Barnstaple Towns Emirates FA Cup run has come to an end at the first qualifying round, after they were well beaten by Merthyr Town. Two goals in each half from Kayne McLaggon and Ian Traylor gave the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier side a 4-0 win at Mill Road this afternoon (Saturday). Barnstaple were reduced to ten men shortly before half-time when captain Aaron Harper-Penman was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Keyon Reffell. But the home side can have few complaints about the final score, with sloppy defending from corners costing them. It was what gave Merthyrs their first goal of the game inside 10 minutes. Barum switched off and when the ball fell to an unmarked McLaggon, he made no mistake. At the time, the goal was slightly against the run of play, Barry Yeos side had started well and were enjoying more possession and territory, but were sucker-punched by the goal. Then Merthyr started turning the screw and with 30 minutes gone, Traylor got his first of the game. Taking advantage of a half-cleared corner, the ball fell to him on the edge of the box and his low shot somehow managed to make its way past Oliver and into the bottom corner of the net. The away side were in control at that point, and Barnstaples misery was piled on before half time when Harper-Penman was given his marching orders by Martin Underhay. The damage had already been done, but the ten men of Barnstaple produced a much more solid display in the second half with more controlled passing Scott Sharp running tirelessly at the top of an adjusted 4-4-1 formation. The introduction of James Blake to help Sharp, and later Dave Pearse, try and salvage something left Barum open, and with ten minutes remaining Traylor got his second. Traylor may consider himself lucky to have escaped an offside flag when he found himself one-on-one with Oliver. Although his first effort was saved by the goalkeeper, the number 11 made no mistake with the rebound, passing into the empty net. The final kick of the game saw McLaggon get his second and Merthyrs fourth, breaking free of the Barnstaple defence and firing across goal and into the bottom corner.