Largs Thistle 2 Ardeer Thistle 0

Largs topped the West Region League Cup section after a comfortable victory over Ardeer at Barrfields on Wednesday evening.

There were a number of changes from Monday night's victory with Ross George playing on the wing while Ben Black returned and played a more central role. Former Thistle forward Matthew Santos, who featured for Largs AFC amateurs last season, lined up for the opposition.

Some new Thistle signings also featured including Blair McIntyre in midfield, while Thomas O'Donohue, who impressed against Kilwinning, was on the bench.

It was a fairly low-key start from Largs with the opening goal coming from a Paul Harkins corner kick out on the left hand side on 19 minutes.

Full-back George Sewell was quickest to react and stormed in with a powerful header at the far post.

Thistle were largely in control and should have made it 2-0 on 36 minutes with Jamie McKenna opening up the rearguard to supply the onrushing Black who cracked an effort off the base of the right post.

It was a terrific individual goal by Craig Forbes which eased Thistle to victory on 58 minutes as he turned his man and let rip with a 22 yard bullet of a drive which rifled into the net.

Sub Scott Adam assisted McKenna who went very close with a long range chip which just drifted wide of the left post, and McKenna again went close as Ardeer keeper Jack McLaughlin flipped the drive over the bar in the blink of an eye.

It wasn't all one way traffic and in the final ten minutes Ardeer had a few chances with Santos sending an angled drive wide of target and Largs keeper Ross Lundy forced to fingertip Harris Beech's rising shot over the bar for a fine save.

Overall it was a routine victory for Largs who will feel they should have scored more on the evening but did more than enough to see out a solid victory.

Thistle now head to the knockout stages with an away trip to Premiership rivals and West of Scotland Cup winners Beith on Monday 12 August.

Largs: Lundy. Forbes, McMaster, Harkins, Sewell, Faulds, Trialist, McIntyre, McKenna, Black, George. Subs: Adam, O'Donohue, McBryde, Sewell, Trialist.

Ardeer: McLaughlin, Wells, McFarland, Smith, Farrelly, Devlin, Beech, Santos, Burt, Campbell, Woods. Subs: Young, Brennan, Smith, Kerr, Hillier.

Ref: Jordan Cousland

Next Game: Saturday 3 August, Irvine Meadow (A), 2pm kick-off