ROSS Jack blasted an “abysmal” performance by his Elgin City side in their 3-1 Scottish Cup win over lowly St Cuthbert Wanderers.
First half goals by Brian Cameron, Stuart Leslie and Craig Gunn wrapped up victory for City over their South of Scotland League opponents.
But manager Jack was furious his team failed to impress after the interval, and said they would have lost if they had been playing another SFL club.
“In the second half I thought we were abysmal,” Ross blasted. “We were so far on top there were plenty opportunities for more goals, but we did nothing with all the good possession we had.
“We were terrible in the second half. We were too easy-oasy at times, and I’m so disappointed we didn’t go on to win it by more.
“Against Third Division opposition we might’ve come off at the wrong end of a beating there.”
City keeper John Gibson made a couple of early saves before the Moray men took control with three goals in a 13-minute spell.
Brian Cameron celebrated his 21st birthday by slamming home the first from a Mark Nicolson feed on 26 minutes.
Stuart Leslie nodded in Daniel Moore’s cross for the second, and Craig Gunn’s fourth goal of the season put the Black and Whites in command at the break.
But City slacked off in the second half, allowing Saints a way back into the match through a soft penalty award, which Ian Miller converted on the hour.
There was little action after that to warm a crowd of 482, with Elgin’s lead seldom troubled.
Ross Jack’s men are set for a free weekend next Saturday, with scheduled opponents Clyde due to visit Nairn County in a Scottish Cup replay after drawing 3-3 at Broadwood.
Elgin City: Gibson, Beveridge, McMullan, Crighton, Duff (Harkins 40), Cameron (Forbes 65), Gunn (Millar 74), O’Donoghue, Leslie, Nicolson, Moore. Subs: MacLeod, Black.