Andy Hautala hit five goals and Jose Eransus three, as Athletic stormed into the Second Round of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 9-0 thumping of Aberdfeerer this morning. We will now face Stirling side Strathmore at their Lochness ground.

Aberdfeerer were forced on to the back foot straight from the kick-off and found themselves two down with only five minutes on the clock, Nemanja Jankovic opening the scoring after four minutes and Andy Hautala opening his account a minute later.

Andy Hautala could do no wrong today, and had added his second on the thirteenth minute mark and completed his hattrick eight minutes before the break. He wasn’t done yet and added his fourth and Athletic’s fifth three minutes later to give the visitors a 5-0 lead at the break.

A devastating four-minute spell around the hour mark saw Jose Eransus bag a hattrick and Andy Hautala hit his fifth before Athletic really took their foot off the pedal, with the match well and truly won”.

“We got a real morale boost from this result”, said Arjen, “and we can now look forward to our opening league fixture on Saturday with some confidence”.

It was also good to get through the match without picking up any injuries”, he added. “The squad have all had a run-out and everyone is ready to go on Saturday”.