Nov 13 2012 by Stephen Lowson, Perthshire Advertiser
Kinnoull retained their 100% league record when they won Saturday’s Tulloch Park derby clash with Bankfoot.
All credit to the Bankies who turned in a stirring performance which was made even more creditable considering they had to play three-quarters of the game with ten men after they had a player sent off.
Kinnoull’s Chris Webster had a great chance to put his side ahead in the first minute when he met with a cross from Chris Dodd a few yards from the Bankies goal but he headed the ball past the post.
Bankies midfield player Ross Mitchell had to go off after 12 minutes with an injury and his place was taken by Stuart Nicol from the subs bench.
Stuart has joined the Bankies on loan from Jeanfield and he settled down in a matter of minutes.
Still early doors, it was Kinnoull’s turn to have to make a substitution as Drew Fleming suffered a recurrence of an injury and was replaced by Richard Doig.
Bankies took the lead when Shane Campbell crossed the ball in to David Fyfe, who from eight yards, promptly cracked it past keeper Mark Mitchell.
This was a great boost for the Bankies but five minutes later they were dealt a blow when their central defender, Donald McDonald, was given a red card after bringing down an opponent in the penalty box.
Chucky Carr was entrusted with the spot kick but he hit the bar and the ball was cleared.
Kinnoull levelled the score in 39 minutes when a cross from Chris Webster was met by Chucky Carr and he made no mistake this time, beating keeper Scott Christie with a strong header.
Five minutes into the second half a cross from Sean Fleming was met by Chris Webster who beat Scott Christie from eight yards.
That goal proved to be the winner, although Bankies almost made it a draw when they forced a corner in the final minute.
It was met by Stuart Nicol and his header looked to be heading for the top corner of the net until Mark Mitchell somehow got a hand to it and managed to push it away to deny his former team-mate a scoring debut and the Bankies a share of he points.
Jeanfield, who have been going well in the Premier League, were away to bottom of the table Glenrothes.
The Glens surprised Jeanfield when they took the lead in the eighth minute.
A poor clearance from a Swifts defender fell to Scott Napier and he slotted it past keeper Duncan Bruce from ten yards.
Swifts retaliated and had the Glens on the defensive for most of the half.
Robbie Holden, Jamie McKenzie, and Mark Gordon all missed chances that could have sent Swifts in at the break with a comfortable lead and the points virtually in the bag.
The second half proved to be an anti-climax for Swifts. They had most of the possession but they failed to put the Glens keeper under any great pressure and that early goal saw them finish with the points which was a bitter blow for Swifts.
Swifts boss Scott Brown said: “It was a disappointing performance and it cost us the points.”
Scone Thistle were at home to Rosyth who have only lost one league game so far this season.
Thistle found themselves a goal behind after just six minutes. Alan McDonagh was the Rosyth scorer.
Thistle shrugged off this early set back and came near to squaring the game on a couple of occasions before the interval.
The second half followed much in the same vein with chances being squandered at either end and with that early goal still separating the teams.
Going into the last ten minutes the Thistle threw caution to the wind as they strived for the equaliser and they were caught by a sucker punch when Tam Graham broke up the park and scored a second goal for Rosyth.
While they didn’t get anything from the game it was an encouraging performance from the Thistle.
Luncarty chairman Jim Meiklejohn yesterday announced the appointment of a manager to replace Mark Potter.
He is Andy Healy who hails from Kelty and has been the manager of the successful Fife amateur side Dalgetty Bay for the past 12 years.
Dalgetty have won numerous honours under Andy Healy’s stewardship.
He takes over the reins at Brownlands Park immediately and the players will meet their new boss this week.
Luncarty were away to Kirkcaldy YM and stand-in boss Graeme McNaughton’s squad suffered from a few late call offs and he called in a few young trialists.
The Bleachers did well holding the YM to a goalless draw in the first half, but the YM’s power told in the second half and they went on to win 3-0.
Steven Forbes, Lewis Elder and Jamie Gilfillan were their scorers.
Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus lost their North League games by an odd goal.
Blair were away to Montrose Roselea and it was a goal in the 69th minute fromCalum Rae that won the points. Coupar Angus, at home to Brechin Vics, lost 2-1.
Mark Fotheringham, in ten minutes, put the Vics ahead. Mike Marecek got Coupar back on level terms on the half hour mark.
Vics’ David Easton scored the winner from the penalty box in 50 minutes.
Saturday’s results: Premier League – Glenrothes 1, Jeanfield Swifts 0. Central League – Kinnoull 2, Bankfoot Athletic 1; Scone Thistle 0, Rosyth 2; Kirkcaldy YM 3, Luncarty 0. North League – Coupar Angus 1, Brechin Vics 2; Montrose Roselea 1, Blairgowrie 0.