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Fifers get better of Eagles in closely contested tie

East Fife Youth Academy 2

MacKenzie 23, Davidson 75

Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001 0

  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
  • Bayview Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • AFYFC Under 17's League
East Fife Youth Academy kept up the chase for league leaders Hill of Beath Hawthorn with a well-fought 2-0 win over Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001 on a cold morning at Bayview.
 
The match was one of only two matches to beat the cold in the AFYFC leagues as the tie was moved from East Fife Academy's usual ground at King George V park in Leven to the 3G pitch at Bayview Stadium.
 
The match started fairly evenly with both teams trying to get a sense of the potential threat posed by each other and it took till the fifth minute for the game's first attempt at goal.
 
The ball was played high into the East Fife box where the home 'keeper Kyle Moran was put under pressure by Eagles forward Jake Emmerson, who tried an overhead kick only for it to be cleared away by Nathan Laird.
 
The Fifers had their first opportunity just one minute later when the ball fell for Adam Davidson who fired his shot just over the bar.
 
Kirkcaldy had a golden opportunity 10 minutes in to take the lead when a corner taken by Andrew McLeod was delivered into the path of Josh Sinclair who was free in the box but could only glance his header wide of the goal.
 
On the 23rd minute East Fife had the lead when the ball was played over into the box for Jordan Mackenzie, which sat up well for the midfielder to catch it on the half volly and shoot past opposition 'keeper Logan Clunie for the lead.
 
And they nearly doubled their lead three minutes later when Jake Horsburgh shot from distance only for Clunie to make a great save to tip the ball wide. From the resulting corner Laird hit a half-volley on the edge of the box when the ball fell to him and saw his shot cannon off the crossbar.
 
A two-goal lead would have been a valuable thing to take into half-time for East Fife and had a great opportunity to get it when they were awarded a penalty on the 45th minute. However Clunie proved to be a hero for Kirkcaldy as he produced a stunning save to keep out Adam Davidson's shot.
  • Half Time:
  • East Fife Youth Academy
  • 1-0
  • Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001
Kirkcaldy knew that they had to start brightly in the second half to try and get themselves back into the game quickly and showed great determination to try and draw themselves level.
 
Trialist Reilly Campbell was the first to try his luck for the Eagles when he attempted a long range shot on the 50th minute mark but saw his effort fly just over the bar.
 
A minute later Campbell had another chance to equalise when he did well to hold of a defender and get away a snapshot that was well saved by Moran, and five minutes later they had another chance when Emmerson's shot went just over the bar.
 
Kirkcaldy were pushing but East Fife were still dangerous on the attack and on the 63rd minute they had their first chance of the half when Davidson managed to get off a looping header that looked destined for the net only for Clunie to produce another great save.
 
Davidson was not to be denied however and with 15 minutes remaining grabbed what proved to be the winning goal when he picked up the ball on the left-hand side of the box and produced a fantastic shot that was just out of the reach of Clunie to double the Fifers lead.
 
That goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Eagles side which had performed very well for long periods of the game, but now East Fife were starting to take control.
 
Davidson had another effort kept out by Clunie when his header from a John Beattie cross was well saved and from the resulting corner Clunie was called into action again to tip over Jack Armstrong's header.
 
That proved to be the last opportunity of the match and East Fife saw out the win in the end. It was a good win for the academy side and it keeps them well in the hunt for top spot behind Hill of Beath Hawthorn.
 
Kirkcaldy Eagles remain in 11th place in the 16 team league but will be encouraged by their performance on the day against a team near the top end of the table.  
  • Full Time:
  • East Fife Youth Academy
  • 2-0
  • Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001

Lineups

East Fife Youth Academy
Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001
1. Kyle Moran
2. Cameron Ross
3. Liam Kelly
4. Adam Davidson
5. Nathan Laird
6. Jake Horsburgh
9. Jay Rodger
12. John Beattie
14. Greg Houston
15. Jack Armstrong
17. Lewis Rosie
18. Jordan Mackenzie
20. Robbie Thomson
1. Logan Clunie
3. Evan Dickson
4. Conor Wilson
5. Andrew McLeod
6. Rhys Davies
7. Keiran Cape
9. Robbie Graham
10. Jake Emmerson
11. Callum More
14. Robbie Drummond
15. Josh Sinclair
16. Reilly Campbell
17. Fraser Anderson
18. Owen Roberts
Star Player
East Fife Youth Academy
Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001
Adam Davidson was a standout for me today. He showed great character to recover from his penalty miss in the first half and could have had more goals t his name on a different day
Lots of credit has to go to Logan Clunie for his performance. A great penalty save in the first half and a number of key saves in the second kept his side in the game. Nothing he could do about the two goals.
Magic Moment
East Fife Youth Academy
Kirkcaldy Eagles 2001
Davidson's goal was extremely well struck. Right on the edge of the left-hand side of the penalty box and right in the corner of the net out of Clunie's reach. His celebration afterwards showed that he really wanted to make up for his penalty miss in the first half.
It was a terrific stop by Clunie to save the penalty in the first half. Got a strong two hands on the ball to push it away and kept the score down to just one goal at an important time in the game.
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