Rovers rocked by late equaliser

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Pittenweem Rovers.........................2


ON a perfect day for football, Pittenweem welcomed Rosebank from Dunfermline for a league match.

However, the home side’s hospitable mood was quickly over, as Derek Ireland almost set up Liam McGhee for the opener inside the first five minutes.

The first chance for the visitors arrived on 15 minutes when a long ball into the box was partially cleared and their striker fired over from 16 yards.

It was Rovers who made the breakthrough after 36 minutes, though, when this time Derek Ireland’s cross did find Liam McGhee.

He showed great awareness to back-heel the ball to Neale Smith and the Rovers skipper fired the ball high into the net from the edge of the box.

As the first half reached its conclusion, Rovers continued to dominate, and on 43 minutes a superb through ball from McGhee found Ireland.

The winger left the Rosebank defence in his wake and rounded the keeper but was unlucky to see his effort go wide.

Pittenweem began the second half in the same manner as they ended the first but were made to pay for not finding a second goal when, on 75 minutes, Rosebank grabbed the equaliser after a low cross into the box was flicked home at the front post.

Rovers responded immediately when a David Young free kick was helped on by Smith for David Wilson, and the striker slid the ball home from eight yards.

With the game reaching its final 10 minutes, Rosebank enjoyed their best period of the action and they had a series of corners which were all cleared.

With the clock ticking down, too slowly for Pittenweem, a high ball into the Rovers box was then met by their big striker, who beat Guy Robinson to the ball, but Liam Tarvit headed his goal bound effort to safety.

But, with only two minutes left, Rovers could hold out no longer as Rosebank scored to make the game all square with a free kick which was not cleared and the ball was scrambled into the net.

Saturday’s game was played in memory of Pittenweem man Andrew Hughes, who lost his life in the Second World War.