Debutant Pieyam Khosrowpour bagged a hat-trick as Edinburgh United Alba swept aside Blackridge Vale Of Craig 8-1 at Campbell Park.
With Alba in a commanding position 50 minutes into the Victory Cup first-round-tie, the striker was introduced and grabbed three goals in the final 30 minutes to extend the hosts’ lead.
In a week where the 28-year-old discovered he was going to become a father, Khosrowpour admitted his goals were the icing on the cake.
He said: “I was over the moon with the news earlier this week.
“Then, to come and score on my debut was brilliant – never mind get three goals.
“I thought the team as a whole played really well, though. I was very impressed with how we went about our business, we defended well and were clinical in the final third.”
In a dominant opening spell, Alba quickly opened up a three-goal lead thanks to some clinical finishing from Lewis Mitchell, Joe Boyle and John Kerr.
The home side didn’t take their foot off the gas when the game resumed, however, and, by the 50th-minute mark, they were 5-0 up when Kerr grabbed a second and Kevin Kesson rifled in a free-kick from distance.
Khosrowpour was then brought on and he picked up his treble while the visitors notched a consolation from Dylan Robertson.
• Tollcross into EoS semis
Tollcross Thistle progressed to the semi-finals of the East of Scotland Cup with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Edinburgh Rose at Saughton.
After narrowly exiting the Scottish Cup the week before, the hosts looked to start well and, after 30 minutes, they were 2-0 up.
Jack Norman’s free-kick into the area found the head of Faron Gribben and, after his initial shot was saved well by Mark Scally in the Edinburgh goal, the defender reacted quickest to turn in the rebound. Michael Yuill doubled the hosts’ lead when he cut in from the right to ping the ball in with his left foot.
Rose, who had pressed without reward in the opening stages, restored some hope when Alan Smith buried a loose ball into the goal just before the break.
After Jack Norman restored Tollcross’ two-goal cushion 15 minutes into the second half with a header, the visitors again responded to make it 3-2 when Stuart Morrison emphatically volleyed in from the edge of the box.
With time ticking away, the next goal was going to be crucial and it was the home side who got it when Yuill fired in past Scally at the near post.
• Four play for Inverleith
Inverleith FC got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win over Whitburn Bluebell at King George V Park.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead in at the break. Euan Bell got in behind the defence before playing the ball to Mark McGregor to tap in from five yards out.
The league leaders made it two on 75 minutes, Demetri Stevens squaring to Chris Seery to fire in from close range. Mark Griffiths got a third when he turned in Alan Morrison’s ball from the right. Then MacGregor was fouled in the area, allowing Ryan Rodgers to score the penalty.