Eastfield 5-0 Cupar Hearts
Saturday 2nd February 2019.
Scottish Cup 6th Round.
It was a day to forget for Cupar Hearts which saw them crash out of the Scottish Cup last Saturday when they came up against a well organised Eastfield side from Cumbernauld.
Hearts got off to the worst possible start when they went behind after only 3 minutes. A short corner was initially blocked but then sent in for Tyler Fulton to convert at the back post.
Two goals in 2 minutes saw Cupar staring at a 3 goal deficit with 21 minutes on the clock. The first saw Kyle McLachlan through one on one with the ‘keeper and he slotted home. Then a fierce shot from distance by Stuart Doherty was well saved by Gavin Wilson. The resultant corner was rolled out to Tyler Fulton who blasted the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box.
There was a suspicion of offside when Nico Petrucci for Eastfield scored right on the halftime whistle but the goal stood and Cupar would need a massive turn around to salvage anything from the game.
A stern half time talk saw Hearts come out for the second period with some fighting spirit.
Connor Murdoch had a shot from distance that looked like it was dipping in but it came back off the crossbar. Then Martin Woods burst forward but his run took him to a difficult angle and his shot was easily saved.
A penalty kick on 65 for Hearts gave them a glimmer of hope but Barry Sibanda’s spot kick was sent wide and summed up the afternoon for the visitors.
Eastfield concluded the scoring and grabbed their 5th when Tyler Fulton cut through the defence and netted.
Despite a very disappointing result and performance it was a superb achievement for Cupar Hearts to be the last Fife team standing and to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.
Hearts: Wilson, Anderson, S. Murdoch (c), McColm, McKay, Wainwright, C. Murdoch, Gray, Dobes, Woods and B. Sibanda. Subs: Wells, L. Sibanda, McKinnon, Begg, Segerius and McInroy.