Daniel Watt scored an astonishing six goals to help Aberdour into the Final of the League Cup, as they cruised past Dalbeath Colts at Hawkcraig Park.
Goals from Andrew Stark and Liam Robertson were not enough for the side from Cowdenbeath, as Watt’s six and a brace from Greg Hill confirmed a resounding victory for the make shift hosts.
The match was due to be played at the Golf Course Park in Cowdenbeath, but due to an unplayable surface was moved to Aberdour’s home surface at Hawkcraig Park.
The pre match talk was of a close game given that both sides are currently only separated by one point in the league, and despite the change in venue it was Dalbeath who made the quicker start.
After a confident opening the game’s first chance fell to Ryan Morrison, shooting when the ball was only half cleared, but his volley went harmlessly over the bar.
It was a sign to Aberdour that they heeded with devastating effect. Some neat play from Hill and Watt on the left almost resulted in a chance but the play broke down when Watt was unable to return the pass to his teammate.
There was almost a big slice of luck when Hill sent a cross into the box, the ball rebounding off the far post before Kieran James follow up was well blocked.
Greig Renton looked lively in midfield for Dalbeath, and his incisive cut inside from the right and driving run ended with a left footed shot at goal, but he was unable to find the target.
The first goal wasn’t long in coming though, and it was a defensive error from the Colts that brought it. A misplaced pass across the defence went straight to Hill, who kept his cool to slide the ball past Declan McGregor.
Within minutes the lead was doubled when Watt broke clear to send a right foot finish under McGregor and put Aberdour firmly in control.
Aberdour were piling the pressure on as they hunted for more goals, and Lee Jamieson had a chance to make it three, but was well guarded by the Dalbeath back line and his shot was hit well over the crossbar.
Dalbeath continued to go forward, and Gregg Page showed good skill to beat his marker on the edge of the area but was denied by the woodwork, despite getting his head to the bouncing ball before Aberdour ‘keeper Quinn Franklin.
Page then took aim with a left footed shot, but his effort was comfortable for Franklin who collected with ease.
As Half Time approached Dalbeath were still seeking a foothole in the game after the two earlier goals, but things did not improve as Aberdour pulled away before the break.
First, a fantastic cross from Josh McPhie found Watt unmarked in the penalty area, and with time to control he buried his shot to make it three nil. There was worse still to come for Dalbeath however, as on the stroke of half time Watt broke clear again, and despite being on a hat-trick and one on one with McGregor, he unselfishly squared the ball for the overlapping Hill to finish into an empty net.