Monymusk stung late by Thistle

Honours were even after this Division 3 encounter played in swirling mist in the coastal village.

An early James Stewart strike for the visitors gave them the upper hand in the first half but the home team battled back in the second period to earn a share of the spoils. Musk had to play the closing minutes of the game with just 10 men after top scorer Andy Cruden got his marching orders for being shown a second yellow card.

Monymusk were ahead after just four minutes when a Liam Barron corner saw the ball go through the pack to STEWART on the left and the winger’s drive flew into the net off a Newburgh player.

Newburgh’s first real attack of the game came in 13 minutes when a cross was met with a header but the ball flew well over Fyffe’s crossbar.

Musk had a great chance to make it 2-0 with seven minutes of the first half remaining when Cruden laid the ball off the Harkness but the veteran frontman was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the post.

Musk continued to push forward and finished the first 45 minutes strongly with Barron going close from a great Jamie Mackie feed and then Cruden wriggling clear in the box but he was off target again.

The home side came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half with Fyffe just getting a touch to guide the ball wide for the a corner after a shot from the left.

The home side continued to press forward with wind advantage and a free kick in 75 minutes on the edge of the box was driven just wide.

Thistle stung Musk with the equaliser three minutes later when Fyffe saved an initial attempt but a Newburgh player followed up to knock the ball home.

There was drama with three minutes to go when Cruden was shown a red card after he picked up a second yellow for comments directed at the referee.

In the end a draw was probably a fair result between two evenly-matched sides battling for a top six spot in the league which will almost certainly guarantee them promotion. Musk, however, will be rueing missed chances in the first half which could have sealed three points instead of just one.