On paper this game looked a banker for Talbot & it followed the script as the Bot swept Lugar aside 5-0 in a one-sided encounter.
Talbot dominated from the outset & could have taken the lead in the 7th minute when G Wilson ghosted past Drummond & whipped over a cross that Shankland headed straight at the keeper from 8 yards.
Two minutes later the roles were reversed, this time Shankland’s clever reverse pass sending G Wilson through on the left side of the area but he blazed his shot over the crossbar.
Talbot’s next attack saw Montgomery concede a free kick when he clipped the heels of Glasgow. Shankland swept the ball in low across the goal mouth but no one could get the final touch & it flew past the back post.
Graham Wilson then had a chance to open the scoring when his brother’s cross from the right touchline found him in space but he steered his header straight at Davis.
The pressure told & Talbot took the lead in the 17th minute. Shankland nodded a ball on through to GRAHAM WILSON who burst into the box & rounded the keeper before stroking the ball into the empty net.
Five minutes later Talbot doubled their lead. Latta knocked a good ball up the right to find Shankland running in behind. He lifted a cross to the far post where GLASGOW nodded it back across goal & beyond the keeper.
The game was over as a contest in the 27th minute when Talbot grabbed their third. Lugar conceded a free kick 25 yards out when Shankland was barged in the back. POPE took it & fired wide of the wall & past Davis, who seemed to think it was going wide until it was too late.
As often happens when a team races into an early lead Talbot unconsciously switched down a gear, continuing to dominate possession but rarely looking like adding to their lead before the interval.
They did have a chance in the 41st minute when Shankland’s pass sent Glasgow free on the left. He hammered it for the near post where Davis made the stop & the keeper recovered to smother the loose ball.
The 2nd half followed on where the 1st had left off with Talbot camped in the Lugar half looking for a way through a packed defence.
Shankland had a good chance to add to Talbot’s tally in the 53rd minute. Glasgow squared the ball in from the left & Shankland ran onto it 12 yards out & tried to pass it home but side-footed just wide of the right post.
The fourth goal arrived after 57 minutes when Pope cut the ball back to THOMSON who swept it home.
Tucker now made a triple substitution with Shankland & the Wilson brothers departing to be replaced by Kemp, Pooler & McIlroy.
The game’s one & only yellow card appeared in the 63rd minute for Lugar’s Drummond who was penalised for a blatant trip on Glasgow.
Talbot’s next attack saw Thomson win the ball just outside the box & release Kemp down the right. He raced into the area but chose the wrong option & fired wide from a tight angle.
Lugar now made a change with Orr coming on for Curtis & Talbot made a precautionary move with Latta leaving the field after taking a knock & Talbot seeing out the game with 10 men.
The extra man made no odds to the pattern of the match & Talbot continued to dominate.
Lugar were content to sit in & keep the score down and it worked for the most part but in the final minute Talbot added a fifth to complete the rout. Kemp cut in from the right & angled a ball into the near post which Pooler helped on to GLASGOW who rammed it home from close range.
A comfortable night for the Bot on the pitch, which is more than can be said for the spectators who spent an uncomfortable evening being plagued by Rosebank’s infamous horde of midges. Next up for Talbot is a home tie against Kello Rovers this Saturday.
Lugar Boswell – Davis, Montgomery, Lowe, Crolley, Drummond, Struthers, J Malone, Milligan, Shirkie, Curtis, Conn
Subs – Millar, Blair, Brown, G Malone, Orr
Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Latta, Pope, McPherson, Weir, Thomson, Armstrong, Glasgow, G Wilson, Shankland, S Wilson
Subs – McIlroy, Pooler, Kemp, Lyle, White