Perfect 10 for Kelty!
Action from Sauchie v Kelty: David Robertson.
KELTY HEARTS gaffer Keith Burgess has given his side 10 out of 10 for their start to the season after sweeping aside Super League newcomers Sauchie 4-1.
Kelty have played 10, won 10 so far and their first Super League fixture was a tough test away to newly-promoted Sauchie.
Burgess told Press Sport, "It's been a good start to the season but we've not won anything yet.
"We are playing with a bit of confidence and scoring goals now and that was our problem last year.
"To go to a place like Sauchie, play well and deserve to win is a good sign for us.
"They made us work for our victory but our third goal killed their spirit."
New signing Brian Ritchie opened the scoring with a header for the Hearts in 35 minutes from a well-worked corner between Conrad Courts and Darren Smith.
Sauchie came out all guns blazing in the second half and grabbed an equaliser on 50 minutes.
Both teams had chances to go in front but as the game progressed Kelty began to show their class and on 70 minutes Stuart Cargill restored their lead with a well-taken volley from a Smith free kick.
Courts then scored the goal of the game when he smashed home a 35-yard rocket into the top corner before Ritchie capped a fine individual display by grabbing his second goal just minutes from full-time.
Burgess added, "We are scoring goals from the middle of the park so everybody is chipping in.
"We've added natural strikers up top and have goalscoring midfielders like Brian Ritchie who has done really well for us.
"This year everybody is under pressure for a position. There is somebody at the back of you waiting to take your place and it spurs you on to do well."
In the East Premier League, Oakley gaffer Jason Dair was delighted to come away with a point after seeing his side lose two goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Jon Sinclair and Gary Paton scored as Oakley fought back to draw 2-2 at home with Tayport.
Dair said, "We were 2-0 down after 10 minutes and not looking too good but the boys showed a great attitude to dig in and we were unlucky not to win in the end without playing great.
"After 10 minutes I would've taken a draw so it was not a bad result."
Rosyth started their Central League campaign with a well-deserved 2-0 win away at Bankfoot.
Alan McDonough fired Rosyth ahead after only two minutes before Tam Graham doubled the lead with a wonder strike seven minutes before the break.
The second half proved to be pretty uneventful and Rosyth were delighted to head down the road with all three points.
Steelend came up short in a nine-goal thriller away to Newburgh. The Vics went down 6-3 in the highest-scoring match of the opening league card.
Craig Fairley's opener for the Vics was cancelled out but Steelend regained the lead through Graeme Nutt before the break.
Two early second-half goals saw Steelend slip behind but the Woodside Park outfit fought back to tie at 3-3 through John Duffy from the penalty spot.
A three-goal blitz in five minutes ended Steelend's hopes of taking anything from the match.
Crossgates also ended up pointless as they crashed 2-0 at home to Thornton Hibs.
Despite hitting the woodwork twice in the first four minutes it was Hibs who opened the scoring 10 minutes later, then doubled their lead with a quick counter-attack on 35 minutes.
Primrose threw everything at the Thornton defence in trying to salvage something late on but couldn't find a way through.
Saturday's fixtures: East Super League - Kelty Hearts v St Andrews Utd; East Premier League - Glenrothes v Oakley Utd; East Central League - Crossgates Primrose v Scone Thistle, Kirkcaldy YM V Steelend Vics, Rosyth v Luncarty.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 06 Sep 12