Hearts triumph in battle of Cupar.

Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Kingdom of Fife League.

It was local derby day as Cupar Hearts welcomed their Duffus Park neighbours AM Soccer in their first ever competitive game in the Kingdom of Fife League. Despite falling behind, a superb show of determination and team spirit saw Hearts come out on top and hand AM their first defeat of the season in a feisty encounter.

Cupar should have opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute when Ryan Gray set up Gary Sutherland after a Paul Laurie cross and Sutherland side- footed his shot the wrong side of the post.

Paul Laurie had two decent attempts on goal. The first was just too high and the second hit the side netting.

Despite Hearts creating all the chances it was AM who took the lead on 20 minutes against the run of play and showed their clinical finishing with their first chance on goal when Richie Lawson headed home a cross.

On the half hour mark a long ball by Kerr Brown found Paul Laurie who did well to beat his defender and cross for Andy Wainwright waiting in the middle but his shot was cleared.

The best chance of the half fell to Ryan Gray who got through on goal but disappointingly fired his shot straight at the ‘keeper.

AM took their slender lead into the break but Hearts knew if they were to show the same attacking intent in the second period they would soon find an equaliser.

Only 1 minute into the second half a foul on Andy Wainwright saw the referee point to the spot. Steven Pennington stepped up and coolly dispatched his penalty to level the scores.

This fired Hearts up and they went on the hunt for a winner and it was that man Pennington who scored his and Cupar’s second.

A deep cross was cut back by Paul Laurie and deflected out to Steven Pennington who blasted the ball into the back of the net with just over an hour played.

The game was marred when an off ball incident saw two men see red. A head butt by AM’s Michael Watt saw a rammy ensue and Cupar’s Sean Murdoch was also sent for an early bath for his part.

But this didn’t take away the superb team performance by Hearts who at the final whistle deserved to pick up all 3 points.

Cupar Hearts: Wilson, Anderson, K. Brown, Murdoch, Blyth, Wainwright, McKinnon, Gray, Sutherland, Pennington and Laurie. Subs: Watson, Thomas, G. Brown, Dow and Dobes.