St Monans self destruct

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After a run of cup ties it was back to league business for St Monans Swallows as strong promotion contenders Dysart were the visitors.

Swallows, as they’ve done so often this season, once again pressed the self destruct button.

Dysart took an early lead through a goal which the home side felt should never have been allowed to stand.

Dysart worked a clever free kick on the edge of the Swallows box and when a fierce shot hit the post it was pushed into the net with a suspected use of an arm.

Despite heated protests by the St Monans players the referee indicated that he had not seen the incident and the goal was awarded.

The second arrived quickly thereafter as a curling shot from outside the box found its way into the top of the net.

Swallows fought back and, with a minute to go before the interval, they reduced the leeway when McGilvary fired home a free kick from outside the penalty area.

However, again slack defending from the kick-off allowed a Dysart player to waltz through the middle and pick his spot to increase the lead to two at half time.

After making two substitutions, St Monans started to exert much needed pressure and this should have resulted in a goal as on two occasions from good positions Young shot wide and Jardine saw his
shot blocked by the ‘keeper.

The home team then appeared to be handed a life line when the referee awarded a penalty for hand ball.

But the normally reliable McGhee saw his spot kick blocked by the ‘keeper and as he was about to net the rebound he was pushed over and the chance was gone with no second penalty given.

This effectively ended the game and Dysart completed the scoring through a long through ball which fell to a striker who scored with ease.

Match Day Sponsor was Swallows’ honorary president Jimmy Harper.

A race night will be held in the Mayview Hotel on Saturday, March 30 in aid of club funds everybody is welcome to attend.