Rothesay Brandane’s recent upsurge in form hit the buffers on Saturday after a 4-2 home defeat to a Viewfield Rovers side who played for the entire first half with ten men.
Two of the Lochwinnoch team’s players were late arriving after missing the ferry at Wemyss Bay, forcing the visitors to play one man short for the first 45 minutes in a line-up which included 56-year-old coach Davie Stirrat in midfield.
But the Rothesay men were unable to make the most of their first half numerical advantage, with a host of wasted opportunities punctuated only by Stuart Brady’s successful conversion of a Stuart McKechnie corner in the 18th minute.
And with their ranks back up to full strength in time for the second half, Viewfield were level within four minutes of the restart as Craig Brown’s low shot squirmed past Andy Donald at the Danes keeper’s near post.
The visitors grew in confidence after levelling the scores and Norbert Bene - one of three Hungarian players in the Viewfield line-up - put Rovers ahead midway through the second half, tapping home from close range after Donald spilled a free kick.
Brown’s second gave Rovers a 3-1 lead on 71 minutes, and another of the visitors’ Hungarian imports, Ferenc Kero, put the result beyond all doubt with a cool finish in the closing stages.
Brandanes’ player-coach Neil Whitelaw bundled in a second for the hosts only a minute after that fourth goal but his strike was much too little, far too late for a disappointing home side.