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The half-dozen players who remained after the departure of Chic McAleavy were supplemented by trialists and overseen by Stuart Robertson on the bench.
On balance of play, the result was perhaps a little harsh on Vale, but their defence was exploited in ruthless fashion.
Gordon Donaldson volleyed home an Aaron James corner to give the home side the lead in 19 minutes, against the run of play. The lead was doubled by Dominico Gibson.
Vale pulled one back before half-time, Keith Lough scoring from the spot.
But in the second half City attacked down the flanks and a Donaldson shot was turned into his own net by left-back Craig McManus.
McManus then fouled Ryan Wilson to hand City a penalty, which Wilson himself converted.
More defensive calamity handed Gibson his second of the afternoon, before Gibson cut the ball back for Ian McFarland to shoot home their sixth.
With a minute remaining, Vale got some reward for the effort they had put in when a Mark Smith ball into the box found Matthew Hunter, who sent a header over Stobie’s head and into the net.
But straight from the restart, City restored the five-goal lead as subsitute Peter Stenhouse netted.