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Kelty Hearts pull off the impossible against West Fife United

Kelty Hearts 5

Scott 60, 62, 80+2, McHugh 73, 80 (pen)

West Fife Utd 5

Hopkins 10, Eddouss 37, 40, Burns 50, McLean 55
  • Saturday, 02 September 2017
  • Bath Street, Kelty
  • Under 16´s
  • AFYFC Under 16's Division Two
Kelty Hearts rescued a seemingly impossible point against West Fife United after being five goals down with less than 20 minutes to go. A double from trialist Greig McHugh and a hattrick from Aaron Scott earned the hosts a comeback for a dramatic draw.
A dominant first half performance from West Fife United saw the away side go into half being 3-0 up. United continued their dominating performance with two extra goals, early in the second half to make it five. However, the Kelty players switched on and played some fantastic football in the final 20 minutes and managed to snatch an equaliser in the final seconds of the game. 
A high scoring game was expected as Lyle Hopkins fired the visitors in front after ten minutes as the powerful forward found the bottom corner. Aaron Scott was unlucky not to get an immediate equaliser, as his speedy run resulted in his shot just going wide of the post in the 21st minute.
West Fife's skilful number nine Hamid Eddouss doubled their lead with a great turn of pace to get past the defender and smash it into the top corner, leaving Kelty goalkeeper Hamish Rumford no chance in the 37th minute.
With seconds remaining in the half, Eddouss made it three with a controversial goal after a long ball was put over the top, as Eddouss may have fouled the defender before placing the ball past the keeper. However, due to West Fifes scintillating first half performance, the goal was richly deserved.  

  • Half Time:
  • Kelty Hearts
  • 0-3
  • West Fife Utd
The second half started the same way as the first half finished as Callan Burns volleyed in a fantastic cross from West Fife's captain Alan Paradowski, five minutes after the restart to make it four. 
Burns nearly got a second straight away as he forced Rumford to a good save from distance, minutes after his goal.
15 minutes into the second half, substitute Jake Mclean entered the pitch and with his first touch of the game saw a goal from the heavens be produced with a strike from just under 30 yards nestle into the top left corner, to create the fifth of the afternoon for the away side. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to a game. 
Kelty managed to pull one back after Scott was finally rewarded for his tough job upfront against a very organised defence. Daniel Robertson showed great strength to get past his man and find Scott who turned his defender and found the far corner just after the hour mark. Kelty immediately got a second after Scott was played through and showed great composure to take it around United’s keeper Paul Peters and slot it into the empty net to double his tally for the day. 
The game finally went quiet for a while, until West Fife’s Sam Brown made a strong run but was denied from range by the keeper, in the 72nd minute. 
Kelty straight away went up the other end and won themselves a corner. It was taken quickly and given short as trialist McHugh danced past two players and hit a lovely curled shot at the edge of the box which found the bottom left corner. Kelty started to believe.
West Fife were struggling as Kelty were attacking wave after wave looking for the late goals they desired. They were finally granted a chance when McHugh showed off once again his very fancy footwork and managed to win a penalty with a minute to go. McHugh stepped up himself and only just managed to find the bottom right corner as Peters couldn’t get a strong enough hand on it in the last minute of regulation time. 
With seconds remaining and Kelty only one goal behind, the ball was lumped forward and Scott used his body well as the exhausted defence were chasing after him. Peters came off his line but it wasn’t enough to stop Aaron Scott who poked it past him and saw the ball trickle over the line to claim his hattrick and more importantly complete the comeback in the second minute of injury time to make it five a piece.
Kelty Hearts can’t be commended enough after such an inspiring comeback. Showing that no matter what the score is, they are willing to fight. Not letting their heads go down after the fifth was an incredibly tough ask but the heroically managed to pull through. Special mentions should go to the goal scorers Scott and McHugh who were both a nightmare for the defence. If Kelty play the way they did in the final twenty for the remainder of the season, they could do very well.
As for West Fife United, they played tremendous football all over the park - for an hour. However, as teams of any level are prone to doing is losing their concentration after having what appears to be a comfortable lead, especially when you are five in front. Special recognition goes to Eddouss who was superb while on the pitch, with some sensational footwork as well as a real hunger to win the ball back. As well as Mclean, just for that outrageous goal, that few would dare for their first touch of the game. 
  • Full Time:
  • Kelty Hearts
  • 5-5
  • West Fife Utd


Kelty Hearts
West Fife Utd
1. Hamish Rumford
2. Declan Wallace
3. Connor Moodie
4. Mikey Dowie
5. Lewis Blake
6. Ryan Jeffrey
7. Reece Wilson
8. Brett Gardiner
9. Aaron Scott
10. Jake Jarvie
11. Jack Macari
12. Aaron Swan
14. Greg Harrower
16. Greig McHugh
17. Daniel Robertson
18. Callum Shields
1. Paul Peters
2. Alan Paradowski
3. Adam Lawson
4. Brendan Miller
6. Callan Burns
7. Lee McLean
8. Alasdair MacPhail
9. Hamid Eddouss
10. Ross Maxwell
11. Lyle Hopkins
12. Sam Brown
14. Jake Saulnier
16. Pawel Pilch
17. Kale Stevenson
18. Jake McLean
Star Player
Kelty Hearts
West Fife Utd
It has to be the hat-trick hero and match winner, Aaron Scott.
Eddouss scored two goals that any striker would be proud of.
Magic Moment
Kelty Hearts
West Fife Utd
That winner. What else? A magic moment doesn't do it justice.
Jake McLean's goal was a thing of beauty. A magnificent strike, especially for a first touch.
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