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Second half comeback crowns Rothes Juniors U19s cup champions

Kelty Hearts 1

Ross 30'

Rothes Juniors 4

Fraser 63', Hatch 71', Cooper 89', McKenzie 90+5'
  • Friday, 04 March 2016
  • Kinross High School
  • Under 19´s
  • Domestic Supplies 19s Cup Final

Craig Edwards | YFS East Region Journalist
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Rothes Juniors produced a second half comeback to clinch the Domestic Supplies 19s Cup in Kinross. Kelty Hearts led through Ewan Ross’ strike, but goals from Kyle Fraser, Ross Hatch, Ricki Cooper and Kurtis McKenzie sealed the trophy for Rothes.
 
An even opening began with Rothes Juniors producing the first chance, when a free kick flashed across the face of the Kelty Hearts goal.
 
McKenzie was next to go close for Rothes, but his goal bound strike was blocked.
 
Kelty Hearts opened the scoring when Ross cut inside from the right wing before striking the ball into the top left corner leaving Calum Sutherland grasping at thin air.
 
Kelty were soon thanking their goalkeeper, Matthew Johnston for staying in front as he produced a fine double save from Daniel Murray and Robbie Gibson before coming up with the goods again two minutes later, this time denying Ewan Robertson to make sure Kelty went in at the break in the lead.
  • Half Time:
  • Kelty Hearts
  • 1-0
  • Rothes Juniors
Rothes Juniors took 18 minutes of the second half to get level. A free kick by Fraser was drilled under the wall leaving Johnston with no chance as the ball found the bottom right corner.
 
Getting back on level terms seemed to give Rothes the edge, but they were almost behind again seven minutes later. A corner from the right found Liam Fidler who struck the post with a volley after controlling the ball on his chest to escape the defender.
 
This missed chance was punished less than a minute later when a headed clearance only found Hatch who, from 25 yards out, sweetly struck a volley into the corner leaving the keeper with no chance to give Rothes the lead with 19 minutes left.
 
Kelty tried to respond, but Rothes Juniors were the ones creating the chances as Hatch struck the post, before Kelty’s task got even harder when Cameron Mitchell was dismissed nine minutes from time.
 
The ten men fought and threw everything for an equaliser but in their efforts, left themselves exposed at the back and a swift counter-attack from Rothes' Darren Doig played in Cooper to roll the ball in the net and finish off Kelty.
 
Rothes Juniors were not finished yet and capped off the evening with a fourth in the fifth minute of injury time when McKenzie collected the ball on the penalty spot and, after missing the ball with his first swipe, was able to tuck the ball into the empty net with Johnston on the floor to finish the game in style and ensure it was Rothes Juniors’ name that was on the trophy in 2016.
  • Full Time:
  • Kelty Hearts
  • 1-4
  • Rothes Juniors

Lineups

Kelty Hearts
Rothes Juniors
1. Matthew Johnston
2. Aaron Kelly
3. Paul Maxwell
4. Cameron Mitchell
5. Kenny Ford
6. Yannis Lliopoulos
7. Morgan McInnes
8. James Bowman
9. Liam Fidler
10. Ewan Ross
11. Kearyn Hicks
12. Kerr Meildejohn
15. Dean Rae
17. Jack McKay
18. Gordon Bowers
19. Euan Aitken
1. Calum Sutherland
2. Euan Fotheringham
3. Ewan Robertson
4. Michael Costello
5. Scott Rowand
6. Ricki Cooper
7. Daniel Murray
8. Harris Mitchell
9. Robbie Gibson
10. Kurtis McKenzie
11. Ross Hatch
12. Steven Nicol
14. Mark MacPherson
15. Darren Doig
16. Kyle Fraser
17. Jay Dougal
Star Player
Kelty Hearts
Rothes Juniors
Matthew Johnston – Made crucial saves to keep Kelty in front late in the first half and kept the score low.
Takes a team effort to win a trophy and it was no different as all the players played their part in this triumph.
Magic Moment
Kelty Hearts
Rothes Juniors
The sublime finish by Ewan Ross that gave Kelty the lead.
The brilliant volley from Ross Hatch to give Rothes the lead.
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