Dundonald Bluebells emerged victorious over Dalbeath Colts in the final of the Domestic Supplies Under 19’s pre-season Cup on Wednesday night. Goals from Nathan Feeley and Gregor Carstairs sealed the win in freezing conditions at Kinross High School.
The game paired first with third from the league and both sides went into the match hoping their fine league form could continue with victory here.
It was Dundonald who applied the early pressure, forcing two corners in quick succession. The first was cleared by the Dalbeath defence, and from the second Lewis Scarlett was unlucky to head over from Max Colemans’ delivery.
Dalbeath however were quick to respond, and Gregg Page was almost played through on goal only to be denied by the onrushing Darryl Gear, who had an impressive evening between the sticks for the Bluebells.
In what was an even contest throughout, there were chances at both ends as each side searched for a breakthrough. First, Page played the ball to Liam Robertson, but the Dalbeath forward was thwarted by another save from Gear. From the resulting clearance, Dundonald almost scored themselves when Feeley saw an effort fizz past the post.
A throw in then almost brought the game an opening goal as Page found time and space, spinning his marker to race through on goal, but again Gear was in the right place to make the save.
Dundonald then spurned the best chance of the game up until then, when some great play on the right from Lewis Hutton resulted in a cross into the box which was spectacularly turned away by Colts ‘keeper Declan McGregor, and when the ball fell to a Dundonald player on the edge of the box their effort was sent sailing agonisingly over the bar.
It wasn’t long however before the game got the goal it deserved. A long ball over the top was headed back to McGregorby one of his defenders, but he was unable to hold onto it and Feeley was on hand to slot the ball home to put the Bluebells in front.
And it wasn’t long before Dundonald doubled their lead. A quick counter attack saw Carstairs played in on the overlap, and his right footed finish nestled into the bottom left hand corner to complete a quick fire double from the league leaders.
It could easily have been three before half time, when Raymond Crichton headed wide from a well taken free kick swung in from the right hand side. There were also chances for both Feeley and Coleman, with both players firing over from the edge of the area in quick succession. But as it was the score remained two nil at the half time break.