A late header from Robby Hill was not enough for Beveridge Lions Red as they lost 2-1 to Real Fife in the Development Challenge Cup final at Warout. Earlier goals from Callum Wallace and Logan McLeod sealed the win for Real, who did well to keep out a determined ‘Lions team for most of the ninety minutes.
The game was played out in front of a packed stand at in Glenrothes, and both teams more than played their part in what was an entertaining game.
Despite the final score, it was Beveridge who started the stronger of the two teams, with some good play from Lewis Johnstone on the right bringing the game its first corner, from which Struan Grieve tapped inches wide of the post. Hill also had a shot early on, but couldn’t direct his effort on target.
Real Fife were soon creating chances of their own, and from a corner Nairn Connelly was unlucky to see his shot go wide. McLeod was then almost set free of the last defender, but Jack Farley was quick off his line for Beveridge to smother the danger.
There was almost a moment of pure magic from Connelly, as he lined up a free kick from all of thirty yards. The ball was sweetly struck, but despite beating the wall just wouldn’t dip quick enough, as it cannoned off the cross bar to the relief of Farley.
Real were now beginning to look the stronger of the two sides, and the impressive McLeod showed good determination to win the ball back high up the pitch, before unleashing a well struck left footed shot, which was well saved by Farley.
Beveridge were not letting Real have it all their own way though, and a shot from Grieve was hit well enough, but straight at Adam Blyth in the Real goal who was able to save comfortably.
McLeod was then played in behind the Lions defence, but could only force another good save from Farley as Real continued to knock hard on the Lions door.
There was a real ebb and flow to the game now, as both sides created chances to break the deadlock.
First, Ethan King had his shot saved by Farley, before Callum Rodgers was only denied a goal scoring chance by some good defending from Chris Walker in the Real back line.
Then, McLeod saw another effort saved, this time trying to curl in from the edge of the area with a left footed strike. Johnstone then showed good feet as he tried to make room for a shot, but he was crowded out and was unable to pull the trigger.
As the half drew to a close there was just enough time for Callum Wallace to whip in a free kick, but Farley was able to collect easily, meaning the score remained level at the break.