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Super Sub sends Summer Cup to Kennoway

Kennoway United 2

Lumsden 55, Peggie 76

Fife Southern 1

McKenzie 67
  • Sunday, 11 May 2014
  • Warout Stadium, Glenrothes
  • Under 16´s
  • AFYFC Summer Cup - Final

Paul Gilfillan | YFS East Region Journalist

Kennoway United Under 16’s lifted the Summer Cup on Sunday morning at Warout Stadium with a 2-1 win over Fife Southern in a keenly contested and well supported final. 
  
Kennoway were first to show their intent, winning a corner in only the 2nd minute, but Aaron Crookston’s curling effort sailed over the bar and out to safety.  Fife Southern’s first chance came 3 minutes later, this time Dean Howden unlucky to be caught offside after good work on the right
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It was already clear that these two teams were very evenly matched.  The action quite literally swung from end to end, Kennoway perhaps edging it on technical tricks and control but Fife Southern the more direct at this stage.  And so it swung back to Kennoway and in 9 minutes Daniel Murray deserved better when he put in a great cross from the left which only just eluded his team mates at the back post.
 
There were few controversial incidents in the match but in the 16th minute Kennoway’s  Aaron Ramsay went down heavily in the Southern box.  The Kennoway boys loudly called for a penalty, as did their supporters in the stand, but it was to no avail, a corner being given instead, from which  Chris Hampson produced a fantastic point blank save from a close range header.
 
Kennoway were enjoying a period of sustained pressure now and went close again in 19 mins, a very neat triangular move on the left between Daniel Murray, Liam Mann and Craig Lumsden ending only when the ever busy Lumsden was caught offside.
 
A minute later the action swung back again and Southern squandered their best chance of the game so far when Dean Howden turned his man inside the Kennoway box, laying the ball back for Brandon Sinclair, who miskicked with the goal at his mercy.  Southern’s turn to enjoy some pressure now and  4 minutes later they went even closer, this time Cameron Gray smacking a powerful header off the post following a deep Sean Thomson corner.
 
Back to Kennoway then, and Murray and Lumsden were combining well for Kennoway by this time, the latter despite his stature, and in 34 mins Murray shot narrowly wide after another good link-up between the two on the left.  In the final action of the half he was unlucky again a minute before half time when his solid left foot drive was sliced up and over his despairing keeper and thankfully, the crossbar, by Ryan Ireland. 
  • Half Time:
  • Kennoway United
  • 0-0
  • Fife Southern
Second half kick off was delayed slightly by emergency repairs to one of the nets but once underway Fife Southern enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.  Repeating the pattern of the 1st half though, Kennoway then took their turn, Stuart Fowler shooting at the keeper having turned his man neatly, then Lumsden in the thick of it again, losing out to the impressive Greg MacIver, who managed to toepoke the ball to safety.
 
There simply had to be a goal sooner or later, and sure enough in the 55th minute it was the player who looked most likely, Kennoway’s Craig Lumsden, who netted the opener, slotting low to Hampson’s left after a nice through ball from Connor Brown.
 
This was still a very even match.  Sean Thomson,  Brandon Sinclair and Greg MacIver were showing well for Southern, with Brenden Little, Daniel Murray and Craig Lumsden catching the eye for Kennoway.  So even indeed that on 67 minutes Fife Southern got their equaliser; a lovely left foot lash from Jake McKenzie after some fancy footwork from Matheus Costa.
 
Tension began to seep into the game with 9 minutes left, and Kennoway’s Ryan Crookston was mightily relieved when his slack defensive back header only just eluded Southern’s Cameron Gray who raced through on the blind side, denied at the last by Aaron Ramsay in goal.  Both teams were eyeing up extra time.
 
There would be no need for extra time though when in the 76th minute super sub Dale Peggie got himself on the end of a speculative ball into the Southern box, and managed to apply the crucial finish despite the attentions of defender and keeper.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Kennoway United
  • 2-1
  • Fife Southern

Lineups

Kennoway United
Fife Southern
2. Aaron Ramsay
3. James Dick
4. Liam Mann
5. Craig Lumsden
6. Stuart Fowler
7. Aaron Crookston
8. Dennis Dick
9. Blair Band
10. Ryan Crookston
11. Sean Kerr
12. Marc Deacon
14. Brenden Little
15. Dale Peggie
16. Connor Brown
18. Daniel Murray
21. Grant Henderson
1. Chris Hampson
2. Michael McKenzie
4. Ryan Ireland
5. Brandon Sinclair
6. Ben Robertson
7. Sean Thomson
8. Cameron Gray
9. Daniel Johnston
10. Jake McKenzie
11. Matthew Byers
12. Dean Howden
14. Matheus Costa
15. Kenzie O’Neil
16. Liam Lugton
17. Cieran Smart
18. Greg MacIver
Star Player
Kennoway United
Fife Southern
Although he tired towards the end, Craig Lumsden was a constant torment and linked well with Daniel Murray.
Chris Hampson – in an even match Chris pulled off some great saves to Keep Southern in it.
Magic Moment
Kennoway United
Fife Southern
The neat triangular move in the first half which didn’t pay off but was technically excellent.
The corner which led to Cameron Gray’s header hitting the post – extremely unlucky and might have changed the game
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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