Saints and Thistle can’t be separated

St Monans and Fife Thistle couldn't be separated.
St Monans and Fife Thistle couldn't be separated.

St Monans Swallows entertained Fife Thistle in their first competitive home game of the season with the sides playing out a 0-0 draw.

The League Cup section tie proved to be a dreary affair with little goalmouth action.

The home team, who started the game minus eight regulars, struggled to raise a team and even had to resort to starting veteran coach George Glen.

Thistle pushed forward throughout the first half but were finding it tough to break down the rearguard of St Monans.

And when they did find a way through, Black in the home goal was in fine form with good blocks from McShane then Munro in quick succession.

Swallows opened up much more offensively in the second half and could have opened the scoring when Jardine weaved his way through the away defence, only to have his final shot blocked.

Glen had a free kick parried by goalkeeper Segarius and two Swallows players bundled the ball into the net, only to be called back for a foul on the ‘keeper.

As the time ticked away, Thistle ended the game back on top as they once again piled pressure on the St Monans goal. Hallam had a great opportunity to break the deadlock when he surged into the box but his finish let him down, with just Black to beat.

In the final few minutes, a double goal-line clearance kept the scores level with McShane, then substitute Thaw, seeing their goal bound efforts blocked with Black finally beaten.

In the end, there were positives from both sides in a surprisingly enjoyable 0-0 draw.

Match day sponsor of the game was Andrew Needham, plumber and heating engineer.