KEVIN McDonald has hailed Matti King after the veteran striker helped fire Musselburgh Athletic into the Scottish Cup for the first time.

Musselburgh coasted to a 7-0 win over Mid Annandale to lift the South and East Cup Winners Shield on Sunday.

As well as lifting the trophy, Burgh have secured a place in Scotland’s top cup competition next season and will fly the flag alongside Preston Athletic in representing East Lothian.

King bagged four goals in the big win – taking him to more than 200 for the club (see story right) – with strike partner Darren Downie hitting a hat-trick but only one man was going home with a memento from the game.

Musselburgh manager McDonald hailed King and said: “Whether it is Sunday league or any other league, 200 goals for one club is a massive achievement. We managed to get the ball for him and we all signed it so he can keep it.

“When Darren reaches 200 goals he can get one as well!”

The two sides played off for a place in the Scottish Cup at the home of Blackburn United Football Club.

Musselburgh had reached the one-off game by lifting the Alex Jack Cup, while Mid Annandale, who play in the South of Scotland Football League, had reached the final by winning the Alba Cup.

The two sides played each other in the second round of the South Region Challenge Cup earlier this campaign, with Musselburgh winning 5-0, a game King missed through injury.

Ahead of Sunday’s match, McDonald had warned against complacency but his team strolled to a comfortable win in West Lothian.

He said: “I think it probably was as straight-forward as the scoreline suggest, not being disrespectful to them. I think [Burgh defender] Brian Martin said before the game if we were at it then we would win and that was the case.

“We started the game really well and the longer the game went on the more opportunities we got to score. With them being out on their feet, it turned out quite well for us.”

With the trophy secured, McDonald has challenged his side to fire their way up the East of Scotland Football League Premier Division table.

The Olivebank side sit 11th – five points above the relegation zone – and have 13 games left to play in their debut season in the competition.

A top-half finish remains within their grasp, with Musselburgh travelling to Linlithgow Rose this weekend.

Away form has been a problem for McDonald’s men, with their first three points on their travels only coming earlier this month against Whitehill Welfare.

Linlithgow sit three points above Musselburgh and McDonald was keen for another three points, which they achieved in the reverse fixture with an impressive 6-2 win.

He said: “I think Linlithgow are going through a change in how things are going. I know their manager Brown Ferguson from our time at Alloa and they are maybe looking to next season.

“They will be up and down between now and then.

“It is a good ground to play at and they are still classed as a big club.

“We obviously scored plenty in the last game against them.

“Everything seemed to click and that is something that they will want revenge on.”