Tayport nudged closer to the trapdoor

Tayport v Sauchie: Tayport defend an early free kick.
Tayport v Sauchie: Tayport defend an early free kick.

Last weekend saw mid-table Sauchie visit the Canniepairt and record a fairly comfortable victory 2-0 which moves Tayport still closer to relegation.

The damage was done during the first half.

Trinidad and Tobago internationalist Collin Samuel scored the game’s opening goal on the quarter hour mark.

The former Dundee United man took a touch to gather a cross field pass then rifled his shot beyond Sam Morris.

It was soon 2-0 when midfielder Iain Syme all-too-easily evaded a couple of half-hearted tackles as he made his way to the bye-line before playing the ball across the face of goal for striker Callum Hardie to apply the finishing touch.

During the half, Matty Adam had an opportunity but did not get enough on his header.

Scott Mollison and Grant Lawson engineered an opening for Steven McPhee but he blazed his shot high and wide.

It was not a match to capture the imagination and it was only in the closing stages that Tayport began to threaten the Sauchie rearguard.

A wide Steven McPhee free kick led to a header at the far post for Matt Allan, with Grant Lawson having a shot blocked.

Paul Thomson’s driving run down the right led to one of several corners, but they proved fruitless.

Sauchie finished the match with ten men on the park as Gary McCulloch was shown a straight red card.

The referee could have dismissed McCulloch earlier following a late tackle on Mollison but he was let off.

The ordering off was a mere footnote in what was a disappointing afternoon.

Tayport - Morris, Thomson, Mollison, Allan, Tonner, Donaldson, Rollo, Grant, Adam (Robertson), McPhee, Lawson.

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of former Tayport player, Peter McAvoy.

The 22 year-old had passed away the previous week in New York State where he played football in college.