Sporting a new pair of boots, Bonnyrigg Rose striker Wayne McIntosh single-handedly tore East of Scotland League team Burntisland apart as Rose romped into the first round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 14-0 victory.
The visitors simply couldn’t handle the Super League champions, McIntosh in particular, who chipped in with half of Rose’s final total to deliver their greatest Scottish Cup victory ever. Burntisland weren’t just put to the sword, they were burned at the stake in what was the biggest scoreline in the Scottish Cup since Stirling Albion demolished Selkirk 20-0 in 1984.
McIntosh revealed he had been on the receiving end of pelters from his team-mates for having the same footwear as manager Robbie Horn. He said: “Those goals have got me buzzing again. I had a few things on my plate recently and that’s come to an end, so there is a weight lifted off my shoulders.
“I had new boots on as well. I think they’ve worked wonders. I was getting ripped off the boys because I had the same boots as the gaffer – they were calling me a referee so I had to get shot of them!”
Rose will learn of their first-round opponents in this afternoon’s draw as the Highland and Lowland League teams enter the competition.
That could throw up a meeting against McIntosh’s former employers, Whitehill Welfare, a club where he was prolific in two spells spanning six years.
“We’re in the next round and hopefully we can get a good draw,” he said. “If we can get a home draw against somebody – that’s what it’s all about for clubs like this, to get luck of the draws. If you can miss out a couple of the big guns early on and get a couple of no bad draws, you could end up drawing the big guns in the fourth round.
“That’s what it’s all about for all these guys that work here, they work tirelessly. It would be brilliant for the club financially as well, and the boys are all buzzing for it.
“With the age I am now (31) I’m thinking this could possibly be my last season, I’m really busy with my work and I’ve got young kids, so I think it’s important I put a wee bit time in with them while I’m young.
“It’s something I’m still thinking about. If the team could go on a run it would be a dream come true, but we can’t get carried away, we’ll just take each game as it comes.
“If we got Whitehill that would be brilliant, but I’m not bothered who we get, we are a good team and I think we’d give anyone a game.”
Rose were heavy favourites for the preliminary round two tie, but nobody expected the gulf which was evident when the game got under way.
It took just five minutes for the opening goal to arrive. Keiran McGachie strode down the right before pulling back for left-back Ruaridh Donaldson, who found the bottom corner with a composed finish.
By the time McIntosh made it 2-0 on 14 minutes when he powered an effort across goal, Rose could easily have been celebrating their fourth.
After opening his account for the afternoon, it took him just a minute to find his second – Jonathan Brown’s low ball lapped up by the frontman.
Centre-back Ewan Moyes powered a header past poor visiting keeper Marcus Taylor for number four, who, it has to be said, prevented the scoreline being even worse for the Fife outfit.
Striker Sean Jamieson scored his first of the afternoon – his fifth in the competition after hitting four in the previous round against Glasgow University – just before the break. By this point you could safely assume Rose were in the next round.
There was no feeling sorry for their opponents after the break, however, as Rose went for the jugular.
Jamieson got his second after being teed up by McIntosh and midfielder Chris Tobin got in on the act after great work from Lewis Turner to set him up.
There was still more than half the second period remaining when McIntosh cushioned a header past Taylor from Tobin’s ball into the box to make it eight. That set a theme for the next 18 minutes as he scored a further four.
Fair play to the visitors who kept trying to the end, as Rose continued to be ruthless. Striker McGachie would have been kicking himself had he not got a goal, but he got his name on the scoresheet for number 13 after McIntosh played him in.
Andrew Kidd left the best for last with a lovely high finish into the net from the edge of the box. By this time the almost 400-strong crowd were waiting for referee Lloyd Wilson’s full-time whistle to call a halt to the slaughter.
Rose will be praying for progression further into the competition in order to recoup the cash they’ll have dished out in goal bonuses after this one.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Brown, Donaldson, Moyes, Hoskins (Young), Stewart (Nelson), Jamieson (Turner) Tobin, McGachie, Kidd, McIntosh
Burntisland Shipyard: Taylor, Saunders, Fleming, Ford, McIntosh, Paterson, Watt (Bowman), McDonald, Aitken, Roberts (Black), Kellichan (Hall)