Girvan FC were beaten 5-1 by Auchinleck Talbot on Saturday in the senior Scottish Cup but were far from disgraced against better opponents.
A crowd of almost 600 were in attendance at Hamilton Park as Talbot ran out comfortable winners.
They took an early lead through former Ayr United man David Gormley who held up a throw-in in the Girvan box before turning his man and firing in a shot off the post.
That gave Talbot the impetus to control the game and Steven White almost made it 2-0 shortly afterwards.
However, Girvan almost equalised on 35 minutes after a goalmouth scramble but the visitors defence stayed firm.
Moments later Girvan had another chance when some good play from Jordan Ryan and Andrew Hislop won a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Darren Mitchell forced a good save from Andy Leishman but the current Scottish Junior Cup holders struck a killer blow before half-time by adding a second goal.
A corner was drilled low into the box and while the initial effort was saved, Keir Milliken nodded home the rebound.
And two minutes into the second half Milliken got his second after some nice interplay with Gormley.
Girvan gave themselves hope on 58 minutes when Craig Harvey, on as a substitute scored a free-kick from 25 yards out. Girvan upped the pressure after this and were denied a penalty after claims for handball.
However, Talbot sealed the tie on 70 minutes when Milliken completed his hat-trick after a mix-up between the Girvan defence and goalkeeper as he slotted home.
Talbot substitute Michael McCann made it 5-1 late on with a left-footed striker.
Girvan manager Iain Kearney said: “We were doing alright for a wee spell and if we closed the margin to 3-2 then anything happens.”
Girvan’s next fixture is away to Lugar Boswell Thistle on Saturday 28 September.