Following a very cold winter the kids emerged for their first pre-season friendly against a very good Hutchie Vale side. The gulf in fitness soon became apparent but the players held their own for large periods of the game but finally succumbed to a 5-4 defeat, a very encouraging start. Another couple of pre-season wins and the players were ready for the start of the new season at Pitreavie.
Anthony McDonald started in the same vein as he finished last season by scoring 5 goals in the opening fixture against Elgin Star. Both teams worked very hard but Real Fife eventually forced their opponents back and took advantage of the space they created.
All over the Winter period the kids had been working with Coerver and this training was now starting to come to fruition. The players were moving the ball quickly and their first touch and movement were great to watch. The team were also scoring lots of goals and enjoying their football.
The first half of the season saw Real lose only one game, a very narrow 1-0 defeat to Blue Brazil.
The team were then invited to take part in the Blue Brazil end of season tournament. This had some great sides involved, Blue Brazil, Syngenta, Salvesen, Dunfermline Athletic and Rosyth. Real were drawn against Salvesen and Dunfermline in their section. The first game was definitely one of 2 half’s as Real conceded to very sloppy goals to Salvesen. Real were struggling to get going but just before half time the players started to move the ball and there were glimmers of hope. Real started the second half on the front foot and only some great goalkeeping and last minute challenges were keeping Salvesen in front. The first Real goal came from Anthony McDonald, a great pass from Liam Kelly to Anthony who sidestepped the challenge and rifled the ball into the top left hand corner. Shortly after Anthony came off injured and Andrew Malcolm moved in upfront and he soon scored the equaliser. A mix up in the box and Andrew side footed the ball into the bottom corner. real were on top and continued to apply pressure but Salvesen held firm for the game to finish 2-2.
The second game against Dunfermline was a completely different affair. Real came out and attacked DAFC from the beginning but they were squandering too many chances. DAFC were struggling to get a hold in the game when Anthony scored the opener. A great flowing move finished in a blocked shot, Anthony reacted first to the rebound and fired the ball across the keeper into the far corner. This seemed to spur Real on even more as they attacked strongly from both flanks. The DAFC keeper was having a great game and kept his side in it but he could do nothing about the second goal as Anthony once again ran onto a pass and stroked the ball home. A very comfortable win for Real.
Real then played Syngenta who had beaten Blue Brazil 3-1 to book their place. This was a great game to watch with both teams passing the ball and trying to play football the right way. There were chances at both ends but it was Real who scored the opener. Andrew with a great run down the wing put in a wonderful cross and Anthony was arriving at the back post to head the ball home. Syngenta pressed for the equaliser and only a stunning save from Jack McDonald kept the score at 1-0 till half time.
Real wereinto the final to play Syngenta who had beated Blue Brazil 3-1 to book their place. This was a great game to watch with both teams passing the ball and trying to play football the right way. There were chances at both ends but it was Real who scored the opener. Andrew with a great run down the wing put in a wonderful cross and Anthony was arriving at the back post to head the ball home. Syngenta pressed for the equaliser and only a stunning save from Jack McDonald kept the score at 1-0 till half time. The second half was every bit as close and Syngenta had a wonderful chance to score. A great cross from the left and a header that crashed back of the cross bar. The seemed to waken real up and the second when it came was a great goal. A throw in was controlled by Anthony, who dummied the defender before dribbling past another to rifle the ball across the keeper into the far corner. The 3rd followed soon after when Anthony completed his hat trick, intercepting a pass across the goal and stroking the ball home. The 4th was a carbon copy of the 3rd from the same player. Syngenta continued to press and work hard but Real were worthy winners. The day was finished off by Anthony McDonald winning the player of the tournament trophy.
Following the Summer break Real came back into action in the Glasgow Cup. This tournament had been revised and there were now more games and less breaks which was brilliant for the players and coaches. The weather was stunning and the players really enjoyed themselves as the played against teams from Glasgow, Ayrshire and Fife. Over the course of the 2 days they won 8 lost 1 and drew 1, a very good effort.
Last week Real played in the Broxburn festival and managed to win all 3 games against Linlithgow, Broxburn Colts and Broxburn United, all without conceding a goal and scoring 21 in the process.
Real continue to set the kids new challenges and friendlies against some pro youth teams are in the pipeline as well as more friendly matches against opposition from all over Scotland. The club has also started a 2001 team that we hope will carry on the standards and ethos that the coaches and parents have.
Plans are underway for an overseas tour next year as well as visits to Sunderland, Liverpool and Benfica.