Forth 8 St.Roch’s 0
Forth demolished St.Roch’s by eight goals to nil at Kingshill Park this afternoon. The visitors had three players and two of their management team sent off. The Wanderers goals came from Andrew Gilchrist,a Jamie Lindsay penalty,Tony Traynor,David Grant,Bryan Felvus and a hat-trick from second half substitute Chris Lennon.
It was the visitors who started the brighter however and after 3 minutes David Fry found himself in a good position but couldn’t get a proper connection on the ball and it rolled harmlessly into Forth keeper Hutchison’s arms. The Wanderers took full advantage of this let off, opening the scoring two minutes later. A pinpoint diagonal ball from Jordan Smith over the Roch defence picked out Andrew Gilchrist and the Forth forward advanced to fire the ball past helpless keeper Jordan Brown.
Jamie Lindsay was next to try his luck for Forth after Tony Traynor had beaten the Roch’s offside trap and played the ball across to him, but the striker’s lob flew narrowly over with Brown beaten. At the other end, Hutchison had to fist away a Scott Gibbons free kick after 12 minutes as the visitors sought a leveller, but three minutes later it was the Wanderers who doubled their lead. Jamie Lindsay accelerated away from the Roch’s defence and advanced on goal only to be brought down by keeper Brown just inside the box. A clear penalty but the referee infuriated the visitors by also producing a red card for the keeper. With no keeper on the bench, captain Graeme Highlands assumed the goalkeeping mantle and although he got a hand to Lindsay’s penalty he couldn’t keep the ball out and Forth were 2 goals to the good.
The 10 men were still in the game however and after 26 minutes a good flowing move ended with Craig Fry shooting wide. The Wanderers were then denied a stonewall penalty when Barry Canning was clearly tripped in the box, but the third goal was merely delayed and arrived on the half hour mark. Tony Traynor was played in by a neat pass from Jamie Lindsay and took a touch before blasting the ball into the net from close range with the Roch defenders appealing for offside. Hutchison then did well to rush from his goal and block a Craig Fry shot after a long ball had evaded the Forth defence, before the visitors were reduced to 9 men on 40 minutes when Ross MacKenzie was shown a second yellow for a studs up tackle. The half ended with Forth unsurprisingly on the front foot against the 9 men of the visitors.
If St.Roch’s harboured any hopes of a comeback these were extinguished on 47 minutes when half-time substitute Chris Lennon was sent clear by Barry Canning and the Forth man finished with the minimum of fuss to make it 4-0. St.Roch’s almost reduced the deficit on 51 minutes when Hutchison spilled a free kick but David Fry could only find the side netting with his shot. Forth capitalised on this let off, making it 5-0 two minutes later when fans favourite David Grant rose unchallenged to head home an Andrew Gilchrist corner.
Chris Faulds then shot narrowly over for the visitors before stand-in keeper Highlands did well to hold a Jamie Lindsay shot. He could do nothing on 63 minutes however when Forth made it 6-0. Jason Corbett found Chris Lennon in the clear and the Wanderers striker once again finished with aplomb. A bad day for the visitors became even worse on 76 minutes when they were reduced to 8 men after Patrick Entrican was sent off for a scything tackle.
Forth were now attacking in waves and Highlands in the Roch goal again did well to save from David Grant and Bryan Felvus in quick succession, but with the numerical superiority more Forth goals looked likely and so it proved. A neat Wanderers move was clinically finished by Bryan Felvus on 82 minutes and Chris Lennon completed his hat-trick a minute later to round off the scoring.
Three points, eight goals and a clean sheet add up to a good day at the office for the Wanderers, who face another tricky encounter next week when a resurgent Vale of Leven visit Kingshill.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Corbett,McQuade,Smith,Grant,Brown,Traynor,McGroarty(Watson(Lennon)),