A flurry of goals, late in each half, aided Glenrothes Strollers in their clinical performance against Real Fife Blues in the Fife football development League.
Strollers could not have asked for a better start in the fixture when Dylan Ritchie showed some brilliant pace down the right-wing to eventually cut-in and strike one into the top left corner in the second minute, giving the hosts an early lead.
Strollers were unlucky not to double their lead straight away, but a strong hand from Real Fife Blues keeper Hamish Rankie denied the powerful effort from Harvey Christie in the sixth minute. Unexpectedly, after absorbing a good amount of pressure, Real Fife Blue’s went on a dangerous counter-attack which resulted in a close ranged finish from target man Craig Meston, levelling things in Glenrothes in the seventh minute of the match.
Christie was once again denied by a brilliant stop from Rankie in the 15th minute, who was undoubtedly going to have a very busy match between the sticks. Bailey Patterson was up next to test Rankie, but once again the keeper won this duel, in the 27th minute.
The long period of pressure from the hosts eventually paid off when a perfectly weighted cross from captain Innes Roberts found the head of the tall Ellis Davie who expertly headed home and put the home side deservedly in front, in the 34th minute. Strollers instantly got themselves a third when Robbie Westwaters latched onto a loose ball out on the left-wing and comfortably slotted it in the far-right corner in the 37th minute. The momentum continued late in the half when Mitchell Sharp created space for himself and got the Strollers their fourth of the match in the 38th minute and being the climax of the half.