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10 man Lochgelly pip Pitreavie to book Fife Cup Final spot

Lochgelly Albert Colts 2

Thomson 55, Bloofield 60

Pitreavie Pumas 1

Roe 15
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018
  • Launcherhead Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Fife Cup

Both sides entered this match confident of progressing to the Fife Cup Final, however it was Lochgelly who progressed after a brilliant performance with only 10 men. They came from behind to overcome a strong Pitreavie side and as a result booked their place in the Fife Cup Final.

Launcherhead Park hosted this semi-final between two very strong sides. The pitch, which was not conducive to good football, really impacted on the performances of both teams, however the Pumas did start the better of the two sides.

Some good play down the right wing from Pitreavie led to a cross into the box, Lochgelly only managed to clear to the edge and Kendall Forbes controlled well but his shot flew wide of the right hand post.

Five minutes later, the game changed completely. Lochgelly’s Liam Taylor, who had been yellow carded only a few minutes earlier for a late tackle, saw a second yellow for foul and abusive language. The red card seemed very harsh in truth and Lochgelly were reduced to 10 men.

From the resulting free kick, about 25 yards out, the ball was laid off to Mitchell Roe, who controlled his strike well to fire the ball into the top right-hand corner to put Pitreavie one goal up.

The red card, coupled with Pitreavie’s early goal seemed to galvanise Lochgelly and ten minutes later they had an opportunity of their own. Jordan Robertson was played in on goal and his effort was deflected just over the bar.

This was a sign of things to come and just before half-time they should have been level. A long free kick from Cairn Dow found its way to Todd Fleming who forced Kyle Bow into a good save. The rebound fell to Robertson, however he shot wide from six yards and Pitreavie went in 1-0 up at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 0-1
  • Pitreavie Pumas

The second half began how the first ended; Lochgelly pressure. Again a long ball from Dow found its way through to Jordan Robertson, who found some space in the box, but his powerful shot went just over the bar.

Ten minutes later and Lochgelly’s pressure finally paid off. Good build up play in the middle of the park resulted in a through ball to Lewis Colliar, who broke into the box and was pulled down by the Pitreavie defender, prompting the referee to point to the spot.

Dan Thomson took responsibility and he remained calm to stroke the ball into the bottom right corner to level the score line.

Lochgelly were in full control of the game at this point, despite the man disadvantage and they made their pressure count. Ben Bloomfield cut inside from the right, took the ball past two defenders before curling a shot inside the right hand post to put Lochgelly 2-1 in front.

For the remaining 20 minutes the game descended into a midfield battle, with no clear cut chances created and Lochgelly managed to see out the final minutes to book their place in the Fife Cup Final.

  • Full Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 2-1
  • Pitreavie Pumas

Lineups

Lochgelly Albert Colts
Pitreavie Pumas
1. Jack Farley
2. Todd Fleming
3. Cameron Sneddon
4. Cian Kinnell
5. Jack MacDonald
6. Cameron Lewis
7. Lewis Colliar
8. Dan Thomson
9. Cairn Dow
10. Callum Anderson
11. Liam Taylor
12. Ben Bloomfield
14. Joe Meldrum
16. Jordan Robertson
17. Callum Jarvis
16. Kyle Bow
2. Kendall Forbes
6. Lewis Johnstone
7. Robbie Woodend
8. Kyle McCulloch
10. Finn McLaren
11. Aaron Cunningham
12. Gregg Clarke
13. Mitchell Roe
17. Liam Kearsley
18. Cameron Dalziel
19. Lewis Petrie
20. Tom Milne
Star Player
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Pitreavie Pumas
Cairn Dow was excellent at the heart of defence and as a result is the star man. He won every header and tackle all game and encouraged his team well, even when Lochgelly went down to 10 men. A real captain's performance from Dow and fully deserves the star player accolade.
For Pumas, the star man is Cameron Dalziel. He had some great touches in the middle of the park and picked a few brilliant passes. Unfortunately, he couldn't orchestrate a win for Pitreavie but nonetheless played very well.
Magic Moment
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Pitreavie Pumas
The whole second half was a brilliant team performance by Lochgelly. They defeated a very good Pitreavie side with only 10 men and it would be unfair to pick out one individual moment. A great team effort from Lochgelly.
Mitchell Roe's free kick was a piece of great individual skill. He managed to control his strike excellently to find the top right corner and so wins the magic moment award.
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