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Kelty Hearts Colts secure cup final spot with victory against valiant Hearts of Beath

Kelty Hearts Colts 3

McComiskie (OG) 8, Scott 15, 21

Hearts of Beath 3

Ewan 72, 80+1, Paterson 80 (PEN)
  • 3-3 (Kelty Hearts Colts win 7-6 on penalties)
  • Saturday, 02 December 2017
  • Loch Leven Campus, Kinross
  • Under 16´s
  • AFYFC Under 16's Easter Cup
Kelty Hearts Colts will advance to the AFYFC Under 16's Easter Cup final after a dramatic penalties victory over Hearts of Beath.
Kelty were 3-0 up going into the last 10 minutes of the game when Hearts of Beath produced a stunning comeback to send the game to penalties, where Kelty managed to emerge victorious.
It was Beath who had the first real opportunity after six minutes when a corner kick fell into the path of Brandon Gonsales whose shot could only find the side netting.
Kelty had the lead just two minutes later when a good run from James Taylor created space for him to try and cut across goal, which deflected off of the unfortunate Patrick McComiskie and into the net.
That goal appeared to calm the nerves of Kelty and they started to control the game, winning the midfield battle and putting Hearts of Beath under great pressure. In the 10th minute when Jake Jarvie found himself one-on-one with Beath's stand-in 'keeper Blair Kerr, with the number one coming out on top with a good save.
Five minutes later though, Kelty had extended their lead with an excellent strike from Aaron Scott from long range, which was too much for Kerr to get to.
Kerr, who is not a goalkeeper by trade, was doing well to keep the score down and produced a stunning fingertip save on the 17th minute after Ryan Jeffrey found himself through on goal.
Kelty had their third after 21 minutes though and it was Aaron Scott again, this time from a volley inside the penalty area which found the bottom corner of the net.
The home side were now sitting comfortably and were looking for more goals, while Beath were just loking to get into hallf-time and regroup. Hearts of Beath were hanging on, and nearly found themselves further behind when Scott layed the  ball into the path of Jarvie to fire his shot just wide of the goal.
  • Half Time:
  • Kelty Hearts Colts
  • 3-0
  • Hearts of Beath
Hearts of Beath knew that they had to put in a better performance if they were to stand any chance of advancing to the Easter Cup final and showed early on in the second half that they were not ready to give up the fight when Jake Robertson placed his shot just wide of Hamish Rumford's goal.
Kelty were still looking dangerous however, and kept looking to advance forward to put the game to bed. Jefffrey flashed a shot just wide nd Taylor had a free-kick that was well saved by Kerr.
Hearts of Beath were still refusing to give in and were starting to create chances of their own, winning a free-kick of their own in the 68th minute. James Paterson stepped up but his shot was well saved by Rumford.
In the 72nd minute Hearts had the goal that they desperately needed when Kyle Ewan showed great composure to take the ball round the 'keeper and slot into an empty net to give his side a chance, and set up a grandstand finish to the match.
Kelty looked to have the game sealed when Aaron Swan found the net but the referee had deemed that there was an offside in the build-up to the goal and it was disallowed.
Then, as the match entered injury time Hearts were awarded a penalty when Ewan was brought down in the box by the Kelty defence. Paterson stepped up to take responsibility and fired his shot past Rumford.
Time was running out for Hearts and they realistically needed to score directly from the kick-off to take the match to penalties, and that was exactly what they did. The ball was played long for Ewan. The striker and 'keeper Rumford both competed for the ball with Ewan getting there first to lift the ball over the oncoming 'keeper and nestle into the back of the net, prompting scenes of incredible celebration.
One second after the restart the match was over, with the winner being decided by a penalty shoot-out. 
  • Full Time:
  • Kelty Hearts Colts
  • 3-3
  • Hearts of Beath
The shoot-out started with four perfect penalties from each team with Kieran Elder, Aaron Scott, Jake Jarvie and Jack Macari on target for Kelty and Blair Kerr, James Paterson, Patrick McComiskie and Blaine Ewan on target for Heartos of Beath. As we entered sudden death Kelty's Aaron Swan stepped up but sent his penalty over the bar, giving Kyle Ewan a chance to complete Beath's stunning comeback. The striker stepped up but his shot was well saved by Hamish Rumford. James Taylor and Reece Wilson both found the target for Kelty and Euan Murray and Brandon Gonsales found the net for Beath. Lewis Blake scored Kelty's seventh spot-kick meaning Ewan Robinson had to score to keep his side in the game. But it wasn't to be and his shot was saved by Rumford. A great end to a thoroughly entertaining game. Kelty played well and will definitely fancy their chances in the final but great credit has to go to Hearts of Beath for getting themselves back into the game the way they did.

Final Result: 3-3 (Kelty Hearts Colts win 7-6 on penalties)


Kelty Hearts Colts
Hearts of Beath
1. Hamish Rumford
2. Kieran Elder
3. Lewis Blake
4. James Taylor
5. Daniel Robertson
6. Declan Wallace
7. Jack Macari
8. Connor Moodie
9. Aaron Scott
10. Greig McHugh
11. Callum Shields
14. Jake Jarvie
16. Aaron Swan
17. Reece Wilson
18. Ryan Jeffrey
1. Blair Kerr
2. Ewan Robinson
3. Aaron Neil Mowbray
4. Euan Murray
6. Josh Parrot
7. James Paterson
10. Patrick McComiskie
11. Bailey Nicol
19. Jake Robertson
20. Daniel Swain
21. Brandon Gonsales
22. Blaine Ewan
40. Kyle Ewan
Star Player
Kelty Hearts Colts
Hearts of Beath
Aaron Scott was on fine form for Kelty. Took his goals very well and linked up play allowing his side to control the game well. Special mention goes to James Taylor who I thought was excellent and won many of his battles in midfield
Credit has to go to Kyle Ewan who had a part to play in all of Hearts of Beath's goals that brought them back from the brink. His desire to get to the ball for the equaliser personified the belief in the squad as a whole. Blair Kerr also deserves special mention for stepping out of his comfort zone to play in goal.
Magic Moment
Kelty Hearts Colts
Hearts of Beath
It was a terrific strike from Aaron Scott for his first goal but it could also be his second as he caught it on the volley very well.
Has to be Hearts' equalising goal. At times I thought that the away side were out of it but showed great belief to get level. The celebrations after the goal were heartwarming to watch as well. Though they were unsuccessful on this occasion their is a great team spirit in this squad.
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