Nine and easy for Cupar against Star.

Saturday 16th September 2018.

Taylor Sullivan Cup 1st Round.

After a disappointing start to the league campaign Cupar Hearts turned their attention to Taylor Sullivan Cup business where they found a much needed goal boost.

With only 5 minutes on the clock the home side were 2 to the good. The first, an outstanding individual goal by Martin Woods saw his mazy run up the wing finished off with a shot in off the far post. Then a glancing header by Jakub Dobes found the net after a cross from the edge of the box by Lee Sibanda.

A free kick on 26 mins, after a foul on Scott McKay, produced goal number 3. Ryan Gray stepped up and rounded the wall giving the ‘keeper no chance.

Then Scott McKay did well to collect the ball and lob it over the out of position goalie on the half hour mark to put Hearts further ahead.

A foul on Jakub Dobes by ‘keeper Brendon O’Brien saw the referee point to the spot but he made amends when he did well to save- a rare miss for player- manager Lee Sibanda.

Cupar made it 5 moments before the break when a bullet header from Scott McInroy burst the net to the delight of the home support.

Hearts wasted no time in getting the second half underway when they scored with less than a minute played. A Scott McKay effort was brilliantly turned round the post for a corner. Then Scott McInroy’s effort rebounded off the woodwork before it was sent back in and Jakub Dobes fired in from close range.

Lee Sibanda made amends for his earlier miss when he superbly converted a free kick to bring Cupar’s tally to 7.

A rare effort for the visitors saw Peter Buchanan try his luck from distance. His shot came off the crossbar and bounced dangerously but Gavin Wilson gathered.

Martin Woods claimed his double with 2 minutes remaining when he fired home after a neat pass by Lee Sibanda.

Then right on the whistle Scott McInroy concluded the scoring with his second and Cupar’s ninth with a left footed shot from close range.

It was a dominating performance in the end by Hearts but credit to visiting goalkeeper Brendan O’Brien who pulled off some great saves to keep the score in single figures and to the visitors who never gave up.

Cupar Hearts: Wilson, Wainwright, Wells, McInroy, Leadbetter (c), Woods, Gray, Sibanda, C. Murdoch, Dobes and McKay. Subs: Begg and Pennington.