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Glenrothes Strollers Prevail Against Kelty Hearts in Tight Fife Cup Final

Kelty Hearts CC 1

Quinn 22'

Glenrothes Strollers 2

Mitchell 25' Fleming 45'
  • Sunday, 26 May 2019
  • Treaton Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Fife Cup

An early Kelty Hearts opener wasn’t enough to prevent a well disciplined Glenrothes Strollers from lifting the Fife Cup. Expert finishes from Jack Mitchell and Craig Fleming sealed the trophy for the Strollers.

A blistery day at Treaton park was ready to welcome a frantic ninety minutes between the two sides who were very familiar with each other during their domestic seasons. Glenrothes were certainly the side that looked the most interested at the opening stages of the game. The first chance of the game was created by powerful full back Dylan Blyth who bombed down the left wing and delivered a mean cross that just missed the boot of Cameron Lewis from deep inside the box in the sixth minute of the match.

Glenrothes continued their early dominance through a flurry of corners which saw Thomas Gledinning have his header cleared off the line, which was quickly followed by Blyth having a close-range strike denied expertly by Kelty Heart’s goalkeeper Lewis Sinclair in the eigth minute.

After surviving the early flurry of chances, Kelty started moving up the pitch and creating chances for themselves. This was quickly rewarded by the opening goal of the final when Ben King somehow managed to knock down a precise ball to his striking partner Ryan Quinn who smashed the ball home in the 22nd minute of the match, putting Kelty in the lead.

Real end to end football was witnessed at Treaton Park for the remainder of the first half with the typhoon like conditions making the whole final even more dramatic as both sides were going full throttle on each other. Glenrothes were finally rewarded for their early pressure when Blyth went on another run and ending up being taken down in the box, earning his side a penalty and a fantastic chance to equalise. Which was exactly what happened when striker Jack Mitchell stepped up and slotted it coolly in the bottom right corner, in the 25th minute of the match.

Moments later, Kelty threatened to take the lead once again when deep lying playmaker Greg McHugh stepped up from around thirty yards and unleashed a mighty strike which cannoned off the bar in the 30th minute.

Blyth was right in the mix of it once again for Glenrothes, when Sinclair did well to tip over his looping free kick in the 40th minute. Craig Fleming came within inches from the resulting corner as his close-ranged header just flew over the bar. Soon after no nonsense defender James Perrie came up with an outrages overhead kick which clipped the crossbar and went out of play.

However, after pushing and pushing, Glenrothes finally took the lead for the first time in the final on the stroke of half time when Mitchell made some room for himself and threaded a ball through to tricky midfielder Lewis who has his shot tremendously saved by Sinclair but unfortunately for him his parry fell to the feet of Fleming who reacted the quickest and placed his effort into the empty net. Giving his side the lead in the concluding moment of the first half.

  • Half Time:
  • Kelty Hearts CC
  • 2-1
  • Glenrothes Strollers

As a chaotic half came to an end, the second half was much more controlled and fewer chances were witnessed in the proceedings. The first chance of the half fell to Lewis of Glenrothes in the 57th minute when his half-volley from the edge of the box was calmly collected by Sinclair.

Glenrothes started to take real control of the game and continued to frustrate Kelty who desperately chased an equaliser in the Fife Cup Final. Glenrothes were unfortunate not to double their lead in the 75th minute when a series of chances fell to the leaders from a corner which saw the likes of Blyth, Callum Anderson, Marc Boyd and Matthew Lamb all just miss the target or be expertly denied by Sinclair who was certainly busy throughout the match.

Once again Kelty showed they were no pushovers as they displayed real counter attacking talent as Ciaran Nicol used his pace and got in behind the Glenrothes defence, but was terribly unlucky as the ball got caught under his feet at the vital moment as the well-disciplined Glenrothes defence managed to clear the ball away in the 80th minute of the match.

Kelty really started to press Glenrothes for the first time in the second half as the match was minutes away from finishing. However, the final chance of the game fell once again to Nicol who did superbly to find some space but the dominant defender Perrie was once again there to get in the way and save his team from going into extra time and sealing the Fife Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Kelty Hearts CC
  • 2-1
  • Glenrothes Strollers

Lineups

Kelty Hearts CC
Glenrothes Strollers
1. Lewis Sinclair
2. Cameron Cook
4. Blair Chalmers
5. Kyler Harrison
6. Greg McHugh
7. Ryan Quinn
8. Declan Stockdale
9. Logan Bexfield
10. Ben King
11. Todd Fleming
12. Ciaran Nicol
13. Cameron Lewis
14. Scott Paterson
15. Dylan Finlayson
16. Cameron Walker
1. Callum Doran
2. Sam Walker
3. Liam Forrester
4. James Perrie
6. Craig Fleming
8. Thomas Gledinning
9. Marc Boyd
10. Jack Mitchell
11. Bailey Thompson
14. Matthew Lamb
15. Dylan Blyth
17. Kallan Griffiths
18. Callum Anderson
19. Struan Grieve
20. James Johnstone
Star Player
Kelty Hearts CC
Glenrothes Strollers
Greg McHugh - Really solid display from the tough central midfielder who put in some great challenges and defence cutting passes, Glenrothes really struggled to handle his talent throughout the match. Was also really unlucky to have his powerful effort find the back of the net after it cannoned off the bar.
Dylan Blyth - That's what you call a cup final performance. Blyth was right in the middle of it from start to last, winning the penalty for the first goal and putting some terrific challenges in. The attacking full back was the real creative spark for Glenrothes throughout the match.
Magic Moment
Kelty Hearts CC
Glenrothes Strollers
The opener was a fantastic goal. The nod down by King was truly brilliant and the finish from Quinn matched it rightly so.
The last ditch tackle from Perrie right at the end was stellar. A fantastic defensive performance from the cup winners was summarised by constantly putting their bodies on the line from preventing Kelty to grab one back.
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