Irvine Meadow co-boss Colin Spence believes his side put in their “best performance of the season so far” as they beat Broxburn Athletic 3-0 away from home in the second round of the Soccer Shop Challenge Cup.

Goals from Neil Slooves, Dylan Pooler and a stunning lob from Connor Boyd ensured Meadow would progress to the next round.

Spence was delighted with his team’s efforts and the way they bounced back following their 2-1 defeat to Hurlford in the league the week before.

He told the Times: “It was a good performance and from the first-whistle we were on the front foot and got a hold of the game.

“We got the early goal that we deserved, and the pleasing thing was that we did not sit back and we got the second goal which gave us some breathing space.

“I felt it was the best we have played this season especially in the first-half and to do it in a big game like that when you only get one chance in the cup and there are no second chances was even more pleasing.

“I said to the boys before the game when you are at a club the size of Meadow you cannot go two games without a win.

“We got the reaction of the players that we were looking for after the result going against us the week before so I would say it’s our best performance of the season so far.

“Connor’s goal was brilliant, and he should have scored straight after that too. He has been excellent in training and on Saturday when he came off, he was raging with his performance which shows the high standards he sets himself.

“He has been a real find for us from the amateur ranks and he has stepped up to the plate. He impressed as soon as he came through the door and it is probably the quickest I have got a contract out for someone after watching him for 10 minutes in a trial game.”

Following the second-round win in the cup, Spence’s attention now turns back to the league.

Meadow will face Bonnyton Thistle at Meadow Park on Saturday as they look to win their first home game of the league campaign.

Spence said: “It’s key to back-up last week’s performance.”