GeoSonic Lowland League:

Gala Fairydean 0 Kelty Hearts 1

SUPER keeper Scott Christie stopped a second penalty in as many games as Kelty Hearts moved to within a point of second place on Saturday.

Christie thwarted Gala Fairydean skipper Darren Smith to earn Barry Ferguson's side three vital points at Netherdale.

The visitors began on the front foot against their ninth-placed opponents and Stephen Husband gave Kelty a 33rd minute lead from the penalty spot.

The home side almost responded immediately, with Christie on hand to save smartly from Sandy Cunningham, before Christie produced his penalty heroics just after the hour to give Kelty victory.

Ferguson said: "It's a very difficult place to come and you don't see many teams come away with three points when they come here.

"I was proud of them. We're showing a side of the game that I thought before I came in we struggled with; we're hard to beat away from home now and we're becoming a team that's hard to play against.

"I don't think they looked like scoring against us. I thought, defensively, we were sound and we created some very good chances, so overall I thought we deserved the three points."

Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A:

Leith Athletic 3 Oakley United 1

OAKLEY UNITED suffered their 11th league defeat of the campaign as they failed to find sunshine in Leith on Saturday.

Stewart Kenny's team went into the game at Leith Athletic on the back of their first home win of the season against Tweedmouth Rangers.

However, they got off to the worst possible start when Marc Malloy struck the opener for the hosts after just three minutes, and their task was made even harder when Stefan Hay doubled the advantage two minutes after the break.

Just 60 seconds later, Malloy struck again for Leith and although Kenny's team did pull a goal back, it was not enough to prevent defeat.

Conference B;

Crossgates Primrose 0 Bonnyrigg Rose 3

PRIMROSE boss Alan Campbell has urged his players not to be too downbeat after they fell to defeat against runaway league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.

Last year's East Region Super League junior champions, who played two divisions above Crossgates, maintained their unbeaten league run with their 17th victory from 18 matches at Humbug Park.

Kieran McGachie opened the scoring for the visitors three minutes before half-time before grabbing a second two minutes after the break. Ewan Moyes sealed Bonnyrigg's win in the 69th minute but, although disappointed to lose, Campbell commented: "They're a really good side and have a really good squad, and you only have to look at their bench to see the strength in depth they have. I think they'll win the league, and deservedly so, and I think they'll get promoted.

"In the first 40 minutes, I can't remember our goalkeeper being troubled, but we lost a goal before half-time. We tried to stay in the game in the second half but they ran out deserved winners.

"We're not too down about it; they've drawn one of their games and won the rest. We ran them close earlier in the season but, on Saturday, there was a wee bit more between the teams.

"The good thing about Saturday is that you do learn a lot. You're never happy with a defeat but it's one of these things.

"Tynecastle will be a very tough game on Saturday but we'll work hard in training this week and hope to take something from the game."

Conference C:

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1 Camelon 5

LEE DUFFY says his Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts side face "four cup finals" in the coming weeks after they went down to Camelon at Ballast Bank.

And he admits that there could be changes for Saturday's league match at Craigroyston after suggesting complacency had crept into their game.

After losing 4-1 at home to leaders Broxburn Athletic in their last match, they were 4-0 down after 75 minutes until Ryan Cowie pulled a goal back for the hosts. However, Camelon added a fifth and Duffy said: "I felt we were a bit complacent, and I said to the boys that I was not happy.

"You have to be at it almost 24/7 if you want to achieve something in football. We have improved to a certain extent, and we have a young squad, but we have to learn a bit more in terms of how to manage games.

"The next four games are probably four cup finals for us. We've got Craigroyston on Saturday, then a big cup game against Ormiston, and games with Edinburgh United and Heriot-Watt."

DJ Laing East Region Cup:

Kennoway Star Hearts 2 Rosyth 2 (Kennoway won 5-4 on penalties)

ROSYTH boss Brian Muirhead praised his under-strength squad for their efforts despite suffering penalty pain at Super League Kennoway Star Hearts.

They headed to Treaton Park with high hopes of springing a cup surprise and, despite missing nine first team players, they came agonisingly close in an absorbing East Region Cup encounter.

Although they made the worst possible start, falling behind to an own goal after just five minutes, Rosyth rallied in the second half and pulled level two minutes after the restart thanks to Scott Gilfillan's excellent 20-yard strike.

Good work between Gilfillan and Gregg Page set up Tam Hampson to fire them ahead on the hour mark but, minutes later, they suffered a blow when Gilfillan was forced off and taken to hospital with a broken nose after Ross Brewster's high challenge.

Although the Kennoway man was sent off, the 10 men were awarded a penalty with six minutes to go, and Craig Johnstone converted to force a penalty shoot-out, which the hosts edged 5-4.

Muirhead commented: "As the week progressed, we lost nine first-team players and we had three boys playing in positions that they were not familiar with.

"In the second half we changed it; we moved Scott Gilfillan to the front of the midfield three and he was frightening. We looked comfortable and more assertive but us losing him was a bigger upset for us than them going to 10 men.

"I really fancied our chances if we had a full squad, but we didn't, and we'll take it on the chin. We still played a Super League team and more than held our own, so we're content with that."

Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm unless stated): GeoSonic Lowland League – Kelty Hearts v Whitehill Welfare (3pm). Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A – Oakley United v Peebles Rovers. Conference B – Tynecastle v Crossgates Primrose. Conference C – Craigroyston v Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts. Premier League South – Rosyth v Pumpherston.