St Monans Swallows played host to Kingdom League outfit Kettle United in this second round Fife Cup tie.
After a managerial reshuffle as a result of last week’s terrible display in the Scottish Cup, the home team had been freshened up and a few new tactical decisions made.
Swallows’ game plan was to keep plenty men behind the ball and hit on the break. This worked well and they could have been a couple of goals up, as Rory Shepherd had a shot cleared off the line and Mike Bissett drove wide from a good position.
They did eventually take the lead, however, when Paul Young swivelled in the box and drove home a low shot into the far corner. The game proved fairly even until half-time, leaving Swallows ahead at the interval.
The second half saw Kettle push on and their pressure told when their striker – who had fouled Sean Smith earlier in the move – scored from close range after a cross from the right.
It was now anyone’s game and both teams had chances to score the winner. The home team cleared a couple of efforts off the line and Mike Bissett fired a terrific right hand volley inches wide.
As a result of a lack of games in recent weeks, Swallows appeared to tire and gave the momentum to the visitors. A winning goal finally came and it was typical of the luck Swallows are carrying at the moment – an attempted cross from the right sailed into the top corner to give Kettle the win they possibly did not deserve.
Nevertheless, the home team put in a spirited performance and on another day could have claimed victory.