game, to rule offside which must have been a close call for the man in the middle.
With five minutes of the first half remaining Saints’ slackness in the centre of the park was punished when Paul Hughes pounced on a loose ball and quickly fed James Cordiner, who made a good run forward and tucked a neat finish inside McCulloch’s right hand post to halve Saints’ advantage.
The Oban side ended a largely disappointing first half with a good turn and cross from MacEwan on the right wing which fizzed across the face of goal with, sadly, no takers in navy blue.
Saints profligacy in front of goal continued with Donald Campbell firing high over the crossbar from the edge of the box and Craig MacEwan sending a free header also over the bar from a Ross Maitland corner won on the right by Paul Kerr.
The goal which finally made the tie safe for Saints came when Ross Maitland rifled a 30-yard shot into the bottom corner, the pace and accuracy of which beat keeper Marshall low down to his right.
Saints twice almost allowed Springhill an unlikely route back into the match with sloppy passing gifting opportunities to Matthew Wemyss and Declan Muir.
Saints broke up-field in the 77th minute where MacEwan picked out Campbell with an excellent through ball. Campbell fired in a shot from just outside the box which the advancing keeper Marshall did well to parry but only into the path of Maitland who stroked the ball home to complete his hat-trick.
With five minutes remaining Saints got their fifth from the penalty spot. Maitland made a terrific run into the penalty box, before being brought down by the goalkeeper. The ball broke loose to Campbell who steered it into the unguarded net. However, referee Stobo had already blown for a penalty kick.
Clearly frustrated that his original effort had been ruled out, Campbell smashed his spot kick emphatically off the underside of the crossbar for his second of the game and 14th goal in six matches.
Stooped Saints rounded off the scoring in the final minute when Martin Bonar stooped at the back post to head home a lofted Maitland free kick from the right to make the final score 6-1.
Manager Alex Craik was delighted to get through to the next round of the cup but not with the performance of his team.
He said: ‘We huffed and puffed our way through the game. We didn’t play well by our standards but in saying that we scored six goals and could have scored another four or five. However, a better team would have punished a performance like that.’
Saints will face either Shawlands FP or New Farm Loch in the fourth round at Glencruitten on Saturday December 12.
This Saturday Saints return to league duty with a tough away game against undefeated Goldenhill. The match will be played on the 3G pitch at Clydebank High School with a 2pm kick- off.