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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow fell to their first defeat of the season on Sunday at the hands of a talented Real Fife side at McDuff Park. Two goals for Reece McIntosh put the hosts into a comfortable lead, but a late goal from Kieran Young almost sparked a comeback, and Real were made to dig in to get the three points.
The game’s first chance came when a Nairn Connely free kick was only half cleared to the edge of the area, and Steven Jeffries ran onto the ball to hit a volley that skidded along the turf but was comfortable for Lewis Sinclair, who saved and held onto the ball.
The lively Jeffries then almost found himself clean through on goal, but Sinclair was able to rush off his line and smother the ball at the feet of the forward.
Blair Chalmers then strode out of defence with purpose and tried a shot from distance, but Josh Ellis was more than equal to it and made a comfortable save.
The first goal was not long in coming, and it was a sensational ball from midfield that released McIntosh, who showed great composure to take the ball around Sinclair and finish into an empty net.
The goal was nothing more than Real Fife deserved, and they went on to dominate large parts of the first half with Kieron Bowie pulling the strings in midfield.
Connely showed quick feet to escape his marker in midfield and play a ball up to Bowie, who sent another raking pass through the heart of the Swifts defence to release Jeffries on the right of the area, and although his low right foot shot beat Sinclair, the striker could only watch as the ball cannoned back off the foot of the post and away from danger.
The move was on time and time again for Real, and just moments later Bowie played an almost identical ball to release Jeffries again, who this time took the high road and tried to chip the advancing Sinclair, but the ball dropped agonisingly wide of the post.
Jeffries was causing havoc with his pace, and he again found space to turn and run at the Inverkeithing defence from a throw in, getting close enough for a shot that this time was on target, but Sinclair did brilliantly to parry the ball away.
Having come under pressure for much of the game so far, Inverkeithing finally found some respite as they ventured forward to mount an attack of their own.
A long ball up towards Owen Bathgate was well defended by Brandon Wight, and after Chalmers played a good ball out wide to Callum Laydon, the wide man’s touch let him down and he was unable to bring the ball under control.
Inverkeithing were soon made to regret their missed opportunities as Real doubled their lead just moments later.
The influential Bowie found space from a throw in, and after racing to the byeline cut the ball back across the face of goal for McIntosh to smash the ball home at the far corner.
The game could have easily been out of reach for Inverkeithing just before half time, as Jeffries again found space in the right channel for a shot but was again was denied by a fine save from Sinclair, and the goalkeeper was on hand again as the rebound fell to McIntosh, getting down low to turn his effort away at the near post.
Kirkcaldy got their first win of their league season when they were victorious against Kinross Colts. A hat-trick from Kieran Grieve as well as goals from Kirk Thompson and Jamie Spears meant that the three points went home with the visitors.
An even opening to proceedings as both teams matched each other but the visitors created the first chance. Grieve got the better of Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal but with the goal gaping, he was only able to put the ball into the side netting from an acute angle. Kinross responded immediately but the offside flag denied the hosts a run at goal. Kirkcaldy broke the deadlock on ten minutes when Thompson shrugged off Calum McIntyre to give him space to lay the ball on a plate for Grieve to tap in.
Kinross tried to respond quickly through Liam Murray but his free kick was gathered at the second attempt by the goalkeeper before Gregor Brown in the Kirkcaldy goal was called upon again six minutes later as Paul McLintock from point blank range. The hosts were punished for passing these opportunities up as Thompson linked up well with Colin Drysdale before firing past the onrushing keeper.
Again the hosts tried to respond but just as before, the Kirkcaldy defence stayed strong. Kirkcaldy then went close to a third five minutes before the break as Thompson found space in the Kinross defence to get a strike at goal but he put it just wide. The visitors were almost made to regret that missed chance when good keeping again denied McLintock as the ball was pinched off his toe.
Lochgelly left it late to score the winner as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 in an enthralling game at Launcherhead Park.
First half goals from Daniel Robertson and Daniel Clemison had the side’s level at half time, and the game looked to be heading towards a draw after Ben Nardone cancelled out Ethan Reid’s second-half penalty. But the game was won in the final minutes when Jack Mathieson headed home from a corner.
It was a close game between two evenly matched sides, but it was Lochgelly who carved out the first chance in the opening few seconds, as Clemison flashed a low ball across the face of goal, but none of his teammates took a gamble and the chance was missed.
Scone were making chances of their own though, and some nice play between James Rattray and Reid finished with the latter seeing his shot on goal saved by Logan Clunie in the Lochgelly goal.
It was not long before the first goal of the game arrived, as Robertson stepped up to send a dipping free kick over Clunie and straight into the back of the net.
Lochgelly responded well to the going behind, and Clemison was again the one leading the charge as he fired in a left footed shot from the edge of the area, but it was straight at Cameron Sinclair in the Thistle goal and the ‘keeper was able to save easily.
The equaliser wasn’t long in coming however, as Clemison latched onto a ball over the top of the defence, held off the challenge of the defender and showed good composure to round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home.
The game was developing into an entertaining affair with both sides looking to keep the ball on the ground and play possession football.
Scone went close with two good chances midway through the first half, first Javier Perez Cuevas sliced an effort wide when shooting from a good position on the edge of the area. Then, Reid and Robertson linked well to create space, but there was no one in the box to take advantage of the cross.
It was the home side who would finish the first half the stronger of the two teams as they created a flurry of opportunities before the break, with Jake McNeil at the centre of most of the action.
First, he was unable to control the ball in the box after Mathieson found him with a good delivery from the left. Then, having spotted a gap in the Scone defence he tried to burst through on goal, but was let down by a heavy touch and Sinclair was able to rush out and claim the ball.
Then, after finding some space on the edge of the area McNeil tried his luck with a well hit volley, but despite being on target Sinclair was again able to save and hold onto the ball.
As the first half drew to a close it was Lochgelly that continued to create all the chances, and Nardone was unlucky not to sneak his team in front when he rose highest at a corner, but his header was over the bar.
McNeil was at it again moments later, as he rode two tackles to make room for a shot, but could only drag his effort wide.
In the final action of the half Mathieson turned his man on the edge of the area, but his left foot shot was wide.
Three goals in each half helped Fairmuir BC overcome Carnoustie Panmure YFC in the Scottish Cup First Round Tie played at Graham Street. In an enthralling contest with high quality football throughout, it was the home side who overcame an industrious Carnoustie to secure their passage into the Second Round Draw.
The eventual winners settled quickly and created a promising opening almost immediately with Graeme Stewart unlucky to see his deep cross evade a number of forwards in the box. Fairmuir’s promising start paid dividends and after six minutes they were ahead, Dylan Rice slotting past the keeper having been released on goal by an incisive ball from Derryn Thomson.
Carnoustie responded well to going behind and began to make inroads in the final third culminating in Lewis Monroe directing an effort over the bar.
Fairmuir continued to look dangerous going forward with Finley Kenyon calling Carnoustie goalkeeper Samuel Black into action following good link-up play with Kai Flynn. The home side’s impressive movement was evident in their second goal of the afternoon, quick passing involving Rice and Thomson found space for Stewart to knock the ball into the net after 14 minutes.
Buoyed by doubling their advantage Fairmuir went in search of a third and Thomson after displaying some neat footwork saw an effort sail just past the post.
Moments later Carnoustie almost halved the deficit through Jay Bryce’s powerful shot which finished past the post. However it was the home side who would add another and similar to the previous strikes Rice was heavily involved, the number seven delivering a well-weighted through ball for Hari Caswell to place into the net after 22 minutes.
Credit must go to Carnoustie for continuing to look for a way back into the cup tie with Lewis Sivewright bringing out a good save by the Fairmuir number one Hayden Church. Shortly after, the striker would go even closer to opening his sides account with a powerful shot which cannoned off the bar, ensuring no further goals in the first half.
Pittenweem YFC fought back from two goals down against Real Fife Yellow’s to win by a three-goal margin on an action packed afternoon at Randolph Park.
Two early goals from Craig Meston looked to have put the home side in control, but strikes from Harvey Chater and Kyle Fleming, plus a penalty from Andrew Tod meant Pittenweem had turned the game on its head before half time. Another penalty from Patrick Anderson as well as second goals for Chater and Tod confirmed the win, despite a spirited second-half display from Real that saw Brandon Bell also get on the score sheet.
The game got off to a lively start, and it was Real who forced the first chance with a corner that eventually came to nothing.
Pittenweem replied with two quick chances of their own. First Tod was almost played clear through on goal but was denied by a quick thinking Korben Montgomery in the Real goal. Then, David McColl saw his shot well saved by the keeper as the scores stayed level despite the early action.
Rory Greig was next to try his luck for the home side with a dipping shot following a well-worked corner with Ciaran Beavers.
Meston then had a fantastic chance to open the scoring as he raced clear, but was denied by some brave goalkeeping from Ryan McIntosh, who injured himself in the process and was replaced in goal soon after by Ross Heaney.
With all the early action it was no surprise when the game’s first goal did arrive, and it was the lively Meston who provided it. After escaping his marker he raced clear of the last defender, and despite getting a hand to the ball Heaney was beaten by the sheer pace on the ball, as it landed in the back of the net to break the deadlock.
Real’s lead was almost doubled moments later when Adam Mowbray took aim, but Heaney made a good save to deny him.
There was a moment of confusion at the back for Real that provided McColl with an opportunity to level the scores, but Montgomery was quick off his line to clear the danger.
Meston was causing all sorts of problems with his pace, and it was the energetic forward who was on hand to double the home side's lead soon after with a well-taken goal, after he showed good strength to hold off the challenge of Fleming.
That second goal seemed to shake Pittenweem into life, and they were soon piling on the pressure themselves in search of a way back into the game.
First, Chater tried his luck but could only send the ball wide of the mark, before Owen McNally fired in a left-footed shot that was well held by Montgomery.
The pressure soon told though, as Pittenweem turned the game around in dramatic fashion.
Their first goal was harsh on Montgomery who could count himself a little unlucky after making a string of fine saves in the build-up. First, he saved well from Chater who himself had beaten two players on a mazy run before his shot, and when the rebound fell to McNally he too saw his effort saved; however Montgomery was powerless to prevent the third shot from finding the net as Chater followed up to drag his side back into the game.
Pittenweem continued to press forward with renewed belief following their goal, and when Fleming stabbed into the roof of the net following a corner, it was well and truly game on.
The turnaround was complete moments later when Tod smashed his penalty in off the underside of the crossbar to leave Real reeling after a remarkable comeback from their opponents.
As half time approached Real went looking to restore parity, but Pittenweem were solid in their defence to take a slender lead at the break.
Monifieth Athletic and Dryburgh Athletic met in a closely fought early season encounter, which saw the home side come away with all three points after a 2-1 win. The home side enjoyed a positive start, with Charlie Ashe bagging a double in the first and 18th minutes of the game. Dryburgh pulled a goal back, through Cameron Doig in the 35th, but they could not find an equalizer to prevent Monifieth bagging the win.
It did not take long after kick off for the game to witness its first goal. Just one minute in Ashe was put through brilliantly beyond the Dryburgh back line and was straight in on goal. He fired his shot at the target but Dryburgh keeper Kyle McDonald made a fantastic save to deny him. Unfortunately the rebound fell straight back to the feet of Ashe and he made no mistake second time around.
The home team remained on the front foot and, sure enough, the second goal came in the 18th minute. Ashe put his pace to great use and broke free of the opposing defenders before firing his shot across goal and into the bottom right hand corner.
Following this second goal set back, Dryburgh upped their performance and worked to get themselves back in the game. After some initial moves that looked promising their first goal came in the 35th minute. Doig was put through on goal, from the right, and finished the move off, skillfully, after slotting the ball home into the bottom left corner.
The away side looked to press on and grab an equaliser. They came close two minutes prior to half time after Conner McKelvie executed an excellent run down the right wing before firing a low cross to Doig, who was waiting in the penalty box. The Dryburgh goal scorer was denied, however, by Monifieth goalie, Jamie Noble. The keeper timed a sliding tackle to perfection and managed to take the ball away from the feet of Doig. He then pounced on the ball to end the danger.
Jeanfield Swifts took the spoils at home with a 9-1 victory against Kinross Colts. A Cameron Ogg hat-trick and goals from Robbie Young, Boyd Ferguson, Mark Peebles, Richard Donavan and Alim Etri, as well as an own goal, sealed the win. A Liam Murray free kick restored some pride for the visitors.
It was an end-to-end opening at the Riverside, with Jeanfield forcing the first chance as Kinross goalkeeper Lewis Bathgate denied Ogg. The hosts won a succession of corners and it was third time lucky as Murray put the ball into his own net to give Swifts the lead.
Kinross responded with Finlay Reith and Allen Saunders forcing throw-ins in dangerous positions as they searched for an immediate response. The Colts continued to search for an equaliser and Craig Swift almost got it as he capitalized on a loose ball in the box, but Jordan Kinnon was equal to it. Jeanfield doubled their lead on 27 minutes, as Young’s strike found the bottom right-hand corner.
Two minutes later the lead was extended to three: Bathgate spilled the ball and Michael Drysdale’s clearance could only find Ferguson, who fired the ball into the back of the net.
With eight minute to go until half time, Swifts made it four when Ogg beautifully curled the ball from the edge of the box into the far corner, his shot clipping the bar and the post on its way in.