The men's first team resumed their quest for the Scottish Cup as they returned to action at Bellahouston with a quarter final tie against Aberdeen Asset Management.
Coach Mark Ralph found himself hampered in selection by a number of injuries within the squad. He also sprung a surprise by moving Michael Bremner to right back and utilising Iain Scholefield's skills in midfield.
Burne were quickly into their stride and we one up after a mere 24 seconds. A quick move down the right brought a fine save from the Aberdeen goalkeeper, but ace predator Johnny Christie was on hand to pick up from where he had left off in the first half of the season. Kelburne continued to dominate possession and with Ralph and Marshall probing from the back and McIntyre, Christie and Scholefield dominating the midfield it seemed inevitable that the second goal would arrive.
Following more good build up play a short corner was won, where Mark Ralph was able to find Gordon McIntyre to deflect home his drag flick. Ralph promptly added a third with a trademark low drag flick from another corner and the fourth goal also arrived following a fine reverse stick effort from Gareth Hall. The scoring was completed in the first half when Christie was able to add his second following another well constructed passing move involving the whole team.
Kelburne started the second half a little slower with coach Ralph happy to try out a number of different playing systems and players in different positions in preparation for challenges which lie ahead. The scoring was only briefly abated as McIntyre and Ralph were both able to add to their tallies with carbon copies of their goals in the first half. Burne had several chances to add further goals but Sharma and Michael Christie were kept out by a combination of goalkeeper and post.
Hall was able to add his second when he was allowed to much space in the D and he was able to unleash a powerful shot on the turn, whilke the otherwise redundant Fulton was called upon to mop up a rare Aberdeen attack.
Burne were able to add two further goals from short corners as Willie Marshall was able to get on the score sheet with 2 direct strikes. Marshall had a further chance to complete his hat trick but missed the top corner by inches with a powerful shot.
A comprehensive victory, which sees the team advance to the semi finals on the 27th of March. The team are in action today in league action in a top of the table clash against Grange with a 14.30 push back at Peffermill.