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Last gasp Kelty win Fife Cup

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Kelty Marian Colts
Glenrothes Strollers
Kirby 80+2


U15 Fife Cup - Final
Warout Stadium, Glenrothes

Graham Swann

By Graham Swann
YFS East Region Reporter
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fA last gasp goal earned Kelty Marian Colts the U15s Fife Cup in what was a tight final against Glenrothes Strollers.

It was looking as if these two sides would have to battle through at least extra time to determined who would seal the cup but a late twist left Colts ecstatic and Strollers devastated.

It was a very cagey start to the game with both sides trying to find a way to break the deadlock. It took 16 minutes for the first real threat from either side to arrive. Strollers’ came close when they swung in the ball from the left, right onto the foot of Ross McQuade whose excellently timed volley clipped the top the bar. It was a difficult technique and all that was missing was for his shot to be just that little bit lower.

Chances became limited in the first half with both teams looking slightly nervous with the fear of conceding the first goal and as a result the game became somewhat scrappy.

Kelty began to exert more pressure and tested Ryan Hume in the Glenrothes goal on 34 minutes. Grant McNab floated the ball into the box from the right. His effort almost caught Hume out but the keeper gathered the ball at the second attempt.

As the referee blew for half time, there was not much to separate the sides and it was unsurprising that the score line stood at 0-0.

Half Time: Kelty Marian Colts 0-0 Glenrothes Strollers

Kelty started to up the anti and began to put more pressure on Strollers. On 57 minutes, the pacey Reyce Kay turned inside and shot from just inside the box. His effort drew a good save from Hume who had to get down low to push the ball behind for a corner.

Kelty were left scratching their heads on 71 minutes as somehow they failed to break the deadlock. Once more, Kay won a foot race with the Glenrothes defence and managed to muscle himself between the last defender and goal keeper. He delicately lobbed Hume from inside the box but watched on as the ball agonisingly crashed off the bar and into the arms of Hume.

Two minutes later, Colts won a corner which was swung in from the left. Joseph Kirby met it at the back post but his header was somehow cleared off the line before Strollers scrambled the ball clear.

Strollers were beginning to sit back and could not force themselves up field to create problems for the Kelty defence. However, their defence was holding firm as the game looked destined for extra time.

But, there was to be one last piece of dramatic action.

In the second minute of injury time, the impressive Kay burst down the right hand side. He cut the ball back into the six yard box and it looked for a moment that the defence had dealt with the danger. However, Kirby managed to steal the ball in the box before turning and slamming the ball into the bottom corner of the net. It was a really good piece of play that triggered wild celebrations amongst the Kelty ranks as Glenrothes fell to the ground in despair.

In one turn and strike of the ball, the crowd at the Warout Stadium witnessed both the best and worst way to win and lose a cup final respectively. For the first half there was not much to separate the teams but as the second half progressed, it was Kelty who looked most like scoring and score they did in dramatic style. The game had hardly any time to restart as the referee blew the final whistle to confirm Kelty Marian Colts as Fife Cup winners.

Full Time: Kelty Marian Colts 1-0 Glenrothes Strollers


Kelty Marian Colts Glenrothes Strollers
1. Ross Daly
2. Daryl Lindsay
3. Scott Wilkie
4. Ryan O'Donnel
5. Calum Ritchie
6. Corey Dougall
7. Grant McNab
8. Harvey Mackie
9. Joseph Kirby
10. Cameron Currie
11.  Reyce Kay
14. Daniel Butt
15. Calvin Fisher
16. Michael McKenzie
17. Kieran Gilruth
01 Kyle Predergast
1. Ryan Hume
2. Euan Fotheringham
3. Darren Doig
4. Harris Mitchell
5. Michael Dryburgh
6. Luke Watson
8. Ross Hatch 
9. Daniel Murray
10. Robbie Gibson
11. Steven Nicol
12. Ross McQuade
15. Calum Hunter
17. Ryan Miller

Reyce Kay was a real threat in attack and used his pace to get into some good positions. It was fitting that his build up play lead to his team grabbing a late winner.
Ross McQuade played well and looked to set up attacks down the right side. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half.
Kenny Gilruth, coach of Kelty Marian Colts, said: "I thought we throughly deserved the win on our second half performance. It's great to win the game in the last minute. Of course, I feel sorry for Glenrothes who will be hurting."
Craig Gibson, coach of Glenrothes Strollers, said: "I don't think there was much between the teams. One mistake is all it takes to lose a game. The players are absolutley gutted."
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