Newburgh re-energised their promotion push with a hard fought win against the second placed side Kennoway Star Hearts on Saturday.
‘Burgh came out of the blocks like a team determined to avenge the shock defeat of last week at the hands of Arbroath Vics.
They opened the scoring on the fourth minute when a determined drive forwards by McAdam allowed him to find Elder on the angle of the 18 yard box.
Elder took the ball on the volley first time and placed a beautiful shot over the ‘keeper.
The lead was doubled on the 14th minute when a through ball into space from Ryan Gray allowed Scott Finlay to evade his marker and drive in on goal.
Finlay placed his left foot shot under the advancing keeper into the net.
With the first half almost over Kennoway forced a series of corners.
It was from one of these set pieces that they reduced the deficit to a single goal when Gray squeezed a shot home.
Kennoway drew level when Thomson netted.
On the hour mark Kennoway’s Lornie received a second yellow card.
With time almost up a Newburgh break into the box demanded several desperate challenges from tired defenders inside the penalty area.
The result of which was a penalty converted by Chris McLeish.
Brown and Mitchell of Kennoway and McAdam of Newburgh were sent off following an altercation.
Manager Graham Nicoll said: “We started the game in exactly the right manner and I don’t think they could have envisaged the pressure we put them under in the opening 30 minutes.
“I still feel we have an outside chance (of promotion) but so do five other teams.”
Newburgh welcome Coupar Angus to East Shore Park this weekend.
Newburgh - Houston, Ritchie, McAdam, Moon, Ferguson, R Gray, D Gray (Smith 64), Finlay, Elder, McLeish, Spence (Honeyman 82).