No boss? No problem as Pollok find form

Alain Kinney celebrates
Alain Kinney celebrates

Managerless Pollok cruised into the second round of the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup with a 4-0 win against Irvine Victoria at Victoria Park on Saturday.

With Frannie McNeill taking temporary charge there were two changes to the side that lost heavily to Ashfield, with Mark Crilly and Alain Kinney replacing Graeme McLaren and Lee Nichol.

Lok looked ready from the start and their pressure was rewarded when the opening goal arrived after 13 minutes from an unstoppable Kevin Bradley shot.

Paul McQuilken saw a strike deflected narrowly wide after half an hour, but from the resultant Brian McGinty corner Iain Diack headed home.

Diack had another chance before half time but his low effort was parried by Catterson.

The hosts mustered the first attempt of the second half when a short corner ended with Anderson curling an effort over the target.

In the 62nd minute substitute Nichol sent over a corner kick that was cleared only as far as Crilly at the edge of the area, and his well struck drive only just passed over the crossbar.

Minutes later ‘Lok moved three ahead when Diack scored his second, this time from a Peter McMahon through ball.

The hosts had a chance to get back in the game when they were awarded a penalty after a Stevie Aitchison foul, but Morrison saved Ben Carson’s effort.

Iain Diack made Irvine pay for their missed opportunity when he linked with Bradley once again to secure his hat-trick and the win.

Pollok return to Newlandsfield Park this Saturday, taking on Cumnock in the Stagecoach Super Premier League. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Elsewhere, Queen’s Park sent Montrose home sulking after a 3-1 win.

Anderson had the first shot of the game but Andrews held his 20-yard effort comfortably.

There were plenty of chances for Queen’s with McGinn and Murray running wild on the flanks and delivering some fine crosses, but it was Montrose who scored first when Boyle took advantage of a slow reaction by the QP defence.

At the start of the second half, McBride was denied twice from within the six yard box and it wasn’t until the 54th minute that QP drew level from a Daly header from a McGinn cross.

Queen’s enjoyed the majority of possession for much of the second half, but waited until after 80 minutes to take the lead, thanks to a clinical finish from Longworth.

The striker sealed the win with his second minutes later when he bullied centre half Lunan to steal the ball and fire a low effort to the keeper’s left.

Next week, the Spiders visit Huntly in the Scots cup second round.