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Kinross edge tense final with Kirkcaldy YM

Kinross Colts 2

Gillon 3, Rennie 89

Kirkcaldy YM 0

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Two goals at each end of the match were enough for Kinross to see off Kirkcaldy YM in a feisty Domestic Supplies Cup final at Humbug Park on Sunday.

Aaron Gillon struck early on, before Jack Rennie sealed the win in the dying stages of a game fraught with tension on both sides, and played out in what were sometimes torrential conditions.

It was a blistering start from Kinross, as Gillon found space in a crowded penalty area to slot home and give the game its first goal.

Kinross had opportunities early on to add to their lead, but were unable to find another way through.

Rhys Jeffrey had a pop with a right-footed shot that went wide, before again racing through one-on-one with Ryan Blair in the Kirkcaldy goal, but the keeper stood tall and made a fine save.

Ian Mortimer also had a shot blocked, before Blair spilled the ball under pressure from Jeffrey, but the loose ball was stabbed wide as the score remained one nil.

Kirkcaldy always looked to play out from the back, and that philosophy almost landed them in hot water when Matthew Donaldson won the ball back high up the pitch, but after racing clear through on goal he could only put his shot wide of the mark.

Kirkcaldy were gradually finding a foot hole in the game, and a long ball over the defence this time almost released a striker, but Niall Butler was able to rush off his line and clear the danger for Kinross.

Kailen Yassen then found himself in a good position for Kirkcaldy, but despite his quick feet making room for a shot, he could not find time to pull the trigger as the ball was cleared off his toes.

Greig Jarrett then made good progress down the right wing and delivered a tasty looking cross towards Yassen, but again the Kinross defence held strong to preserve their slender lead.

There was a very even feel to the game now, and despite getting his head to a corner Callum Fraser could only head over for Kinross, before Jarrett finished a driving run from midfield with a low shot from distance that was comfortable for Blair.

Jake Dobbie then went close for Kinross, getting a glancing touch on a cross from the left but as the ball flashed across the face of goal, no teammate was able to convert.

The half finished with one more good chance for each side, Gillon headed wide at the far post from a good delivery into the box, before Reece Brown got himself into a good position on the right but was unable to find a cross.

On the stroke of half time Fraser had one last chance from a free kick, but his effort was well over the bar, meaning Gillon's early strike remained the difference at the interval.

The games even ebb and flow continued into the second half, as both sides created a host of chances that could have seen either set of players walk away with the trophy.

An early corner came to nothing for Kinross, before Jarrett fired over from a free kick for Kirkcaldy.

By now the rain was absolutely siling down, and when Fraser unleashed a wicked left-footed shot at goal, Butler did very well given the conditions to save and hold onto the ball.

Andrew Beveridge went close for Kinross with a free kick, before Gillon dragged his shot just wide of the bottom corner.

The pitch itself was beginning to struggle after the heavy downpour, with the ball skidding around and conditions becoming increasingly difficult for both sets of players.

Gillon was the next player to have a sight of goal after a long throw in sailed over everyone in its path, but after turning to face goal his volleyed effort went wide.

A Mortimer corner then found Daniel Cochrane sneaking in unnoticed at the back post, but his arrowed effort went painstakingly wide.

Gillon then showed good strength to hold off his marker before firing a right-footed effort at goal from some distance, again bringing a good save from Blair.

The conditions almost played a part when Blair looked to have spilled the greasy ball, but with Jeffrey bearing down upon him the keeper did well to recover and claim the loose ball before the forward had a chance to capitalise.

Brown and Jordan Johnston were then almost freed clear on goal, but Butler was out quick to hoof the ball away as the game headed for what looked to be a tense finale.

That tension was soon broken though, as Kinross played out a textbook counterattack to put the game to bed and bring the Cup home.

With Kirkcaldy piling forward in search of an equaliser, a corner broke down and a quick one-two in midfield released Rennie clean through on goal.  After winning the race with Blair and getting to the ball first, he slid the ball into the empty net despite the best efforts of the defender on the line to keep it out.

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Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
1. Niall Butler
2. Daniel Cochrane
3. Matthew Donaldson
4. Ian Mortimer
5. Mark Cathro
6. Michael Ferguson
8. Adam Sweeney
9. Andrew Beveridge
10. Jake Dobbie
11. Vincent Malpira
12. Jake Stewart
14. Andrew Duthie
15. Rhys Jeffrey
16. Jack Rennie
19. Aaron Gillon
1. Ryan Blair
2. Ryan Brookhouse
3. Ross Allan
4. Ben Forrest
5. Stuart Findlay
6. Michael Lafferty
7. Reece Brown
8. Greig Jarrett
10. Callum Fraser
11. Aiden Cassidy
12. Kailen Yassen
15. Jordan Johnston
17. Callum Reekie
Star Player
Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
Aaron Gillon - Scored an early goal and had a host of chances throughout the game. It was a good performance from Gillon and he was deservedly on the winning side.
Kailen Yassen - Put in a real shift for his side and, were it not for some resolute defending from Kinross, could easily have been on the scoresheet himself.
Magic Moment
Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
A swift counterattack in the dying embers of the game that sealed the win and the cup for Kinross.
A great save from Ryan Blair not long after the first goal had gone in gave his team the confidence to come back and go toe-to-toe with Kinross for all but the last few minutes of the game. At 2-0 so early on it could have been a very different story.

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