Ev­ery­thing’s start­ing to click for Jean­field

Swifts’boss Ross look­ing for­ward to hec­tic fix­ture spell

Perthshire Advertiser - - THURSDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Jean­field Swifts boss Ross Gun­nion reck­ons his squad of play­ers will rel­ish the busy fix­ture run-in to Christ­mas.

The Perth men ad­vanced into the third round of the GA En­gi­neer­ing Cup at the week­end af­ter see­ing off Lochee Harp 3-1.

A dou­ble from Fraser Mills and a Chris Scott strike en­sured that Swifts re­turned from Dundee in cel­e­bra­tory mode.

There will be lit­tle time for rest, how­ever, with the sched­ule across the next cou­ple of months set to be a hec­tic one.

“It sets us up nicely for a busy fix­ture list lead­ing into the Christ­mas break,” Gun­nion told the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser.

“We play Brox­burn this week in a big league game fol­lowed by the Scot­tish Cup.

“Play­ers are start­ing to make claims for a reg­u­lar place in the team and I can see the team im­prov­ing in all as­pects of our game.

“We brought in a few play­ers in the sum­mer and now they are fully aware of the stan­dards we’ve set and are ris­ing to the chal­lenge.

“The hunger is there to do well over the next four or five weeks and set our­selves up for a good sec­ond half of the sea­son.”

That hunger was ev­i­dent in Sat­ur­day’s vic­tory and Gun­nion was de­lighted with the man­ner of the per­for­mance.

He said: “I thought we per­formed ex­cel­lently through­out the game and could, and prob­a­bly should, have scored more.

“We con­trolled the game from start to fin­ish, but credit has to go to Lochee Harp for de­fend­ing well and mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for us.

“They scored a fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual ef­fort to get them­selves back on level terms but aside from one or two at­tempts from dis­tance they didn’t threaten us and the ma­jor­ity of the game was played in their half of the pitch.

“We moved the ball quickly, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half and were ef­fi­cient in our press­ing of the game.”

Also in the GA Cup, Kin­noull were knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter los­ing 2-1 at Dundee North End.

The hosts carved out a two-goal ad­van­tage at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half be­fore Noull’s Al­lan Fer­gu­son had a penalty saved.

Greg Whyte did find the net for the Perth side but his 90th-minute goal was too lit­tle too late.

Blair­gowrie were also on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 2-1 de­feat as East Pre­mier side Kir­riemuir This­tle ad­vanced into round three.

Abi Njie – for­merly of Scone This­tle – and Greg Fair­weather net­ted for This­tle be­fore Blair at­tempted to stage a late come­back.

Dar­ren Neave con­verted from the penalty spot in the 75th minute but, de­spite hav­ing chances, the Davie Park men couldn’t find a lev­eller.


Coupar An­gus man­ager Lo­gan McConachie be­lieves a lapse of con­cen­tra­tion re­sulted in Sat­ur­day’s 2-1 East of Scot­land Cup de­feat.

The Fox­hall Park men nudged into the lead in the 51st minute through Al­lan Leith but, be­fore the hour mark, Dun­bar United had turned the game on its head.

“It was a tough re­sult to take on Sat­ur­day,” McConachie said. “We switched off for only a cou­ple of min­utes in the game and it has cost us a place in the next round.

“We’ve got to take a lot of pos­i­tives from the game though. We com­peted well and for the ma­jor­ity of the game looked like the side who would be in the next round. It’s a huge pos­i­tive that we lim­ited Dun­bar to four at­tempts at goal but they were more clin­i­cal in the fi­nal third.

“If we per­form like that ev­ery week we’ll be on the right side of the re­sult more of­ten than not.”

Lun­carty’s East of Scot­land Cup clash at Fauld­house United was post­poned.


Scone This­tle were the only Perthshire team in league ac­tion on Sat­ur­day – and con­tin­ued their charge to­wards the top of the ta­ble.

Derek Law­son’s men sit one point from the sum­mit af­ter com­fort­ably de­feat­ing Lo­chore Wel­fare 4-1 in Fife.

De­spite fall­ing be­hind, Scone re-grouped with goals from An­drew McKen­zie, Ar­ran McKay, Ross Mitchell and Ben Mof­fat.

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