Dunfermline City were missing Spreng for the visit of Carnegie but welcomed back Rintoul from injury, Fleming from Holiday and Innes & Green jnr from parenthood.
City were facing the might of Carnegie Colts who were full of familiar faces – Oagsie, Cruncher, Doc and last but by no means least the best Right back in Dunfermline Drew Mitchell.
Fleming with 14 players at his disposal concocted a plan!! All players were sent a spreadsheet pre- match with playing positions and a subs rota.
City’s squad which rotated was Murray in goal – Buttercase’s Ben and Kenny, Fleming, Buchanan, Coles, Rintoul, Luff, Kinnear, Innes, Miller, Green’s Ryan and Alan, Maxl.
The game started evenly with both sides trying to press in the early stages.
City were however the first to strike in approx. the 10th minute when Green (jnr) took the ball into the D and slotted home past the helpless keeper. There were some claims of dangerous play as the ball appeared lifted into Mitchell in the D – but off whose stick we don’t know – advantage played and a good goal.
Carnegie were next to strike when they were awarded a short corner – this wasn’t defended well and Oagsie struck home.
City restored their lead prior to half time when Miller pushed out a short corner to Rintoul – who was allowed plenty of time to dribble past a player and his attempted flick into the top corner trickled along the ground into the bottom corner.
City had further chances – Innes skinned the defence but his powerful shot was straight at the keeper – Rintoul likewise had a similar shot.
Carnegie should have found themselves level when Doc had a perfectly good goal chopped off as he flicked the ball over Murray in goals – but the umpire awarded a short corner for a foul just before Doc’s finish when advantage would have been more appropriate! City got lucky with that one.
Half time arrived and City were 2.1 to the good in what was an evenly matched first half.
Second half City came out the blocks better than they did in the first and it was man of the match Ben Buttercase who drove into the Carnegie D before clinically finishing.
Alan Green was next to have an opportunity – but he was unable to control first time the through ball which would have left him one on one with the keeper.
It was mostly City at this point. Rintoul added his second of the game as he was allowed to drift into the D and fired home.
4.1 City and the game was pretty much won midway through the second half.
Kinnear had a 1on1 with the keeper saved with his shot too direct.
City continued to create chances – Miller played in Innes who had the perfect shooting opportunity – but elected to play in Miller for a tap in – which Cruncher intercepted before it got to Miller.
Miller then three times in quick succession was allowed to drive down the right wing. First attempt his cross fell between Innes and Ryan Green. The Second picked out Ryan Green whose first-time effort flew just over the bar – then the third brought City’s 5th goal of the game with Green opting to first time the cross low past the helpless keeper.
Miller almost added a 6th with his shot just skimming the back post.
Final score 5.1 City.
First half an evenly matched game – but the second with City rotating the line up between the squad of 14 saw City prove too strong for Carnegie Colts.
An excellent display all round barring some spells in the first half – some excellent discipline in a game played mostly in excellent spirts.
Ben Buttercase won City’s MOM for his all-round midfield performance. Another Ben on the Carnegie line up looks to be an excellent prospect for the future – In one of Carnegies better performers.
Now for a two-week break prior to the next league game away to Fidra on the 28th of October.