CUP heroes Irvine Meadow now must get to work and improve their league form.

That was the message from hat-trick hero Con Boyle and manager Brian McGinty after they blasted into the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup.

A 6-2 home triumph against Dunbar United secured the Irvine outfit a fifth round place in the national event.

Now they return to league business as they host Cumbernauld United on Saturday, having played only eight games in the Super First Division. The backlog was caused by seven postponements of the third round tie at Dyce.

Former Shettleston man Boyle said: "That was the first hat-trick of my junior career and we could have had even more goals had we taken our chances. The fans gave us great backing and we dominated the game. It would be good to get a home tie in the next round. The aim now must be to string some league wins together, push up the table and see where it takes us. We kept busy with a lot of training sessions when the games were off and the manager is good to work with."

McGinty feels the performance was the best since he took the reins and said: "I thought some of the football we played and some of the goals we scored were excellent. We started very well, they had a wee five minute spell where they had a wee run at us. But then we controlled the game, kept the ball, passed it at the right times and created at the right moments. To only go in 2-0 up you always have that wee worry if they score early in the second half.

"Since we came in terms of an overall 90 minutes I think that's the best we've had but we need to kick on from that. A squad of players like that, who can play like that, can't be fourth bottom of the league. It's not acceptable. We've played a few less games but we need to start winning games and that's the main focus for us now we get back to league business."

Praising Boyle he added: "The thing for Con is he's been unfortunate. He's been really good since we came and and he did very well in the Kilwinning game with a very a different kind of performance in terms of more on the defensive side. He's been exceptional in training and we wanted to give him a run before now. Obviously the games were off against Dyce and then he might have played last week but he couldn't make it because of work. He deserved his chance."