Late strikes help to sink sorry Swallows

Sibbald defends for Swallows.
Sibbald defends for Swallows.

THE 5-1 scoreline in this fixture somewhat flattered Burntisland, who netted two very late strikes as the hosts tried to rescue a point.

Burntisland looked more dangerous than St Monans but chances were few and far between.

However, after 27 minutes, the away team opened the scoring when a low drive from 20 yards went under the ‘keeper and into the net.

Swallows began to press and, 10 minutes later, a space was created for Carr to fire home a fine shot to level the score.

Immediately after the restart, Burntisland took the lead when a poorly-marked cross from the right was volleyed home.

Swallows came back and a strong claim for a penalty was turned down when Watson appeared to be held back in the box.

Swallows lost a third from a flowing Burntisland counter-attack.

In an effort to try and get back into the game, the home team changed formation to three at the back and pressed high up the field.

This, however, left gaps which Burntisland exploited and scored two more goals from breakaways.

Although the scoreline looked like a heavy defeat for Swallows, up until the third goal there was not much between the teams, but the visitors’ superior strength eventually took its toll.

Match day sponsor was Harry Montador and result of the 100 Club January draw was: 1. Neale Smith (no. 65), 2. Robert Smith (no. 58).

This Saturday, St Monans travel to Balmullo to play Fife Thistle.

PicS: Rob Stewart