BALLINGRY ROVERS 2
Two set-piece goals in the lead up to half-time gave Dave Baikie’s Ballingry Rovers a victory over Tayport, at Ore Park, on Saturday afternoon, bringing to an end the Canniepairt outfit’s recent winning run in the East Premier League.
The result virtually ensures Ballingry’s survival in the division, but casts serious doubt on Tayport’s prospects of promotion.
“What we need to do now is win our last two games and post as high a total of points as we can and see where that takes us,” said manager John McGlashan.
With regard to the defeat, the boss went on to say, “It was always going to be a tight game, on a tight pitch, in a league where every team is capable of beating every other team. Both teams gave maximum effort in a hard-fought contest, but we couldn’t quite keep up our level of consistency. The team performance did not reach the heights of the previous week and we were outdone by a couple of set-pieces.”
The opening goal came on 42 minutes, after Roberto Morris conceded a free kick, which was delivered to the far post, where Mark Morrison powered a header beyond Iain Ross.
Shortly afterwards, the visitors failed to pick up the run of substitute Michael Fleming, at a corner kick. When the ball fell for Fleming at the far post, he fired in a terrific volley which hit Paul Tosh, before flying into the net.
Prior to these counters, Ballingry had had a couple of opportunities, with Jayson Alexander heading over from a good position and Adam Moffat driving a long-ranger over the bar.
Iain Ross had also made a good block, with his legs, in the opening minute.
Tayport had not been without their chances. Simon Murray latched onto a Paul Tosh pass and earned a corner kick. Andy McDonald delivered the set-piece and Murray was unlucky to see a back-header come back off the post, before being gathered by goalkeeper Kevin Smith. In addition, McDonald shot wide and Smith ended up having a comfortable half.
Early in the second half, ’Port reduced the deficit, when Paul Tosh collected a pass, turned his marker and netted a low finish, sparking hopes of a comeback.
Skipper Roberto Morris was inches off-target with a header, from a Gary Robertson free kick, but that was as close as ’Port would come to an equaliser. For most of the remainder of the encounter, Tayport probed for openings. Simon Murray almost burst clear, while substitute James Russell fired a left-footer over the bar, from the edge of the box. Despite some late pressure, Smith remained relatively untroubled and Ballingry held on for the win.
Tayport: Ross, McCulley, Robertson, Morris, Wemyss, Donachie (Mackie), Milligan, Elvin (Kenneth), Murray, Tosh, McDonald (Russell).