Rabs take an early lead but hit self-destruct button after 30 minutes.
Rob Roy 1
Hurlford United 5
West of Scotland Premier Division
Following last week’s magnificent win at Irvine, Roy Roy crashed back down to earth when they were given a five goal thrashing on Saturday.
The defeat was at the hands of Hurlford United, with ex-St Mirren striker Stewart Kean netting all five for the visitors.
The first real chance of the game fell to the visitors, with Masterton dispatching a free-kick narrowly past McKinven’s upright.
After a fairly even period of play Rabs broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when a good passing move by Jarvis and Sawyers gave Morton the chance to beat two defenders before sending a brilliant 20 yard looping shot over the head of Hurlford keeper Brown and into the net.
In the 33rd minute a defensive error by Hay allowed Dempster in on goal but his progress was halted when fouled by Smith in the penalty box, Kean netted easily from the spot for the equaliser.
Two minutes later the visitors doubled their tally when the Rabs defence failed to deal with a long bouncing clearance giving Kean the chance to slot the ball past McKinven.
Hurlford added another four minutes before the break when Kean headed a Paterson free-kick through the legs of McKinven. On the half-time whistle McKinven did well to save McKenzie’s high lob as Hurlford punished the home defence. Four minutes into the second half Rabs squandered a glorious chance to pull a goal back, but Morton after rounding keeper Brown could only send his shot into the side netting from an acute angle.
Rabs were creating chances but failing to penetrate a solid Hurlford defence.
Morton passed up another good chance when in front of goal failed to connect with the ball then Urquhart and Morton were well of target with strikes.Midway through the half Rabs were denied a strong penalty shout for hand-ball in the penalty box but their claims were waved aside by referee Napier.
With 10 minutes remaining the Ayrshire side added a fourth when Kean broke clear on the left beat a couple of defenders before sending a firmly struck low shot into the far corner of the net.
Deep into stoppage time Robertson was pulled down in the box by Carter, Kean sent McKinven the wrong way with the spot-kick to bring his personal total to five.
Rob Roy: McKinven, Hunter (Deas 60), Moffat, Smith, Carter, Hay, Duff, Jarvis, Sawyers, Urquhart (Team 70), Morton (Metcalf 85). Subs not used;- McQuade, McPherson.