Much has been made of Selkirk’s French revolution, but the Yarrow Park men’s return to form on Saturday had a rather more Scottish flavour to it.
And if the Souters can perform like they did in the first half of this impressive South Challenge Cup win at Edinburgh University, it will leave the Yarrow Park support asking for second helpings.
With only Julio Tonelle left of the French contingent which earlier this season stood at six, the focus is now on Selkirk’s front three of Phil Addison, Garry O’Connor and Ouzy See who were outstanding at East Peffermill.
All five goals for the visitors came from the trio, including four goals in just nine first half minutes which blew the Students away on a blustery day in the capital.
It was no surprise to witness the trio combine for the first goal on 23 minutes as Addison and O’Connor exchanged passes to set up See to calmly score past Mark Tait on 23 minutes.
O’Connor added his 14th goal of the season three minutes later with a thumping angled drive past Tait, before fellow ex-Hibee Addison made it 3-0 just a minute later. And Addison added his eighth goal of the season with a stunning dipping 20 yard shot on 32 minutes, which finished the cup tie as a contest.
See made it 5-0 with his second on 53 minutes, tapping home after Jon McInally’s header was saved.
But the former Tynecastle striker – who was top scorer in the East of Scotland Premier League last season – failed to claim his hat-trick, as he missed two decent chances.
Selkirk eased off in the later stages, allowing Edinburgh University to bag two consolation goals through Ross Patterson’s fine strike and a header from substitute Joe McFarlane.
There were also two red cards in the final minute for Paul Sutherland and Conor Scott, with Selkirk manager Stevie Forrest confirming at full time he would appeal Scott’s dismissal, with the ex-Berwick Rangers winger appearing to do little wrong.
Apart from the loss of Scott, Forrest was satisfied with his team’s showing, which saw new signings Jamie Pyper, Jordan Finnie and Alieu Badara Faye all feature.
Forrest added: “We have lost most of the French guys which has meant we have had to rebuilt the team six weeks into the season, which is not ideal.
“But not many teams can cope with us when we pass the ball like we did in the first half.
“We have a long trip to Threave this weekend and if we perform like we did in the first half we have a good chance of winning.”