Battling performance produces well earned victory.

Saturday 25th February 2017

Bridgeview Joinery Cup 1st Round.

Cupar Hearts got themselves back to winning ways when they progressed into the 2nd round of the Bridgeview Joinery Cup at the hands of visitors Lumphinnans United.

Cupar opened the scoring from the penalty spot with only 7 minutes on the clock. A good pass by Aaron Leadbetter found Lee Sibanda on goal but he was fouled by the ‘keeper. Player- manager Sibanda stepped up and coolly slotted the spot kick into the net.

Lumphinnans replied through Ryan Hughes but his wild shot was miles off target.

Then a foul on Scott McKay by Gavin Reilly gave Hearts a free kick on the halfway line. Kerr Brown’s delivery was initially cleared before Andy Wainwright sent it back in and Steven Pennington eventually fired just wide.

At the other end a foul by Pennington on Gavin Reilly 30 yards out saw the same man send his free kick over the bar just before the break.

Straight from the restart the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Ross McMillan received his marching orders after a second yellow for dissent.

A good move by Hearts saw Lee Sibanda dummy a Jambi Dobes cross leaving it for Gary Brown at the back post but his shot from close range went straight to the ‘keeper.

Visiting goalie Robert McFarlane was keeping Lumphinnans in the game with some superb saves. First a Steven Pennington free kick was turned around the post before an excellent Scott McInroy effort from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar on the hour mark.

Cupar did grab a second though to seal the game. A Jakob Dobes drive into the box saw him one on one with the ‘keeper and he unselfishly squared to Lee Sibanda who made no mistake from close range.

It was a hard fought victory for Hearts who had to battle for 90 minutes to get through to the next round where their opponents will be Leven United.

Cupar Hearts: Cichowski, K. brown, McInroy, Murdoch, Leadbetter, McKay, Wainwright, Dobes, G. Brown, Pennington and Sibanda. Subs: Lawlir, Sutherland, Blyth and Thomas.