Ten man Rosyth go down fighting

St Monans Swallows against Rosyth. Pic: John Kinsman.
St Monans Swallows against Rosyth. Pic: John Kinsman.

ST MONANS Swallows entertained Rosyth for the second time in three weeks having come out narrowly on top in the previous game.

However, this victory in the first round of the Taylor Sullivan Challenge Cup proved to be more emphatic.

The home team opened strongly without really troubling the away ‘keeper.

Rosyth also had a few sporadic raids which also failed to put the home defence under pressure.

Eventually Swallows took the lead when after good work on the left through Callum Roberts and Mike Bissett the ball was delivered to the far post where Paul Young nipped in on the blind side and dinked the ball over the ‘keeper.

The second followed shortly there after when Paul Young volleyed home his second from a corner delivered by Rory Shepherd.

After numerous bookings and lectures from the referee Rosyth went a man down when their defender was red carded for foul and abusive language.

This should have made the game easier for St Monans, but the reverse was the case as Rosyth came out of their shell and started to play some good football.

Thus when Swallows failed to clear a corner properly a midfielder fired home a 25-yard shot which was deflected passed ‘keeper Craig Black.

The interval arrived with Swallows holding a slender lead.

The blues made their customary slow start to the second period and Rosyth pushed forward, looking for the equaliser.

However, the two goal lead was regained when Jamie Leitch dispatched a corner into the net from close range.

The icing on the cake arrived when Sean Smith scored arguably the goal of the season rifling home a 35-yard shot which went into the top right hand corner like a bullet.

Swallows thus progressed to the second round where they will meet Lomond United at home on Saturday.

Match day sponsor was WM Accountancy services.