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.