Vale march on in West of Scotland cup

Vale of Girvan marched onto the next round of the West of Scotland Cup with a thumping 6-0 win over Glasgow based Premier League side Rannoch at Victory Park.

Vale started the game immediately on top and infact should have scored before their opening goal on eight minutes which came from a header by Darren Mitchell from a free kick.

Vale quickly doubled their lead two minutes later with Cammy Bone playing a nice one-two in the midfield with Sandy Robertson before Cammy finished off the move with a smart move.

It was arguably game over on 16 minutes when a tremendous defence splitting pass by Michael Sandilands found Nathan Smith who squared for Mitchell to make it 3-0.

A minute before half time, Vale got a fourth goal when a long throw in wasn’t dealt with by Rannoch and they gave away a penalty for a dangerous challenge on Mitchell. The resulting spot kick was slotted away by Bob Ashworth.

Mitchell completed his hat-trick midway through the second half when he met a corner from the left with a bullet header to make it 5-0.

The scoring was completed again by Mitchell after a nice move down the right involving Smith and Ashworth found Paul ‘Pitbull’ Brown. Pitbull squared it across for that man Mitchell who grabbed his fourth and his sides sixth.

However, the game ended on a sour note for Vale as star man Mitchell was injured in the dying stages of the game from a poor challenge and there is a worry he could be missing for a while.

Vale would like to thank Cathie McKendry for sponsoring the match ball.

Vale’s next game sees them travel to Kilmarnock to play a third round Ayrshire Cup tie on Saturday (October 24). Kick off at Dean Park is at 2pm.