FOLLOWING the previous week’s epic journey to Dunoon, Star made the much shorter trip to Leslie for this second round Fosters Fife Amateur Cup tie at Quarry Park and triumpher 4-1.
Efforts came from Martyn Thomson, Shields, twic,e and Ryan Thomson, but all went wide of the intended target,
It was now a non-stop onslaught towards the Leslie goal, but the breakthrough wasn’t forthcoming.
Gary Davidson headed over from a Ramsay corner, then a Shields effort went high and wide.
M Thomson brought out a terrific stop from the Leslie ‘keeper and, a minute later, a header from the same player looked to be settling in the back of the net, only to be cleared off the line as the Leslie defence threw themselves in front of everything.
Star nearly paid the price a minute before half-time when, from a corner in a rare Leslie attack, they failed to clear properly and a shot from the edge of the area was cleared off the line and the rebound was saved by Star custodian Curran.
That was basically the last action of a first half that should have seen Star several goals in front but all credit to Leslie for battling away and going in level at 0-0.
At the restart, the pattern of play followed that of the first 45 minutes.
The difference in the second period was that Star would start to take the chances they were creating.
On the 49-minute mark, John Shields rose in the box to bullet home a header and put Star deservedly 1-0 up.
On the hour, R. Thomson doubled the lead, slotting home from a Ramsay centre.
Ramsay had a chance to increase the score but shot straight at the ‘keeper after finding himself clean through on goal.
Star freshened things up by replacing Ramsay and Shields with Macdonald and Makhouli.
The latter was to be provider for his side’s third goal of the game, as it was from his corner that M. Thomson volleyed home to give Star a seemingly unassailable lead with 12 minutes remaining.
MacBride saw his chipped effort from outside the box superbly tipped over for a corner.
It was to be his last contribution of the match as he made way for Kelly with 10 minutes of the game to go.
R. Thomson doubled his tally in the 83rd minute, taking the ball round the keeper and rolling into the empty net for 4-0.
With five minutes to go, Leslie were awarded a penalty after Bremner was deemed guilty of impeding their forward.
He, in turn, was yellow-carded for his protests and maybe a touch lucky it wasn’t of a different colour.
The penalty was duly despatched into the right hand corner of Curran’s goal to make the score 4-1 .
A few minutes later and the full time whistle sounded, with Star through to the last 16 of the Fife Cup.
On another day the scoreline could well have been higher, but for a battling performance from a Leslie side who should take great heart from their display.