CUPAR HEARTS ARE FIFE CUP CHAMPIONS!

Dominant Hearts romp to 2nd successive Cup win.

Friday 20th May 2011.

Fife Cup Final.

Cupar Hearts lifted the Fife Cup for the second successive season and for the fourth time in five years last Friday. Kennoway Amateurs provided the opponents for the third time and it would be an exact replica of last years final with Cupar Hearts once again emerging 4-0 victors. With Grahm Makein suspended and Stuart Nicoll cup-tied Cupar Hearts almost had a full strength squad and expected a tough encounter. But the Fife League Champions found Cupar in top form and too hot to handle.

An early free kick was sent in for Kennoway but it didn’t cause the Hearts defence any problems. Then some neat football by Cupar was followed up with two efforts by Neale Smith but both were just too high. On 20 minutes a deep cross by Scott Pryde was cut back by Iain O’Leary and Barry Sibanda sent the ball goalwards but Kennoway’s defence cleared off the line. Moments later though the opening goal was created. A corner kick was knocked out to Iain Boylan and Sean Wallace in the Kennoway goal could only parry away his fierce drive but Tommy Halley was on hand to jab the ball home. Kennoway replied with a spectacular overhead kick by Colin Bruce which hit the bar but it was all in vain as he was given offside. Just before the break Iain O’Leary had a drive just wide then Kennoway’s number 10 came close with a long range effort but it was Cupar who went into the break with the slender lead.

Just 5 minutes into the second half Cupar Hearts increased their lead when an Iain Boylan cross was met by Iain O’Leary and his precision shot gave the ‘keeper no chance. Then 10 minutes later O’Leary had a great chance to put Cupar further ahead but he failed to direct his header on target. Cupar substitute replaced the injured Stephen Gilfillan after 65 minutes. Shortly after Scott McInroy put the game beyond Kennoway when he scored the goal of the match. He met Neale Smith’s corner kick with a bullet header which flew into the back of the net. Cupar’s Gary Reilly replaced Iain O’Leary with 17 minutes remaining and immediately taunted the Kennoway defence with his close control. Then on 80 minutes Darren Davidson sealed his teams fate when the ball came off his shin and into the back of the net for goal number 4. Kennoway were using the long high ball in search for a consolation but the Hearts back four couldn’t be penetrated and Steven McEwan commanded his area in style to ensure that they kept a clean sheet for the third time against Kennoway. And so at the final whistle it was celebrations all round and the large Cupar support went home very happy.

Cupar Hearts: McEwan, Halley, Gilfillan, Anderson, McInroy, Fraser, Smith, Boylan, O’Leary, Sibanda and Pryde. Subs: Campbell, Sharp, M. Reilly, G. Reilly and Watson.