Rosyth Reds were lifted off the bottom of the table after a hard working defensive display away to Kirkcaldy Inter. Rosyth made the most of their chances on a frustrating day for Inter after numerous attempts were kept out by the wall of Rosyth defenders and the goalkeeper.
Coming into the match Kirkcaldy Inter were looking to bounce back from two back-to-back defeats and Rosyth were looking to grab only their second win of the season.
The first 10 minutes of the match were relatively scrappy with few chances for either side except a good save as Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson dived down low to prevent Kirkcaldy Inter striker Gordon Tulloch beating the ‘keeper at his near point.
In the 12th minute of the match some impressive play from Rosyth saw the ball squared into the box where Ciaran McGuiness swept the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.
After the goal Kirkcaldy Inter began to pile on more pressure in an effort to grab an equaliser. After a few good saves from Murray Thomson, Kirkcaldy Inter kept the intense pressure going and Kierren Ritchie drilled an inviting cross across the goal line and as the ball whizzed past the open goal no Kirkcaldy Inter player was there to tap the ball into the gaping net.
23 minutes gone and a moment of controversy arrived after Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson rushed out to clear the ball outside of his box and the ball bounced off his arm. The incident resulted in a yellow card for Thomson despite the fact a red card could have been given. From the resulting free kick Thomson redeemed himself and made a superb double save from Inter’s Kierren Ritchie and Gordon Tulloch.
The remainder of the first half saw Kirkcaldy Inter’s plentiful attempts being well blocked by defenders, drifting inches wide of the post or being denied by Thomson.
Going into the half time break Rosyth would be the happier of the two sides. The Rosyth coach would have been hoping for more of the same brilliant defending from his side, meanwhile the Kirkcaldy Inter coach would be hoping eventually the pressure will pay off.