Paide Linnameeskond hammer Raudteetoolised in Estonian Cup

Paide scorers in their 31-0 win over Raudteetoolised
Raudteetoolised were 7-0 down inside 20 minutes

The road to glory is potentially brutal and some may argue aspects of Estonia's domestic cup competition are utterly pointless.

Less than three weeks after Tallinna Infonet hammered Virtsu Jalgpalliklubi 36-0 in round one of the competition, top-flight club Paide Linnameeskond have dealt out a 31-0 drubbing.

JK Raudteetoolised - from the country's lower footballing echelons - were 19-0 down by half-time but managed to stem the flow to just concede 12 in the second half.

Raudteetoolised players at least saw the funny side and posed with the embarrassing scoreboard
Raudteetoolised players at least saw the funny side and posed with the embarrassing scoreboard

Midfielder Sander Sinilaid helped himself to eight goals while attacking midfielder Sander Roivassepp scored nine times, with eight of his strikes arriving by half-time.

While the chance to face top-tier opponents is the stuff of dreams for lower-league players in the United Kingdom, surely a hammering which sees goals arrive at a rate quicker than one every three minutes is bordering on cruel?

Paidelinnameeskond
Paide Linnameeskond have never won the Estonian Cup

In 30 first-round ties so far, nine matches have seen the winning team score seven goals or more.

Sides progressing to round two have hit a staggering 185 goals in total while those exiting have managed just 26.

The winners of the competition enter the Europa League qualifying round. Any prize money from such a tie could fund some new goal nets. It would appear those currently in use are being overworked.

Livescore goals as Raudteetoolised lose 31-0
A six-minute period in the second half was the longest Raudteetoolised went without conceding

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