Hearts see off Civil in penultimate league fixture.

Saturday 5th May 2012.

Kingdom Caledonian League.

Cupar Hearts kept on course to regaining the league title on Saturday with a convincing win at Rosyth. The home squad was blighted with injuries and like Cupar Hearts were beaten Fife Cup semi- finalists. Cupar had their usual good away support and took a strong team despite the absence of Stephen Gilfillan.

Play was confined to midfield in the opening stages but a fine pass by Charles Anderson to Tommy Halley created the first corner kick of the match which led to another corner and then Cupar’s opening goal. Iain Boylan’s kick was met by Robert Crawford and his perfect header flew into the top corner. Barry Sibanda came close to making it two after 15 minutes but his header went just over. The following quarter of an hour play was again kept in the middle without any real chances for either side until Stuart Nicoll tested home keeper Laurie McIntosh from distance but he saved easily. Soon after, Hearts Captain Charles Anderson was unlucky to be penalised for a tackle on Lee Wothersoon giving Gary Penman a free strike from 25 yards but Cupar’s defensive wall stood firm. A minute later Lee Wothersoon made Steven McEwan make a fine save with an effort from the edge of the box but Cupar soon broke clear when Michael Reilly beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper and slotted home with ease just after the half hour mark. Soon after the restart Rosyth’s full back Greg Curry came close to pulling a goal back but his effort whistled past the post. A two goal lead at half time would suit most teams visiting Rosyth but Barry Sibanda had other ideas and in the dying seconds of the half he latched onto a good through ball by Iain Boylan and neatly side footed past McIntosh to give Hearts a three goal cushion at the break.

Early in the second half an effort by Cupar’s Robert Crawford was well saved by Laurie McIntosh then another good shot fell to Barry Sibanda but he hurried his shot to no avail. A poorly taken free kick by Rosyth led to Hearts’ fourth goal after 64 minutes. Just inside Cupar’s half the ball was sent square across the park looking for the full back but Iain O’Leary intercepted and sent Barry Sibanda on his way and he made no mistake from the edge of the box to double his tally. Alex Peoples for Rosyth tried to get on the score sheet but his effort was well high. Cupar subs Stuart Beveridge, Stephen Kane and David Simpdon were introduced in the remaining minutes and Beveridge was unlucky not to score when his first time volley was tipped over the bar. It turned out to be an easier win than anticipated and keeps Hearts top of the bunch.

Cupar: McEwan, Anderson, Crawford, Fraser, McInroy, Halley, Nicoll, O’Leary, Boylan, Reilly and Sibanda. Subs: Beveridge, Kane, Simpson, Rintoul and Honeyman.