Hearts edge Rosyth to advance.

Saturday 28th October 2017.

Taylor Sullivan Funeral Directors Challenge Cup Round 3.

Cupar Hearts travelled to bottom of the League side Rosyth in the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup and faced a much tougher test than expected.

The home side stunned the visitors when they grabbed the opener with only 3 minutes on the clock. James McPherson beat Aaron Leadbetter for pace and slotted the ball into the net.

Then Mark Higgins for Rosyth missed an unbelievable chance to double their lead when he fired wide at the back post from close range after a run and cross by Sam Robertson.

At the other end a handball by Mark McPherson gave Hearts a free kick opportunity at the edge of the box but Grant Blyth’s kick was deflected inches wide and Cupar couldn’t capitalise from the resulting corner.

The equaliser came on 22 minutes when a short pass across the box by Jakub Dobes found striker Kyle Watson at the back post for an easy tap in.

Hearts took the lead just before the break in spectacular style when Kerr Brown stepped up and blasted the ball in off the crossbar from 30 yards.

Cupar were thankful to go into the interval ahead and didn’t take long to add a third, just 4 minutes into the second period.

Gordon McKinnon did all the hard work to win the ball and put in a cross for Kyle Watson to slide the ball over the line for his 2nd of the match.

Hearts let the home side back into the game when a foul by Kerr Brown on Patrick Murphy saw the referee point to the spot. And despite ‘keeper Gavin Wilson going the right way he couldn’t keep out Mark McPherson’s penalty kick.

That goal made for a shaky 15 minutes as Rosyth were determined to find an equaliser but Hearts did well to hang on and advance into the next round.

Cupar Hearts: Wilson, Blyth, McInroy, Leadbetter, G. Brown, Dobes, K. Brown, McKinnon, Sibanda, Pennington and Watson. Subs: Anderson and Laurie.