Bonnyrigg Rose eased into preliminary round two of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a Sunday afternoon stroll against Glasgow University at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
Their reward is a home tie against Burntisland Shipyard next month as they bid to make it into the first round proper.
The New Dundas Park men were far too strong for a weakened students side who had just four of their regular first XI available, although Rose boss Robbie Horn would have been very disappointed with the manner of the two goals his side conceded.
Sean Jamieson scored his first goals in a Rose shirt since joining in the summer from Musselburgh Athletic – the big striker hitting four, with his hat-trick struck in just 15 second half minutes.
“It’s good to get off the mark. I’d played a few games without scoring a goal and it’s always good to get your first goal,” said Jamieson. “It was probably the quickest hat-trick I’ve ever scored. We didn’t know much about them, but we applied ourselves well. The team played well and it was a good team performance all round.”
Jamieson hopes his performance can sustain him a run in the team with Rose having plenty of options in their attacking armoury.
He continued: “The boys did well last year and there’s lots of competition so it’s good for the squad. I’ve just got to keep scoring goals, hopefully do well for the team and I’ll keep my place.”
Backed by a large visiting support, Rose opened the scoring in style through their first opportunity after just four minutes. Jonny Stewart picked out Chris Tobin with a delightful through ball over the top of the students’ defence and the former Hearts youngster headed over goalkeeper Thomas Middlemass who had rushed out from his line.
They made it two just two minutes later as Fraser McLaren found himself in the right place three yards out to tap home after the ball had ricochet into his path from Ruaridh Donaldson’s free-kick.
Rose continued to dominate and midfielder Andrew Kidd went close to making it three with a shot from distance on 18 minutes, but the ball was always rising.
There was no let up from the visitors as they looked to put the tie to bed by half-time, Alex King just inches away from the top corner with a curling shot after cutting across goal from the right.
Rose were under no pressure whatsoever until they allowed Glasgow to pull one back when Stewart was too short with a back pass. Striker Donald Thomson was on hand to capitalise by lobbing keeper Michael Andrews from just inside the area.
However, they wasted little time in restoring their two-goal lead as defender Ewan Moyes got on the end of Donaldson’s free-kick to head home.
The theme of the first half continued after the break as McLaren made it four from close range after 46 minutes, the ball rebounding from King’s initial shot.
Summer signing Sean Jamieson opened his account for Rose on 55 minutes with a cross cum shot which flew into the top corner past the despairing arms of keeper Middlemass.
Still celebrating from their fifth and with their sights firmly set on the next round, Rose were punished for their lackadaisical defence as Thomson nipped in to lift the ball over Andrews, who didn’t make his first save until the 65th minute.
Rose had been pretty ruthless in front of goal and Jamieson made no mistake when presented with the opportunity to make it six, the big striker bulleting a header into the net from six yards out after a fine team move.
The frontman completed his hat-trick just minutes later as he converted from close range, before he secured his fourth and Rose’s eighth from a tight angle after King had played him in.
Glasgow University: Middlemass (McLay), M.Thomson, Mitchell, Woodley, Warrillow, M. Baxter, J. Baxter (Lee), Davidson, D. Thomson, Cameron, Kerins.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horn, Donaldson, Young, Moyes, Stewart (Nelson), McLaren (McGachie), Kidd, Jamieson, King, Tobin.