Edinburgh Rose avoided cup upset at the hands of Lauriston Thistle with a 7-0 victory at East Pilton Park.
The Premier Division high flyers got off to the perfect start in the Logan Cup second round when, two minutes in Michael Park followed up a rebounded shot to turn the ball in from close range.
Lower-league Thistle battled hard in response but could not stop Rose finding another on 20 minutes when Stuart Morrison set up Raymond Walker to tap in from five yards out.
Rose added two more within ten minutes of the second half starting through Morrison’s neat finish and a Jamie Stewart penalty.
Thistle continued to show spirit despite the scoreline but Rose showed why they’re sat joint top of their division as they added three more with some neat attacking play.
Under pressure from Jon Laidlaw, Thistle left back Sean McGrouther could do little to avoid turning the ball into his own net for 5-0, before Rose turned on the style with two more goals through Jon Laidlaw and David Brogan as they finished well in the box to extend the winning margin.
North Merchi defy the odds
North Merchiston Vale defied the odds to beat Premier Division leaders East Linton 3-2 in the Centenary Cup Second Round at Memorial Park.
Vale struck 15 minutes in when Cem Uysal crossed into the box to find the head of Neil Rankin. His passed to Robin Brown at the back post who had the simple task of heading into the goal.
Linton weathered the early storm but could not find a way back into the game before the break. However, after the interval it took just ten minutes before they got on level terms. Ali Leslie was the first to react in a goalmouth scramble to turn the ball in for 1-1.
The goal only fired up Vale and they added two more in quick succession. After Alan Bannon picked out Rankin to head in, Uysal hit a long-range shot that took a big deflection to deceive Jamie Wilson in the Linton goal.
Black day is a good one
Mitch Black bagged all four goals as Gilmerton FC eased into the third round of the Logan Cup against Queensferry Athletic at the Jack Kane Centre.
The striker opened his account midway through the first half in peculiar fashion. Black struck an effort from just inside the box that ricocheted off the woodwork and the Athletic keeper before he nodded in the rebound for 1-0.
Gilmerton’s promising start then continued as they added another through their centre forward shortly after.
Steven Froude was the creator on this occasion as he broke to the byline before teeing up Black to send the ball into the bottom corner. There was still time before the interval for Black to secure a hat-trick as he burst through the heart of the Athletic defence before sending a neat finish in to make it 3-0 to Gilmerton.
Into the second 45, Gilmerton stuck to the task ahead and Black was on hand to add a fourth when he whipped the ball in from the edge of the box to round off a fine individual performance.
It could have been even better for his side late on as Scott Smith almost added a fifth but his effort from outside the box rattled the crossbar.