JOHN Mellon’s deadly finishing helped Buckie United reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Welfare Cup.
The striker, who netted four goals in United’s win in the last sixteen, went one better with five strikes in the Moray club’s 7-1 drubbing of Buchan side St Combs.
Buckie wasted no time in wrapping the tie up with five goals before half time.
After Ross Coull had a first minute goal disallowed, Mellon tapped in from a Russell Geddes header a minute later to get the home side off the mark.
On seven minutes he latched on to brother Paul’s flick to curl in his second, and the hat-trick arrived on 17 minutes from the penalty spot after Mark McIntosh had been fouled.
Mellon’s fourth came on 24 minutes from a 40 yard free kick which missed all headed attempts and swerved high into the net.
Four minutes before half time Nikki Soutar joined in on United’s scoring act, acrobatically volleying in Paul Mellon’s free kick.
The visitors got one back early in the second half but when Keilan Turner’s fierce 30-yard shot was parried out on 65 minutes, who else but Mellon was there to add his fifth of the game.
Ross Coull then punished a poor clearance to add number seven and wrap up a great day’s work by Buckie.