Swallows reshuffle for Kettle match

St Monans in action versus Kettle United
St Monans in action versus Kettle United

St Monans Swallows played host to Kingdom League outfit Kettle United in this second round Fife Cup tie.

After a managerial reshuffle as a result of last week’s terrible display in the Scottish Cup, the home team had been freshened up and a few new tactical decisions made.

Swallows’ game plan was to keep plenty men behind the ball and hit on the break. This worked well and they could have been a couple of goals up, as Rory Shepherd had a shot cleared off the line and Mike Bissett drove wide from a good position.

They did eventually take the lead, however, when Paul Young swivelled in the box and drove home a low shot into the far corner. The game proved fairly even until half-time, leaving Swallows ahead at the interval.

The second half saw Kettle push on and their pressure told when their striker – who had fouled Sean Smith earlier in the move – scored from close range after a cross from the right.

It was now anyone’s game and both teams had chances to score the winner. The home team cleared a couple of efforts off the line and Mike Bissett fired a terrific right hand volley inches wide.

As a result of a lack of games in recent weeks, Swallows appeared to tire and gave the momentum to the visitors. A winning goal finally came and it was typical of the luck Swallows are carrying at the moment – an attempted cross from the right sailed into the top corner to give Kettle the win they possibly did not deserve.

Nevertheless, the home team put in a spirited performance and on another day could have claimed victory.