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Five star Swifts reach Fife Cup final

Written by  Sam Robertson
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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swfits Yellow Under 17s
St John's (Perth) Under 17s
Competition: Fife Cup - Semi Final
Venue: Ballast Bank
Date: 11/03/2012
Author: Sam Robertson
A place in the Fife Cup final was at stake on a windy morning in Inverkeithing. Both sides looked motivated to win the match but it was Hillfield who came out on top in a rather one sided affair. 
It was a scrappy start to the match with the majority of the play happening in the midfield. St John's almost got off to the perfect start on two minutes when an opportunity opened up for Jamie Deans but his shot on the turn was comfortably saved by swifts’ goalkeeper Robert Wilson.  Hillfield were dominant in possession but no chances fell to them in the opening 20 minutes, although full back Liam Sloan whipped a number of dangerous balls into the St John's penalty area but swifts failed to turn these into goalscoring chances.
St John's then had a chance on 20 minutes to open the scoring when Duncan Watson got into a good position but his shot was saved by Robert Wilson low to his left. Almost immediately after this Hillfield took the lead. Striker Greg Hazel broke free from the St John's defence and took the ball round St John's goalkeeper but was brought down in the process by McDonald and the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Centre midfielder Corey McArthur sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with the spotkick and gave Hillfield the lead.
Swifts continued to dominate and they almost doubled their lead on 27 minutes as Sam Glancy brilliantly found Cameron Wells on the right hand side of the penalty area but his low shot fizzed just wide of the post. The home side’s pressure then earned them a second goal on 30 minutes when Corey McArthur got his second goal of the match to double Hillfield’s lead. Fantastic work down the right by Greg Hazel to beat a trio of St John's defenders and pick out McArthur in the box who applied the finish from close range.
St Johns started to gain more possession but couldn’t find a way through a solid swifts defence. Commanding centre back Michael Avery winning everything in the air. The home side’s full backs, Liam Sloan and Alex Murray, were also particularly impressive stopping everything coming down the channels A good opportunity did arise however for the visitors but were denied by a fantastic double save from Wilson. Firstly denying Liam Duncan and then Kyle Ballingal. Hillfield then broke away again when Greg Hazel was put clean through down the right but his shot was blazed wide of the near post. 
The last of the first half action came in the Hillfield penalty box where St John's squandered a great chance to get back in the game.  A long throw was launched into the box from Connor Dow. It was flicked on to the back post where Alistair Colville was arriving but somehow managed to volley over from 6 yards.
Half Time: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow 2-0 St John's (Perth)
St John's started the second half looking to get back in the game but got off to a horrible start when Cameron Walls smartly played through Sam Glancy who volleyed home from the edge of the box just two minutes into the second half. This was a real sucker punch for the Perth side, who had finished the first half brightly and looked the more likely team to score.
Hillfield continued to control the game at the start of the second half and somehow managed to miss the chance to go 4-0 up. A series of attempts all failed to hit the back of the net. Firstly Greg Hazel was played through but his powerful shot was well saved by the goalkeeper, with the rebound, Sam Glancy somehow hit the post with the goal gaping and then Hazel crossed to the back post where Matthew McGuire arrived but his volley was saved by the feet of McDonald.
It was St John's who came closest to scoring next when a corner fell to centre back Adam Carstairs but his speculative overhead kick went over by a yard or so. Hillfield then made it 4-0 on the hour mark, putting the tie to bed and effectively secured their place in the final when the impressive Greg Hazel made space in the box and his deflected shot found the bottom corner of Colin McDonald’s net.
Swifts showed no signs of complacency and had more opportunities to extend their lead. First Thomas Sibbald failed to make solid connection with a free header from a corner and then Sibbald teamed up well with centre midfielder Matthew McGuire in a series of one-two’s to set up Sam Glancy who shot wide from 25 yards.
Still there was no response from St John's as the home side’s defence remained solid, absorbing any danger that came their way. It was a real resolute performance from the swifts’ defence which was reflected in a well-earned clean sheet.
Hillfield then added a fifth goal on 70 minutes when the menacing Hazel won a free kick just outside the visitors' penalty box to the right hand side and was curled home excellently by the left foot of Sam Glancy. An impressive performance from the striker, scoring two technically brilliant goals.
There was very little in the way of chances for the remainder of the tie and the home side seemed content to keep possession and see the game out. A solid performance by swifts both defensively and offensively, particularly in the second half and were deserving of their place in the final.
Full Time: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow 5-0 St John's (Perth)
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swfits Yellow Under 17s
St John's (Perth) Under 17s
1. Robert Wilson
2. Andrew Clampett
3. Alex Murray (c)                                
5. Michael Avery
6. Matthew McGuire
8. Liam Sloan
9. Greg Hazel
11. Cameron Walls  
12. Thomas Sibbald
14. Sam Glancy
15. Corey McArthur  
4. Cameron McDougall 
7. Jordan McBride
10. Lee Carstairs
17. Jordan Rashid
19. Dale Prattis
1. Colin McDonald 
2. Kyle Ballingal
4. Blair Kaylor
5. Graham Michie (C)
6. Daniel Walker
8. Duncan Watson 
10. Jamie Deans 
11. Liam Duncan 
12. Gregor Stevenson
13. Alastair Colville  
14. Adam Carstairs
3. Connor Dow
17. Ryan Scrimgeour
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Referee: Mark Wallace
Givova UK Man of the Match: Kyle Ballingal
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