Newburgh’s league campaign got underway on Wednesday evening with a 1-0 defeat as Luncarty visited East Shore Park.
There have been several changes in the Newburgh squad in the close season.
McLeish is off to Jeanfield with Finlay, Gray and Moon moving to Luncarty.
Newburgh added Manzie, Wells, Niven and Gow to the starting squad.
In the opening encounters both sides had opportunities to open the scoring in what was proving to be a close game.
Newburgh’s best chance came from a Tulleth shot from the edge of the box that Mitchell in the Luncarty goal parried round the post.
The visitors took time to get their game going but the pace of Kelly and Cook up front started to cause problems for the home defence.
Just before the break the visitors Stuart Nicol and Jon Kelly received yellow cards for poorly timed tackles.
The flow of the game changed after the break when a rash tackle from Luncarty’s Finlay on Elder saw him receive a straight red card from the referee.
This forced Luncarty into making two changes with veteran Anderson and Ferrie replacing the tiring Kelly and Mills.
This had an instant impact with Anderson heading home a Cook free kick to open the scoring for the visitors.
Newburgh assistant manager Paul Martin was disappointed to lose the opening game of the season, but was positive about the display that Newburgh had put up against a side much fancied for the title this season.
He said: “We pushed them all the way and in my opinion fair result would have been a draw. On a positive note the new lads fitted in well to the system we play and showed that they have plenty of potential to push on as the season progresses”.
Newburgh travel to Blairgowrie on Saturday.
Newburgh - Houston, Honeyman, McAdam, Davidson, Gow (Gray),Ferguson, Niven (MacKain), Elder, Spence (Wells), Tuilleth, Manzie.