Tayport produced a fantastic display in East Ayrshire last Saturday afternoon to book their place in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup. Alan Tulleth stole the show and claimed the match ball, thanks to a terrific eight-minute hat-trick.
The Canniepairt outfit took the initiative from the start, and went close through Tulleth and Gary Sutherland, who both forced Muirkirk ’keeper George Scott into action.
It was, therefore, no surprise to see ’Port break the deadlock in the seventeenth minute.
After a corner kick, Scott Finlay managed to flick the ball on and it fell for defender Gregor Anderson, who lashed the ball home into the back of the net for his first goal in Tayport colours.
The visitors pushed for a second counter with the clearest opening for Marc Ogg, who missed from close-range, and Tayport had to settle for a narrow interval lead.
There was Muirkirk pressure early in the second half, before Alan Tulleth intervened to set ’Port on the way to a comfortable victory. On 52 minutes, he took a free kick wide on the left and sent a beautiful strike curling into the top corner of the net for a Goal of the Season contender.
Two minutes later, the influential Tulleth scored again. His corner was played back out to him and he neatly cut inside his marker and bent another fantastic strike into the far corner.
By the hour, Tulleth had added Tayport’s fourth, heading in Anderson’s right-wing cross to complete a remarkable treble.
Amidst wild second half conditions at Burnside Park, Tayport went nap in the final minute of the encounter. Kris Rollo whipped in a free kick from wide on the right. Central defender Clark Kay tried to make contact and, although he missed out, his presence was enough to deceive the goalkeeper and Rollo’s delivery found the net, to seal an impressive win.
Tayport - Wilson, Ogg, Kay, Anderson(Fleming), Ovenstone, Elvin, Rollo, Finlay(Robertson), Tulleth, Sutherland, MacLeod.