A blistering first half performance from Kirrie Thistle blew away Broughty United as they sealed a place in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup.
A double from Archie McLean, Logan Richardson’s strike, an own goal from Gregor Brown and a brace from Sam Ellis gave Kirrie a 6-0 half time lead, and despite Broughty striking back in the second half, they held on to secure the win.
Broughty ended Kirrie’s unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 win seven days ago, and it was clear that Kirrie were keen to avoid another defeat. There were only three minutes on the clock when Logan Richardson cut the ball back to Archie McLean, who despite seeing his initial effort kept out by Ben Todd, prodded the ball into the corner.
Kirrie were relentless in their pursuit for a second, and when Todd under-hit a goal kick, Richardson capitalised and fired a shot into the net from 25 yards on the 10 minute mark.
A free kick 20 yards from goal presented Broughty the chance to get back into the match, but Benji Kane didn’t trouble Rory Grewar with a low strike. At the other end, Jake Kettles nearly added a third, but Gregor Brown managed to clear the ball off the line.
Kettles was causing problems for Broughty and was denied by Todd after bursting into the box. The rebound fell to Kian Martin, but he couldn’t hit the target. Todd denied Richardson again moments later, and Connor Smeaton skied the rebound.
With 23 minutes gone, Kirrie added a third from the penalty spot, McLean coolly dispatching the ball past Todd.
Three minutes later, their lead was four. Dagan Bell sent in a cross from the right, and Brown sliced the ball into his own net.
Smeaton was denied by Todd before Kirrie made it five. Kettles was denied by Todd, but the ball broke kindly for Sam Ellis, who stabbed the ball past Todd.
With two minutes of the first half left, Kirrie made it six. Dagan Bell provided the cross into Ellis, who steered the ball past Todd with a first-time volley.