Victory edges Kennoway Star Hearts out of the drop zone

Kevin Byers wheels away after his goal.

Kevin Byers wheels away after his goal.

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KENNOWAY STAR HEARTS 3 MONTROSE ROSELEA 0

This was the first meeting between the teams, in a game that could provide either side a boost in getting away from the relegation places.

The play was even with both midfields battling to gain superiority.

Byers was crudely fouled and the referee decided a booking was needed to try and keep control of the game.

The opening goal was scored in the 28th minute after Byers and Craig combined on the right, the two players showed a terrific understanding as Byers collected the ball and placed a pin point pass between a defender and the goalkeeper for Wilson to guide the ball into the net.

It was the boost KSH needed and they looked to have regained some confidence with Shaw tormenting the right back with some fine wing play only to see another block as the ball looked destined to be met with the head of G.Gray.

The Hearts were somewhat fortunate to be one up in a close fought first half and the management were hoping for a more positive start to the second.

On the 55th minute Roselea passed up a great chance to draw level after Sutherland raced of his line in an attempt to clear, Greig took the ball past the young keeper and squared the ball to Bailey, the striker’s effort was somehow deflected wide of the upright.

Immediately the bench signalled for Sutherland to be withdrawn with an ankle injury and with no substitute keeper on the bench it was left to Bremner to take his place between the sticks.

The points were sealed on the 84th minute with Byers again providing the assist with a deep cross to Gay who powered home a header high into the net, the goal was all the more sweeter as the midfielder made a return from injury having missed the previous seven games.

The final goal was scored by skipper Byers on the 89th minute. Band won a tackle in the middle of the park allowing Byers to drive into the heart of the Roselea defence a quick interchange with G.Gray and Byers showed his coolness as he rolled the ball under the advancing ‘keeper.

KSH - Sutherland, Boylan, Doig, Bremner, Brewster, Craig, B.Gray, Byers, Shaw, Wilson, G.Gray.

Subs - Young, Band, Gay, Ferguson, Davidson.

Next game - Falkirk at home on Saturday with a 2.00p.m. kick off.