Blairgowrie hit for six

Pollok made no mistake at the second time of asking as they breezed past Blairgowrie by six goals to nil at Newlandsfield Park.

in their Emirates Scottish Junior Cup third round replay on Saturday, Kevin Bradley pulled a shot across the face of goal after three minutes, setting the tone for the opening half hour.

Pollok created a succession of opportunities without finding the net with Graeme McLaren heading wide before Gordon O’Brien saved at his near post from Iain Diack the best opportunities. It took 33 minutes for the visitors to pose any real threat, and it would cost them the opening goal.

They pushed men forward for a corner kick, only for Bradley to break clear for ‘Lo, skipping past two tackles before squaring to Andy Essler who stroked home from eight yards out.

Pollok doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Nichol crossed from the right to Essler, who returned the ball across goal where it was met by Paul McQuiken, who applied the finishing touch.

Lok almost added a third before half-time when Diack deceived his marker with a tricky turn, but his shot floated narrowly wide.

The one-way traffic continued upon the resumption of play, with Bradley having an attempt blocked and Essler failing to make proper contact with the rebound. Bradley forced a diving save from O’Brien in the 57th minute, but one minute later his side moved three ahead.

A trio of Blairgowrie players converged upon a Scott Morrison kick-out, but Kevin Bradley nipped in between them all to lob into an unguarded net.

making his debut, Tam Hanlon came off the bench after an hour, and soon after his reverse pass released Iain Diack, who hit the back of the net.

The East Region outfit’s best chance came when Stevie Aitchison bundled over Stevene Harris and the ref awarded a penalty. However, a fine save from Morrison denied Gary Axworthy.

At the other end, goal number five arrived in the 79th minute. Alain Kinney’s drive was saved by O’Brien, but Tam Hanlon was on hand to sweep home the loose ball.

O’Brien stopped Kinney from getting on the scoresheet when he clutched the striker’s chip, but he was powerless to stop ‘Lok netting again in the final minute.

Hanlon and Kevin Bradley pulled Blairgowrie apart down the right wing before the latter applied the final touch to complete a highly successful day for Pollok.

n Weather permitting, they will look to build upon that performance on Saturday when Petershill visit Newlandsfield Park. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.