Townhill produced a fine display to progress to the second round of the Fife Cup, and end an unbeaten start to the season for travelling league leaders Aberdour.
The home side netted five times; with a brace for Gregor Macdonald, and one each for Ben Woodfine, Dominic Mcmurchie, and Aaron Baxter.
Ewan Sutherlands’ cooly taken penalty was the only goal for an Aberdour side who went into the game having only dropped two league points from the first six games.
In true cup game fashion chances were few and far between in the early stages, with both sides wary of conceding first; but it was the home side who carved out the first opening, with Baxter playing Alex Chingwalu through on goal, only to be denied by Abderdour ‘keeper Ross Clark.
Mcmurchie was next to test Clark, with a long range effort palmed to safety by the goalkeeper.
Townhill were beginning to gain some momentum, and Baxter was again close to breaking the deadlock, with a left footed drive from outside the area narrowly missing the Aberdour crossbar.
The pressure finally told after fifteen minutes, when a fine corner from Jack George was powerfully headed home by Woodfine.
Chingwalu almost doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but was denied when his header was saved by Clark.
Abderdour were in need of some reprieve, and as the half went on they began to find their rhythm. Mackenzie Roe in the Townhill defence first headed away a dangerous looking cross, before Haydn Clarkson was almost played through on goal, but for a last gasp interception from Ben Mccann.
The momentum was now with the away side, and Owain Stark in the Townhill goal did well to hold onto a dipping free kick from Damon Kenny.
Townhill dug in, and after weathering a tough spell Baxter almost snatched his side a second goal, his right footed effort flying wide of the mark with fifteen minutes of the first half left to play.
Aberdour continued to push for an equaliser, but were to suffer a hammer blow with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A throw in from the right found Mcmurchie, who turned his marker and slotted a left footed finish smartly past the keeper to double his teams lead.
Aberdour piled forward in desperate search of a goal before half time, and Clarkson was almost played clear of the last defender but for a fine tackle from Mackenzie Roe.
Kenny then showed fine feet to waltz his way into the Townhill penalty area, when tackled the ball landed kindly for Clarkson, but his low shot was well saved by Stark.
Townhill set about putting the game to bed, with Mcmurchie almost through on goal, but Clark was quick off his line and beat him to the ball. Jack George then found his way into the Aberdour box, but again the defence held strong.
Aberdour rallied just before the half time whistle, but their passing game couldn’t penetrate the Townhill back line, with Woodfine in particular in inspired form.