Dundee United SC made it a league and cup double as they hit Arbroath Lads for six in the final of The Marshall Cup. Liam Old, Jamie Bruce, Layton Massie and Freddie Holmes all scored in the first half, with Holmes netting again in the second as did Harvey Todd.
Arbroath prop up the P Gibson League table, and they got off to the worst possible start as Liam Old opened the scoring after 80 seconds. Arbroath could only clear a corner as far as the DUSC skipper, who swept the ball into the net from 15 yards.
The early goal settled any pre-game nerves amongst the DUSC players, as they began to show why they’re champions. Having already punished Arbroath from a set piece, DUSC doubled their lead after 11 minutes in emphatic fashion.
Arbroath keeper Cooper Robb did well to punch a corner clear at his near post but could only stand and watch as Jamie Bruce rifled the loose ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
Things nearly got worse for Arbroath seven minutes later as Harvey Todd was sent through on goal, but he slipped as he went to pull the trigger and Arbroath survived.
Robb got down well to deny Layton Massie from close range at a corner but was helpless when he smacked the ball into the net from all of 25 yards.
Old went close to adding a fourth but saw Logan Mackie head his effort onto the bar. DUSC didn’t have to wait long for a fourth as Logan Farquharson’s cross from the left was guided past Robb by Freddie Holmes.
Thomas Cunningham was causing Arbroath all sorts of problems throughout the first half and he was denied twice in quick succession, firstly by the post and secondly by Robb who produced a fine diving save to keep the deficit at four.