What now for Arthurlie? After the penalty-kick defeat by Saltcoats, things seemed to have hit rock bottom. That was until Saturday, when Glasgow Perthshire left Dunterlie Park with a 3-0 Central League Cup victory – a scoreline that flattered the home side.

The only real talking point of the first 45 minutes was how the sides went in for the break goalless, as time and time again Perthshire created chances. Only a string of saves from Grant Hay and poor finishing from the visitors prevented the result being beyond doubt before half-time.

Just two minutes had elapsed when Hay had to be alert to block a shot from

Connolly with his legs.

Mark Blakey replaced Ryan Scanlon and rescued Arthurlie four minutes later, clearing from a dangerous position. That seemed to spark Arthurlie into life as

Jordan Craig sent over a free-kick from the left that saw Michael Daly head just wide.

Before long, Shire goalkeeper

Calder made a fantastic point-blank save to deny Daly after James MacLellan had played the centre-forward in from a wide position.

It was the same two players who, rather than combine, came together as a ball broke inside the box minutes later. They both went for it, with the ball beating Calder but coming back off the upright before being cleared.

Ten minutes remained when Perthshire broke clear after an Arthurlie corner was cleared. The ball ended up with McIntyre, who raced upfield before squaring to

Baboucar, who hit a low shot past Hay to open the scoring.

MacLellan went close to grabbing a quick fire equaliser with a snap shot then it was Hay at the other end to deny Perthshire a second. Martin Paul replaced Scanlon as Arthurlie looked to inject some energy in the middle of the park but right on time Baboucar added his and Perthshire’s second when he curled another past Hay.

With the 90 minutes gone, the visitors added a third. A ball through saw McLean race in and, as Hay came from his line, the midfielder used the outside of his boot to curl a deserved third into the net past the helpless Hay to rub more salt into the home fans wounds.

With defeats to lower league clubs in the last two games the thought of a journey to face current champions Glenafton Athletic on Saturday doesn’t bode well.

Arthurlie: Hay, Bohme, Craig, Girvan, Buchanan, Scanlon, O’Halloran, Marks, Daly, MacLennan and McAleenan. Subs: Blakey, Paul and Mohamed.

Glasgow Perthshire: Calder, McIntyre, Forrester, Kirkwood, Thomson, McLelland, Gibson, McLean, Baboucar, Malcolm and Connolly.