AFTER a somewhat disappointing start to the season, and a recent influx of players and staff from the now-folded Kennoway side, hopes were high of a turnaround in Star Hearts’ fortunes with an away tie to Kinross in the Kingdom Caledonian League.
And turned around they were as Star defeated Kinross 4-0
Star’s first goal came after a good run down the wing as a perfect cross into the Kinross box saw Ryan Thomson head the ball into the net.
An inch-perfect pass was fired into the path of Thomson, who hammered the ball home for Hearts’ second.
Star were visibly more confident in their play and dominated the match until half-time.
The start of the second half saw Kinross finally start to make attacking runs and, for the first 15 minutes, the Star players were almost content to protect their lead.
But the management, coaches and fans urged them on to attack once again.
Kinross still had no answers to Star’s electrifying pace and precise passing and, yet again, a fantastic run from Star’s number 10 saw a great ball played into Ryan Thomson, who found the net for his first hat-trick for his new club.
Credit was due to Kinross that they didn’t just give up at this point and did try to attack the Star goal, but a good defence and strong goalkeeping saw the visitors keep a clean sheet.
Star’s final goal came by way of a Kinross defender.
A good run and a strong cross into the Kinross box by Star player Mark Makhouli found the head of a home side player, who inadvertently headed into his own goal while trying to clear the danger.