Irvine Meadow co-manager Colin Spence applauded Connor Boyd as he scored a double in the 5-2 win over Penicuik Athletic.

Medda went into the South Challenge Cup third round tie looking to get back to winning ways having lost their last two matches.

They did not get off to the best of starts at Meadow Park as the away side took the lead inside 10 minutes through captain Aaron Somerville.

The hosts rallied however and got their equaliser just before the break through Boyd.

The striker skilfully created space in the box and blasted into the bottom left corner.

One minute later the hosts took the lead for the first time in the match when Michael Wardrope thundered a volley as Medda went into the break 2-1 up.

In the second half, the hosts added to their advantage when Boyd burst through on the breakaway and calmly slotted into the back of the net.

Boyd then set up Sam McCloy for Meadow’s fourth before Gregor Lamb smashed in a wonder goal to bring Cuikie right back into the match.

But with 15 minutes left to go Medda secured their place in the fourth round, via McCloy’s first time finish

Speaking to the Times, Spence said:”That was probably Boyd’s best game for us so far this season at the weekend.

“That was the Boyd from last season. I feel a bit sorry for him because he picked up a nasty ankle injury at the end of the preseason, so he was out for a good 6-8 weeks.

“He has tried to rush back with the big games we had coming up and came back too early.

“But, he is just one of those players that just gets on with it and does not moan.

“He is a delight to work with and is as hard working as anyone I have ever worked with.

“He is getting his rewards now and getting back amongst the goals.

“But his all round game was brilliant at the weekend as well, he put two on a plate for McCloy.

“Hopefully that is us getting peak Boyd now, so if that is him starting to motor it is just the right time of the season for us.”