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Kelty came out on top in a feisty affair against local rivals Kinross. A hat-trick from Gregor Stewart and goals from Scott Lavender, Lewis Martin and Keith Annandale cancelled out two early goals for Kinross from Liam Murray and Lewis Caulfield.
An explosive opening saw Kinross come out the blocks better and Cameron Donnelly was unlucky not to put them in front within sixty seconds as he just failed to get a touch at the backpost from Murray's cross.
The breakthrough came a few minutes later when good build up by Craig Swift and Caulfield let Cameron Black play a great through ball into Murray. He rounded the stretching goalkeeper before steering the ball in from an acute angle.
The lead was doubled two minutes later when Sean Cowes corner was nodded in by Caulfield at the back post and the referee judged the ball to have crossed the line despite the best efforts of Sean Holland in the Kelty goal.
Kelty got back in the game on 12 minutes when a good run from Lavender created space for himself and he rifled it goalwards. Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal could only get a hand to the ball but it wasn’t enough. The equaliser arrived minutes later when Stewart headed home after Euan Duthie had cleared off the line for Kinross.
The goals kept raining in as Martin completed the turnaround for Kelty when he volleyed home after the ball was cleared to him. Stewart grabbed his second and Kelty's fourth less than sixty seconds later as he drove the ball in at the front post.
The smash and grab by Kelty left Kinross with a tough task but they were unlucky not to make it 4-3 just before as Alasdair Bennets header was stopped on the line and hacked clear.
There was a certain amount of confusion and a healthy dose of doubt on Sunday, as Kelty Marian Colts and Kennoway United competed in the final of the Spring Cup at Denton Park in Kirkcaldy.
Despite winning the game 2-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Paul Sparrow after Sean Cusick and Keith Annandale had levelled things up for Kelty, no trophy was presented and no medals were handed out as claims of an ineligible player were investigated.
Despite the drama at the end, the match itself was a thoroughly entertaining one and a worthy final played out in front of plenty of fans.
It was a match packed with action, and those watching in the Spring sunshine did not have to wait long for the first sight of goal.
A Cameron Kirk free kick was allowed to bounce into the box, and following a stabbed effort at goal Cal Rushford in the Kelty goal produced a fine save to keep the scores level.
Kelty were also looking to profit from a set piece, and a quick corner combination from Callum Clunie and Andrew Brown resulted in a cross being swung into the box, but Taylor Hay in between the sticks for Kennoway was able to collect.
Kieran Whipp was next to try his luck from distance, volleying over after turning his man from a throw in.
Sparrow then got his first sight of the Kelty goal, heading the ball over from a free kick, although it was not long until the forward bagged his first of the afternoon.
It came from another free kick swung into the danger zone, and after trying to guide the ball past Rushford with a glancing touch, Sparrow was on hand to volley in the rebound from close range.
Kelty looked for an instant response with a corner, but Lewis Martin could not find room for a shot in a crowded penalty area.
Whipp then again tried to find the net with a low shot, but again Rushford was equal to it.
Kelty were looking for a way back into the game, and there were two chances for Cusick and Sean Holland to level the scores. First, Cusick threw a dangerous cross into the mixer but Hay was able to collect the ball safely. Then, just moments later Holland managed to lob his marker after controlling a corner, but he was not able to beat Hay with his shot.
Despite the pressure, Kelty found themselves two goals down midway through the first half when Sparrow stepped up to dispatch a sumptuous free kick right into the top corner.
It was unfortunate for Kelty, who continued to push forward despite the setback.
Some great play from Cusick on the left and a good cross found Annandale unmarked in the middle, but he could only head over from close range.
A third goal would have surely killed the game off before half time, and Ryan O’Donnell went charging forward to try and grab it, but Rushford was out quickly to smother the danger.
Morgan was again in the thick of the action for Kelty as he flicked on a quick free kick, the ball just skimming the cross bar on the way back to earth. Then, Morgan was able to rise highest to meet a corner from Andrew Brown, but it missed the target.
Kennoway looked a real danger on the counter attack, and with Sparrow already on a hat-trick Kelty were in no position to gift them an opportunity to attack. But, when possession broke down in midfield the ball found its way out to the right for a cross to be swung in, which Sparrow met with a firm head, only to see it magnificently tipped onto the cross bar by Rushford.
There was just enough time left in the half for Kris Burnett to shoot wide from distance, as Kennoway held onto their lead as well as their clean sheet, to lead 0-2 at the break.
Spurs Juniors’ produced a barnstorming second half display as goals from Ryan Low, Lee Allan and Scott Smith overturned a first half strike from Kieran Gilruth to clinch the Under 17’s League Cup in front of a packed Denfield Park on Sunday.
It was third versus fourth as Spurs, fresh off the back of a 5-0 win last week, faced the team directly above them in the League in Kelty Marian Colts.
Despite the final score, it was Kelty who made by far the brighter start, creating a whole host of chances in the early stages of the game.
Joseph Kirby was first to try his luck, cutting inside from the right and letting fly with a right footed shot that was well saved by Dion Gear in the Spurs goal.
There were then two quick chances for Cameron Currie and Connor Parkes, Curries’ shot being deflected for a throw in, while Parkes cut the ball back after a good run but was unable to find a teammate.
It was Kelty who continued to apply the early pressure, and a hooked cross from the left caused all sorts of problems for the Spurs defence, with Gear eventually tipping the ball onto a post before it was hoofed to safety.
Parkes was then nearly in again, this time escaping the last man, but his touch was too heavy as he rounded Gear and he was forced wide. When he did manage to pull the ball back it was too high, and the chance was gone.
Connor Horsburgh then took his chances with a driving run from midfield in an attempt to bring Spurs into the game, ending with a left footed strike that fizzed narrowly wide.
The game was extremely physical with big challenges coming in from both sides, and despite their early pressure Kelty had not been able to find a way through. That changed though with a piece of brilliance from Gilruth.
A high cross into the box was headed clear, but only into the path of Gilruth who split two defenders to meet the ball full on the volley and send it soaring into the top of the net from the edge of the area.
The goal was nothing less than Kelty deserved for their opening, but they were soon on the back foot as Spurs instantly set about looking for an equaliser. Ross Daly in the Kelty goal spilled a shot with another Spurs player bearing down on him, but he was able to collect at the second time of asking. Allan then headed a deep ball back across the face of goal, but to no avail as there was no-one in the middle to take advantage.
Craig Dewar was next to try and level the scores, he showed good strength to hold off his marker but his shot was tame and easy for Daly to save and hold on to.
Kelty had a chance to make it two nil not long after, when Parkes raced clear, but Gear was out well to collect.
There were signs that Spurs were beginning to find a foot hole in the match, and the lively Allan soon found space for a cross, but it was blocked well by the Kelty defence. After the resulting corner was cleared, the ball was swung back in by Ryan Allan and flicked on at the near post, but the effort was not on target.
There was just time left in the first half for Scott Wilkie to try his luck with a speculative volley from outside the area, but the shot was high and of no trouble to Gear.
Arran Laird’s strike in Extra Time earned victory for Dundee West over Monifieth in the Tommy Clark Cup Final held at North End Park Dundee. Additional time was needed to break the deadlock with both sides scoring in the first half to tie an entertaining contest at 1-1.
The eventual winners of the trophy stated brightly with Derek Johnston delivering a free kick into the Monifieth box which sailed just beyond the forwards lurking in the area.
Monifieth responded to the early pressure and began to gain a foothold in the contest leading to the West defence having to be alert to clear the danger from a corner. As Monifieth continued to press Josh Barr tested Jack Gray from a free kick with the West number 1 doing well to hold the powerful drive.
At the other end of the park Nathan Burns almost got on the end of a well weighted ball from midfield, but was beaten in the foot race by an alert Caelen Ralston in the Monifieth goal. West had the chance to put further pressure on the keeper moments later after Jaden Murphy’s corner broke for Derek Johnston who fired wide of target.
Monifieth continued to show they were also a threat going forward and almost took the lead with Ryan Scobie’s effort calling Gray into action.
At this stage both teams were creating chances and it was only the linesman’s flag which prevented Dylan Docherty advancing on goal after good link up play with Arran Laird. A foul in midfield provided a further opportunity for Dundee West with Josh Alexander’s free-kick just inside his own half being touched over by Caelen Ralston.
The save was to prove crucial as moments later Monifieth took the lead, good perseverance by Ryan McLaren allowed the ball to be played across goal to Cavin Tosh who slotted the ball past the keeper.
West attempted to restore parity immediately and unlucky to see Ben Russell’s effort flash wide of the post following impressive link up with Jeden Murphy.
Heavily involved in the first goal Ryan McLaren almost got on the score sheet himself with an effort which hit the side netting of Gray's goal.
Despite almost going two behind West continued to advance forward and were almost rewarded with a header cleared off the line following a good delivery from Murphy’s corner.
Just as it looked as if Monifieth would go into the break with the advantage Dundee West equalized on the stroke of half time through Nathan Burns, the number 19 did well to control a ball from midfield before knocking it past the keeper and slotting home from a tight angle.
Kirkcaldy YM and Fife Southern produced an enthralling game of football in the final of the Summer Cup at Humbug Park on Sunday. A hat-trick for Jack Metcalfe and a goal for Jamie Spears sealed the win, despite Josh Kilmartins’ early goal and a brace for Oran Storrie that kept Southern within touching distance of the cup right up to the final whistle.
The game started at a frantic pace, and Southern were ahead inside sixty seconds.
With the ball only being half cleared, Gregor Kerr in the Kirkcaldy goal could not hold on to a volleyed effort from the edge of the area, and Kilmartin was on hand to tap in the loose ball to get his side of to a flying start.
The Summer Cup represented an opportunity for both sides to put disappointing league form behind them, and it was clear that both sides were going all out for the win.
Kieran Wilson went close with a free kick as Southern looked to extend their advantage, before Ryan Kennedy sliced his effort wide of the post.
Kirkcaldy then had their ‘keeper to thank as he produced a superb diving save from Storrie's free kick taken from all of 25 yards.
Fife Southern were a constant threat on the counter attack, and Kirkcaldy almost got caught twice in quick succession by speedy breaks from their opponents. First, a move was stopped by a fantastic tackle from Spears, quickly followed by Eoin Garvey putting in a block to keep the score at 1-0.
Kirkcaldy were now much more confident coming forward, and they eventually got their reward when a headed clearance fell to Metcalfe on the edge of the area, and the forward made no mistake driving a low shot into the bottom corner, leaving Steven Brasher in the Fife Southern goal with no chance.
Momentum had now swung Kirkcaldy’s way, and although Niall Cherrett was able to get his head to a cross his shot was comfortable for Brasher who kept it out with relative ease. That chance was swiftly followed by a corner that ended with Spears stabbing over from close range after chaotic scenes in the penalty area.
Just as Kirkcaldy seemed to be getting on top of the game, Fife Southern re-took the lead with some old fashioned route one football. The bounce on a long ball over the defence allowed Storrie to run clear of the last defender, and after beating the onrushing Kerr to the ball he was able to lift it over the helpless ‘keeper and into the empty net.
Southern then set about trying to extend their lead before the break, and after Kerr could only parry a shot from distance, Keir Dave blazed his shot over the bar from close range. Storrie was then able to turn his marker from a throw in, and despite his volley being on target the shot was comfortable for Kerr.
Kirkcaldy mounted their own charge for an equaliser as the game approached half time, Jay Elder beat Brasher to a ball played through the heart of the Southern defence, but his first touch was heavy and took him wide to an impossible angle. Colin Drysdale then went close with a left footed free kick, but the ball sailed harmlessly wide of the goal to ensure Fife Sothern’s’ lead remained intact at the break.