SCOTTISH League One outfit Alloa Athletic proved far too strong as Bala Town's first outing in the Irn-Bru Cup ended in a comprehensive 4-2 defeat at Maes Tegid.
The Wasps looked the likely winners from the start, passing their way through the Lakesiders and soon creating chances. Scott Taggart's inviting cross just eluded leading scorer Greig Spence, but the marksman was celebrating after 10 minutes, converting an incisive pass into the box from Kevin Cawley.
Bala were unable to settle and created little of note apart from an Anthony Stephens cross that was overhit for Lee Hunt at the far post.
Two quality goals inside a couple of minutes at the end of the first half put Alloa out of sight. Taggart set-up Jon Robertson who fired an unstoppable 25-yarder into the top corner.
And, in stoppage time, Spence claimed his brace with a shot from distance that found the net via the foot of a post to give keeper Ashley Morris no chance.
Spence went close to his hat-trick five minutes after the break with a 22-yard volley that flew just over the angle before Stephens went close for the Lakesiders, heading a corner just over the target.
Bala got a foothold in the game on the hour when Chris Venables was brought down by Taggart and Hunt converted the resulting penalty, but the visitors soon responded when Jordan Fitzpatrick's backheel was fired home by Cawley.
Spence then set-up Calum Waters who dragged his shot wide from just inside the box before Bala again reduced the arrears when Stuart J Jones headed home a Nathan Burke free-kick at the back stick.
Keeper Neil Parry denied Bala a third with a superb save from a Chris Venables header.
Spence and Iain Flannigan went close to adding further goals for Alloa with Ryan Wade sending a first-time volley for the hosts just over the bar. Venables found the back of the net in stoppage time but was flagged offside as the visitors ran out worthy winners.