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Devast-Eighting Lochgelly Stroll into Semi's

Lochgelly Albert Colts 8

McDonald 14 37, Connelly 22, 25, 65, Malcom 30, Malvenan 68, Couser 74

Kelty Marian Colts 1

Graham 4
  • Saturday, 14 March 2015
  • Launcherhead Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Fife Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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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.      

 

  • Half Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 5-1
  • Kelty Marian Colts

The pace of the game slowed a little at the start of the second half, but that did not stop both sides creating chances early on.

First Kelty went close with a free kick that landed just wide of the post, before Connelly was again denied his third of the match by a great Lindsay’ save when through one on one.

Malvenan was also close early in the second half when some good play down the Lochgelly left ended with his left footed shot, but he sent the ball wide of the target.

Ky Cowan was next to try his luck for the home side, but again Lindsay was able to save as Kelty tried to prevent their hosts from extending their lead any further.

It was a dogged second half performance from Kelty, who despite the score were still trying to play their way through Lochgelly, but the hosts were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal.

There was constant danger for Kelty whenever the ball went out wide, and in quick succession both Connelly and Malvenan put decent crosses into the box, but on both occasions there was no-one there to take advantage.

Ian Malapira then played a good pass over the top to Mitchell for the visitors, but his left footed shot was saved comfortably by Sutterby.

As was the case in the first half, after a fairly even start it was the home side that eventually pulled away.

The sixth goal came straight from the training ground, as a corner from the left found Connelly arriving unmarked to head home and finally claim the match ball, and the game was put beyond any doubt moments later when a cross from the right was only tipped away as far as Malvenan, who smashed in a deserved goal to make it 7-1.

Kelty continued to try and push forward, and Graham was almost through on goal but was well shackled by Adam, and Sutterby was able to collect the ball to remove the danger and sum up the away sides’ afternoon.

The eighth and final goal came when Malcom escaped down the left wing and fired in a low cross for Couser to turn home.

There were late chances for Kelty to grab a second, Matthew Gorman broke free on the left of the area to fire a left footed shot at goal, but his low effort was well held by Sutterby. However the visitors best chance of the second half came right at the death, when Mitchell beat the offside trap to race clear, and after cutting inside looked certain to score, but he couldn’t get the curl he needed on the shot as the ball flew harmlessly wide.

There was just enough time for Lochgelly to come inches away from a ninth, Callum Dick raced clear of his marker and cut a shot back across the face of goal, but the ball rebounded off the far post and into the grateful arms of Lindsay in the Kelty goal.

After a disappointing result in the league two weeks ago, the result was the perfect tonic for Lochgelly, who can now look forward to a semi-final and a chance to book their place in the final.

Kelty however will return to league action next week at home to Kirkcaldy Athletic, and will still have strong hopes of securing the title in spite of todays’ result.

  • Full Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 8-1
  • Kelty Marian Colts

Lineups

Lochgelly Albert Colts
Kelty Marian Colts
1. Matthew Sutterby
3. Ky Cowan
4. Dylan Paterson
5. Ewan Thomson
6. Pat Armour
7. Liam Bell
8. Ewan Malvenan
9. Ryan Connelly
11. Greg Stapleton
12. Callum Dick
15. Cameron Moon
17. Matthew Adam
19. Andrew Malcom
20. Reece Couser
21. Jack McDonald
1. Ross Lindsay
2. Joseph Campbell
4. Scott Keatings
5. Matthew Thomson
6. Matthew Hendry
7. Arran Smedley
8. Ian Malapira
9. Joseph Mitchell
10. Jack Graham
11. Matthew Gorman
12. James O'Neill
14. Alexander Reilly
15. Callum Thomson
16. Patrick McRitchie
17. Harry McClung
Star Player
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Kelty Marian Colts
Scored 3 and assisted 1, Ryan Connelly scoops his sides' star player with a fine performance.
Jack Graham gave his side the perfect start, but unfortunately the visitors were unable to build on it. Nevertheless, a well taken goal and just what his coach would have wanted from the games first five minutes.
Magic Moment
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Kelty Marian Colts
Even with eight goals to choose from, Sutterby's super save was my magic moment for the home side. A superb stretch to turn away what seemed a certain goal, at 1-1 that goal could have led to a very different result!
The opening goal has to be the magic moment for the visitors, the perfect start they would have all been dreaming of before kick off.
Club Views
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Kelty Marian Colts
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