Thistle do nicely for Vale as new season looms

Kirriemuir Thistle 0

Vale of Leithen 2

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

DAVE RYCE reports from Westfield Park

VALE’S trip to Angus saw them achieve a rather businesslike victory in what you could safely describe as a typical pre-season game.

Although there were flashes of excellent play from both sides in what were perfect conditions for football, the game as a whole was decidedly low-key.

Vale took the lead in the ninth minute as Chris Beaton chipped a delicate cross across goal to Scott Moffat at the back post and the striker found the net with a well-placed shot.

The home side had a chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty in the 21st minute as Paul Lee tripped Ally Scott in the area, but Kirrie captain Johnnie Watson saw his spot-kick blocked by Vale keeper Chris Hill.

Watson almost made amends shortly after with a well-placed header, but again Hill was equal to his effort, spectacularly tipping the ball over.

Vale had another let-off as a David Gorman header came off the underside of the bar and Thistle carried their good spell into the second half, Watson again denied as his effort was cleared off the line by Ricky Miller.

In the 65th minute, Vale doubled their advantage and again it was an excellent strike from Moffat, who received a pass from Andy Martin and turned inside a defender before unleashing a superb shot into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards.

After having contributed so much to the game, nobody would have begrudged Kirrie a goal, but try as they might, the Vale rearguard could not be breached, although they did come close again a few minutes from time as a Darren Neave shot was only partially blocked by substitute keeper Mark Wilson, but Beaton was handily placed to clear the danger from the goalmouth.

Vale of Leithen: C. Hill (M. Wilson 46), S. Sproule, R. McKenzie (J. Paterson 50), R. Miller, P. Lee, P. Greenhill, S. Martin, C. Beaton, S. Moffat (C. Affleck 82), D. Anderson, A. Martin (R. Horn 83).