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Swifts in control as Pumas brushed aside

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow 3

Nimmo 6', Young 12', 70+1'

Pitreavie Pumas 0

  • Saturday, 12 March 2016
  • Ballast Bank
  • Under 14´s
  • Fife Football Development League

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts kept the pressure on the sides above them in the Fife Development League as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Pitreavie Pumas at Ballast Bank on Sunday.
 
Lewis Nimmo opened the scoring early on with a well taken finish, before Kieran Young doubled the lead from the penalty spot to put the hosts firmly in control, and it was Young who was on hand again in the final seconds to round off the win in style.
 
Despite the sides being separated by just one point at the start of play, Swifts set about asserting their dominance right from the off, and were rewarded with an early break through.
 
A deep ball from a corner fell to Nimmo just inside the area, who after shifting the ball onto his right foot fired a low shot into the far corner, with Blair Gibb in the Pumas' goal unable to keep it out despite getting a hand to the ball.
 
With their tails up the home side were soon presented with a superb chance to double their lead, with a penalty awarded after a foul inside the box. It was a gift Young was all too happy to receive, as he calmly rolled the ball beyond Gibb to put his side two up.
 
Ronan Hall then looked to stretch his sides lead even further, but his volleyed effort whistled just wide of the post.
 
Despite suffering two early blows, the Pumas were now beginning to find their feet. Some nice link up play on the right flank between John Sutherland and Lewis Petrie resulted in a corner, from which Lewis Haggett rose highest to nod the ball just wide of the post.
 
Pitreavie continued to grow in confidence, and Petrie did well to escape his marker before firing a shot agonisingly over the bar.
 
A third goal before the break would surely have put the game to bed for the Swifts, and Innes McMenamin Hunter looked to provide it as he won the ball high up the pitch, before stepping into the space in front of him and taking aim with a right footed effort. But his shot was straight at Gibb who was able to save comfortably.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow
  • 2-0
  • Pitreavie Pumas

After the flying start made in the first half, the second was slower to get going as both sides struggled to create any clear cut chances early on.
 
The half did eventually come to life, however, and the first real chance was a glorious one for Swifts to get their third, as a cross into the box ran all the way through to Kyler Harrison who had time to compose himself, but his shot was wild and blazed over the bar.
 
The chance seemed to serve as a wake up call for the visitors, who began to look more threatening as they went in search for a way back into the game. Petrie had a shot blocked, before Cameron Dalziel almost caught out Swift’s keeper Lewis Sinclair with a lobbed ball back into the mixer following a header clear from a corner, which needed tipping behind to preserve the goalies clean sheet.
 
The chances kept coming for Pumas and Josh Ritchie also went close with a free kick that fizzed just over the bar.
 
Despite the chances, PItreavie couldn’t find a way onto the scoresheet, and Swifts continued to look dangerous on the counter attack, with Owen Bathgate getting his toe to the ball to release Cieran Nicol, but Gibb was out quickly to smother the danger.
 
It wasn’t long before Pitreavie launched another assault on the home side’s goal, with Kyle McCulloch sending a ball into the box from the left wing that found Finn McLaren inside the six yard box. But he couldn’t find room for a shot, instead scrambling the ball back Aaron Cunningham who saw his effortf blocked by the Swifts stubborn defence. Haggett tried to keep the attack alive, but his cross was held by stand in goalkeeper Blair Chalmers, filling in following an injury to Sinclair.
 
The home side were still threatening to stretch their lead on the counter, with the clock ticking towards full time and the visitors piling more and more players forward in search of an elusive goal.
 
Young was inches away from putting the game to bed for the home side as he took advantage of the space in behind the Puma’s defence, rampaging down the left flank before shooting from a tight angle, only to see the ball cleared off the line by a back peddling defender before the danger was finally cleared.
 
The third goal did finally arrive in stoppage time, with Young again latching onto a ball played in behind the visiting defence, but this time the angle favoured the attacker and he fired a right footed volley into the far corner.
 
The goal added some much appreciated gloss to the score, and capped a solid display from the home side as they keep pace with the leading pack. Pitreavie meanwhile will be left to rue their missed chances, and will be hoping to bounce back as soon as possible to keep themselves in touch with those above them in the league.
  • Full Time:
  • Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow
  • 3-0
  • Pitreavie Pumas

Lineups

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow
Pitreavie Pumas
1. Lewis Sinclair
2. Lewis Patience
3. Innes McMenamin Hunter
4. Blair Chalmers
5. Kyler Harrison
6. Ronan Hall
7. Cieran Nicol
8. Lewis Nimmo
9. Kieran Young
10. Ben King
11. Miller Robertson
12. Cameron Robertson
14. Bailley Glendinning
16. Callum Laydon
17. Owen Bathgate
1. Blair Gibb
2. Kendall Forbes
5. Lewis Haggett
6. Ross Davidson
7. Robbie Woodend
8. Kyle McCulloch
9. John Sutherland
10. Finn McLaren
11. Aaron Cunningham
12. Cameron Wallace
13. Calum Atherton
14. Ryan Battrick
15. Josh Ritchie
16. Nathan Hutchison
18. Cameron Dalziel
19. Lewis Petrie
Star Player
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow
Pitreavie Pumas
Two goals and a tireless performance, Kirean Young was dangerous from start to finish!
Lewis Petrie always looked like the player who was going to make something happen for the Pumas, and was unlucky to be on the losing side!
Magic Moment
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow
Pitreavie Pumas
A fine first goal from Lewis Nimmo; great turn and finish to get his side off to a flyer!
A scrambled clearence off the line to stay within touching distance of their hosts, unfortunately the Puma's were unable to capitalise on some excellent defending!
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