The visitors, who travelled to Edinburgh unbeaten this season, were the most fancied to make it into the hat for the next round draw however it was a polished performance from the North Edinburgh side who kept a clean sheet in the making too.
Danny’s recent rugby head knock meant he wasn’t able to play but it was the visitors who were left punch drunk after a match that saw some super skills, feisty challenges and Referee Tam Carter making more bookings in December than Santa in department store grottos.
The game started at a quick pace and was played end to end, with spectators necks swivelling like tennis fans at Wimbledon. Niall showed great bravery to save at a forwards feet and took the whack on the chin to prove it. Niall is not nicknamed Nails for nothing and after being patched up by Dr David he played on and thoroughly deserved the clean sheet at the end.
Spartans were on the front foot from the restart and while AC Irvine looked dangerous on the counter attack the game settled into a pattern of Spartans dominance.
A nice through ball from Nicky after some tidy build up play starting from Niall released Joe and he slotted past the advancing goalkeeper. More chances followed and were spurned before Reece headed a second goal from a corner before the half time whistle.
HT: Spartans 2002s 2-0 AC Irvine
After a shaky 5 minutes following the restart, the game resumed a similar pattern as Spartans looked for the killer third goal. The strike that would have put further light between the sides seemed to be somewhat elusive as several chances were fluffed in front of the AC net.
Then, as the game continued to be played in the Ayrshire sides half, Robbie pounced to make it three and effectively end the game as a contest.
Spartans continued to work hard and make further chances and Campbell arrived at the back post in trademark style to lash in a fourth.
FT: Spartans 2002s 4-0 AC Irvine
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Contributors: Lee Ewing and Mark Brown