We enjoyed the best possible opening when Coakley scored the first with barely a minute gone. He looked embarrassingly offside but finished well, stroking the ball past the ‘keeper. The stand side linesman still seemed asleep after ten minutes when again Coakley made the break through the defence and his squared ball across the face of goal was tapped home by the Stirling left back. By this stage it was clear that there was a gulf in class between the two teams and for the rest of the half we had several excellent chances but failed to convert any.
Reynolds and Smith (twice) should have increased the lead and but for their ‘keeper, Christie, having an excellent spell, we would have been several up at the interval. The highlight of his efforts was a point blank stop from McGuire.
We kept the pressure up in the second half and Coakley missed an easy chance on the hour mark. However, McGuire scored a minute later, lobbing the ‘keeper after a good through ball from Grant. Smith and Reynolds also added their names to the score sheet, the latter blasting into the roof of the net from the corner of the six-yard box.
Perfect day for football
Alexion made his only save of note in the 80th minute when he competently dealt with a free kick. This was a solid performance but the boys will be well aware of the fact that tougher opponents will be waiting in the rounds to come. Good luck to them!