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.