Robertson just in time to seal win for Kennoway Star Hearts

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Thornton Hibs were the visitors to Treaton Park for this McBookies North League derby clash.

The home side were first to show with Ryan Thomson going close with a header from an Ally Gray cross, although he didn’t have long to wait though to get on the scoresheet. A McAllister corner wasn’t cleared properly and, after an almighty stramash in the box, the ball fell to Thomson and he fired home from five yards.

A mazy George Field run from inside the Thornton half ended with his attempted dink over the keeper going wide. Liam Craig then got in on the act from a Thomson pass but his effort just went past the post.

Ryan Thomson should have scored with 30 minutes on the clock but his attempted lob was poor. White then tested Curran at the other end, but his effort was well held.

A McAllister volley over the bar and header from the same man continued the pressure on the Hibs back four but the crucial second goal wouldn’t arrive.

Ireland then shot wide for Thornton with a well hit effort. Ian Brown then kept his cool dealing with a cross from the left and that brought the first half proceedings to a close.

The Budgies got the second half under way kicking up the slope. Thornton pressed looking to keep a higher line but, after only four minutes of the second half, they were reduced to 10 men.

Hibs left back Adam Drummond, who had been cautioned in the first half, lunged in on young Liam Craig, who had been menacing him all afternoon. A poor challenge and a deserved sending off.

However, Hibs were to stun the Hearts with an equaliser in the 56th minute with White doing the damage, firing home inside the box after the homesters were guilty of not dealing with the persistance of Ireland.

The old saying of not taking your chances looked to have hit KSH and, as the game wore on, Field, Little and Robertson all came close.

The game seemed to explode after 60 minutes with five yellows and a red card being dished out as the game hotted up. Thornton’s sub, a trialist who had only been on the field for a matter of minutes, was sent packing for a challenge on Murdoch.

A good claim for a KSH penalty was waved away by the official after Boylan was pushed in the box and Field again went close with a header cleared off the line.

Byers had a great chance to slip in Boylan but elected to shoot to no avail.

With the last attack of the game, Byers superb pass found Robertson and he duly slotted into the corner of the net for what would prove to be the winning goal.

A soon as Thornton restarted play, the referee blew for full time.

A 2-1 win for the home side, three wins on the bounce and an 100 per cent home record intact.

KSH: Curran, Hush, Bremner, I.Brown, Craig, Field, McAllister, Byers, Gray, Thomson, Little. Subs: Boylan, Robertson, Murdoch, MacDonald, Leitch.

Attendance: 150

This Saturday, Kennoway Star Hearts are away to Luncarty in a league fixture, kick off 2.30 p.m.