By Stephen Coutts

DARREN Henderson's 'Ford went into sixth gear to out-manoeuvre Liam McGuinness on his managerial debut.

A Reon Juskowiak own goal followed up by a fine Jack Whittaker finish and a Ryan Caddis free-kick had the visitors up within a 10-minute first half period.

After the break Liam Caddis netted before Caddis bagged his brace and despite Jon Scullion pulling one back it wasn't long before Michael Reilly added to the scoreline.

It took only 11 minutes for 'Ford to start their dominance when Ross Robertson pinged a ball from the left across the deck which the unlucky Juskowiak managed to poke home for an og.

The second arrived moments later with Robertson again driving through the Blasties backline and finding Whittaker who took a touch at the edge of the box then curled beyond Joe Wilton.

Three goals in 10 minutes were rounded off with a fine Ryan Caddis free-kick from 30 yards out that Wilton could do nothing about. The scoring continued in 52 minutes with Whittaker taking a pot shot that Wilton spilled and this time Liam Caddis was on hand to stab home for Ford's fourth.

It was five shortly after with Whittaker playing a short corner to Paul McKenzie and he swung a cross into the box that Ross Fisher nodded and Wilton palmed away but Caddis netted the scraps for his second.

On the hour, Kilbirnie thought they were back in it with a fine Jon Scullion free-kick from distance that hit the net via the post.

Then in 83 minutes Alex McWaters floated in a cross from the right which Reilly tucked away to end the scoring.

New Blasties boss McGuinness lamented: "It was very tough for us and I knew it would be but I thought we could've made a game of it but we just really weren't at the races at all.

"Hurlford are a good team and it's hard one to start off with but now we know what we're dealing with and hopefully we can progress from here."

Next up for Ladeside is a home game against the new manager's former team Irvine Meadow on Saturday.