Fairmuir found the net nine times as they dumped Valleyfield Colts out of the Scottish Cup. After a blistering start, the hosts were four to the good inside the opening 13 minutes. Five second half goals were more than enough for Fairmuir to secure their place in the next round.
The hosts found themselves ahead in the opening minute of the match. Nairn Bonnar drove to the bi-line and tried to pick out Jack Whyte. The ball was diverted into the net by a Valleyfield defender and Fairmuir were ahead.
Things got worse for the visitors as Fairmuir added a second goal seconds later. Ryan Smith collected the ball on the right hand side and whipped in a cross to Whyte, who controlled the ball and slotted it past Jamie Paterson in the Valleyfield goal. The visitors were shell-shocked, while Fairmuir were in dreamland.
Things continued to get better for the hosts as they added a third after 12 minutes. Valleyfield defender Euan Bird diverted a long ball up into the air and over Paterson into the path of Fairmuir’s Jake Grady, who held off the recovering goalkeeper and headed into an empty net underneath the crossbar.
Valleyfield’s day went from bad to worse as Fairmuir added a fourth after 13 minutes. Ben Tolmie’s pinpoint cross was met by Whyte, who powered his header into the net from close range.
Bonnar could have sent Whyte in one on one a minute later, but the winger opted to go for goal himself. Unfortunately for the Fairmuir man, his effort didn’t trouble Patterson.
With 20 minutes gone, Fairmuir should have added a fifth. Mark McCrory played the ball into the right channel for Whyte. The striker picked out Jamie Timmons who flicked the ball into the path of Bonnar, but his effort was just off target.
Valleyfield’s first effort came courtesy of Bird. The defenders well hit free kick crept just over the crossbar.
After this chance for Valleyfield, Fairmuir went straight up the other end of the pitch in the search for more goals. Timmons corner fell for Whyte, but the striker was denied a hat trick by a superb reflex save by Paterson.
As half-time approached, Fairmuir were content to keep possession, while Valleyfield were trying to keep the deficit at four.