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Lochgelly and Blue Brazil take Fife Cup all the way to penalties

Lochgelly Albert Colts FC 1

Moon 24'

Blue Brazil FC 1

Fleming 36'
  • 1-1 after extra-time (Lochgelly win 8-7 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Warout Stadium
  • Under 15´s
  • Fife Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Lochgelly Albert and Blue Brazil played out a tense finale to the Fife Cup at Warout on Sunday, with Lochgelly clinching the trophy after the match went all the way to penalties.

First half goals from Cameron Moon and Luke Fleming meant the game finished 1-1, and with neither side able to make a breakthrough in extra time it was left to penalties to decide the winner. As the game threatened to go on into the night, it was Greg Johnstone who took the decisive kick, holding his nerve as Lochgelly won the shootout 8-7.

The game was finely balanced from the word go, and there were half chances for both sides in the opening stages of the game. First, a dangerous looking free kick was sent into the Lochgelly penalty area, but Matthew Sutterby was able to collect the ball. Then, Ryan Connelly was almost played through on goal, but Blue Brazil ‘keeper Cameron Coyne was out quickly to thwart the danger.

Jamie McEwan made good progress down the left wing for Blue Brazil, but despite a good cross being delivered, there was no one in the middle to take advantage. Joe Potter then saw his shot fizz wide of the post as Blue Brazil threatened to break the deadlock.

Connelly looked lively up front for Lochgelly, and he broke free on the right hand side of the Blue Brazil area, only to see his right footed shot saved by the feet of Coyne.

McEwan was then found unmarked at the back post, but his header was weak and comfortable for Sutterby to save and hold onto the ball.

Kay was a driving force in mid-field for Blue Brazil, and his mazy run ended with a powerful right footed shot, that dipped wickedly as it approached the goal, but Sutterby was again equal to it.

Luke Fleming then did well to break free on the right for Blue Brazil, but after cutting inside he could only blaze his shot over the bar. McEwan was next to try his luck as Blue Brazil began to grow into the game, but again Sutterby was able to save the shot.

Despite a period of pressure from Blue Brazil, there was still no goal to show for their efforts, and it was now Lochgelly’s turn to search for an opening when Connelly made a driving run down the left, but his cross was played behind everyone in the area and the chance was gone.

It was not long until the deadlock was broken though, and it was Lochgelly who drew first blood. A free kick into the box was only half cleared to Ewan Malvenan, and his volley back into the danger area fell perfectly for Moon to control and finish nicely into the far corner.

Blue Brazil needed a response to falling behind, and they got it in the form of a stunning strike from Fleming. Picking the ball up from all of twenty five yards out, he was allowed too much room as the defence stood off him, and after taking a touch to set himself unleashed an unstoppable shot the flew into the top corner, leaving Sutterby rooted to the spot.

There was a chance for Lochgelly to snatch the lead back right on the stroke of half time, but there was no one in the middle to convert Jack McDonald’s flashed ball across goal, and the game went into half time beautifully poised at 1-1.

  • Half Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts FC
  • 1-1
  • Blue Brazil FC

The second half proved to be a far more cagey one than the first, and chances were limited for both teams as the risk of losing everything became larger as time went by.

As with the first there were no real chances for either side in the opening exchanges, but that soon changed when Fleming had a great opportunity to sneak his side in front. Pouncing on a loose ball he raced through on goal, but could only smash his shot into the side netting.

Some good play between Connor MacGregor and McEwan ended with a cross being swung into the Lochgelly area, but Sutterby was able to collect as the game began to follow a familiar pattern.

Both sides enjoyed plenty of possession, but with neither wanting to commit too many players forward the game was being played almost entirely in mid-field.

Lochgelly almost re-took the lead from a set piece, when Moon went inches away from sending the ball into the top corner, instead it flashed just the wrong side with Coyne left watching, rooted to his line.

Tension was growing in the stands, and both sets of players were still evidently cautious about chasing a winner.

Kay made another move from mid-field for Blue Brazil, beating his man and letting fly with a right footed shot that was blocked by the Lochgelly defence.

A long ball forward to Connelly then found the Lochgelly forward in a good position, but he couldn’t get goal side of his man and again a chance came to nothing.

As the game drew to a close it was Lochgelly who began to look the most likely side to find a winner, Greg Johnston was found unmarked in the area, but he couldn’t direct his shot on target.

Greg Stapleton then went on a marauding run from mid-field, but he was again crowded out by the Blue Brazil defence and he couldn’t find time or room for a shot.

There were just two more chances for one of the teams to take the spoils in normal time. Potter was found by a good cross at the far post, but the header was wide of the goal. Patrick Armour then got his head to a cross at the other end for Lochgelly, but the ball sailed over; and the rest of the game petered out as both sets of players prepared for extra time.

  • Full Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts FC
  • 1-1
  • Blue Brazil FC
It was Blue Brazil who looked the more dangerous at the start of extra time, and there were two chances early on as first Fleming saw his shot blocked, before Lewis Kerwin shot from distance to bring a good save from Sutterby.

McDonald fired a free kick over for Lochgelly, but there was still no change to the score at half time in extra time, with the sides locked at 1-1.

The second period of extra time brought a good chance for both sides, with McEwan crossing towards David Emmanuel in the middle for Blue Brazil, but Sutterby did what he had been doing all afternoon and rushed off his line to gather the ball and remove the danger.

The best chance of all fell to Lochgelly right at the death, when Johnston found McDonald who pulled the ball smartly back for Connelly, but when he should of scored, he instead toe poked the ball high and wide. It was the last chance for either side, as the referee blew the final whistle for the second time, to herald in the start of the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

The shootout itself, like the game, threatened to go on well into the night as both sides missed one of their first five spot kicks. After three rounds of sudden death, Potter was the unlucky player to miss for Blue Brazil, presenting Johnston with a golden opportunity to finally wrap the game up. It was a chance he grabbed with both hands, stepping up and coolly sending Coyne the wrong way to win the cup for Lochgelly.

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Final Result: 1-1 after extra-time (Lochgelly win 8-7 on penalties)

Lineups

Lochgelly Albert Colts FC
Blue Brazil FC
1. Matthew Sutterby
2. Callum Throw
4. Dylan Paterson
6. Patrick Armour
7. Liam Bell
8. Ewan Malvenan
9. Ryan Connelly
11. Greg Stapleton
12. Callum Dick
14. Greg Johnston
15. Cameron Moon
17. Matthew Adam
19. Andrew Malcom
21. Jack McDonald
1. Cameron Coyne
3. Connor MacGregor
4. Luke Fleming
5. Lewis Ross
6. David Emmanuel
7. Gavin Cowie
8. Robbie Balfour
9. Harris Kay
11. Jamie McEwan
12. Max Carnegie
14. Lewis Kerwin
16. Joe Potter
17. Jamie Nelson
Star Player
Lochgelly Albert Colts FC
Blue Brazil FC
Greg Johnston - was a constant thorn in the sides of Blue Brazil. He was creative when coming forward from mid-field, and on a different day his direct approach could easily have wrapped things up for Lochgelly long before the shoot out.
Jamie McEwan - was lively throughout the game, especially in the first half where his pace and trickery on the left wing were a real problem for Lochgelly. Like all of his Blue Brazil teammates he was desperately unlucky to be on the losing side, but that's cup football for you. There has to be a winner, and unfortunately, there has to be a loser.
Magic Moment
Lochgelly Albert Colts FC
Blue Brazil FC
This one's a no brainer! The winning penalty to bring the cup home. Say no more!
An absloute worldy to level the scores from Luke Fleming. Sensational strike and one that you could watch over, and over again.
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