ACA Plate League 1 side Lochgelly Albert Colts produced a dominant display to put eight goals past League 2 leaders Kelty Marian Colts to march into the semi-finals of the Fife Cup.
A hat-trick for Ryan Connelly, a brace for Jack McDonald, as well as goals for Andrew Malcom, Ewan Malvenan and Reece Couser left Jack Grahams’ early opener a distant memory as the home side ran riot.
Despite the final score, it was the visitors who started the quicker of the two teams as they took the lead inside the first five minutes. Graham did well to hold off a challenge from Pat Armour before finishing low under the goalkeeper to give the away side the perfect start.
Lochgelly were quick to respond however when Malvenan took aim from the edge of the area following a corner, but Kelty ‘keeper Ross Lindsay was equal to it. Soon after McDonald had Lindsay worried with a dipping shot that just beat the crossbar.
The equaliser wasn’t long in coming however, and it was the lively McDonald who grabbed it by latching onto a fantastic ball from midfield, and he finished right footed into the top corner over the advancing Lindsay.
Kelty were almost back in front straight away after Joseph Mitchell did well to hold the ball up before laying it off for Graham, but his shot missed the top corner and the chance was gone.
Lochgelly were playing some good football when coming forward, and some neat play finished with a low shot from Matthew Adam, but Lindsay was able to save and hold on to keep the scores level.
Graham was denied a sight of goal for the visitors when Dylan Paterson came across to cover well, and from the resulting corner the visitors were only denied a second goal by a superb piece of goalkeeping from Matthew Sutterby. A deep cross was headed back across goal and looked destined for the far corner, but Sutterby reached what seemed an impossible distance to palm it away.
The opening twenty minutes seemed to promise a close game, but any hope the visitors had quickly disappeared as Lochgelly took control of the match and pulled away in spectacular fashion.
The second goal came when the Kelty defence allowed a long free kick to bounce inside the area, leaving Connelly free to pop up and nod home to put the his team in front.
The second goal was followed quickly by the third, when a Couser cross was palmed away but only as far as McDonald, who squared the ball for Connelly to tap into an empty net and put daylight between the two sides.
The gap widened as Connelly this time turned provider, when he was played in by a ball over the top from Liam Bell and was able to roll it across the face of goal for Malcom to smash home and cap a magnificent fifteen minutes for the hosts by making it 4-1.
Malvenan was causing all sorts of problems from midfield and he was unfortunate not to create a fifth goal with as whipped cross that evaded everyone in the box but almost snuck in at the far corner.
Connelly was then denied a first half hat-trick by the foot of the post, as he watched his volley crack against the woodwork and roll along, instead of over, the goal-line.
Lochgelly did manage a fifth goal just before half time however, when McDonald met a great cross from the right with the side of his foot to slot the ball home and cap the home sides’ five star comeback.