St. Andrews University....0
Rovers made the journey to St. Andrews to face The University in a league fixture which survived due to the hosts’ artificial pitch.
Conditions were wet and windy but far better than had been predicted by the forecast.
Rovers started well and took the game to the students as both sides tried their best to master the conditions.
Rovers had the better of the opening stages but were unable to convert the pressure into goals.
Pittenweem’s Ward changed the game in the 23rd minute when he made a good run down the right and cut into the penalty area, only to be brought down by a clumsy challenge just inside the box.
With the spot kick awarded, Smith stepped up and despatched the penalty superbly, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Rovers lead was almost short lived when a miscued pass allowed St. Andrews in on goal. Young chased back but couldn’t risk a challenge.
However, Barclay was out quickly to make a crucial block that kept his team in front.
Barclay was called into action, again five minutes into the second half when Rovers were caught three on three.
With a speedy counter attack, the students moved the ball to the left and their winger tried his luck with a decent effort but Barclay got down well to beat the ball away.
In the 51st minute Ward tested the University keeper with a 18 yard volley.
A minute later, Rovers attacked again and Allan sent in a great cross to the back post where Smith connected, but his header went the wrong side of the crossbar.
On the hour mark, Rovers pressed again to get the elusive second goal when Watson and Allan combined well.
Allan’s shot, though, was well saved by the home keeper.
With 20 minutes remaining C Cameron was introduced into proceedings and made an immediate impact when his run into the box resulted in him being upended by the keeper to give Rovers another opportunity from the penalty spot.
Smith, again, took the spot kick but was denied by a good save from the keeper, diving to his right to send the ball to safety.
It only took a minute for captain Smith to make amends, however, as he rifled home a driven cross from Cameron who had made another excellent run to provide the opportunity and put Rovers 2-0 up.
In the final minutes, it looked like Rovers would score again when Allan shot goalwards only to see his effort cleared off the line by a defender.
Rovers saw out the game and were delighted to record a 2-0 victory in challenging conditions.