Torphins extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a convincing display of attacking football against mid-table rivals Theologians on a fine spring afternoon in Kinker.
Torphins were fast out of the blocks and immediately set their stall out to attack. Gilbert had two good chances to open the scoring in the early stages of the match but was denied by the Theologians keeper.
The home team continued to bombard the visitors’ goal until eventually the deadlock was broken. Allardyce launched a trademark long-throw towards Ewan at the front post, which beat his marker to flick-on where an unmarked TRAVERS finished into an empty net from two yards.
TRAVERS then grabbed a second to make it 2-0 shortly before half time.
After being thwarted twice in the first half, it was third-time lucky for goal-hungry Gilbert after the break. Ewan was set free down the left by Wright, and after riding a challenge the winger drilled a low ball towards the penalty spot where veteran GILBERT created a yard of space before bending the ball past the keeper and into the net.
Theologians grabbed their only goal of the game on midway through the half after the referee awarded a penalty which was dispatched hard and low into the corner, out of reach of a sprawling Geddes.
This was to be the only blemish in an otherwise impressive defensive display and Torphins quickly regrouped and set about regaining control of the match.
The game’s turning point came in the 70th minute. Travers received the ball to feet from Mitchell and glided past a challenge. With Travers looking to pull the trigger, the Theo defender lunged from behind and felled the midfielder. The referee had no choice but to brandish a red.
D. CRUICKSHANK then unleashed a 25 yard effort into the top corner to make it 4-1.
Ten man Theologians’ resolve seemed to visibly weaken as the home team turned the screw looking for more goals.
GILBERT doubled his tally on 78 minutes with a fine goal before ALLARDYCE made it 6-1.
Young striker SMITH then showed good compusure to round off the scoring with a neat left foot finish.