KELTY Hearts boss Thomas Courts admitted it was a frustrating afternoon for his men despite qualifying for the East of Scotland League Cup.

The New Central Park side ran out 3-0 winners against Stirling Uni EOS on Saturday to top Group C and reach the quarter-finals.

Despite dominating for large spells, it took Kelty 70 minutes to beat the visitors’ makeshift stopper Tony McGuire.

After Stirling’s number one was forced off through injury, midfielder McGuire pulled on the gloves and delivered an inspired performance to deny the hosts on numerous occasions.

That was until last season’s top goalscorer Scott Dalziel headed home on the rebound and substitute Archie Campbell grabbed an impressive brace in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Courts was pleased with his side’s perseverance in front of goal and said it could’ve been "nine or 10" on another day.

He said: “It was frustrating for us. Their goalkeeper had an outstanding game though. It was a top performance from him.

“We have a lot of competition up front but Archie’s first goal was a very good instinctive header to guide the ball in. It’ll give him a real boost.

“Scott (Dalziel) was excellent last season. We also have Errol Douglas who has joined us, with Jordyn Sheerin and Scott Cargill on the sidelines, too.

“The backline is in transition but we’re all having to acclimatise to our new surroundings. The early signs are promising.”

Kelty next welcome East of Scotland League rivals Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale to New Central Park in the Scottish Cup Qualifying First Round on Saturday.

Kick-off is 2.30pm.