Goals from Dean Horribine and Keith Murray secured ten-man Spartans’ passage into round two of the Football Nation Qualifying Cup after disposing of Hawick Royal Albert at Ainslie Park.
Despite the dull overhead conditions Spartans made a bright start scoring within five minutes when Horribine headed home.
The lead was doubled two minutes from the break when Aaron Murrell’s through pass was clinically finished by Murray. The one-way traffic continued in the second half with Murray having three attempts within ten minutes.
In a rare breakaway in the 65th minute, Alieu Badara Faye was challenged from behind by Eddie Malone and referee McMullen produced a red card for the Spartans defender.
The game fizzled out thereafter, with the home side content to keep possession without troubling the goal.
Spartans: Carswell, Saunderson, Cennerazzo, (Stevenson 63), Malone, Thomson, Greenhill, Brown, Herd, Murrell, (Dishington 80), Horribine, (Duthie 63), Murray.
Hawick RA: Rankin, Robertson, (Campbell 80), Crozier, McEwen, Boyd, Linton, Stevenson, Lynch, (Spence 74), Faye, Lockhart, (Pettigrew 68), MacFarlane.