A stunning free kick by Neale Smith seals an easy win for Hearts.

Saturday 28th May 2011.

Fence and Deck CupĀ 2nd round.

Cupar Hearts progressed to the semi-final of the Fence and Deck Cup at expense of Burntisland Shipyard on a day more suitable for flying kites than playing football. Both teams knuckled down to the task and there was no let up in the pace- only to be interrupted by some fierce tackling by the visitors.

The first real chance fell to Burntisland after 13 minutes when their centre forward broke clear but he fired wide. Kicking against the wind Cupar had a lot of possession but a snapshot by Neale Smith after 18 minutes failed to open the scoring. Moments later Barry Sibanda latched on to a great through ball by Iain Boylan but his effort went wide. Then just afer the half hour mark Shipyards No.9 was given an opportunity when Hearts’ ‘keeper went to deal with a long pass well out of his penalty area and stumbled over the ball but the big centre couldn’t capitalise. Steven McEwan soon made amends 5 minutes later with a superb fingertip save after a wind assisted shot. Cupar were soon piling on the pressure though with 3 corner kicks in succession and on the third attempt opened the scoring. Neale Smith’s corner on 37 minutes was somehow put into their own net by a Shipyard player. Just 4 minutes later it was Cupar went 2 to the good when a looping cross by Tommy Halley was headed home by Barry Sibanda.

Just 2 minutes into the second half Cupar Hearts increased their lead. A Barry Sibanda shot was deflected out to Michale Reilly and his shot swerved into the far corner. Burntisland did not give up and kept battling away which paid off after 7 minutes of the half when they reduced the deficit. A direct free kick forced Steven McEwan into a great save but it was parried into the path of the Shipyards No. 11 who was left with an easy tap in. With the wind at their backs Cupar kept the visitors at bay. Hearts created many more chances as the half wore on but the wind was still a problem. With 6 minutes remaining a beautifully curled free kick went around the wall by Neale Smith and into the back of the net for goal number four to put the game well beyond the Shipyard.
Cupar: McEwan, Halley, Makein, O’Leary, McInroy, Boylan, Nicoll, Smith, M. Reilly, Sibanda and Pryde. Subs Watson, Campbell and MacPhee.

Ceres Butchers meat tray winner was R. Gray.