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Quality Finishing the Difference as Swifts See off Kelty

Kelty Hearts JFC 3

Kirby 51', 76' Hilton 86'

Hillfield Swifts FC 6

Moffat 12', 20' More 35', Donaldson 40', 67' Cameron 76' (p)
  • Sunday, 11 October 2015
  • Kelty Park
  • Under 19´s
  • AFYFC Under 19's Division One

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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There was a goal bonanza in Kelty on Sunday afternoon, as Hillfield Swifts scored six and conceded three in their victory over Kelty Hearts.
Two goals from Jack Moffat, as well as strikes from Zack More and Logan Donaldson, put the visitors in a commanding four-nil lead at half time.
Donaldson got his second after the restart, with Scott Cameron’s late penalty ensuring Joseph Kirby’s brace and a well taken Darrin Hilton strike were not enough for Kelty to stage a comeback.
Despite the final score, this is a match Kelty will feel they could easily have taken something from had they not squandered a host of chances over the course of the 90 minutes. Indeed, it was the hosts who started the much brighter side, carving out three golden opportunities before their visitors had managed a single shot on goal.
First, a short corner caught the Swifts defence napping, and when a low ball was fired across goal Jordan Galloway looked certain to score, but Andrew McDonald in the Swifts goal pounced on the ball to stop it from crossing the line.
Then, as a corner was this time sent looping into a crowded penalty area, Jake Wood found himself completely unmarked at the far post, but could only blaze his effort over the bar.
Kelty were desperate to capitalise on their fast start, and they had another sight of goal when a long diagonal ball across the pitch picked out Galloway in acres of space, but he side footed his shot agonisingly wide of the post.
The home side were made to rue those missed chances just moments later, when a free kick was pumped into the area and the ball fell kindly for Moffat, who arrowed his shot straight into the bottom corner.  
Kelty were soon back in opposition territory however, with Jack Smith having a go from distance after a corner was only half cleared, but he couldn’t keep the shot down and the ball went harmlessly over the bar.
Smith then had another shot that this time was on target, but McDonald got down well to make the save.
There was another big chance as Kelty looked for an equaliser, when Connor Parks beat McDonald to a long through-ball, but his deft touch eluded both goalkeeper and post.
Having been unable to profit from their chances, Kelty were punished yet again as Swifts doubled their lead out of almost nothing. Moffat received the ball from a throw in and, after being allowed to turn and run at the Kelty defence, fired a shot through the hands of Lee Elder in the Kelty goal to double the trouble for the home side.
Smith was inches away from pulling one back for Kelty, as he sent in a curling free kick that almost crept in at the far post, but with McDonald rooted to the spot the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and away from danger.
With another chance coming and going, Kelty were soon even further behind. Moffat this time turned provider, feeding the ball to More who, after fainting to shoot, pulled the ball onto his right side and fired it into the far corner.
Given the number of chances they had created, as well as the amount of possession, Kelty could have been forgiven for wondering just how they were three nil down. But there was no time for them to dwell too much as things went from bad to worse before half time.
Some great play by Sam Morman on the right got him into the Kelty penalty area, and he cut back for Donaldson who rifled in his sides’ fourth goal of a remarkable half, putting his side in a seemingly unassailable lead at the half time break.
  • Half Time:
  • Kelty Hearts JFC
  • 0-4
  • Hillfield Swifts FC

Much like the first half, it was Kelty who started the brighter as they looked to put a forgettable first 45 minutes behind them.
Smith hit the side netting from a free kick, and Elder made a good save to deny Moffat a hat-trick following a quick counter attack from Swifts.
Kelty’s build up play was good, and some neat passing almost released Parks, but the final ball was just over hit and McDonald was able to gather.
It was not long, however, before Kelty got the breakthrough they had been looking for. A fantastic ball from midfield picked out Kirby, whose first touch was perfect as he accelerated away from his marker and sent his shot whistling into the bottom corner.
Scott Wilkie then found Calvin Fisher with a long ball out of defence as Kelty looked to build on their goal, but his hooked shot was sent just over the bar.
Kelty created yet another chance to score when some great play from Kirby turned his marker inside out, but his whipped shot flashed across the face of goal and away for a goal kick.
Just as Kelty looked to be gaining some momentum, they were hit by a quick-fire double to seemingly seal the win for Swifts.
First a mistake at the back gifted an opportunity for Donaldson, who showed good composure to beat McDonald from close range, before Cameron added his sides sixth from the penalty spot.
In keeping with the afternoon’s goalmouth action, Kelty suddenly found their scoring boots as they threatened an unlikely comeback in the dying embers of the game.
Kirby grabbed his second of the match after dancing his way through the Swifts defence and dinking his finish over the onrushing McDonald.
Kirby was then denied his hat-trick by the woodwork, as he produced a spectacular effort that would have no doubt been a contender for goal of the season had it gone in. A cross from the right was met with an acrobatic scissor kick, but as the ball looked to be flying into the top corner McDonald stuck out a hand to tip the ball onto the frame of the goal.
There was still enough time for Kelty to grab a third goal, when some great one touch play released Hilton, who slotted the ball home to cap off a wonderful team move.
Hilton had another chance almost straight away, but his shot was well wide of the mark.
As it was Swifts were able to see the game out and took all three points from an entertaining match, Kelty meanwhile will be left to rue their missed chances and wonder what might have been.
  • Full Time:
  • Kelty Hearts JFC
  • 3-6
  • Hillfield Swifts FC


Kelty Hearts JFC
Hillfield Swifts FC
1. Lee Elder
2. Andrew Carmichael
3. Scott Wilkie
4. Ryan O’Donnell
5. Calum Rithcie
6. Gary Dolan
7. Calvin Fisher
8. Jake Wood
9. Daniel Butt
10. Cameron Currie
11. Lee Barclay
12. Jordan Galloway
14. Joseph Kirby
15. Adam Nicoll
16. Connor Parks
17. Declan Boyle
18. Darrin Hilton
19. Ciaran Bal
20. Jack Smith
21. Lee Cook
22. Daryl Lindsay
1. Andrew McDonald
2. Lewis Hunter
3. Sam Hortsmann
4. Jack Moffat
5. Brandon Hildrew
6. Zack More
7. David Green
9. Sam Morman
10. Ryan Dunn
11. Ross Stuart
12. Greig Denton
14. Logan Donaldson
15. David Webb
16. Jonathan La-Porte
17. Scott Cameron
18. Ryan Marshall
Star Player
Kelty Hearts JFC
Hillfield Swifts FC
Joseph Kirby - Jack Smith deserves a mention for a good performance today, but with two goals and almost an unbelievable third, Joseph Kirby gets the nod on this occassion.
Jack Moffat - Bagged two early goals for his side when they were being put under serious pressure from the home side. He was a tireless threat in attack and was a constant threat when he was on the ball.
Magic Moment
Kelty Hearts JFC
Hillfield Swifts FC
Jack Smith's spectacular volley almost provided one of the goals of the season. It was a truly magic moment in a match that would have been fully deserving of such a goal!
Swifts' fourth goal was created by some great wing play from Sam Morman and was well dispatched by Donaldson; the pick of the bunch.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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