In a closely contested Fife Cup semi-final tie it was Jeanfield Swifts who emerged victorious after securing a 2-1 win at Hawkcraig Park against Aberdour SDC.
The match was a very physical and passionate affair, with plenty of tackles flying in as both sides desperately fought to book their place in the Under 19's final on 10th June at New Bayview to play Glenrothes Strollers.
Jeanfield started the brighter of the two sides as they began attacking down the hill for the first half. A corner in the third minute was met by Ross Williams, who saw his effort cleared off the line.
Richard Donavan was next to try his luck, but his shot was well saved by the Aberdour 'keeper. The Perthshire side troubled Aberdour again on the five minute mark as Kieran Fox played in Robbie Young, who could only hit his shot against the goalkeeper.
Aberdour gradually found their way back into the game and had their first attempt on goal in the eighth minute when Ross Gibb shot from distance only to see his shot fly over the bar.
The home side were looking to make their set-pieces count and very nearly did so when a corner taken by Gibb was met at the back post by Declan Pierce, who could only direct his effort into the side-netting.
The match was tense for large periods, with both sides trying to get a feel for the game nd overcome the nerves that come with playing in a semi-final. It appeared that it would take either a mistake or a piece of brilliance to open the scoring. Fortunately for this spectator, it came by the latter.
A long throw in from Aberdour, taken by Nathan Sullivan, was headed on by Ewan Sutherland and what happened next would have impressed even Cristiano Ronaldo, as Ross Smith connected with the ball perfectly with an overhead kick, leaving Swifts 'keeper Jordan Kinnon no chance.
The goal appeared to motivate Aberdour and they came close again in the 21st minute when Sutherland thought he had found just enough space to get a shot away, only for Rian Shillan to make an excellent block.
Jeanfield had their equaliser on the 27th minute when Robbie Young's initial shot was not held by the Aberdour 'keeper, allowing Young a second bite at the cherry. It wasn't an opportunity he was going to miss and Swifts were level in the semi-final.