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Fairmuir come out on top in Scottish Cup first round tie

Kinross Colts 4

Caulfield 43' Donnelly 59' Murray 62' Cowe (p) 70'

Fairmuir BC 9

Herron 18' 79' MacAuley 20' 37' Mitchell 21' Hodgson 28' Pirrie 35' Kemlo 51' Hearn 54

Craig Edwards | YFS East Region Journalist
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Fairmuir took their spot in the second round of the SYFA Scottish Cup after sealing victory over their hosts, Kinross in a very attacking display by both sides. Goals from Jamie Herron, Gregor MacAuley, Lawrie Mitchell, Sam Hodgson, Sam Pirrie and another from MacAuley within the first 37 minutes put the Dundee-based side on easy street but Lewis Caulfield pegged one back for the hosts on the stroke of half time. Craig Kemlo and Bruce Hearn scored after the break for the visitors before a mini comeback from Kinross with Cameron Donnelly, Liam Murray and Sean Cowe getting on the score sheet before Herron got his second to finish the scoring.

The visitors created the first chances with early corners but the Colts made sure everyone knew they were up for the fight as Caulfields strike was gathered at the second attempt by Elliot Smith. Lewis Bathgate in the opposite goal was then called into action making a brilliant reflex stop from Pirries header. On 18 minutes the deadlock was broken as a swift counter attack from Fairmuir let Herron get one on one with Bathgate and he calmly slotted the ball in at the keeper’s near post.

A quickfire double then took the stuffing out the hosts as MacAuley knocked in a rebound after the keeper could only parry before Mitchell squeezed in between two Kinross defenders to head home the third. Seven minutes later the lead was increased to four as Hodgson saw his volley squirm between Bathgates legs and roll into the empty net.

Another quickfire double for Fairmuir all but sealed the game when in the 35th minute Pirrie headed home from a short corner routine before two minutes later MacAuley got his second of the game as he gathered a ball down the right wing and fired past the keeper at his near post. Kinross did however go into the break on a high as a Murray corner was flicked in at the front post by Caulfield.

Kinross began the second half as they had ended the first but were soon again on the back foot as Kemlo forced Bathgate into a save. A few minutes later Kemlo got his goal as MacAuley reached the ball before the onrushing keeper and squeezed the ball under him and Kemlo finished it off with a touch from a yard out just to make sure. A stunning free kick by Hearn from the edge of the box made it eight.

The home side seemed to wake up after this and Donnelly pulled one back as he volleyed the ball into the top left corner after Caulfields initial shot was charged down by the Fairmuir defence. The Colts pulled another one back three minutes later when Murray finished after receiving Euan Duthies cross.

Kinross were having their best spell and it got even better when they were awarded a penalty kick and Cowe confidently stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom left corner. Any chance of a heroic comeback was short lived as Herron finished the game when he broke away and tucked the ball under Bathgate despite Kinross appeals to kick the ball out for an injury to Caulfield. The visitors were deserved winners of this first round cup tie but Kinross may feel the margin was a bit harsh.


Kinross Colts
Fairmuir BC
1. Lewis Bathgate
2. Calum McIntyre
3. Allen Saunders
5. Michael Drysdale
6. Finlay Reith
7. Lewis Caulfield
8. Euan Duthie
9. Cameron Black
10. Liam Murray
11. Paul McLintock
14. Malcolm Sturgeon
15. Craig Swift
17. Cameron Donnelly
18. Josh Anderson
67. Sean Cowe
1. Elliot Smith
2. Bruce Hearn
3. Lawrie Mitchell
4. Josh Mckenzie
5. Sam Hodgson
6. Ross McGregor
7. Cammy Oldham
8. Sam Pirrie
9. Gregor MacAuley
10. Jamie Herron
11. Connor Coupe
12. Michael O'Rourke
14. Rhyss Baer
15. Sean Mohan
16. Jack Pollock
17. Craig Kemlo
Star Player
Kinross Colts
Fairmuir BC
Lewis Caulfield – Orchestrated the midfield, pitched in with a goal and unfortunate for his match to end 10 minutes early due to injury.
Connor Coupe – Tricky little player caused problems for the Kinross backline throughout the match.
Magic Moment
Kinross Colts
Fairmuir BC
The 25-minute spell in which they scored three times and played some excellent football.
The brilliant free kick by Bruce Hearn from the edge of the box rifling into the top left corner.

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