Arthurlie secured their second successive win at the weekend as they progressed to the second round of the West of Scotland Cup with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Irvine Victoria at Dunterlie.

Duncan Sinclair’s side finally brought a six-game losing run to an end last week with a battling league win over Dalry.
And they picked up where they left off as they brushed aside Irvine Vics in the cup.

It took just five minutes for Lie to get their noses in front on Saturday afternoon with Daniel Kindland bundling it home from a scrappy corner.

Sinclair was forced into a change with Paul O’Donnell limping off but Arthurlie were still well on top and went close to doubling their advantage minutes later with Liam Mushet and Lee Roulston both going close.

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The Barrhead men did get their deserved second 25 minutes in when David Reid nodded it home from Kindland’s corner to all but secure safe progression to round two.

Lie were flying and should have added a third less than a minute later but Reid couldn’t keep his effort down.

And just as they were looking comfortable, they were made to rue that missed chance with Irvine Vics reducing the deficit after a fortuitous break of the ball on the half-way line.

With a renewed sense of confidence that has been sorely lacking in recent weeks, conceding appeared to kick-start Lie to life and they quickly restored their two-goal lead five minutes later after Roulston got on the end of a sublime Dan McKay ball to slot it beyond the Vics keeper.

Tam McGaughey, McKay and Kindland all came close to adding to the advantage in the second-half but Vics held on to keep the scoreline respectable as a dominant Lie marched into round two.

“I’ve said all along that the boys have results and performances like that in them,” a delighted Sinclair told Barrhead Sport. “It was good to see them going out with confidence and picking up the good win.

“We could have actually gone on to score one or two more to be honest, and that’s not being disrespectful to Irvine, but we were dominant and played really well.

“There were a couple of good individual goals over the piece but I thought as a team we played well throughout and defended well up the other end when we needed to.

“To beat them quite comfortably after losing to them in the league earlier in the season was a boost. I’d rather we won in the league mind you, but you can only take each game as it comes.

“A win in any competition builds confidence and it also helps us build momentum from last week’s Dalry win so I’m delighted in that regard.”

Next up, Lie travel to Duncansfield Park to take on Kilsyth Rangers as they look to continue their revival.

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Sinclair added: “It’s all about setting markers. We’ve bounced back from the run of losses with two good wins so it’s important to keep that going now.

“Saying that, Kilsyth are a top team and they’re at home so we know it will be tough. We beat them 3-2 at the start of the season in a game that could have easily gone either way so it’ll be a challenge.” 

“Their park is in amazing condition too so we’ll go down there in good spirits and hopefully pick up another win or something out of the game at least.” 

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