BSC GLASGOW took advantage of their rivals being in cup action to open up a gap at the top of the table with a 4-0 win over lowly Dalbeattie Star.

Ryan McStay scored a brace either side of half time with Aiden Ferris and Stevie Murray also netting for Stephen Swift’s team during a dominant second half.

Swift said: “After our recent defeat and draw it was important to get back to winning ways.

“Dalbeattie made it difficult for us in the first half but I was pleased with the way we took our goals.”

Edusport Academy caused a shock on Friday evening as they beat Cumbernauld Colts 2-1 at Broadwood.

Sean Winter’s first hat-trick of the season helped East Kilbride to a 5-1 victory over Selkirk to progress in the Qualifying Cup.

The 30-year-old former Stranraer striker, who has now netted 11 times this season, said: “The league is our priority but it’s good to get a run in the cup as well.

“I’m delighted with my goals as it’s been a while since my last one in the Scottish Cup at Cowdenbeath.”

Anthony Wallace and Adam Strachan also scored for Billy Stark’s team, with former Hearts player Sean McKirdy netting Selkirk’s consolation.

Spartans also scored five as they saw off Whitehill Welfare to reach the quarter finals.

David Greenhill, Ross Guthrie, Ross Allum, Scott Maxwell and Blair Tolmie were all on target in the win at Ferguson Park.

Hawick Royal Albert were beaten 2-1 by Lothian Thistle at Saughton Enclosure.

There was controversy at Victoria Park where referee Michael Addy abandoned the tie between Vale of Leithen and Tynecastle at half time due to the condition of the pitch.

Dachi Khutsishvili had given Vale a first-minute lead before Stewart Adams levelled for the East of Scotland team.