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South Lochaber Thistle extended their unbeaten start to the new season to five games with a dominant display against Antonine AFC in the President’s Cup.
The visitors from Clydebank have only recently made the step up from Under 21s football and were taught a valuable lesson in the need for a blend of youth and experience.
Captain Martin Munro got the home side off to a flyer as the mercurial winger slotted home to open the scoring within the first five minutes.
Adventurous striker Logan Barker doubled the lead inside the first ten minutes with a delicate chip. At this stage, the visitors grabbed a goal back to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Munro hit back almost immediately to restore the margin, before Antonine showed some heart to peg the hosts back again for 3-2.
Next onto the scoresheet was founding father and veteran Dave Forbes. His finish moved the score to 4-2 and ensured there was only going to be one winner of this tie.
As the half time whistle approached, Barker turned provider, his cross being met by Kian Cameron who scored into the top corner for his first goal for the club.
In the second half, the one way traffic continued. First Keir Kennedy, then Andrew MacLean nosed ahead of the defender to bag a goal before club stalwart and fan favourite scored the most popular goal of the afternoon, a three-yard hammer blow to leave the final score at 8-2.
Manager Alan Gray said: ‘This was a fine performance and shows a continuation of the progress the team is making.
‘We’re bringing some boys back in, man of the match Logan Barker for example, but also bedding in young boys like Archie Bowman, which is great for the future of the club.
‘This was a fine performance and result and we’re excited to see how far we can go in the President’s and Scottish Cup when we find out about the draw early next week.’