Jan 31 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
THE weather was undoubtedly the big winner on Saturday as all but one of the day’s fixtures had to be called off, with overnight frost rendering pitches unplayable.
The only game to survive was the Dundonald Bluebell/Luncarty Central League fixture.
Kinnoull and Jeanfield managed to arrange friendlies with Kinnoull playing Lochee United at the McDiarmid Park astro pitch and the Swifts met Ballingry at Loch Leven Campus.
Luncarty were on the defensive from the kick off in their away game against league leaders Dundonald and midway through the half slack defending allowed Dundonald’s Stuart Cargill to carry the ball into the penalty box and he was left with only the keeper to beat which he did from edge of the six-yard box.
Luncarty strived hard to get into the game but they went further behind midway through the half when Dundonald’s Jay Steins cross into the Bleachers penalty box wasn’t dealt with and Derek Wallace was on hand to snap it up and fire it into the back of the net and the league leaders were 2–0 ahead.
That’s how the score stood at the interval, though the second half saw the Bleachers more in the game.
But any hopes they had of staging a revival were virtually blown away when Dundonald made it 3–0 in 54 minutes.
A cross from Marco Pelosi into the Bleachers goal area was snapped up by Stevie Forbes who sidefooted it into the corner of the net to make it 3–0 and that was the score at the final whistle.
This win now gives Dundonald a four point lead over their nearest rivals Jeanfield Swifts in the championship race. Swifts, however, have a game in hand.
Jeanfield Swifts went a goal behind in their friendly against Premier League opponents Ballingry after 18 minutes when a ball was played over the Swifts defence.
It was picked up by Ballingry striker Chris Ireland who ran through to lob keeper Scott Christie who had come off his line to try and thwart him.
Ballingry increased their lead on the half hour mark when Chris Ireland met a cross at the back post.
His header was palmed out by keeper Scott Christie and was met by Jamie Gilfillan who hit it into the back of the net from close range. Swifts hit back and in the 37th minute Gavin Mackie was brought down in the penalty box when he was about to pull the trigger and Paddy Deane made no mistake with the resultant spot kick.
Four minutes later, Swifts levelled the score when Kevin Fowler cut along the left byeline and played the ball to Gavin Mackie who slammed it past the keeper from just inside the penalty box.
Ballingry regained the lead midway through the second half when a cross to Swifts’ back post saw Conor Schiavone out jump his marker and head the ball on to his team mate Craig McCready who shot home from close range.
The Fifers went two goals ahead for the second time in the game when Conor Schiavone made it 4–2 when he scored from the edge of the penalty box in 77 minutes. Swifts however showed great spirit to come fighting back and in 81 minutes Robbie Holden cut along the byeline and played the ball to John Anderson and the big striker smacked it into the back of the net from the edge of the six yard box.
Now the Swifts went chasing the equaliser and their persistence paid off when with a couple of minutes remaining they won a corner which was met by John Anderson. His header was heading for the back of the net but was stopped on the goal line by a defender’s hand.
Tony Holt did the business with the spot kick to make it 4–4 and Swifts got the draw they deserved.
The first half of the Kinnoull v Lochee United friendly at McDiarmid Park produced a lot of good football from both sides although it failed to produce any goals.
Kinnoull could have taken the lead after 15 minutes when they had the Dundee side on the back foot and Gavin Tinley cut the ball back to Alec Bone. The striker met it first time but unfortunately his shot from 15 yards had just too much elevation and the ball went over the bar.
The Dundee side came close to taking the lead on the half hour mark when Graham Hay suddenly let go from around 25 yards and the ball looked to be heading for the far corner of the net but keeper Duncan Bruce stopped his side from going behind with a brilliant save.
With a few minutes of the half remaining Kinnoull had another great opportunity to break the deadlock and again it was Gavin Tinley who made the chance. Gavin crossed the ball to the Lochee sides far post where it was met by Chris Webster but with the goal at his mercy Chris headed the ball past the post.
The second half had only been in operation for five minutes when Kinnoull were dealt a double blow. Lochee won a corner which was hit to the far post where it was met by Mark O’Leary who beat Duncan Bruce with a header and minutes later the keeper had to go off with a thigh injury. They went on to lose 5–0 and it was a score line which was hard on Kinnoull as there wasn’t that wide a margin between the teams.
Kinnoull players will halt their Thursday night training session to gather round the radio to hear who they will meet in the Scottish Cup fifth round. The draw is being made live on Real Radio around 7pm and will be hosted by Alan Rough and Derek Johnstone.
Kinnoull chairman Chris Jones, when asked if he had any preference as who they would like to be drawn against, said: “Our only preference is that we will be fortunate enough to get a home draw.”
SATURDAY’S results: Central League – Dundonald Bluebell 3, Luncarty 0.
All other games cancelled.
Friendlies – Kinnoull 0, Lochee United 5; Jeanfield Swifts 4, Ballingry 4.
THIS weeks fixtures: Central League – Kinnoull v Kirkcaldy YM; Lochgelly Albert v Jeanfield Swifts; Bankfoot Athletic v Rosyth; Newburgh v Luncarty.
North League – Arbroath Vics v Coupar Angus.
East of Scotland Cup second round – Hill o’ Beath v Blairgowrie.