McBookie Premiership
NEW Meadow co caretaker player-managers Colin Spence and James Latta endured a baptism of fire on their debuts as Buffs defeated them to complete the double this season over theory derby rivals.
And to compound the agony, Spence was sent off early in the first half for a handball, meaning he had to watch from a distance as he could not go into the dugout.
Buffs blasted ahead with literally the first kick of the ball when Ben Lewis sidefooted home from all of two yards following an error by Shaun Newman.
At the other end four minutes later, Spence shot well over the bar from 25 yards.
David Syme then shot inches wide from 22 yards in 10 minutes as Buffs kept pressikg. Carlo Monti sliced an effort narrowly wide from 12 yards for Buffs in 15 minutes.
Medda had a good chance when a 25-yard effort from Brendan Sharpe was well saved by Adam Strain.
A 40-yard lob from Sam McCloskey was well saved by Newman on the half hour.
Meadow won a corner in 31 minutes when a Brendan Sharpe effort for. 12 yards was deflected wide by a defender.
Medda had an opening in 33 minutes when Jordan McGuire shot just wide from 12 yards. Buffs were unlucky in 35 minutes when a header from eight yards by Syme was well saved by Newman.
Medda were reduced to 10 men in 38 minutes when Spence was given a straight red card for a handball. The resultant free-kick from Carlo Monti rattled the crossbar and went over.
Darren Frye shot narrowly wide for Buffs in 52 minutes. Dean Agnew made a dazzling run and squared to Monti six yards out but his miscued effort was deflected wide.
Alex McWatters and Frye were replaced by Calvin Kemp and Jordan Stuart In 55 minutes.
Kemp sent a header inches over the bar from four yards in 65 minutes.
Visiting defender Neil Slooves made a goal-line clearance to foil Buffs in 69 minutes.
Meadow had an opening in 74 minutes when a free-kick from Lee McCre was cleared by the Buffs defence. However a minute later Monty capitalised on defensive indecision by running in and lobbing the ball over Newman and into the net.
Ally McColm replaced goalscorer Lewis in 86 minutes.
Buffs went 3-0 up in stoppage time when McColm played a great through ball to substitute Kemp to volley home from eight yards.
Strain; Whyte, McCloskey, Syme, Fleming, Hanvey, Agnew, Frye, Monti, Lewis, McWatters. Subs: Maitland, McColm, Stuart, Kemp, Taylor.
IRVINE MEADOW: Newman; Latta, McCrea, Slooves, Gow, Spence, McGuire, McLennan, Sharpe, Liam Miller, Willet. Subs: Jones, Darren Miller, McTernan, McLean.

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