Lumphinnans United 2-3 Cupar Hearts
Hearts pick up vital win with the odd goal in five.
Saturday 10th February 2018.
Kingdom of Fife League.
A waterlogged Duffus Park meant a last-minute fixture switch to Lumphinnans to face a challenging United side despite them struggling in the lower half of the table.
Hearts made the perfect start when they opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute. Ryan Gray slipped the ball through to Aaron Leadbetter whose drive into the box saw him blast the ball into the net.
The home side levelled on the half hour mark when they capitalised on Cupar’s misfortune. A corner kick saw Sean Murdoch unknowingly knock the ball into the path of Lee Adamson who scored from close range.
Straight back at the other end a superb Steven Pennington cross went a begging when Paul Laurie just couldn’t quite reach it.
Minutes later Hearts edged themselves back in front when a foul by Lee Emslie on Steven Pennington gave the visitors a free kick just beyond the half way line. Kerr Brown’s ball was perfectly placed for Aaron Leadbetter to rise up and nod the ball home for his and Cupar’s second.
But it was United who had the last say of the first period when they equalised through a set piece. Dylan Hannah sent in the free kick for Lee Emslie to head in at the back post.
A penalty claim early in the 2nd half from the visitors was waved away when Steven Pennington was brought down by Derek Lynas after a flick on by Kyle Watson.
Then a good shot by Lumphinnans’ Lee Adamson brought the best out of ‘keeper Gavin Wilson when he pulled out a great save.
The winning goal came on 66 minutes after the best bit of play from Hearts. A pass by Aaron Leadbetter found Ryan Gray who set up Jakub Dobes on the edge of the box. He took a sensational first touch before firing the ball across the line.
Cupar should have sealed the victory 10 minutes later when Gary Brown twisted and turned in front of goal only to disappointingly fire wide.
Cupar Hearts: Wilson, K. Brown, Murdoch, Anderson, Blyth, Dobes, Gray, Wainwright, Leadbetter, Pennington (c) and Laurie. Subs: Watson, McKay, Sibanda, Diop, McKinnon and G. Brown.