The result – beating Airdrie’s previous record of 7-0 – was the talk of Twitter, with both Airdrie and Gala Fairydean trending in the UK.
Despite the high score line, it was pretty uneventful until just before the half-hour mark when Willie McLaren headed the ball to John Boyle who scored, but from an offside position.
Then Gala’s Bruce Hunter brought down Sean Lynch in the box, and Airdrie captain Paul Lovering converted to open the floodgates.
Two minutes later the lead was doubled when Lovering’s cross wasn’t cleared properly by Gala goalkeeper Elliot Turnbull, John Boyle got onto the end of it for his first of the afternoon.
McLaren was the creator again, this time laying the ball onto Jamie Stevenson who made it 3-0. Two minutes later, Stevenson doubled his tally for the afternoon with a shot from outside the box.
Just before half time it became 5-0 when Airdrie winger Phil Johnston played a simple ball to John Boyle who also managed to get his second.
It took a while for the game to get back into the swing of things, but when it eventually did, it was done in style. Lovering’s cross from the left found Stevenson just outside the box, his volley well worthy to make it a hat-trick for him and six for Jimmy Boyle’s side.
On the hour mark Stevenson turned creator as he crossed it in, this time McLaren – on loan from Hamilton in his second spell at Airdrie – got his goal to make it 7-0.
There was some confusion over Airdrie’s eighth and historic goal. Jamie Bain crossed the ball in and McLaren headed the ball off the post, where it rebounded off what looked like Gala defender Gary Lothian, but the Airdrie announcer first awarded the goal to Ryan Donnelly, then to John Boyle for his hat-trick.
If it wasn’t evident that Airdrie were having fun with the result, it was by the time Paul Lovering got a second, cutting in from his left-flank and shooting from distance to make it 9-0.
It was after Donnelly and Boyle had chances to make it 10-0 that the Airdrie fans started the comical booing, but with 15 minutes to go Donnelly eventually got his goal, heading home from a Jamie Bain cross.
The goal to end the goal rout came 10 minutes from time. Substitutes Danny Burns and Derek Holmes combining with the latter putting the ball in the back of the net.
A comprehensive victory for Jimmy Boyle’s side that although probably expected, could be the confidence boost they need. Gala Fairydean can take little away from the result, but there has to be one team that is heartbroken in the romance of the cup.
And for anyone who doesn’t believe the result, Airdrie often post highlights of their games during the week on their website.
Airdrie Utd: Fairley, Bain, Lovering, Stallard, Lilley, Lynch (Owens 58), Johnston, Stephenson (Daniel Burns 71), McLaren, Boyle (Holmes 71), Donnelly.
Subs: McKane, Green, Owens, Holmes, Daniel Burns.
Gala Fairydean: Turnbull, Hay, Brown, Lothian, Hunter (McBride 64), Young, Wilson, Rossi, Brunton (Grass 73), Livingstone, Hay (Jackson 78).
Subs: Lynch, McBride, Grass, Glass, Jackson.