Cupar Hearts 2-4 Hearts of Beath
Cupar come from behind twice but not enough to see off visitors.
Saturday 18th August 2018.
Kingdom of Fife League.
Hearts of Beath were the visitors to Duffus Park with both sides looking to kick start their seasons.
The deadlock didn’t take long to be broken and it was first blood to the men from Cowdenbeath on 10 minutes when a long through ball found Jack McKay who dispatched his effort into the bottom corner.
Parity was restored only 6 minutes later as player manager Lee Sibanda slipped the ball through to Jakub Dobes for an assured finish.
There was a huge let off for the hosts when a free kick from Ross Rennie found Ross Day who was presented with a free header and an open goal but unbelievably put it wide of target.
Within 4 minutes of the lucky escape the defence of Cupar was to be breeched and it was all too easy when a cross came in from the left-hand side and the unmarked Ross Day was left with an easy goal.
An excellent piece of play from Jakub Dobes saw him win the ball and then find Connor Murdoch who had an effort at goal blocked. It came out to Dean Johnstone fired high over the bar. Moments later Connor Murdoch tried his luck from distance and he was not too far away.
In the 35th minute a foul by Sam Lewis Wishart on Connor Murdoch gave Steven Pennington an opportunity from a free kick but sadly for the home faithful his effort went high over the bar.
Cupar equalised for the 2nd time in the afternoon 10 minutes after the interval when a Lee Sibanda free kick was perfectly placed for Sean Murdoch who found the net with a header.
A game winning chance saw player- manager Lee Sibanda squander a huge chance to put his side ahead when he fired wide from close range.
Hearts were then hit with a sucker punch when yet more poor defending allowed James Mackenzie to net.
The game was put to bed when a free kick from Kevin Goodwin from range went straight in with a bounce off the post beating a hapless ‘keeper.
Cupar Hearts: Reid, Dobes, S. Murdoch (c), Pennington, Henderson, Dow, Wells, Wainwright, C. Murdoch, Sibanda and Johnstone. Subs: McInroy, McKay, Leadbetter, Laurie and Begg.