute winner as Highland League outfit Brora Rangers caused one of the greatest shocks in Scottish Cup history on Tuesday night by dumping runaway Championship leaders Hearts – finalists in the last two seasons – out by two goals to one in a second round encounter at Dudgeon Park.

Born and raised on Back on the Isle of Lewis and now living in Inverness, Maclean’s shock strike made headlines around the world and was watched with delight on an iPad at his old Lighthill home by ecstatic parents Calum and Mina.

Calum told the Stornoway Gazette: “When Martin scored I jumped off the sofa with my arms in the air!

"I just could not believe it. It was just: ‘Oh my God!’

"It was one of the best days of my life. Martin has won two Highland League medals, he's won cups, he’s won everything in all the leagues at the different ages.

"Some of them we were amazingly proud of, but this is just on a different level.

"Hearts have got millions of pounds behind them and Brora hadn’t been playing competitively for months.

"They had only cobbled a few training sessions together since they found out they were going to start playing.

"Throw in the fact that all these boys had been working all day long and then having to travel to Brora and Hearts being a real professional team with some internationals, I had been thinking that Hearts would win the game and I hoped Brora weren’t embarrassed.

"It was surreal really. I was willing the minutes away when Brora went 2-1 up.

"Every time the ball went up the pitch or out the park for a throw in to Brora I was saying: ‘Ok that’s another 30 seconds’.”

But Brora held on to book a third round clash at home to League 2 Stranraer on Saturday, April 3.

"Martin himself said that the pressure is on Brora in that game because we beat Hearts and people expect us to beat Stranraer,” Calum added.

"But these boys are robust, they don’t give up, they work hard, they try hard, so I think they can do it. I will be following it on the iPad again.”