Kennoway 7-4 Cupar Hearts
Hearts on the wrong end of an eleven goal thriller.
Saturday 2nd November 2019.
Kingdom of Fife League.
Two teams with poor defensive records meant an eleven goal thriller when Cupar Hearts travelled to league new comers Kennoway with the visitors finding themselves two goals down within the first ten minutes.
First a cross in from the left was fired in by Kieran Band before Glen Lumsden converted from the spot after a foul by Matthew Porteus.
Another penalty, this time at the other end after some neat passing play by Cupar saw Craig Begg chopped down. Player-manager Lee Sibanda stepped up and cooly slotted home.
On the half hour mark Kennoway went further ahead when Kieran Band cut straight through the defence and drilled the ball low into the net.
Hearts fought back though and a free kick on the edge of the box was in striking range for Lee Sibanda who curled his effort round the wall and beat ‘keeper Robbie McPhail.
Cupar went into the break trailing 3-2 but were still very much in the game. But disaster struck only 2 minutes into the second half when a two footed challenge by Ryan Gray saw him given a straight red leaving Hearts to battle with only 10 men.
Kennoway looked to put the game to bed with only 8 minutes remaining when Liam Mann headed home unmarked in the box for the home side. But another four goals would follow in the remaining minutes.
A mazy run by Kieran Band saw him finish to make it five but then Hearts replied when a Lee Sibanda effort came back off the post but he fired in for a second time with the goalie palming the ball into the net.
Straight from the restart Kieran Band grabbed his fourth and Kennoway’s sixth when he clipped the ball over the ‘keeper.
Substitute Innes Hegg scored from close range before a free kick by Kennoway concluded the scoring.