Dunfermline City faced a spritely Inverleith Development squad on Saturday 1st October. Inverleith who came second in Division 4 behind City had a new batch of youth coming through their ranks as the youngsters from last season moved up the teams.
Inverleith gave City one of their toughest games last season – and the start of this game was no different. City did start well – but found the Inverleith keeper in some sort of “mystical form” as he made save after save after save.
Skipper Walker did finally manage to break the deadlock with a deft finish. Then shortly after this Rintoul had a deflected shot smack of the Bar which Miller managed to poke home from all over 2 millimetres.
Rintoul then added a goal which didn’t match his strike of last weekend and Geraint Jones scored his first in the Black and White of City after the long transfer Saga was completed a couple of weeks earlier.
4:0 at half time and could have been more had the Inverleith Keeper not been in inspirational form. Inverleith to their credit though did forage up field as often as possible and have some talented youths again coming through the system.
Second half was more of the same – new father Bambi Burns got a goal for little Erin– then missed a chance that looked easier to score as he took an extra touch midair.
Karl Maxl produced the Goal of the game – when he replaced Walker as a striker – he raged into the ‘D’ and unleashed an unstoppable shot past the keeper 3 foot of the ground and just inside the far post.
Shortly after Maxl almost got his second – a shot from Miller was saved acrobatically by the keeper – it landed in the middle of the ‘D’ to Mad Maxl who hit it first time towards the bottom corner – where the keeper majestically got to it – sent it straight back to Maxl at waist height who “illegally” (per the umpire) volleyed it goalwards for it to be saved yet again.
One short corner routine produced a mishit shot which the Inverleith young Right Back brilliantly clipped away from the back post.
Neil Innes finally got his first goal for the City from a pre-rehearsed short corner routine which ended up going wrong thanks to the intervention of new striker Maxl. The Short Corner was injected by Miller to Rintoul – who played it back to Miller who was lining up the penalty spot pass to Innes (which Innes missed 3 times the previous week), however, Maxl dived in front of Miller to push across the keeper – from which Innes dived forward to push the ball into the goal. Not quite as planned but hey ho.
Two first goal scorers for the club today – and next looking to get in on the act was rampaging right back Campbell – his first effort one on one’ish with the keeper was fluffed wide and the next one although not quite as dramatic had a similar result – head up Stu it will come one week.
Not much else to comment on – the team played well – back 4 were solid, midfield creative and strikers getting shots on goal more could have been scored had it not been for the Inverleith keeper. Athol umpired well!! Rintoul played a few one tricks, Gareth didn’t moan, Brandon could have had a nap or two, Griff didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet for a change, Innes voice almost broke and that’s about it – oh and thank God the showers were hot. Thanks to Inverleith for what was a competitive game played in great spirits yet again – some impressive talent for the future in their ranks – and we will look forward to seeing their progress when we meet them again later in the season.
Final Score: City 7 – Inverleith 0
Scorers: Walker, Miller, Rintoul, G Jones, Burns, Maxl and Innes
Great result – and onwards to face Stirling Uni 2s next weekend.