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Watt a Win for Aberdour in semi final

Dalbeath Colts 2

Stark 50, Robertson 76

Aberdour 8

Hill 10, 45 Watt 12, 35, 60, 62, 68, 90

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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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.

The half started promisingly, and after forcing some early corners they were eventually rewarded when Morrison delivered a perfect cross, which Stark to meet with a brave header that left Franklin no hope.

The goal gave Dalbeath some much needed confidence, and Liam Robertson showed good pace down the left wing and delivered a good looking cross, but it couldn’t find a teammate and the chance came to nothing.

Any thoughts of a cup comeback from the Colts were soon dashed though, as Aberdour pulled away to make sure of victory, with two goals in quick succession getting them on their way.

First, some fantastic wing play from Connor Kirton ended with a ball pulled back for Watt, who again with time to control buried his shot into the net for his third, and his teams fifth. Then, with Dalbeath still reeling from the last goal, Watt struck again to tuck a right footed shot under the ‘keeper making it six, and all but killing off the Colts hope of a comeback.

Despite the score line, there was no sitting back from Aberdour who looked dangerous whenever they went forward.  Kirton again did well on the left, this time pulling back for Hill to try his luck, but his first touch was heavy and McGregor was able to collect the ball.

Dalbeath were also going forward and trying to create chances, and a good ball into the box from Page was met by Robertson, but Franklin was able to hold on to the ball.

The seventh goal for Aberdour came courtesy of another Watt strike, this time after clearing the last defender he rounded the ‘keeper and slotted the ball home.

There was the chance of a hat-trick as well for Hill, but he was unable to convert a penalty, McGregor keeping his eyes on the ball to save not only the initial shot, but also the follow up as he smothered the ball at Hill’s feet.

Dalbeath always looked threatening in the air, and it was this tactic that brought them their second goal as the game entered its final fifteen minutes. A sweet cross from Ian Walsh from the right was inch perfect, and when Robertson timed his jump to match it, he thumped the header home.

Hill was again denied his hat-trick by a fine piece of goalkeeping from McGregor, when a cross found the forward unmarked in the centre, his attempt was saved by the onrushing ‘keeper, who also did well to hold on to the follow up shot from Blair Cook.

Having scored his teams second, Robertson had two quick chances for Dalbeath as they looked to improve the score line. First he shot wide of the right hand post after latching onto a deep cross from the left, and was then denied by some brave goalkeeping from Franklin, who rushed out to snatch the ball off the toes of the Colts’ forward.

McPhie could and probably should have scored when Watt turned provider to pull the ball back to him, but again McGregor was able to save. His heroics were then matched at the other end by Franklin moments later, when he rushed out to stop Robertson connecting with a ball over the top from midfield.

Just as they did in the first half, Aberdour snatched a goal right at the death of the second half as well, and no surprises for guessing who scored it. Watt completed his teams win and his own personal achievement with his sixth goal of the game, finishing with a right footed shot that McGregor got a hand to, but was unable to keep out.

Aberdour can now look forward to the final on April 19th against league leaders Dundonald Bluebell, after they won the Dundonald derby 2-0 earlier this month in the other Semi Final. Dalbeath meanwhile will look to build on a strong league position, and see out the season with a push up the table.  

Lineups

Dalbeath Colts
Aberdour
1. Declan McGregor
2. Jordan Brown
3. David Mason
4. Andrew Stark
5. Ryan Jeffrey
6. Greig Renton
7. Ryan Morrison
8. Lewis Hynd
9. Ryan Cowie
10. Scott Morrison
11. Gregg Page
12. Ian Walsh
14. Sam Gallagher
16. Scott McDonald
17. Liam Robertson
13. Quinn Franklin
2. Rhys Ovenstone
3. Lee Jamieson
4. Kieran James Barton
5. Zak Cruikshank
6. Jay Buglass
7. Greg Hill
8. Josh McPhie
9. Daniel Watt
10. Matthew Christie
14. Grant McManus
17. Blair Cook
16. Jamie McNeish
18. Connor Kirton
19. Callum Ramsay
Star Player
Dalbeath Colts
Aberdour
Not the hardest decision I've ever had to make, this one. Football is a team sport, but it helps when you have someone who knows how to finish a chance. Daniel Watt took his brilliantly and made Dalbeath pay for any mistake they made.
There were some good individual performances for Dalbeath despite the scoreline, and I'm giving the star player award to Liam Robertson. He scored one of his sides two goals and was always positive when he had the ball.
Magic Moment
Dalbeath Colts
Aberdour
The fourth goal just before half time showed great team spirit. A striker on a hat-trick and one on one with the goalkeeper, yet still with the vision to see someone better positioned than they are to score the goal. Very unselfish and a sign of a squad in harmony! Great goal!
A goal just after half time would have given brief hope to the Dalbeath players that the comeback might have been on - and it was a great header as well. Brave in the air and a thumping finish from Andrew Stark.
Club Views
Dalbeath Colts
Aberdour

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