Cupar Hearts 1-2 Auchtermuchty Bellvue
More disappointment for Hearts after Cup defeat.
Saturday 18th February 2017.
Fife Cup 3rd Round.
Cupar Hearts’ cup dreams went from bad to worst after they were dumped out of the Fife Cup at the hands of Auchtermuchty making that their second Cup defeat in 3 weeks.
The game kicked off in typical cup tie fashion with the play end to end.
Hearts were first to show in front of goal with Gary Sutherland setting up Ryan Gray after a Kerr Brown cross but his shot went straight to the ‘keeper.
Then Gary Sutherland did well to get through on goal and he unselfishly squared to Steven Pennington only for the referee to blow for offside.
The visitors first effort on goal came on the half hour mark when Greg Honeyman’s cross was blasted over by Liam Kelly with his first touch.
Hearts were keeping pressure on and another good ball by Gary Sutherland found Lee Sibanda whose shot was spilled by the ‘keeper but there were no maroon shirts to slot in the rebound.
Three minutes into the second half Bellvue were reduced to ten men when Steven Cruickshank was given his marching orders after a 2nd yellow.
Cupar took advantage of their extra man and took the lead on the hour mark. A long throw by Morgan Dow was headed on to Lee Sibanda who fired in from close range.
Moments later a foul by Liam Kelly on Kerr Brown gave Hearts a dangerous free kick. Morgan Dow sent it goalwards and Sean Murdoch headed just wide.
With only a minute remaining Bellvue grabbed an equaliser to take the game into extra time. A free kick was fired in by visiting goalie Mark Robertson catching Hearts ‘keeper Ian Rann off his line.
Straight from the restart the sides were levelled when player-manager Lee Sibanda was sent for an early shower after a bad tackle saw him receive his second caution.
The winner came with 5 minutes of play remaining. A free kick by Grant Fraser found Iain O’Leary unmarked at the back post who headed home.
Ceres Butchers meat tray winner was Jimmy Leitch.
Cupar Hearts: Rann, K. Brown, Anderson, Murdoch, Blyth, G. Brown, Wainwright, Gray, Sutherland, Sibanda and Pennington. Subs: McLuckie, Duncan, Watson, Dow and Dobes.