Civil Service Strollers manager Alex Cunningham believes his side will be buzzing heading into 2016 after a 4-1 Football Nation Qualifying Cup Second Round win over Lowland League side Selkirk.
Strollers won by the same scoreline against the same opposition last month in the South East Challenge Cup and they were to repeat the feat again at Riccarton 3G to book a third round date with Vale of Leithen.
Although Cunningham was missing established first team regulars in Chris Milligan, Craig Newalls, Paul Greenhill and Ian Ballantyne, Strollers made a storming start on Saturday, with striker Kyle Boggie netting two early goals before left-back Alex Brown scored with a superb solo effort having picked the ball up within his own 15-yard box.
Strollers were three goals to the good heading into the final half-hour and Jordan Finnie continued his impressive goal-scoring form with a fourth goal, with Jordan Allum netting a late consolation for Garry O’Connor’s side.
Cunningham was a delighted man as he reflected on an encouraging first half to the season for Strollers, which has seen them win nine of their last ten matches.
“It was a great way for the players to end the year,” said Cunningham. “We’ve had a few good wins already this season but the dressing room was buzzing after that performance.
“Matthew Cunningham, Jordan Finnie and Scott Clapperton did a wonderful job in the midfield to neutralise the threat of David Robertson and the first 35 minutes was the best we’ve played this season. I think it would have been an injustice if we hadn’t scored.
“Alex Brown netted as good an individual goal as you’ll see at this level and considering we were missing four key players, I thought the boys were not fazed by the challenge.”