Hill of Beath 3
Kilsyth Rangers 0
Another very disappointing result for the Kilsyth fans who made the journey into Fife for Rangers final friendly fixture before the start of the new season. The problem as has been seen in the other pre-season games is the lack of a striker to convert some of the chances into goals.
Unless this is addressed quickly it looks like being a difficult season ahead. In this game they had plenty of possession, matched their opponents in every department except finishing, but once behind never looked capable of getting back.
A promising start to the game with Rangers pushing up and almost went ahead when a backheader by a home defender nearly landed in his own net. Only ten minutes in though Hill of Beath went ahead when Wright had a clear shot at goal when the ball came to him in the box and made no mistake from fifteen yards. A minute later and the same player was unmarked at the back post and headed in his second goal from very close in. Rangers made great efforts to get back into the match and Kelly and Dolan were both prominent but such chances aas were made were wasted.
A number of changes were made at halftime and again Rangers were having the bulk of the pressure but few decent attempts at goal were seen. As in the first hald it was Kelly and Dolan who were presenting the only real threat. The few attempts on goal were easily dealt with by the home keeper and when Adamson was presented with a good opportunity with quarter of an hour remaining his goal put the game out of reach.
The League cup section matches will provide a further chance to find a settled side but at this stage it is not easy to see where goals are going to come from.
Kilsyth team: Duke, McMillan,Waters, Doyle, Hogg, Kerr, Dolan, Desmond,Faulds, McLaren, Kelly.Subs. Barr, Whiteford, McCluskie, Carr, Smith