St Andrews Colts progressed to round two of this year’s Scottish Cup with a nine goal victory over Luncarty. Two from Taylor Baldie and one each by Lewis Stephen and Craig Begg had the Colts four goals up at half time. A second half hat-trick by captain Dylan Syme and goals by Grant Aitken and Tommy McKinnan completed the scoring.
Aitken nearly started the scoring in the first half with a low shot that travelled narrowly wide after a Baldie throw had sent him clear.
Luncarty then had their first attack of the match but Alasdair Reid’s shot from outside the box was gathered by Lyall Constable.
Begg broke the deadlock in the ninth minute after a Scott Cunningham picked him out with a free kick from the centre circle and Begg controlled the ball calmly and placed it into the net.
Cunningham could have scored himself just moments later but Connall Doogan produced a fabulous low save from the free kick.
The early stages of the first half were characterised by good Luncarty counter attacking breaking up fast paced St Andrews attacks which were often caught by the Luncarty offside trap.
The Colts managed to evade the offside trap around the middle of the half. Baldie used his strength to get through on goal and hammer the ball over an advancing Doogan.
The Perthshire side rallied and some good link up play allowed an Ethan Reid cross to be laid into the path of Alasdair Reid whose shot was held by Constable.
Colts quickly doubled their lead. Cunningham sent Stephen down the wing and his cross curled into the net. Then a couple of minutes later Baldie scored his second into an open goal after an unselfish pass from Begg.
Luncarty had the last say of the half when James Simpson’s shot went narrowly wide after Ethan Reid had blocked a Constable clearance.
St Andrews had most of the possession and were in the ascendancy in the first half with lots of good play and crosses from the wing. Luncarty had attacked well but their balls beyond the defence were being gathered before they could cause problems for St Andrews. Their attacks were largely orchestrated by good passing from Lewis Turriff.