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Kirkcaldy YM produced a stunning second half display to dismantle Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts in the AFYFC League Cup Final on Sunday. After goals from Zack More and Joe Kinninmonth sent the sides in level at the interval. Terry Ormiston, Morgan Dow and a brace from James Mackie saw Kirkcaldy pull away in the final twenty minutes of an enthralling game at Warout.
The opening exchanges were tight as both sides looked to control possession until Logan Donaldson had the game’s first shot on target, but his effort was scuffed and easy for Ryan Hume in the Kirkcaldy goal.
The first goal wasn’t long in coming, however, and it was an absolute rocket from the boot of More that sparked the game into life. After a foul some 25 yards out, More placed the ball down before sending a bullet into the bottom corner, leaving Hume absolutely no chance.
Kirkcaldy went in search of an instant equaliser, and Joe Kinninmonth was played through one-on-one with David Webb, but the goalkeeper came out well to stop the attacker and clear the danger.
Jack Moffatt was then played clean through at the other end, but just as his opposite number had done moments earlier, Hume rushed off his line and bravely cleared the danger from the feet of the attacker to prevent his team falling further behind. The save came at a cost though as, after picking up an injury, Hume was replaced with substitute ‘keeper Ben Graham.
Kirkcaldy were beginning to set the tone of the game, and were finding a lot of joy on the right wing with the dangerous looking Liam David Macduff.
The pressure soon told, as Kirkcaldy levelled the scores to make it game on. A corner from the right was controlled in the box by Kinninmonth, who did well to turn his marker and finish on the half volley.
All the danger for Kirkcaldy was coming from the right side, and some neat play from Macduff and Daniel Corstorphine resulted in the latter sending a low cross into the box, but the ball was blocked and the danger cleared.
Calum Reid then sent a wonderful looking cross into the box from a free kick, but it was too deep and evaded everyone in the box.
As half time approached there was one final chance, and this time it was Swifts who had the opportunity to sneak in front; but after a cross from the right found Logan Donaldson unmarked, he was unable to beat Graham with his shot, and the sides remained level at the break.
East Fife Youths needed penalties to overcome Rosyth in the Summer Cup Final at Warout Stadium in Glenrothes on Sunday. After a goalless game offered little to separate the two sides, it was Jay Chricton who kept his composure to score the decisive spot kick and bring the cup home for his team.
In a tight and closely fought match, it was Rosyth who perhaps started the better; pressing high up the pitch and possessing a dangerous outlet in forward Jay Thompson. East Fife were looking to capitalise on their opponents high line however, and created the first opportunity of the match when, following a corner, Jack Strang fizzed a shot at goal but to no avail.
East Fife were looking to hurt Rosyth on the counter attack, and when a corner routine broke down at one end, Corey Jardine did well to carry the ball forward and win a corner for his own side. When the ball was delivered into the box, it fell kindly for Dylan Page, but he couldn’t control the shot and the ball sailed harmlessly over the bar.
East Fife soon found joy again playing into the space behind Rosyth’s defence, as Ryan Gilmour was released on the right to deliver a fantastic ball into the box, but despite getting a glancing touch on the ball, Thomas Birrell couldn’t direct the effort towards goal as another chance came and went.
Despite being vulnerable to the counter attack, for the most part Rosyth were doing a good job of controlling possession and looking to play their way through the East Fife defence. Sam Russell was next to try his luck, taking aim with a right footed shot from distance; but the shot was comfortably saved.
That chance proved to be the catalyst for Rosyth to pile on the pressure as the game moved towards half time, with Cain Dow doing well to dance his way past the East Fife backline, but he couldn’t finish as the goalkeeper came out to smother the danger.
Then, a well worked corner routine resulted with Rory Watson being teed up on the edge of the area, but his side footed effort whistled over the bar.
There was just enough time in the half for one more chance, as Zachary Humphries whipped a dangerous looking ball in from the right wing, but it was too close to the goalkeeper who collected with ease; leaving both teams to leave the field at half time with the score locked at nil-nil.