STAR Hearts returned to league duty on Saturday by defeating their hosts Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 5-0.
Star started the game in blistering fashion and some clever passing saw Martyn Thomson burst past the last Inverkeithing defender, whose outstretched arm stopped him collecting the return pass.
This was deemed by the referee to have been deliberate and he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Thomson took the responsibility and made no mistake.
On 25 minutes, Inverkeithing had a good chance to bring the game level when their striker latched on to a clever pass to beat the Star offside trap. Star’s goalkeeper Jason Curran was quick to react and made a good save at the feet of the oncoming striker.
Star made two substitutions at half time, with Stefan Anderson and John Shields making way for Ryan Thomson and Gary Ramsay.
On 50 minutes, Star’s skipper, Paul MacBride, played a clever pass to Gary Ramsay who collected and feigned past two defenders before wrong-footing the goalkeeper to make it 2–0.
Inverkeithing did not recover from this and seemed content to soak up the increasing pressure and try to hit Star on the break.
On 60 minutes, Paul MacBride played Gary Ramsay in again, Ramsay went past a defender before cutting back for Ryan Thomson to head over the advancing keeper to make it 3-0.
Star made their fourth substitution, with Martyn Thomson being replaced by Michael Kelly.
Inverkeithing were defending desperately at this point but it was to no avail, as Mark Makhouli delivered an unorthodox corner into the box.
The ball seemed to run through the legs of several players in front of goal before Gary Davidson decided enough was enough and banged it in to the net to make it four.
Star were still not finished and Gary Ramsay was again the supplier for Ryan Thomson to score his second header of the game to round off the rout.