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Musselburgh claim victory over spirited Swifts

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 0

Musselburgh Windsor 3

Arron Cockburn 20, 43 Matthew Fraser 55
Matthew Sigsworth

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Musselburgh Windsor overcame a stubborn Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts side on Sunday, with two goals from Arron Cockburn either side of half time, and a cool finish from Matthew Fraser sealing the points.
It was a glorious morning at the Gyle, and both teams played their part in an entertaining first half that saw chances created for both teams

Swifts were looking to set the pace early on, and had a chance when some neat play between Callum Murray and Daniel Adam allowed the latter to get a shot away, forcing a good save from Fraser Machray in the Windsor goal.

Murray was then close himself, but his clipped effort from Joseph Cairaldis’ pull back fell kindly for Machray.

Musselburgh were not to be outdone though and applied some early pressure of their own, with Willian Aitkon jinking past several defenders into the Swifts penalty area, but his effort came back off the post and into the grateful arms of Ronan Fox-Begley.

Murray again tested Machray, but his right footed effort was well held by the keeper. Then at the other end Machrays’ opposite number Fox-Begley was in action again, this time denying Cockburn who found himself one on one after a nice through ball.

Both sides continued to trade chances for much of the first half, Takudiwa Seva played a nice ball out to Murray on the right hand side, but his cross was cleared by the Windsor defence.

Robbie Martin then set off down the right, and his cut back allowed Aitkon to cross but he was unable to pick out a striker with his low ball in.

Windsor were starting to get up a head of steam, and Matthew Combe was almost in following a nice through ball, but Fox-Begley was out quickly to snuff out the danger.

The pressure would finally tell though, as after twenty minutes Musselburgh took the lead. Some good play down the right allowed Cockburn to find some space in the box, and after turning away from his marker slotted a right footed finish under the ‘keeper to make the score one nil.

Swifts’ looked for an immediate response, and almost straight away had a free kick cleared for a corner, but were unable to make the chance count.

Musselburgh were not sitting back though, and were in the mood for a second as the ball fell to Martin, who saw his right footed effort saved.

Both sides continued to make chances, and some great play from left to right across the edge of the Windsor area almost brought Swifts level, but Brogan Proudfoot was unable to find the target with his right footed shot.

There was just enough time for Musselburgh to try and double their lead before the interval, with Aitkon leading a counter attack for the visitors. When he was tackled at the last minute the ball fell to Cockburn to head home, but his effort was blocked and he couldn’t force home the rebound.


The second half got off to a quick start, with Musselburgh doubling their lead inside the first five minutes. Cockburn broke into the area from the left and stuck away his second with a right footed finish into the bottom corner.

As in the first half Swifts went straight into searching for a reply, and some great interplay between Proudfoot and Adam almost brought a goal, but couldn’t find a way past the Windsor defence.

At two nil the visitors looked dangerous on the counter attack, and Cockburn almost wrapped up his hat-trick following a quick break that saw him round the helpless Fox-Begley, but he couldn’t direct his shot goalwards.

Still Swifts hunted their way back into the game, but once more the visitors stood strong, clearing the danger after some neat passing from Seva and Reiss King.

Despite their pressure, the home side were unable to find a way through, and were becoming more and more open at the back as they pressed for a goal. Martin almost took advantage of the space when he broke with speed, running the length of the pitch before cutting inside and unleashing a right footed shot that just went wide of the goal.

There was tension in the air, with the pivotal third goal still proving elusive. King went close for Swifts, but his effort was stopped by Machray.

The third goal did finally arrive, however, when Fraser found space from a throw in and having beaten the offside trap then beat the keeper, showed great composure to take a touch and find a gap to thread the ball between the two defenders on the line.

Fraser then had the chance to put the game to bed just moments later, following a ball over the top he took a right footed shot first time, bringing a great save from Fox-Begley, with some good defending stopping Cockburn from sticking away the loose ball.

Swifts never gave up and Proudfoot showed good pace to take on his marker on the right wing, but again the visitors were able to clear the danger.

Windsor had another chance to put the game beyond doubt, with Cockburn winning the ball back from some high pressing and releasing Fraser who having rounded the keeper saw his shot blocked on the line by Seva.

Caialdi had a chance to pull one back for the hosts but his shot was blocked by Combe, and the last chance of the game saw Steven McCole go close for Windsor, but his shot was well held by Fox Begley.



Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Musselburgh Windsor
2.Reiss KING
4.Gregor BARR
5.Stewart ROGERS
8.Cameron ALLANM
10.Callum MURRAY
11.Joseph CAIRALDI
12.Takudiwa SEVA
14.Kane WHITE
15.Daniel ADAM
16.Junior KWAJIYA
17.Dylan HALL
1.Fraser MACHRAY
2.Ollie SHORT
3.James LOW
5.Matthew O’CONNOR
6.Harry Jeffery HOOD
7.Robbie MARTIN
8.Matthew COMBE
9.Willian AITKON
11.Steven MCCOLE
14.Greg JONES
20.Matthew FRASER
Star Player
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Musselburgh Windsor
Brogan Proudfoot. Never stopped running and looked dangerous throughout the match.
Arron Cockburn. Two well taken goals to hand his side victory.
Magic Moment
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Musselburgh Windsor
A fantastic save from Ronan Fox-Begley followed by some stern defending to prevent the visitors going four nil up.
Matthew Frasers well taken finish. Showed great skill to beat the 'keeper and even better composure to slot the ball home.

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