COCK-a-hoop Kello Rovers boss Scott Clelland admitted being totally written off by the pundits was perfect motivation for his team to pull off a big upset in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup.

The Kirkconnel team, currently bottom of McBookie League One, defeated Championship team Irvine Victoria 3-0 with a clinical display.

Clelland, who took over from John Quinn at the start of the season, was impressed with the display and admitted his side did not need fired up.

He said: “The bookies had us at 5-1 which I thought was a shambles. That was the team talk, everyone had written us off, so I think the boys went out and answered a few critics. I felt we were the better team and deserved to win. I felt we dominated the first 25 minutes before we let Irvine back into the game. We were lucky to go in 1-0 up at half-time.

“Hopefully we can build on this as it’s our first victory in a wee while.

“It should give us a wee jag this result. We are looking to bring a few now bodies in to boost the squad, we’ll get there. It’s a work in progress for us. We can’t buy a win at home in the league and hopefully we can get one soon and move up the league. Hopefully this will give us a wee jag to move on. “

Asked his objectives, Clelland added: “The objective is to consolidate this season and hopefully get promotion next season.”

Auchinleck Talbot boss Tommy Sloan was delighted to see his side come through with a 7-0 home win against Bellshill Athletic.

Sloan said: “It was good just to be through. The boys are fine fine fettle and we look forward to playing Pollok on Saturday. They are top of the league and always give us tough games but we’ll be looking to take the points.

“Stephen Wilson has picked up a knock and could be out but everyone else is okay.”