View Photo Gallery | Discuss the Match | Buy Photos and Souvenirs
Kelty Marian Colts scored 4 without reply to lift the AFYFC Summer Cup on Sunday morning and in hat-trick hero Jack Mackay, had a player who shone as brightly as the very welcome summer sun. Their opponents, Blue Brazil, played well but had no answer to the direct and focused attacks from the Kelty boys.
Blue Brazil started brightly, Sean Small making good progress on the left from midfield, but with only 4 minutes gone Kelty took the lead. Thomas Marshall showed some neat footwork on the halfway line to slip his marker and set off on the right wing, riding several tackles before delivering an inch perfect cross for Jack Mackay to head back across the keeper for his and Kelty’s opener.
Cameron Mitchell was unlucky not to make it 2-0 when his header from a 6th minute corner sailed narrowly over, but it was Blue Brazil who were now playing the better football. Enjoying significant possession, their passing in midfield was quick and accurate and the supply to the forwards was plentiful, although with a back line pushing close to their own midfield, keeper Declan McGregor was required to sprint sharply from his box to make several last ditch clearances. In Liam Fiddler they also a player capable and willing to turn defence into attack, and he and Ryan Morrison were linking well on the right. Too often though the Blue Brazil’s good build up was undone by a shot-shy attack and in 33 minutes Kelty extended their lead with a Jack Mackay shot which looked to be held by McGregor, only for the keeper let the ball squirm under his body.
Kelty’s Kearyn Hicks was booked for a high challenge in 35 minutes but as the half ended their more direct style of play had them looking fairly comfortable. What sort of response would the Brazil boys offer in the second period?
Half Time: Kelty Marian Colts 2-0 Blue Brazil
As it happened, the pattern of the first half was quickly resumed, Kelty’s Ewan Ross and Ciaran Chalmers both getting early shots in on goal.
Ross was unlucky in 54 minutes when he shot narrowly past after good work on the left, but a minute later team mate Jack MacKay secured his hat-trick, wrong footing McGregor to put the Colts three up and surely on their way to winning their first trophy.
Blue Brazil were chasing the game now and the urges from the touchline were becoming increasingly frustrated, but only 2 minutes after conceding their third they conceded a fourth, this time direct from a Ewan Ross corner kick although it looked as if Mark Higgins in the Brazil defence may have inadvertently headed past his own keeper.
The remainder of the game was played out without further incident, the Colts content to run down the clock and the Blue Brazil, understandably, downhearted and resorting to shooting from long range. They had come and given their best, but on the day, were unable to make headway against a Kelty side who had clearly brought their shooting boots with them.
Full Time: Kelty Marian Colts 4-0 Blue Brazil