Livingston United 0 Crossgates Primrose 5 

THE new management team at Crossgates Primrose got off to the perfect start after putting five past Livingston United.

Brothers Alan and Ally Campbell were appointed in May after Primrose bade farewell to previous boss Andy Brown.

The duo watched on as their new side started the league season in style.

Goals from Liam Devaney and Mark Wilkie put the visitors ahead at the break, with Craig Paterson and Ali McDonald netting after an own goal to finish off the commanding victory.

Assistant boss Ally was delighted to record their first win at the first attempt.

He said: “There wasn’t much in the game in the first half an hour. We got a bit of good fortune with the opener; it was a cross that found its way in. We were by far the better side after that. It was a really impressive display.

“We knew they would be well organised and they did have a few chances early doors. Our confidence grew after going ahead and it’s always great to score five goals. Our aim for the game was to keep a clean sheet.

“It’s only one game though, but if we can play like that every week, we’ll be laughing.”

Devaney’s deep searching cross flew over the opposition keeper to open the scoring on 33 minutes and a minute later good work from Wilkie down the right culminated in a fine strike into the top corner from 30 yards.

Another whipped ball into the box caused panic in the Livingston backline, and a home shirt diverted the ball past his keeper on 52 minutes.

After joining permanently from St Andrews United, the tricky Jamie McNeish caused mayhem with his solo run and strike which was parried out to Paterson, who had the simplest of tasks of putting home the rebound.

McDonald’s free-kick with six minutes to go sealed the rout.

Rosyth 2 Armadale Thistle 3

Rosyth squandered a two goal lead as Armadale fought back to take home the three points.

The visitors were the favourites for the opening day clash after suffering relegation from the East Premier League last season.

It was the hosts who went in front, however.

Dean Ogg pounced on a loose ball to beat the keeper by slotting it in the bottom corner after 12 minutes.

It was the perfect start for the Recreation Park side who made it two shortly after.

Ogg once again punished the visitors as he fired in a pinpoint effort into the top corner from the edge of the area after a good move down the left flank.

The two-goal advantage was cut short ten minutes later as hesitancy to commit to a challenge outside the box saw Quinn Franklin beaten on 25 minutes.

Boss Barry Coburn thought his side went 3-1 up after half-time when Dale Prattis rose above his marker to nod home. The referee however deemed the ball hadn’t crossed the line.

Armadale were buoyed by the decision and grabbed an equaliser and the winner in quick succession on 67 and 74 minutes.

Oakley United 0 Edinburgh United 3

Lee Richardson was left bitterly disappointed after seeing his Oakley side succumb to defeat at the hands of Edinburgh United.

His men were sluggish in the first half and went in at the break one down after a ‘soft penalty’ through Sean Conaghan.

Conaghan added a second and Taylor Hendry provided the third in the dying embers to cap off a poor display from Oakley.

“It was really disappointing to be honest,” Lee said.

“We never turned up in the first half. They were better than I thought they would be, but we gave them too much space and we didn’t play with the ball like we usually do.

“I gave them a talking to at half-time. We weren’t making anything clear-cut in the second half, but we were the better side.

“They hit the bar and they put home the rebound. Our defence were caught sleeping. That really deflated us.”

He felt his side were wrongly denied a penalty when Derek Murray was clipped.

Instead of pointing to the spot, the referee booked Murray for simulation to compound a miserable day at the office for the Blairwood Park side.

Saturday’s fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm): South Division - Armadale Thistle v Oakley United, Crossgates Primrose v Craigroyston, Rosyth v Lochgelly Albert.