Eight-goal hammering makes lethal Links kings of the Castle

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Links United were comprehensive 8-0 winners against Stirlingshire side Airth Castle Rovers in the first round of the East of Scotland Amateur Cup.

On a humid afternoon at Broughton High School Colin Kay gave the hosts the perfect start after five minutes in with a dipping free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box.

Minutes later, and with their second shot on target, Links doubled their advantage when Jon Manson slid the ball home from inside six yards.

There was no let-up and, with the Airth defence all at sea, Stuart Chambers grabbed his side’s third from close range.

It was far too easy for Links and when Jamie Smart was brought down in the box James Air rifled the ball into the top-right corner from the penalty spot.

Amazingly it didn’t stop there. Chambers grabbed his second of the game when he picked up the ball 25 yards out, an bore down on goal and lashed home an unstoppable strike.

Links were looking good at the back and it was going to take a special strike to trouble goalkeeper Jamie Lyall, but Airth almost managed one when Andrew Marn struck a powerful shot from 30 yards, but it flew narrowly wide.

However, Airth hadn’t sorted out their defensive issues and goal number six arrived when Peter Gorrie delivered a free kick into the area from the left which found Smart at the back post. His header back across goal lobbed the goalie and crept just inside the far post.

Links were still not content with the scoreline and continued to search for more goals before the break. On the stroke of half-time, Smart grabbed his second with a sumptuous strike from distance that cannoned off the underside of the bar and bounced in.

To their credit Airth went some way to sorting out their defensive frailties in the second half but couldn’t prevent the hosts from scoring their eighth of the game when the ball was played in front of Manson at the edge of the box and he hit a first-time shot which flew into the bottom corner for his second.

It was a deserved 8-0 victory for the Edinburgh side who showed no mercy in putting their opponents to the sword. They go on to host Carse Thistle in the second round of the competition.

Links United: Jamie Lyall, Colin Kay, Ryan Taylor, Sam Chetwynd, Jamie Smart, Jon Manson, Andy McGhee, Peter Gorrie, James Air, Stuart Chambers, Dean Philp, Leon Crook, Stewart Mackenzie, Lewis Knox, Robert Monkhouse, Darren Philp

Airth Castle: Gregor Mabbott, Sandy Grivan, Colin Colman, Stuart Campbell, Chris McDougall, Kevin McKinlay, Alan Leach, Mark Batchelor, Lewis Miles, Chris Hanalah, Andrew Main, Ricki Sharp, Jonny Black, Billy Forbes, William Rankin