Narrow loss for St Monans Swallows

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SWALLOWS slipped out of the Usher Cup 3-2 at the hands of Premier League opponents St Andrews, but should be happy with their performance.

Both teams started by playing attractive, open football, although neither side gained complete control.

Play swung from end to end until, in 29 minutes ,Swallows opened the scoring. Roberts and Jardine played a neat one-two before Redpath burst from the back into the open space, received a lovely pass and blasted the ball into the far corner.

Swallows appeared to be holding out under St Andrews pressure until bang on half time, when the defence switched off and the equaliser was forced home from close in.

Shortly after the restart, the visitors were then awarded a penalty, for handball, and the St Andrews left-back duly slotted home.

Worse was to follow when Swallows left the St Andrews striker free to lob the ball over the ‘keeper to increase their advantage.

Swallows stormed back and Purves, with a header, reduced the deficit to one.

But, despite consistent late pressure, Swallows failed to find the equaliser that their performance probably deserved.

Match day sponsor was David Smith, fish merchant.