Irvine Amateur Football Club (AFC) manager Keith Graham applauded hattrick star Darren Sherman for his contribution during their 7-1 win over Kilmarnock AFC at the weekend.

The Irvine outfit went into the Donsport Trophy second round tie on their toes against a Kilmarnock side who had already beaten them this year during preseason.

However, when it came down to competitive football Irvine AFC came out on top thanks to goals from Jack Cousar, Billy McGinn, a double from Jordan McMurtrie and a hattrick from Sherman.

Speaking to the Times, Graham said: “Sherman could have had four yesterday had first goal, which was chalked off for offside, stood.

“But it was a tidy finish for his first goal, then he followed it up with a penalty and a free kick to complete his hattrick.

“He is in good form at the moment alongside a few other players.

“McGinn is in good run at the moment as well and it was good to see McMurtrie back to his best as well,

“We rely on him to score or create opportunities for other players and he had a good game at the weekend, which was pleasing to see.”