Leven United 2-1 Cupar Hearts
Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Kingdom of Fife League.
Old rivals met last Saturday as Cupar Hearts travelled to face Leven United in a league match where both teams desperately needed the points.
The opening stage was a fairly even affair with neither side able to test the ‘keepers.
It was Hearts who drew first blood on 22 minutes when Barry Sibanda intercepted a poor pass back by Craig Lamont and was swiftly wiped out by Sean Snaddon in goals. The referee pointed to the spot and Steven Pennington duly obliged sending his penalty into the bottom corner.
Leven hit back through Aaron Clunie after a series of corners but his eventual header was well wide.
Two free kicks in dangerous areas looked promising for Hearts but the first, sent in by Blair Woods, was gathered by the ‘keeper and the second was well placed but eventually cleared.
Just before the break Sean Murdoch made an important goal line clearance after a corner kick fell to Ross Smith and he blasted it goalwards.
The home side started the second half with their eyes firmly fixed on an equaliser and an excellent shot by Stuart Gray was equally matched by Gavin Wilson with an outstanding save.
Some good play by Cupar saw a Barry Sibanda cross find Steven Pennington. His deflected shot was gathered by Ryan Gray but his effort was easily saved.
Then a superb shot by Martin Woods looked certain to go in but goalie Sean Snaddon managed to keep the home side in the game with a great save.
With just over an hour played Leven grabbed the leveller. A quick run by Chris Lornie beat Sean Murdoch who crossed the ball for Stuart Gray and his shot was saved by the feet of Gavin Wilson. From the resultant corner Aaron Clunie, unmarked at the back post, easily headed the ball into the back of the net.
The equaliser saw Leven gather pace and get on top of the game dominating large spells of possession.
Two massive offside decisions went against Hearts and their frustration culminated with only two minutes remaining when Scott Rowland was sent off for a foul on William Herd and the referee awarded the second penalty of the game. The same man stepped up to win the game for Leven.
Cupar Hearts: Wilson, Anderson, S. Murdoch (c), Rowland, B. Woods, C. Murdoch, McColm, Gray, M. Woods, B. Sibanda and Pennington. Subs: Wells, Begg, Watson, Leadbetter, Dobes,L Sibanda, McKinnon and Robson.