Glenafton manager Mick McCann says their Scottish Junior Cup First Round rout over Lochee Harp was a welcome distraction from league action.

The Glens have had a mixed start to the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division so far and went into the tie at the weekend off a 4-0 midweek loss to Troon.

However, they started brightly in Broughty Ferry going one nil up early on through new signing Gregor Fotheringham, who drilled a low hard shot from 22 yards for his first Glens goal.

David Blyth then doubled the glens advantage at Whitton Park before the hosts cut the deficit to 2-1. Sean Bennie then popped up with his first and second goal for the Afton to put them 4-1 up at half time.

Harp then immediately got a goal back after the restart before Leon Murphy scored a double to give the Glens a comfortable lead.

Substitute Jordan Ryan then got involved in the scoring not long after, rounding the Lochee keeper and tapping in.

Ryan then turned provider sliding in Sam McKee to score, with McKee repeating the feat not long after to complete the rout.

Speaking to the Chronicle, McCann said: “It was a welcome break for us from the league and I was looking for a reaction from the players because we have had a hard time of it recently in the league.

“We were going into the unknown a little bit playing an East Region side …but the players were well up for it and ready for the challenge.”

Next up for the Afton as they look to push up the Premier Division table is an away trip to the KG Stadium to take on Blantyre Victoria at the weekend.

The fixture signals the end of midweek games for the time being, with McCann saying he is pleased there is a week between fixtures from now on.

The Glens boss said: “It was a lot of games to come back to straight into league action and playing Wednesday and Saturday.

“We are really looking forward to doing two training sessions during the week and a week’s rest before the Vic’s game which is massive.”