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Kirkcaldy Claim Three Points at The Myre

Kinross Colts 0

Kirkcaldy YM 5

Grieve 10' 47' 73' Thompson 34' Spears 50'
  • Sunday, 27 September 2015
  • The Myre
  • Under 17´s
  • Domestic Supplies 17s League

Craig Edwards | YFS East Region Journalist
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Kirkcaldy got their first win of their league season when they were victorious against Kinross Colts. A hat-trick from Kieran Grieve as well as goals from Kirk Thompson and Jamie Spears meant that the three points went home with the visitors.

An even opening to proceedings as both teams matched each other but the visitors created the first chance. Grieve got the better of Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal but with the goal gaping, he was only able to put the ball into the side netting from an acute angle. Kinross responded immediately but the offside flag denied the hosts a run at goal. Kirkcaldy broke the deadlock on ten minutes when Thompson shrugged off Calum McIntyre to give him space to lay the ball on a plate for Grieve to tap in.

Kinross tried to respond quickly through Liam Murray but his free kick was gathered at the second attempt by the goalkeeper before Gregor Brown in the Kirkcaldy goal was called upon again six minutes later as Paul McLintock from point blank range. The hosts were punished for passing these opportunities up as Thompson linked up well with Colin Drysdale before firing past the onrushing keeper.

Again the hosts tried to respond but just as before, the Kirkcaldy defence stayed strong. Kirkcaldy then went close to a third five minutes before the break as Thompson found space in the Kinross defence to get a strike at goal but he put it just wide. The visitors were almost made to regret that missed chance when good keeping again denied McLintock as the ball was pinched off his toe.

  • Half Time:
  • Kinross Colts
  • 0-2
  • Kirkcaldy YM

Kirkcaldy begun the second half better and effectively killed off the match within two minutes as Grieve found space in the box to fire across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner. This time Kinross failed to respond and Kirkcaldy looked like piling on the misery as Drysdale had an effort drift wide before a corner was swung in and Spears volleyed in at the back post to increase the visitors lead.

Kinross were inches away from starting an unlikely comeback on the 56th minute as Liam Murray’s corner was met by the head of Cameron Donnelly but a tremendous clearance from Niall Cherrett on the line stopped the hosts. The Colts looked stronger and Aaron MacDonald had a speculative lob plucked out the air by the visiting goalkeeper before good link up between Murray and Scott Lavender on the right wing failed to come to anything.

Grieve completed his hat-trick on the 73rd minute when he bulleted a header into the top corner to finish the game as a contest. The hosts still tried to carve out openings and Lavender was almost the lucky recipient but he could only lift the ball over the crossbar after Craig Swift had pressurised the keeper into making a mistake. Kirkcaldy looked good value for their first league victory of the season while Kinross are still awaiting their first win of the season.

  • Full Time:
  • Kinross Colts
  • 0-5
  • Kirkcaldy YM

Lineups

Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
1. Lewis Bathgate
2. Calum McIntyre
3. Allen Saunders
5. Michael Drysdale
7. Aaron Macdonald
8. Euan Duthie
10. Liam Murray
11. Paul McLintock
12. Scott Lavender
14. Malcolm Sturgeon
15. Craig Swift
17. Cameron Donnelly
18. Josh Anderson
67. Sean Cowe
1. Gregor Brown
1. Nathan Walters
3. Lewis Mcleod
4. Niall Cherrett
5. Eoin Garvey
6. Jay Elder
7. Nathan Bain Kerr
8. Aaron Nicoll
9. Andrew Santos
10. Ross McNeish
11. Colin Drysdale
12. Darren Stirling
15. Jack Kirkcaldy
17. Kirk Thompson
18. Jamie Spears
22. Kieran Grieve
Star Player
Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
Sean Cowe – Covered every blade of grass, made lots of good runs and looked dangerous at times.
Kirk Thompson – Played a huge part in the first goal and scored himself.
Magic Moment
Kinross Colts
Kirkcaldy YM
Cameron Donnelly’s effort that was cleared off the line.
Jamie Spears’s brilliant volley into the far corner.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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