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Pittenweem fight back in Real goal fest

Real Fife Yellow 3

Meston 10' 15' Bell 59'

Pitenweem YFC 6

Chater 24' 68' Fleming 28' Tod 32' 63' Anderson 38'
  • Sunday, 06 September 2015
  • Randolph Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Fife FDL Division Y

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Real Fife Yellow
  • 2-3
  • Pitenweem YFC

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, as Real went in search of an equaliser through their talisman Meston. The forward cut inside and brought a good save from Heaney.

Despite the best efforts of Real, it was Pittenweem who grabbed the next goal when Anderson slotted another penalty beyond Montgomery.

Despite now being on the reverse end of a two-goal difference, Real continued to look for another goal, and Adam Lamond was unlucky to see his fine effort cannon back off the crossbar after a corner was only half cleared.

Real continued to pile forward, and as Meston arrived late at the far post at a corner, his hooked shot fell narrowly wide of the mark.

Meston was again in the thick of the action for the home side, as he turned from a throw in and fizzed a shot just passed the near post.

He then turned provider as he crossed for Bell, but his header was wide as Pittenweem weathered the storm.

Despite coming under heavy pressure, Pittenweem soon stretched their lead further still as Tod was played in behind the defence and produced a superb finish into the roof of the net to seemingly seal the three points for the visitors.

Real continued to plug away, and Cameron Macintyre was unlucky to see his shot whistle over the bar from close range.

There was a moment of brief hope for the home side when Bell charged down a clearance before beating Heaney to the rebound to slide the ball into the net, but it was Pittenweem who had the final say; and the best was without doubt saved until last as Chater produced the goal of the game to round off an incredible match in style.

After racing clear on the left he cut inside the penalty area, beat his marker and rounded Montgomery before firing into the empty net.

Real poured forward in the final minutes, Meston saw his shot blocked before Bailie Clark blazed over in the dying seconds.

There were to be no further twists though, and it was Pittenweem who were celebrating a quite remarkable victory at the final whistle.

  • Full Time:
  • Real Fife Yellow
  • 3-6
  • Pitenweem YFC


Real Fife Yellow
Pitenweem YFC
1. Korben Montgomery
2. Callum Kennedy
3. Bailie Clark
5. Taylor Sigdal
6. Rory Greig
7. Lewis Garrick
8. Ciaran Beavers
9. Adam Lamond
10. Brandon Bell
11. Bradley Davies
13. Hamish Glancy
16. Adam Mowbray
17. Cameron Macintyre
19. Craig Meston
1. Ryan McIntosh
2. Jamie Scott
3. Findlay Barker
4. Kyle Fleming
5. Ross Heaney
6. Billy Howie
7. Patrick Anderson
8. Harvey Chater
9. Owen McNally
10. Andrew Tod
11. David McColl
12. Dylan Reid
14. Nathan Singh
15. Jordan Christie
Star Player
Real Fife Yellow
Pitenweem YFC
Craig Meston - His pace and energy up-front was a constant menace to the Pittenweem defence. Two cool finishes to bag himself a couple of goals, the forward can be pleased with his afternoon's work despite the final score.
Harvey Chater - Energy and drive from midfield that caused no end of problems for Real Fife. He grabbed a couple of goals and looked dangerous every time he picked the ball up.
Magic Moment
Real Fife Yellow
Pitenweem YFC
Craig Meston's second goal was a well taken finish that had the home fans in raptures early on in the match.
Harvey Chater's second goal was the pick of the bunch, a mazy run, composure on the ball and a good finish.
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