Rothesay Brandane were taught a tough lesson in their first competitive home match of the season on Saturday after visitors Milton dished out a 9-1 thrashing to the island side in the Caledonian AFA’s sectional League Cup.
The Danes’ inexperience and lack of match practice were ruthlessly punished as the Bannockburn side, winners of last season’s William Turner Challenge Cup and Caledonian Premier League runners-up, strolled to an easy win, takeing advantage of seemingly every defensive slip-up by the island side.
Paul Statter’s quick-fire double had the visitors two up inside the first 25 minutes, and Stuart Mitchell soon added a third - and though John McBride pulled one back for the Danes with a beautiful free kick five minutes before the interval, Statter completed his hat-trick to re-establish the visitors’ three-goal advantage just before the break.
A three goal lead became five with two goals inside 60 seconds in the opening five minutes of the second half, Statter adding his fourth before Jonathan Cooper also got his name on the scoresheet, and Kevin McBrier and Andrew Clark made it 8-1 with half an hour still to play.
Statter’s fifth took the visitors to the verge of double figures with 20 minutes left, but the Danes were able to stem the tide in the closing stages and prevent Milton reaching double figures.