An industrious though lacklustre Rovers left it late to secure all three points against a Johnstone Burgh FC side who robustly and repeatedly packed out their defence and for the majority of the game Rovers were unable to find a way through, over or round their opponents tight defensive lines.
Despite forcing a succession of corners in the opening minutes of the game Rovers created their first scoring chance from open play after 25 minutes when Grierson cut in from the left wing to unleash a 20 yard shot straight into the keepers arms.
On the stroke of half time McKenna threaded a fine pass to Kane who’s close range shot was smothered by the Burgh keeper.
The home side took the lead after 58 minutes due to a miscommunication between Cherrie and Biggart allowing the Burgh centre forward to intercept the ball and curl his right foot shot into an empty net from 15 yards.
Rovers then rang the changes with Haley and MacNeil replacing McKenna and Grierson and immediately injected more pace and urgency into the game.
After 80 minutes an unusually quiet and suppressed Lafferty got on the end of a deep Cassidy cross from the right only to see his header sail over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Burgh were then reduced to ten men after 85 minutes when Rovers young striker Ross MacNeil sprinted clear in on goal from a Mark Weir through ball and was chopped down from behind inches short of the penalty box.
The free kick was taken quickly by Cassidy on the left edge of the box to Haley who angled a short pass to MacNeil who flicked the ball into the path of Weir who fired the ball home from a tight angle with his magic wand left foot.Match Report by Ian McKnight