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Bankfoot Athletic defeated Rothes Juniors in a tightly fought encounter at a bitterly cold Warout Park this morning.
Two second half goals proved to be enough to send this visitors home happy and disappoint the hosts who fought hard for a share of the points.
There was very little between the sides in the early stages with both the visitors and the hosts carving out half chances.
Kieran Mackenzie and Cristian Shearer-Felipe combined early on for the away side, but were unable to open the scoring with the latter prodding just wide following an inviting cross from his team mate.
The two continued to link up and create chances but the Rothes Juniors defence held firm early on to deny the visiting team.
Up the other end, Jonathon Greig proved to be a threat down the left hand side for the home side, regularly taking on the full back and getting himself in promising positions.
The hosts, who had started slowly, began to grow in confidence as a result and almost took the lead when Ricki Cooper sent a stunning ball to the far post with Juniors attacker Dylan Hopkins just failing to connect with the ball.
Cooper continued to threaten the away defence and his long range effort was well saved by Bankfoot goalkeeper Lewis Fordyce.
As the half began to draw to a close, Connor Czarnecki saw his effort stopped by Lee Elder in the Rothes Juniors goal and both sides held on to go in goalless at half time.
Half Time: Rothes Juniors 0-0 Bankfoot Athletic
The second half began with the away side in the ascendancy. Cameron Bruce had his well struck effort deflected into the arms of Lee Elder while Cristian Shearer-Felipe saw his effort float narrowly over the bar as he got in behind the Rothes Juniors defence.
Bankfoot Athletic continued to put pressure on the hosts and they finally made the breakthrough halfway through the second half.
The ball was swung to the far post from the right hand side and Ewan Williamson headed the ball home from short distance. There was nothing Lee Elder could do in the Juniors goal to prevent the visitors taking the lead.
However, rather than folding over, Rothes Juniors came back fighting and pressed for an equaliser.
Kurtis McKenzie provided an incisive pass for Dylan Hopkins who could only fire his shot over the bar and minutes later Jonathon Greig saw his effort narrowly miss the post.
As the home side began to push further and further forward gaps began to appear in the Juniors defence and Bankfoot Athletic took full advantage of this.
Cristian Shearer-Felipe used his pace to race away from the Rothes Juniors defence and lethally finished past the on rushing goalkeeper, giving his side an all important two goal advantage.
Both sides finished the match with chances to add to the scoreline but Bankfoot Athletic held on to clinch an all important away win.
Full Time: Rothes Juniors 0-2 Bankfoot Athletic