Fife Cup 3rd Round.

Saturday 16th February 2019.

Cupar Hearts were in Fife Cup action last Saturday when they battled against Kirkcaldy YMCA for a place in the quarter-finals.

Hearts took the lead early doors through a well worked corner. Blair Woods sent it to the back post where Barry Sibanda knocked it onto Martin Woods who drove the ball into the back of the net.

At the other end Gavin Wilson was deemed to save the ball outside the box and the home side were awarded a free kick. Liam Brown’s effort came off the wall and a scramble ensued. Charles Anderson managed to clear but only as far as Scott Mathewson but his shot was wild and went high over.

The play was end to end and a superb Martin Woods ball across the face of goal went begging on the half hour mark.

Then a great save by Gavin Wilson in the visiting sticks stopped Scott Mathewson. Gary Hutchison was ready to pounce but Charles Anderson was on hand to make an important clearance.

Some good play by Hearts just before the break saw an excellent ball down the wing by Martin Woods and Steven Pennington did well to win a throw. Blair Woods collected the ball and won a free kick in a dangerous area but Ryan Gray’s effort was easily saved.

A corner kick just after the restart saw Blair Woods’ swinging effort go straight in but the referee failed to give Cupar the goal.

Kirkcaldy started to press and Liam MacDuff skipped his way into the box but his quality shot was equally matched by ‘keeper Gavin Wilson.

With the clock ticking into injury time an off the ball incident saw tempers flare when Scott Mathewson pinned down Andy Wainwright by his throat. He was rightly shown red then the bewildered Wainwright was also given his marching orders.

The game was descending into utter chaos with the referee playing an additional 12 minutes but Hearts stood firm despite the home side throwing everything at them and at the final whistle it was Cupar Hearts who advance into the quarter-final after well deserved and hard fought victory.

Cupar Hearts: Wilson, Anderson, S. Murdoch, McColm, B. Woods, C. Murdoch, Gray, Wainwright, M. Woods, Pennington and B. Sibanda. Subs: Wells, L. Sibanda, McKinnon, Begg and Rowland.