Swallows inconsistency continues

Swallow in flight
Swallow in flight

AFTER their impressive display the previous week, a buoyant Swallows met Hearts of Beath from Cowdenbeath in a First Division League game.

But their inconsistent form returned to haunt them as they succumbed to another home defeat.

The away team looked more up for the fight right from the start and opened the scoring after 16 minutes.

A long ball from the ‘keeper was misjudged by a Swallows central defender and a mistimed header looped straight to the Hearts of Beath striker, who headed into the net over the advancing Black.

Swallows fought back but failed to capitalise on a number of chances, leaving them trailing at the interval.

The manager’s half-time team talk and a tactical substitution seemed to make a difference, though, as the home team came out pushing forward positively in search for the equaliser.

They again created several opportunities but failed to reduce the deficit.

As always, this proved costly as, on a quick breakaway, the Beath number nine intercepted a cross field pass and ran through to slide the ball past the ‘keeper to increase the lead to two.

At last, Swallows started to get in the opposition faces and, after a substantial spell of pressure, Fyall was held down in the box for a blatant penalty. McGhee made no mistake from the spot.

However, again Swallows’ defence fell asleep and, at a corner, a quick move along the bye line enabled a cross to be struck home and Beath restored their two-goal advantage.

Swallows were awarded a second penalty for handball in the final minute but Fyall fired over the bar to complete a miserable day for the home team.

Match day sponsor was Iain Melville, fish merchant.