Two goals from Daniel Watt earned Aberdour an important win over Kirkcaldy YM in the Domestic Supplies First Division on Sunday, as they closed the gap on their rivals at the top of the league. Kyle Hendry scored for the visitors, but it was not enough to stop Aberdour taking all three points from an entertaining game at Hawkcraig Park.
Following a prolonged run in the Scottish Cup, Aberdour still hold at least three games in hand over the four teams directly above them and put themselves in good shape to make a late charge for the summit after victory over a Kirkcaldy side who started the day in second place.
The first half proved to be a tight affair, with both sides creating chances but failing to make them count.
Connor Kirton was quick to swing in a cross from the left after being picked out by Josh McPhie, but there was no-one in the box to take advantage of his low cross.
Hendry then tried to latch onto a ball over the top for the visitors, but Quinn Franklin was able to collect in the Aberdour goal.
Both sides looked well matched, and Craig Lowrie was next to try and break the deadlock for Kirkcaldy, shooting wide from the edge of the area. That chance was followed by a good run from Liam Macduff, who beat two players only to be stopped by a great tackle from Jay Buglass to send the ball out for a throw in. Hendry was again close with a header from a long throw, but Franklin was equal to it.
After resisting some early pressure from Kirkcaldy, Aberdour soon created a chance of their own, but not for the first time in the half Kirton saw his low cross flash across the face of the goal with no one there to meet it. Watt then went close to the opener, heading over from a well delivered free kick.
If there was to be a goal in the first half it felt like a set piece might provide it, and Kirkcaldy were almost the team to do so when Ryan Beaton swung in a free kick, and although a teammate connected with the ball it wasn’t enough to trouble the home defence. Scott Warrender was also unlucky to see a glancing header fall just wide of the mark.
The match was an entertaining one to watch as both teams tried to find a way through their opponents, and McPhie brought a good save from Sean Snaddon in the Kirkcaldy goal with a low shot after the ball was pulled back to him on the edge of the area. Zak Cruikshank was also unlucky when the ball fell to him following a cross from the left, his connection not good enough to end what was a good move with a goal.
Greg Hill was lively all afternoon for the hosts, and he saw two efforts in quick succession go unrewarded, first bringing a fine save from Snaddon with a header from point blank range, before cutting in from the left to unleash a curling right footed shot that sailed just wide of the top corner.
As half time approached both sides were stepping up their efforts to find an opener, and Marc Cameron had a chance for the visitors when he was released on the left, taking the ball well in his stride but shooting just wide of the near post.
However the best chance of the first half went to Aberdours’ Matthew Christie, when Hill charged forward, and after he was tackled the ball fell kindly to the arriving Christie who seemed certain to score, instead side footing wide of the post from six yards.
There was just enough time for Watt to try his luck once more for the home side, Christie played the ball through, but after reaching it before Snaddon, his chipped effort landed just the wrong side of the goal to ensure a good first half finished locked at 0-0.