Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts kept the pressure on the sides above them in the Fife Development League as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Pitreavie Pumas at Ballast Bank on Sunday.
Lewis Nimmo opened the scoring early on with a well taken finish, before Kieran Young doubled the lead from the penalty spot to put the hosts firmly in control, and it was Young who was on hand again in the final seconds to round off the win in style.
Despite the sides being separated by just one point at the start of play, Swifts set about asserting their dominance right from the off, and were rewarded with an early break through.
A deep ball from a corner fell to Nimmo just inside the area, who after shifting the ball onto his right foot fired a low shot into the far corner, with Blair Gibb in the Pumas' goal unable to keep it out despite getting a hand to the ball.
With their tails up the home side were soon presented with a superb chance to double their lead, with a penalty awarded after a foul inside the box. It was a gift Young was all too happy to receive, as he calmly rolled the ball beyond Gibb to put his side two up.
Ronan Hall then looked to stretch his sides lead even further, but his volleyed effort whistled just wide of the post.
Despite suffering two early blows, the Pumas were now beginning to find their feet. Some nice link up play on the right flank between John Sutherland and Lewis Petrie resulted in a corner, from which Lewis Haggett rose highest to nod the ball just wide of the post.
Pitreavie continued to grow in confidence, and Petrie did well to escape his marker before firing a shot agonisingly over the bar.
A third goal before the break would surely have put the game to bed for the Swifts, and Innes McMenamin Hunter looked to provide it as he won the ball high up the pitch, before stepping into the space in front of him and taking aim with a right footed effort. But his shot was straight at Gibb who was able to save comfortably.