A number of Renfrewshire kids were part of the SYFA West Region line-up that refused to show a welcoming side as they took on a group of Australian teenagers embarking on a tour of Europe.
The Under-15 Scottish Youth FA National Development Squad were up against a South Queensland Select side which was sent to Scotland to gain valuable experience.
And it proved to be a nightmare 90 minutes for the young Aussies as they were thumped 11-0 in Toryglen.
St Mirren Boys Club’s dynamic striker Jamie Crawford started the game brightly and combined with Ryan Fitzpatrick, of Harmony Row, to find the opener, picking out Euan Stark (Leith Athletic) unmarked at the far post to knock the ball into the empty net.
Stark hammered home a second goal soon afterwards.
The visitors tried to fight back but were caught out again as Jamie Dorrans calmly strolled round the keeper and slotted home as the West Region took a three-goal lead at the break.
And there was no let-up for the Australians when play resumed, with Bradley Sinclair firing home the fourth goal from the edge of the box before helping himself to another to make it 5-0.
The rout was only getting worse for the tourists as Crawford tapped home at the second attempt following a fine save by South Queensland stopper Alex White.
And the Saints hitman completed his hat-trick with another close-range finish, while Sinclair also finished off his own treble for West’s eighth goal when he pulled away from his marker before sliding the ball into the net.
The onslaught continued as keeper White was left badly exposed, allowing Sinclair to play in Stark for yet another tap-in, while James Traynor (Antonine) scored in the final minute.
And it was 11-0 with the last kick of the ball as the SYFA National Development side celebrated a well-deserved victory.
Meanwhile, the West Region’s Under-17s also welcomed a team from Down Under to Scotland as they took on the Melbourne All Stars and this encounter was much, much closer.
After a tight first half and with just 20 minutes left, Steven Oates jumped with the goalkeeper as a cross flew into the box. However, the Aussie stopper misjudged the flight of the ball, leaving Jack Dyer (Milngavie BC) with a free header from just three yards out.
That goal sparked Melbourne into life but it was West who struck again as David Fisher played in Marc Wylie, of Paisley-based side Glentyan Thistle, who unleashed a thunderous shot high over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Melbourne pulled one back with just five minutes remaining and then, with the game in stoppage time, a tangle of bodies in the box saw West concede a last-gasp spot kick, which was dispatched to earn the Aussies a 2-2 draw.
Jim Smith, SYFA West Region secretary, said: “On the balance of play, both teams should be happy with a draw and providing a good match for the watching public.
“We would like to wish Melbourne a successful tour of Europe and we hope they have a great experience. This game gave the West team a taste of the overseas opposition they will face when they play in the Intersport Youth Football Festival in Hungary next summer.”