Kennoway United Under 16’s lifted the Summer Cup on Sunday morning at Warout Stadium with a 2-1 win over Fife Southern in a keenly contested and well supported final.
Kennoway were first to show their intent, winning a corner in only the 2nd minute, but Aaron Crookston’s curling effort sailed over the bar and out to safety. Fife Southern’s first chance came 3 minutes later, this time Dean Howden unlucky to be caught offside after good work on the right
It was already clear that these two teams were very evenly matched. The action quite literally swung from end to end, Kennoway perhaps edging it on technical tricks and control but Fife Southern the more direct at this stage. And so it swung back to Kennoway and in 9 minutes Daniel Murray deserved better when he put in a great cross from the left which only just eluded his team mates at the back post.
There were few controversial incidents in the match but in the 16th minute Kennoway’s Aaron Ramsay went down heavily in the Southern box. The Kennoway boys loudly called for a penalty, as did their supporters in the stand, but it was to no avail, a corner being given instead, from which Chris Hampson produced a fantastic point blank save from a close range header.
Kennoway were enjoying a period of sustained pressure now and went close again in 19 mins, a very neat triangular move on the left between Daniel Murray, Liam Mann and Craig Lumsden ending only when the ever busy Lumsden was caught offside.
A minute later the action swung back again and Southern squandered their best chance of the game so far when Dean Howden turned his man inside the Kennoway box, laying the ball back for Brandon Sinclair, who miskicked with the goal at his mercy. Southern’s turn to enjoy some pressure now and 4 minutes later they went even closer, this time Cameron Gray smacking a powerful header off the post following a deep Sean Thomson corner.
Back to Kennoway then, and Murray and Lumsden were combining well for Kennoway by this time, the latter despite his stature, and in 34 mins Murray shot narrowly wide after another good link-up between the two on the left. In the final action of the half he was unlucky again a minute before half time when his solid left foot drive was sliced up and over his despairing keeper and thankfully, the crossbar, by Ryan Ireland.