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Largs Thistle overcame a tricky start to this South of Scotland Challenge Cup second round encounter to race into a comfortable three goal lead by half time.

The two sides contested a pre-season friendly in July in which Largs ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but this was much more of a contest, with Dalry, sitting in eighth position, up against a Largs side in ninth spot in the Premier League.

The Barrfields men were under some early presssure from a Dalry side looking to cause an upset and the away side created some early chances.

Taylor managed to squeeze past challenges from Devine and Faulds as his diagonal strike from the left was deflected wide.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Darryl Duffy was influential in Largs victoryDarryl Duffy was influential in Largs victory (Image: Newsquest)

The early pressing from Dalry continued with Wilton having to make a good save from a low drive from the edge of the area.

However Largs were starting to get into their stride when they scored the opener on 15 minutes as Will Sewell got in low to turn into the net after Darryl Duffy's powerful header goalwards.

And the veteran former Rangers forward made it two on 21 minutes, showing he's lost none of his sharpness up front with a nice finish after a good fleet-footed move from Thistle on 21 minutes.

Sewell nearly made it three but was off balance, while the Dalry keeper King also made a top stop to deny Thistle.

However King stood no chance as Simon McBryde delivered a left footed strike from distance into the top left corner for number three on 35 minutes.

Dalry pulled a goal back within minutes of the second half getting underway as Fairns dived in to prod home following a corner.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Blair Devine and Cory Hughes keep an eye on Dalry attacking moveBlair Devine and Cory Hughes keep an eye on Dalry attacking move (Image: Newsquest)

With ten minutes to go Duffy should have made it four as he turned well in the box but blasted over the bar from a good position. It came moments after Wilton had made a top quality save at full stretch to deny Dalry a route back into this cup encounter.

Largs had squandered several good openings in the second half while Dalry had a few breaks and corners to keep the Barrfields side defensively on their toes.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Jamie Martin puts in challengeJamie Martin puts in challenge (Image: Newsquest)

King in particular did well to push a long range drive from Duffy around the post.

Thistle got the all important early goals but Dalry's early second half goal put a different complexion on this game.

Largs still dominated proceedings and should have scored more for their endeavours but it was job done for Thistle as they enter the third round.

As for Dalry, they put up a good fight and refused to lie down and created a few near things which may well have reduced the deficit. 

Largs and Millport Weekly News: David Ramsay looks for the passDavid Ramsay looks for the pass (Image: Newsquest)

Thistle now have a third round encounter away to East of Scotland League Premier Division outfit Jeanfield Swifts to look forward to on October 14 in Perth.

LARGS: Wilton, McLeod, Devine, McGrath, Hughes, Faulds, Ramsay, McBryde, Sewell, Duffy, Martin. Subs: McCreath, Forbes, McLean, McMaster, Tennant, Johnston. 

DALRY: King, A Catlow, Taylor, Etherson, Love, Fairns, Cowan, Mugwanda, Millar, J Catlow,McLaughlin. Subs: Duggan, Gray, Ellis, Stirling, Easdon, Brown, D Fairns.