Swifts bat­tle to es­cape the drop

Lat­est de­feat puts strain on their Su­per League spot

Perthshire Advertiser - - THURSDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Jean­field Swifts man­ager Ross Gun­nion ad­mits there is lit­tle room for er­ror as the club’s bid to re­main in the Su­per League heats up.

The Perth men suf­fered a nar­row 1-0 de­feat against Hill of Beath on Satur­day af­ter­noon in a game lack­ing qual­ity.

Gun­nion knows his Swifts, who sit one place above the au­to­matic drop zone, face a bat­tle for the re­main­der of the sea­son to se­cure safety.

“The re­sult on Satur­day puts pres­sure on us to pick up points now,” Gun­nion told the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser.

“There can be very few slips from here on out if we want to play Su­per League foot­ball next sea­son.

“That said, I have con­fi­dence in the play­ers to dig them­selves out of a hole.

“We’ve proved over the last two sea­sons that we have enough qual­ity to win games at this level.

“It’s a big six weeks com­ing up for the club but I ex­pect a pos­i­tive out­come.”

Gun­nion be­lieves Satur­day’s match was not a great ad­vert for the Su­per League.

The only goal of the game came in the 74th minute when Lee Deans was short with a back pass, al­low­ing for Lee Reid to cap­i­talise and find the back of the net.

“I thought it was an in­cred­i­bly poor game,” Gun­nion said. “Hill of Beath came with a game plan to spoil the game and at­tempted to play very lit­tle foot­ball.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing, though, was that we got sucked into their game and both teams con­tin­u­ally played it long in hope rather than try­ing to play foot­ball.

“It was only go­ing to be a mis­take which won the game and un­for­tu­nately for us we made it.

“We should have been ahead in the first half but Rob­bie Holden was un­lucky when he crashed a vol­ley off the cross bar.

“But that aside we didn’t show

Aaron Car­lon (far right) is con­grat­u­lated by team-mates. Pic­ture: Jon Baker enough cut­ting edge or de­sire to go on the clock. be­fore Ste­vie McAl­lis­ter wrapped up and get a goal.” This was to be an af­ter­noon to the 5-3 win in the sec­ond half.

Gun­nion went on: “The mar­gins re­mem­ber for the young­ster, who Kin­noull, mean­while, con­tinue to out­side of the top four or five are thin. didn’t take long to add his sec­ond of go about their busi­ness qui­etly and

“I see very lit­tle dif­fer­ence in qual­ity the con­test. suc­cess­fully. be­tween the bot­tom teams up to He calmly fin­ished af­ter Mar­tin Alan Cameron’s men de­feated per­haps Broughty Ath­letic. Stra­chan had nod­ded into his path Ar­broath Vics 4-0 at Tul­loch Park on

“The key for these teams is a lit­tle from a Max Avo­lio cross. Satur­day af­ter­noon. ex­pe­ri­ence which trans­forms draws There was time for Car­lon to net Their cause was helped when the into wins and losses into draws. a third be­fore the in­ter­val when he vis­i­tors were re­duced to nine-men in

“We should have been ex­pe­ri­enced rounded the Coupar de­fence to then the open­ing stages of the fix­ture. enough to come away with a 0-0 draw strike be­yond Ryan Ste­wart. Matt Keogh was flashed a red card at the very worst on Satur­day.” On 75 min­utes, Gary Mackie put the for a last man chal­lenge be­fore Dave

In the North Divi­sion, hat-trick hero re­sult be­yond any doubt. Stur­rock’s protests led to his early Aaron Car­lon helped Scone This­tle At Brown­lands Park, Lun­carty and bath. record a 4-0 Perthshire derby win Blair­gowrie served up an eight-goal Goals from Tom Whyte (2), Ben against Coupar An­gus. thriller - seven of which were scored Ra­gan and Dell New­lands bagged the

Man­ager Derek Law­son placed his in the first half. three points. trust in the 16-year-old as the Jags Bleach­ers goals from Richard There are two mid­week fix­tures boss looked to freshen things up af­ter Dono­van, Stuart Ni­col and Richie for lo­cal sides with Jean­field Swifts a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat last week­end. Mont­gomery were can­celled out by away at Carnoustie in the GA Cup on

And he got the re­sponse he was af­ter James Simp­son, Matty Adam and Wed­nes­day. when Car­lon, mak­ing his sec­ond start Gor­don Nor­rie. On the same evening, Blair­gowrie for the side, fired into the top cor­ner But Danny Dob­bie nudged Lun­carty travel to take on Lochee Harp in the at Fox­hall Park with only 12 min­utes back in front as the break ap­proached North Divi­sion.

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