LONGSIDE had Hermes as visitors on Saturday in the Superleague. Wyness turned well for the visitors but his shot was straight at Thomson. A Hamilton corner was met by Freeland but his header went wide.
The Hermes attack were causing the Longside defence problems and after Madle had gone close with a shot they opened the scoring in 27 minutes when Richard Wyness turned in the box before drilling a fierce shot low past Thomson.
Hermes doubled their lead in 38 minutes when Mark Hamilton was allowed a free header at the far post and he dispatched it past Thomson.
Two minutes later the visitors scored a third when Marek Madle rose to head a Freeland free kick into the roof of the net. .
Hermes started the second half as they had finished the first on the attack and two Hamilton corners in quick succession saw Madle shoot narrowly wide from the second.
A good ball from Whyte in 61 minutes put Porter clear but his cross was cleared for a corner which came to nothing. Longside made a double substitution with Bruce and Campbell replacing Park and Porter. Hamilton went close when he saw his chip shot come back off the bar with Thomson beaten.
A mistake in the Longside defence allowed Madle to score his second and his team’s fourth in 81 minutes when he slotted the ball past Thomson. Madle went close for his hat-trick minutes later but his shot came back off the post. The home side gained some consolation when substitute Sean Butcher was brought down in the box and he picked himself up to beat Sweeney from the spot.
Longside finished the game strongly with clever play by Campbell putting Marchi clear but he fired his shot past the post. Campbell did well again this time sending Black clear but he also drove his shot wide.
Longside lost four goals for the second week running and will really have to get back to basics if they are going to claw their way up the table. Hermes were on top form and proved why they are sitting at the top of the league.
This Saturday Longside are at home to Glentanar in the Second round of the GA Engineering Inter Regional cup, kick-off 1.15pm.
LONGSIDE: Thomson, Black, Beddie, Donaldson, Craik, Panton,Whyte, Cardno, Marchi, Park and Porter. Subs: Campbell, Usher, Adams, Bruce, Davidson, Butcher.