AFTER disposing of Rosyth last week, St Monans Swallows approached the second round of the Taylor Sullivan Challenge Cup in confident mood.
This confidence was to prove grossly unfounded, as they produced their worst display of the season to succumb easily to Lomond United.
Without the suspended Sean Smith, the defence was greatly weakened and remained unsettled throughout the whole game.
After 10 minutes, a through ball from the left was misjudged by the central defence, and with keeper Black left in no man’s land, the ball floated past him into the net.
Worse was to follow, as again from the left, a United striker was allowed the freedom of St Monans to drive home the second.
Swallows at last got going after a really flat start and nearly reduced the deficit when firstly a cross-come shot hit the bar with the ‘keeper nowhere, then Fyall had a fierce drive parried away to safety.
Thus the lead was two to the visitors at half time.
St Monans came out with much more energy in the second half and started to put pressure on the away defence.
However, the final proof that it was not to be the home team’s day was confirmed when Shepherd’s shot was magnificently tipped on to the post by the outstanding away keeper.
Swallows’ heads appeared to go down at this point and two late goals which were too easily given away made the margin greater than the play reflected.
All in all, a bad day at the office for the Saints.
However, it’s back to league business on Saturday with a home game against Dysart.
Match day sponsor was Anstruther Fish Bar.