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Daniel Watt scored an astonishing six goals to help Aberdour into the Final of the League Cup, as they cruised past Dalbeath Colts at Hawkcraig Park.
Goals from Andrew Stark and Liam Robertson were not enough for the side from Cowdenbeath, as Watt’s six and a brace from Greg Hill confirmed a resounding victory for the make shift hosts.
The match was due to be played at the Golf Course Park in Cowdenbeath, but due to an unplayable surface was moved to Aberdour’s home surface at Hawkcraig Park.
The pre match talk was of a close game given that both sides are currently only separated by one point in the league, and despite the change in venue it was Dalbeath who made the quicker start.
After a confident opening the game’s first chance fell to Ryan Morrison, shooting when the ball was only half cleared, but his volley went harmlessly over the bar.
It was a sign to Aberdour that they heeded with devastating effect. Some neat play from Hill and Watt on the left almost resulted in a chance but the play broke down when Watt was unable to return the pass to his teammate.
There was almost a big slice of luck when Hill sent a cross into the box, the ball rebounding off the far post before Kieran James follow up was well blocked.
Greig Renton looked lively in midfield for Dalbeath, and his incisive cut inside from the right and driving run ended with a left footed shot at goal, but he was unable to find the target.
The first goal wasn’t long in coming though, and it was a defensive error from the Colts that brought it. A misplaced pass across the defence went straight to Hill, who kept his cool to slide the ball past Declan McGregor.
Within minutes the lead was doubled when Watt broke clear to send a right foot finish under McGregor and put Aberdour firmly in control.
Aberdour were piling the pressure on as they hunted for more goals, and Lee Jamieson had a chance to make it three, but was well guarded by the Dalbeath back line and his shot was hit well over the crossbar.
Dalbeath continued to go forward, and Gregg Page showed good skill to beat his marker on the edge of the area but was denied by the woodwork, despite getting his head to the bouncing ball before Aberdour ‘keeper Quinn Franklin.
Page then took aim with a left footed shot, but his effort was comfortable for Franklin who collected with ease.
As Half Time approached Dalbeath were still seeking a foothole in the game after the two earlier goals, but things did not improve as Aberdour pulled away before the break.
First, a fantastic cross from Josh McPhie found Watt unmarked in the penalty area, and with time to control he buried his shot to make it three nil. There was worse still to come for Dalbeath however, as on the stroke of half time Watt broke clear again, and despite being on a hat-trick and one on one with McGregor, he unselfishly squared the ball for the overlapping Hill to finish into an empty net.
ACA Plate League 1 side Lochgelly Albert Colts produced a dominant display to put eight goals past League 2 leaders Kelty Marian Colts to march into the semi-finals of the Fife Cup.
A hat-trick for Ryan Connelly, a brace for Jack McDonald, as well as goals for Andrew Malcom, Ewan Malvenan and Reece Couser left Jack Grahams’ early opener a distant memory as the home side ran riot.
Despite the final score, it was the visitors who started the quicker of the two teams as they took the lead inside the first five minutes. Graham did well to hold off a challenge from Pat Armour before finishing low under the goalkeeper to give the away side the perfect start.
Lochgelly were quick to respond however when Malvenan took aim from the edge of the area following a corner, but Kelty ‘keeper Ross Lindsay was equal to it. Soon after McDonald had Lindsay worried with a dipping shot that just beat the crossbar.
The equaliser wasn’t long in coming however, and it was the lively McDonald who grabbed it by latching onto a fantastic ball from midfield, and he finished right footed into the top corner over the advancing Lindsay.
Kelty were almost back in front straight away after Joseph Mitchell did well to hold the ball up before laying it off for Graham, but his shot missed the top corner and the chance was gone.
Lochgelly were playing some good football when coming forward, and some neat play finished with a low shot from Matthew Adam, but Lindsay was able to save and hold on to keep the scores level.
Graham was denied a sight of goal for the visitors when Dylan Paterson came across to cover well, and from the resulting corner the visitors were only denied a second goal by a superb piece of goalkeeping from Matthew Sutterby. A deep cross was headed back across goal and looked destined for the far corner, but Sutterby reached what seemed an impossible distance to palm it away.
The opening twenty minutes seemed to promise a close game, but any hope the visitors had quickly disappeared as Lochgelly took control of the match and pulled away in spectacular fashion.
The second goal came when the Kelty defence allowed a long free kick to bounce inside the area, leaving Connelly free to pop up and nod home to put the his team in front.
The second goal was followed quickly by the third, when a Couser cross was palmed away but only as far as McDonald, who squared the ball for Connelly to tap into an empty net and put daylight between the two sides.
The gap widened as Connelly this time turned provider, when he was played in by a ball over the top from Liam Bell and was able to roll it across the face of goal for Malcom to smash home and cap a magnificent fifteen minutes for the hosts by making it 4-1.
Malvenan was causing all sorts of problems from midfield and he was unfortunate not to create a fifth goal with as whipped cross that evaded everyone in the box but almost snuck in at the far corner.
Connelly was then denied a first half hat-trick by the foot of the post, as he watched his volley crack against the woodwork and roll along, instead of over, the goal-line.
Lochgelly did manage a fifth goal just before half time however, when McDonald met a great cross from the right with the side of his foot to slot the ball home and cap the home sides’ five star comeback.
Adverse weather conditions made play difficult as both teams faced the wind and rain on a cold Sunday afternoon.
Dundee West had much of the initial posession in the opening minutes of the match with Brian Harris creating two good goal scoring opportunities but were well defended by the DUSC defence.
Conner McHugh of United had their first chance on goal when he received a knock on from a throw in. His diverted run and shot on goal agonisingly went wide of the post.
On 11 minutes Dundee West's Jaden Ferguson scored the opening goal of the match with a great strike high past keeper Leighton Quinn who could do absolutely nothing to prevent it from veering into the net.
The match was very evenly balanced and there was an almighty tussle for posession in the heart of midfield.
Jaden Ferguson was attacking relentlessly and paramount in West's dominance. He almost created another chance to double West's lead. Good defending from Reece Muir saw off any potential threat and the defenders input in the game was integral throughout.
Dundee West were becoming more dominant but excellent counter attacking and build up play by the opposition saw Kieren Barron pass to Reece Muir but his cross went frustratingly out of play. The equaliser came in the match after 26 minutes, when Barron took on the ball from Rory Jagusinski and drove a low shot past keeper Callum Ross to make it 1-1 and half time looming.