ACSC 5, Pole Team Perth 0
ACSC took on Pole Team Perth on Saturday in the first round of the Fosters Scottish Cup.
Pole Team play their football in the Perthshire Third Division and whilst the ACSC weren’t taking anything for granted, it was fair to say that they were favourites to progress to the second round.
Manager Gunning was obviously not taking anything for granted and had some stern words for the players prior to the match. The recent Paolo DI Canio sacking inspiring yet another Gunning classic quote: “We don’t hang our washing out in public”.
The ACSC lined up with McCulloch, Gersok and Grozev at the back, McDowell, Spurek, R. Swan, McKenzie and recent signing Danny Ross making his first start for the club in midfield and Longmuir and R. Gillespie up top.
The game itself was one way traffic with Reid in the goal becoming a mere spectator as the ACSC dominated their opponents from the off. It wasn’t long before the ACSC opened the scoring Spurek finding the onion bag with a wonderful strike from 25 yards.
The ACSC’s lead was extended soon after when R. Swan bagged his first of the afternoon with a fine strike from close range. The ACSC continued to make chances to the half but the Perthshire outfits goal remained intact as the referee blew his whistle.
Half-time: ACSC 2, Pole Team Perth 0.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with ACSC keeping the ball and creating chances. Spurek and R. Swan doubled their tallies for the game to add a third and fourth and Longmuir finished off the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot after Ross was upended in the box.
A comfortable victory for the home side which now progresses to the second round where they have another home tie against Dundee Saturday morning team Maitman Athletic. Another clean sheet for the home side which maintained the high standards they are setting themselves throughout the game maintaining possession and working hard. Next week the players will be back on league business travelling to Fairfield Park to take on last year’s George Buckman Premier League winners St James.