Hill of Beath..........................4
There was little festive cheer as Tayport ended 2015 on a low note, slumping to an ignominious four goal defeat against visiting Hill o’Beath.
All four goals came in the final twenty minutes, with ’Port all at sea from the moment they conceded the first.
Adam Moffat was the scorer, curling his shot beyond debutant ’keeper Gavin Sorley from the edge of the area.
Goal number two came in the 80th minute, when the unfortunate Sorley failed to deal with an in-swinging corner and Greig Smith forced the ball home from close-range.
In the closing stages the dangerous Calum Adamson raced away to plant a low left-footed finish beyond the home custodian into the corner of the net to effectively seal the points.
To compound matters, the Keir’s Parkers added a fourth in injury-time. Adamson raced clear again and attempted to round Sorley. The ‘keeper managed to make contact with the ball, but it hit his hand and he was outside of his area. Cue a red card for Sorley. Player-boss John Ovenstone took over between the sticks and his first task was to pick Moffat’s free kick out of the back of the net.
In the aftermath of the goal, with the ’Port contingent totally deflated, Gary Sutherland was also given his marching orders and the Canniepairt outfit ended the match with only nine players on the park.
In the goalless first half, ‘Port had had the better of things, forcing a couple of fruitless early corners, while Alan Tulleth bent a free kick narrowly over the bar. At the other end, the Haws were not without their chances. Former Tayport player Lee Bryce poked a shot wide and Gavin Sorley did well to deflect Greig Smith’s effort wide for a corner.
’Port actually came close to the opening goal early in the second half.
Gary Sutherland’s cross from the right was perfect for Scott Finlay, but his flying header was saved by ’keeper Hall.
From then on, it was downhill all the way.