East Region (313)
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts eased past a strong looking Spurs Juniors side on Sunday to strengthen their position at the top of the Domestic Supplies League. A hat-trick from Logan Donaldson, as well as goals from Zack More and David Green sealed the points for the visitors.
Swifts now sit top of the table on twenty five points, three ahead of Spurs in third but with both holding three games in hand over second placed Fife Southern.
Both teams went into the match undefeated and in good form, with just one draw each the only blotch on an otherwise 100% record, and the expectation was this was going to be a closely fought match.
Spurs started on the front foot with Scott Smith almost through on goal inside the first minute, but Macaulay Jarrett was quick of his line to make the first of several important saves for his team. Moments later Jarrett was there again to deny Smith following a floated free kick into the area.
Craig Dewar was next to try his luck, pulling a left footed shot wide of the post after some neat build up play as the home side looked to stamp their authority on the match.
Swifts had not travelled to lie down though, and moments later Logan was unlucky to see his right footed effort flash across the face of goal with no one there to convert.
Swifts were getting a lot of joy from their left flank, and it was from here that they would make the breakthrough after ten minutes. A ball into the box was only half cleared to the edge of the area, allowing More to control the ball and unleash a fierce right footed drive that flew into the bottom corner via the post, leaving Dion Gear in the Spurs goal no chance.
From that point on Swifts never looked back, and it was thanks largely to some solid defending that they did not allow Spurs a way back into the match as the home side responded well to going a goal down.
Lee Allan was almost through on goal twice in quick succession as the hosts looked for an instant response, but on both occasions was thwarted by the speed of Swifts ‘keeper Jarrett who rushed out to meet him. And it wasn’t just Jarrett putting in a shift for his team, as the visiting defence did well to block a third effort from Allan to preserve their lead.
Spurs were pushing hard as the game looked to be living up the pre match hype, and Dewar almost pulled his team level but for a superb save from Jarrett. After skipping a tackle inside the area he unleashed a vicious right footed effort that was turned away at point blank range by the ‘keeper, and when Marc Gray followed up for what looked a certain goal, his low drive beat the stranded Jarrett only to be blocked on the line by Ryan Dunn.
Lee Allan was next to be frustrated by the stubborn visitors, as he was released by a magnificent ball from midfield, only to be denied yet again by the quick thinking of Jarrett.
Having survived the Spurs onslaught, Swifts added insult to injury on their hosts by doubling their lead on the half hour mark. Donaldson grabbing his first goal of the match after bursting into the box slotting a right footed finish under Gear to make it two nil.
Spurs could take heart from the way they responded to the first goal, and their character was not in question after the second goal as they picked straight up from where they left off and set about looking for their opening goal. But Allan was in for a frustrating afternoon, following a rare mistake in the Swifts defence, he controlled a poor clearance but could not get his shot passed the inspired Jarrett.
Spurs continued to press for what was left of the first half, but were unable to make the pressure count. Dewar was unable to find space for a shot, and when the ball broke for Smith he couldn’t find Gray who had drifted in unmarked at the far post.
Thing's could have been even worse at the break for Spurs but for a fine piece of goalkeeping from their own man between the sticks. Gear did well to hold on to a powerful header from Lewis Hunter who rose highest to meet a corner. As it was, an entertaining first half finished with the visitors two nil to the good.