This week in the Perth League, Letham Tangerines played a local derby against Letham Whites, a much improved side from last season. This was the same fixture that ended the previous season, the david seaton memorial cup, which the tangerines won 4-2.
The Whites were well fancied locally going into the game, having recruited several new players, including an ex pro youth player, whilst the tangerines were depleted in numbers after Conor McKinlay - the teams 2nd top scorer and all round fan's favorite from last season - departed with well wishes to Dunfermline Athletic pro youth. The tangerines also lost a key player to play back at 98's level, so were anticipating a very tough contest.
The tangerines kicked off and within 2 minutes of the start, a well saved shot resulted in a corner, which was bulleted hom from 6 yards, 1-0 the tangerines.
Within 5 minutes, a loose ball was won in midfield and the whites were caught out of position, where some clever movement and a fantastic through ball saw the winger played thru with a lot to do and opponents pressing, he lashed a shot in from the far corner of the box which hit the bar and in, 2-0 the tangerines.
The whites came more into the game and with the tangerines playing on the break, both teams had good chances to score, including 2 great saves from the tangerines gk, and a missed penalty from the tangerines.
Half time saw both sides make tactical adjustments, but within 1 minute of the restart, a slick passing move on the break saw the ball end up at the edge of the box and a clinical toe poke saw the ball fly into the top corner for 3-0. Again a quick start from the tangerines saw a 4th goal, another slick passing move saw the onrushing midfielder picked out with a cut back into the box and it was tucked away from 5 yards for 4-0.
The whites had the bulk of possession for the rest of the game, but with the tangerines never looking like conceding, they cracked a free kick off the bar from a wide position, then another counter attack saw a loose ball punished in the box for 5-0. The game was finished but the whites kept going to their credit, but yet another swift counter attack saw another tangerines goal, a parried shot well followed up at the back post.
Next week in the league for the tangerines - Luncarty Thistle.