Kincardine stunned AM Soccer to clinch the Fife Spring Cup in a compelling final in Kirkcaldy.
The West Fife side had to come from a goal behind to overcome their opponents in a match that was hotly contested on a slippery pitch after some early morning rain.
It was AM Soccer, playing in their black strips, who made the brightest start and tested Sean Murphy in the Kincardine goal with some early shots. It was a tactic worth applying given the tricky playing surface.
Kincardine were struggling to get a hold of the ball with AM Soccer dominating the game in midfield.
On the half hour mark, AM Soccer’s impressive right back Tom Webster burst forward but he couldn’t fully gain control of the ball and Kincardine’s defence cleared the danger.
The breakthrough came after 36 minutes and it was AM Soccer who struck first. Webster slipped a good ball through to Harry Galloway in the penalty box. His effort was blocked by Murphy and the rebound fell to James Lang who made no mistake firing the ball under the goalkeeper and into the net.
It was a deserved lead for AM Soccer but they were almost caught out when Kincardine created their best chance of the match five minutes before half time. Connor Allison swung in a superb cross from the right and up leapt Liam Carlin but his header went narrowly wide.
It looked to be a costly miss when, just two minutes later, AM Soccer were awarded a penalty after Murphy came rushing out of his goal and clattered into Galloway. Kyle Pratt took the spot kick but it was driven straight down the middle that Murphy saved with ease.
The half was all but over but there was panic in the Kincardine ranks when goalkeeper Murphy fell to the ground, appearing to be suffering from an asthma attack. After a few minutes, he was back on his feet and able to continue.