Tayport shaping up nicely for new season

Tayport manager John McGlashan.
Tayport manager John McGlashan.

TAYPORT are due to play another pre-season friendly tomorrow (Saturday), with Perth outfit Kinnoull visiting the Canniepairt for a game which kicks off at 2pm.

Manager John McGlashan has been satisfied with the progress his charges have made and he will be looking for the squad to continue to progress, as they build towards the start of the 2011-12 season.

“Things are shaping up nicely and most of the players are starting to get good game-time under their belts,” he said.

“Another pleasing aspect is that our forwards are getting on the scoresheet and it’s also good to record clean-sheets.

“I’m pleased with the fitness shown and that is a testament to how well training has gone.

“There are no injuries to speak of, so that enables us to keep working towards the start of the league campaign.”

Last Saturday afternoon, ‘Port defeated a young Montrose XI 2-0 on the Canniepairt.

Ronnie Kenneth opened the scoring towards half-time, slipping the ball past the advancing ‘keeper after latching on to a Jamie Mackie pass.

Kenneth and Grant Manzie both had chances to extend the lead, before the half-time whistle, but it was not until the 70th minute that ‘Port did add a second goal.

James Russell found Mark Whatley on the right and the Tayport midfielder beat his man, cut inside and sent an angled left-footed effort into the back of the net.

Then, on Tuesday evening, there was a fixture away to amateur outfit, Strathmiglo United.

The locals competed well during the course of the match and had a couple of early chances, before ‘Port eventually made a 38th minute breakthrough.

Stefan Elvin was the scorer, planting a fine header into the corner of the net.

A cracking Elvin strike, on 56 minutes, doubled the lead and, moments later, Mark Whatley thumped an equally impressive effort past the goalkeeper for goal number three.

One of the trialists swept home a fourth goal, with quarter of an hour to go, after taking down a Ronnie Kenneth cross to the far post.

The scoring was completed after 82 minutes when another Kenneth cross found Grant Manzie, who netted a diving header.

At the other end, Strath’ had come close to a consolation, only for Iain Ross to tip over a netbound shot from the edge of the area, and preserve his third consecutive clean sheet.

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