Author: Garry Evans
A noisy crowd turned up Denbeath Park in Kirkcaldy to watch a thrilling cup final between Division 2 title contenders Rosyth Norries and Division 1’s Dalbeath Colts, even the few rain showers couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm. Both teams have had mixed fortunes this season, and were both fired up to take the AFYFC Spring Cup.
The game kicked off Dalbeath taking control of the ball well and holding possession, Rosyth Norries appeared a little nervous initially.
Jordan Rannie for Colts shot from just outside the Rosyth keepers left side of his box but the ball was comfortably held my Keenan Lewis, despite goal line pressure from Colts Jordan McKenzie to keep the score at deadlock.
Rosyth tried to get into the game with Jack Ritchie battling through on the left flank trying to get forward, Colts however were just too strong for the Rosyth team. The first shot from Rosyth came from Ben Adam, trying his luck from about 25 yards but wide of the mark
Colts pressure and control of the match came down to sheer tenacity and skill that playmaker Kerr Penman showed in trying to give his team a scoring advantage, Penman was always weaving in between the Rosyth players and he got his goal with was thoroughly deserved with a shot that had Rosyth Keeper Lewis beaten easily and the ball nestling nicely in the keeper's right hand corner, 1-0 to Dalbeath Colts.
Rosyth were desperate to get back into the match and the tall Cameron Smith started a run up the left hand channel, crossing towards teammate Jack Moffat, however the ball was cleared for a corner. The corner was taken and again Moffat was the target, getting in front of Colts keeper Jamie Bird, but the ball was just over Moffat’s head and caught well by Bird.
It was apparent that another goal would come soon, Colts were dominating play and Rosyth were still stuck in second gear, Mitchell Kay won the ball in his own half after tussling with Josh Wilson, his run down the right channel was impressive, as was his shot which beat keeper Keenan Lewis, slipping under the keeper's body as he dived for the ball. And within 18 mins it was two nil in Dalbeath's favour.
That second Colts goal seemed to be just the kickstart that Rosyth needed, the next twenty mins saw Rosyth pile on the pressure seeking a goal to bring them right back into this final, Colts however were content to sit on their lead and play on the counter attack. Lee Barclay coming close but his off balanced header was well saved by Lewis. The game was then stopped as Barclay had injured his shoulder,
Morgan Bennell tried his luck with a shot that was blocked, before Penman the star player of the Colts team hit a shot over the bar.
Rosyth’s Adam & Moffat started to combine well, the hard working two some of Bernard and Ritchie offering supporting runs and playmaking helped as Rosyth started to take hold of possession.
Colts had chances, Captain Darrin Hilton working tirelessly to try and motivate his players and working his channel, trying to keep Ritchie at bay, but Rosyth just kept on pressing.
Both coaching teams were out on the touchlines trying to urge their teams on, Colts boss Colin Bird barking out instructions about the shape, Matt Lewis’s team however listened to his encouragement and upped the ante. Moffat had a few shots just wide of the target, before coming even closer hitting the crossbar. Before Bernard was fouled 27 yards out from the Colts goal, his free kick however went just wide.
The crowd knew and so did the players there was going to be another goal, Rosyth’s Moffat picking up the ball, and despite three Dalbeath players trying to get the ball off him, he placed it low in the keepers left hand corner of the net, it was now 2-1 to Colts and game on!
Norries tails were up and Moffat set off on another run, breaking free from his marker and trying to play the ball to Adam, but the pass was blocked by a Colts player who then went on to be fouled by Horstman, relieving Colts of the Norries pressure.
Penman continued to be the Colts next chance of a goal, tirelessly working away to make some magic happen for Colts, but again coming up against the formidable
Norries defence who had now settled and were playing as a unit.
Ben Adam was next to try his luck, his shot from the edge of the 18 yard box being saved by Jamie Bird, just as the first half whistle blew.