Nitten pay the penalty against basement boys


Star’s dismal season went from bad to worse as they went down 1-0 to bottom of the league Tayport on Saturday at New Victoria Park.

It took until 27 minutes 
before Craig Thomson curled a beauty of a free-kick round the wall, but he was very 
unlucky to see the ball smack of the face of the crossbar.

Star came close again after 32 minutes when a terrific crossfield pass released Lee Currie. His delievery found Jack Wilson in the box but he prodded the ball wide.

Wilson should have opened the scoring next when a sublime slide-rule pass sent him clear in the box, but his parting shot was blocked by keeper Sorley’s legs, leaving it goalless at half-time.

After 47 minutes, a Tayport break down the left caught Stevie Noble out but when the ball came into the penalty box Ovenstone blazed over the bar. More poor home defending allowed Reid to run straight through but he blazed the ball over from 12 yards with the goal at his mercy.

Keeper Jim McQueen next produced a stunning reflex save after 57 minutes when he brilliantly tipped over a Reid overhead kick from 16 yards.

The Star were reduced to 10 men after 70 minutes when the experienced Tulloch brought down Reid just inside the box to earn his second yellow card, and subsequent red. Tayport’s Ogg inflicted more pain by firing the spot-kick high past keeper McQueen to put Tayport 1-0 in the lead.

Tayport themselves were reduced to 10 men after 85 minutes when Connelly was adjudged to have gone in late on Currie. David Dunn was 
also booked for a rash challenge after 88 minutes.

There was still time for 
McQueen to save another Ogg penalty after 93 minutes to leave Star pointless in a disappointing defeat.