Treble for Rovers sees off Dysart

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Pittenweem Rovers...................3


ROVERS were at home to Dysart in the league and keen to get three points after recent disappointing draws.

Youngsters Liam Tarvit and James Gay kept their places in the starting line-up. Unfortunately, Craig Cameron and David Young missed the match through injury.

Early stages of the match were scrappy, with Rovers showing nerves. But after 10 minutes spirits were lifted when James Gay found David Wilson, who passed to Neale Smith and he drilled the ball into the corner of the net.

Rovers then enjoyed a lot of possession and pressure, and squeezed the visitors back into their half, but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal and missed a series of chances to increase the lead.

With half-time approaching, Rovers missed a great chance to increase their lead. Thomson forced into a point-blank save from Mike Gardner and Derek Ireland was unable to force the loose ball into the net.

Rovers gave away a silly free-kick just outside the box and King’s low shot was scrambled away by keeper Garry Bowman.

Rovers midfielder Smith was inches away from connecting with a David Wilson cutback, and Wilson himself saw his netbound effort saved by the legs of Thomson.

It took Rovers two minutes of the second half to get the second goal they wanted. Mike Gardner and Liam McGhee combined to set up Derek Ireland and he swept the ball into the roof of the net.

After 55 minutes the visitors were awarded a penalty when Mark McGhee was adjudged to have brought down McKenzie. When the dust settled Walker blasted over the bar.

King and Walker both had efforts cleared by the Rovers rearguard and, with five minutes to go, Rovers sealed a deserved victory with a third goal.

Sub Alex Bowman produced a fine pass to release Ireland, who squared the ball to the impressive David Wilson and he slotted the ball coolly into the net.

In injury time, James Ketchen’s shot was scrambled away and Derek Ireland hit the post with the rebound.

Saturday’s match ball was sponsored by Billy Gay, fish merchant.