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Rosyth Reds lifted off the bottom of the table after victory away to Kirkcaldy Inter

Kirkcaldy Inter 0

Rosyth Reds 2

Taylor 12, Gourley 37
  • Sunday, 03 December 2017
  • Randolph Playing Fields, Kirkcaldy
  • Under 14´s
  • Fife FDL

Rosyth Reds were lifted off the bottom of the table after a hard working defensive display away to Kirkcaldy Inter.  Rosyth made the most of their chances on a frustrating day for Inter after numerous attempts were kept out by the wall of Rosyth defenders and the goalkeeper. 

Coming into the match Kirkcaldy Inter were looking to bounce back from two back-to-back defeats and Rosyth were looking to grab only their second win of the season. 

The first 10 minutes of the match were relatively scrappy with few chances for either side except a good save as Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson dived down low to prevent Kirkcaldy Inter striker Gordon Tulloch beating the ‘keeper at his near point. 

In the 12th minute of the match some impressive play from Rosyth saw the ball squared into the box where Ciaran McGuiness swept the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

After the goal Kirkcaldy Inter began to pile on more pressure in an effort to grab an equaliser.  After a few good saves from Murray Thomson, Kirkcaldy Inter kept the intense pressure going and Kierren Ritchie drilled an inviting cross across the goal line and as the ball whizzed past the open goal no Kirkcaldy Inter player was there to tap the ball into the gaping net. 

23 minutes gone and a moment of controversy arrived after Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson rushed out to clear the ball outside of his box and the ball bounced off his arm.  The incident resulted in a yellow card for Thomson despite the fact a red card could have been given.  From the resulting free kick Thomson redeemed himself and made a superb double save from Inter’s Kierren Ritchie and Gordon Tulloch. 

The remainder of the first half saw Kirkcaldy Inter’s plentiful attempts being well blocked by defenders, drifting inches wide of the post or being denied by Thomson.

Going into the half time break Rosyth would be the happier of the two sides.  The Rosyth coach would have been hoping for more of the same brilliant defending from his side, meanwhile the Kirkcaldy Inter coach would be hoping eventually the pressure will pay off.

  • Half Time:
  • Kirkcaldy Inter
  • 0-1
  • Rosyth Reds

The second half saw more of the same from the first half as straight away Kirkcaldy Inter began to attack Rosyth’s defence again.

However in the 37th minute, against the run of play perhaps, Rosyth’s Eoghan Mulholland brilliantly whipped a corner into the centre of the box where Conor Gourley leaped the highest and glanced the ball into the far post.

After the goal Kirkcaldy Inter upped the pressure once again and began to create more chances.  A succession of chances for Inter’s Kieeren Ritchie and Liam Mercer both went inches past the post in the 40th minute. 

The pressure was seemingly endless, particularly so in the 50th minute as Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson was forced to make a sensational tackle to clear a poor pass back from the defence following high pressing down from the Kirkcaldy front line. 

Thomson was consistently called upon to make save after save for Rosyth and he even played sweeper keeper to try and cut out any counter attacks when his side pushed forward. 

The last ten minutes for Kirkcaldy Inter were very frustrating as they could not break down the brick wall of Rosyth’s defence.  The last chance for Inter came in the 68th minute as great passing from Liam Mercer gave Kieeren Ritchie some space and his effort went agonisingly wide of the post.

As the full time whistle went a cheer of relief and a feeling of victory was felt around the Rosyth team after hard work from the whole team paid off in a very important win for the away team.  

  • Full Time:
  • Kirkcaldy Inter
  • 0-2
  • Rosyth Reds


Kirkcaldy Inter
Rosyth Reds
1. Robbie Carson
3. Sam Michie
4. Logan Piotrowicz
5. Kierren Ritchie
6. Jake Williamson
7. Kian Bruce
8. Cameron McGregor
9. Gordon Tulloch
10. Liam Mercer
12. Logan James
14. Harris Torrance
18. Kai Laing
19. Conor Brown
27. Lyle Munro
1. Murray Thomson
2. Adam McArthur
3. Neil Barthel
4. Euan McCullough
5. Joseph McLaughlan
6. Ciaran Walls
7. Lewis Stenhouse
8. Conor Gourley
9. Kieran Potter
10. Ciaran Brough
12. Liam Tayloer
14. Mathew Bryson
15. Ciaran McGuiness
16. Eoghan Mulholland
17. Cian Mullen
Star Player
Kirkcaldy Inter
Rosyth Reds
Kierren Ritchie had a good game for Kirkcaldy Inter. He delivered some good crosses and was unlucky to see some of his efforts drift wide. On another day perhaps he could have scored and assisted a few goals.
My player of the match is Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson. His saves and tackles kept his side in the match and helped to contribute towards a solid display from the whole team.
Magic Moment
Kirkcaldy Inter
Rosyth Reds
In the 19th minute Kirkcaldy Inter's Kierren Ritchie delivered an inch perfect whipped cross across the face of the goal in the first half. The ball had beaten the Rosyth defence however unfortunately no Kirkcaldy Inter player could tap the ball into the net.
The best moment from the Rosyth team came from the goalkeeper Murray Thomson. In the 24th minute Thomson dived to save a free kick from Inter's Kierren Ritchie and then Thomson reacted brilliantly to catch the rebound from Inter striker Gordon Tulloch.
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