Burntisland United 3-3 Cupar Hearts
Heart break in penalty shoot out.
Saturday 29th September 2018.
Taylor Sullivan Cup 2nd Round.
A journey down the coast saw Cupar’s trophy hopes disappear as they were knocked out of the Taylor Sullivan Cup on penalty kicks after dominating most of the game.
It started brightly for Hearts when they opened the scoring on 11 minutes in spectacular fashion with a Steven Pennington overhead kick after a long throw in by Scott McKay.
Three minutes later Cupar went two up with a well worked set piece straight from the training ground. Lee Sibanda’s free kick went short to Steven Pennington who crossed for the on rushing Connor Murdoch to score at the back post.
The home side pulled one back when they saw an opportunity and lobbed the ball wind assisted from 40 yards over ‘keeper James Robson who was off his line.
Just before the break another free kick produced a goal for Hearts. Lee Sibanda’s kick was sent goalwards by Steven Pennington and youngster Craig Begg tapped in from close range.
Cupar looked to be cruising then a penalty awarded to Burntisland had everyone scratching their heads. Nonetheless Sam Gallagher stepped up and converted the spot kick.
Burntisland found the equaliser on 67 minutes after poor defending saw Sam Gallagher through on goal and he rounded the ‘keeper to score.
Hearts through everything at the home side desperately seeking a winner but it was to be penalty kicks to decide the outcome.
McInroy, Pennington and Sibanda all converted for Hearts before James Robson made a save. A Scott McKay miss brought things level and so onto sudden death where Martin Woods’ penalty straight down the middle was saved by Burntisland ‘keeper Craig Downie.
It was a frustrating day in the office for Cupar who now turn their attention to the Scottish Cup.