RHU Amateurs sailed through to the second round of the West of Scotland Cup courtesy of an 8-1 win away to North Kelvin United on Saturday.

The local side wasted no time in stamping their authority on the game, Lewis Grant heading home the opener in the fifth minute after Ali Maule found space out wide between two defenders to send over a powerful cross.

Leading scorer Callum Smith added the second after Gary Stillwell outpaced his man out wide and cut the ball back – and though some slack marking allowed the hosts to pull one back, Rhu restored their two goal advantage straight away when Adam Sharkey flicked the ball over a defender before nutmegging the keeper after a fantastic long ball by Brian Cameron.

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Mark Toms shot home from 10 yards after a goalmouth scramble to make it 4-1, and Smith took the ball past two defenders before firing across goal for Maule to add a fifth on the stroke of half-time.

Rhu started the second half slowly – either due to complacency or to the heat – but captain Gordon Brodie nodded home a Maule corner for number six on 70 minutes, before Maule added his second with a fine finish after Stillwell’s long throw was cleared to him on the edge of the box.

The eighth and final goal saw Smith add his second, tapping into an empty net after Maule reached a ball over the top from Brodie just before the keeper and played it across the face of the gaping goal.

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Squad: Ainslie, Cameron, Brodie, Black, Maule, Sharkey, Bell, Grant, Stillwell, Smith, Toms, Scullion, Fagan.

The second round draw for the tournament this week handed Rhu an away tie against Ayrshire side West Kilbride, to be played on Saturday, October 19.

Before then, after a long run of away games, Rhu are finally back on home soil this Saturday, September 28, when Callander Thistle visit Ardenconnel Park in the Caledonian League. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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