Johnstone Burgh boss Jamie McKim reckons his team produced their best performance of the season as they secured a 4-2 win against Forfar West End in the Scottish Junior Cup.

The Keanie Park players looked slick on Saturday, with goals from Sam Esplin, Jason Andrew, Ricky McArthur and Malky MacDonald setting up a second round tie with Dundee St James.

Esplin bagged the opener before the visitors hit back with two goals in as many minutes from Dylan Stephen and Rikki Gillespie.

However, Burgh regained control in the second half, with Andrew eventually scoring the equaliser after a McArthur effort had hit the crossbar and a follow-up attempt by Jo Gillespie was cleared off the line by one of his own team-mates.

The home team then took the lead on 64 minutes through McArthur’s acrobatic volley and, in the closing stages, McDonald scored from the edge of the penalty area.

McKim was delighted with the performance and insists he was never worried about losing, despite being behind at the break.

He told Gazette Sport: “The main objective going into any cup tie is to progress but the performance was the most pleasing thing. We were terrific, it’s the best we’ve been.

“The park was wet and the ball was moving really quickly. It’s probably the quickest game we’ve been involved in but that suited us.

“Usually, we’re more of a compact side that want to limit the chances the other team gets but, on Saturday, we pressed them high and took the game to them.

“The only disappointment was a two-minute period of madness where we lost both goals. I said to the boys that, other than that spell, I couldn’t ask for any more.”

Burgh’s cup victory came after they rounded off a busy midweek schedule of games last Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Glasgow University, thanks to efforts from McArthur and McDonald.

It ended a run of two successive defeats and McKim will be hoping for another positive result on Saturday when his team return to league action as they welcome Forth Wanderers to Keanie Park.

Forth have an identical record to Burgh this season, with five wins, one draw and three defeats from their opening nine league games.

McKim said: “We’ve met them many times over the years and have had the better of them but that doesn’t mean this is going to be an easy game.”