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Joy for Jeanfield as Swifts book Fife Cup Final place

Aberdour SDC 1

Smith 15

Jeanfield Swifts 2

Young 27, Hepburn 73
  • Sunday, 08 April 2018
  • Hawkcraig Park, Aberdour
  • Under 19´s
  • Fife Cup
In a closely contested Fife Cup semi-final tie it was Jeanfield Swifts who emerged victorious after securing a 2-1 win at Hawkcraig Park against Aberdour SDC.
 
The match was a very physical and passionate affair, with plenty of tackles flying in as both sides desperately fought to book their place in the Under 19's final on 10th June at New Bayview to play Glenrothes Strollers.
 
Jeanfield started the brighter of the two sides as they began attacking down the hill for the first half. A corner in the third minute was met by Ross Williams, who saw his effort cleared off the line.
 
Richard Donavan was next to try his luck, but his shot was well saved by the Aberdour 'keeper. The Perthshire side troubled Aberdour again on the five minute mark as Kieran Fox played in Robbie Young, who could only hit his shot against the goalkeeper.
 
Aberdour gradually found their way back into the game and had their first attempt on goal in the eighth minute when Ross Gibb shot from distance only to see his shot fly over the bar.
 
The home side were looking to make their set-pieces count and very nearly did so when a corner taken by Gibb was met at the back post by Declan Pierce, who could only direct his effort into the side-netting.
 
The match was tense for large periods, with both sides trying to get a feel for the game nd overcome the nerves that come with playing in a semi-final. It appeared that it would take either a mistake or a piece of brilliance to open the scoring. Fortunately for this spectator, it came by the latter.
 
A long throw in from Aberdour, taken by Nathan Sullivan, was headed on by Ewan Sutherland and what happened next would have impressed even Cristiano Ronaldo, as Ross Smith connected with the ball perfectly with an overhead kick, leaving Swifts 'keeper Jordan Kinnon no chance.
 
The goal appeared to motivate Aberdour and they came close again in the 21st minute when Sutherland thought he had found just enough space to get a shot away, only for Rian Shillan to make an excellent block.
 
Jeanfield had their equaliser on the 27th minute when Robbie Young's initial shot was not held by the Aberdour 'keeper, allowing Young a second bite at the cherry. It wasn't an opportunity he was going to miss and Swifts were level in the semi-final.
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdour SDC
  • 1-1
  • Jeanfield Swifts
The first chance of the second half fell to Jeanfield in the form of a shot from distance by Kieran Fox, but his shot was well wide of the goal.
 
The game then fell into a slight lull, as both teams tried hard to brek down each other's defences. Both sides were defending well and both sides had to work extremely hard to keep possession from the defenders who were winning the ball back very well.
 
It wasn't until the 63rd minute until we had our next big opportunity in the game as Sutherland was played through by a long ball up the field from his goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Sutherland, he was unable to keep his composure and fired his shot straight at the Jeanfield 'keeper.
 
Sutherland would come to rue that miss, as 10 minutes later Jeanfield had the lead. The ball was played out to the right hand side of the pitch to Owen Hepburn, whose first shot was well saved by the 'keeper. He wasn't to miss a second however, and he fired in the rebound to give Jeanfield the lead for the first time in the match.
 
The game began to get scrappy, with plenty of tackles flying in as Aberdour searched desperately for an leveller and Jeanfield looked to defend what they had.
 
Aberdour's best chance at an equaliser came from a free-kick, which was delivered into the area by Gibb, toward Declan Pierce, who was just to far away to get a meaningful touch on the ball, which Jeanfield saw behind.
 
The home team kept on pushing, but it wasn't to be and Jeanfield held on for the win and a place in the Under 19's Fife Cup final. 
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdour SDC
  • 1-2
  • Jeanfield Swifts

Lineups

Aberdour SDC
Jeanfield Swifts
2. Nathan Sullivan
3. Cameron Boyd
4. Ewan Sutherland
5. Jack Stark
8. Mackenzie Orwin
9. Ross Smith
12. Ceiran Knight
13. Aaron Thompson
14. Declan Pierce
15. Logan Speed
17. Ross Gibb
18. Lewis Taylor
19. Ayden Knight
1. Jordan Kinnon
2. Sam Noble
3. Kieran Fox
5. Ryan Wilson
6. Mark Peebles
7. Miguel De Gouveia
8. Owen Hepburn
9. Robbie Millar
10. James Wilkie
11. Richard Donovan
14. Ross Falconer
15. Robbie Young
17. Dell Newlands
18. Ross Williams
19. Euan Cameron
20. Rian Shillan
Star Player
Aberdour SDC
Jeanfield Swifts
Ewan Sutherland was perhaps the most attacking threat that Aberdour had. He was largely involved in most of the home side's attacks.
Difficult to pick a standout player for Jeanfield as it was more about the team performance from the away side. Richard Donovan was very active going forward.
Magic Moment
Aberdour SDC
Jeanfield Swifts
Not difficult at all. A fabulous overhead kick, that Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud of, from Ross Smith.
The second goal from Owen Hepburn that secured Jeanfield's place in the Fife Cup Final.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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