GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 Kirkcaldy YM 1
There may not be dancing on the streets of Raith tonight but there certainly could be a few choruses of "YMCA" as a goal mid-way through the second half was enough to settle this 4th Round Scottish Junior Cup tie in favour of the Fifers. The Young Men of Kirkcaldy thoroughly deserved their victory against a lacklustre Glens team that were a shadow of the side that fought back against Pollok the week before.
There were few clear cut chances in the opening half for either team. YM were first to threaten when a long diagonal ball was launched from the right to the Glens back post and although the YM forward won the header his effort went sailing over the bar. The best effort of the half was almost a mirror image, with a ball from the left to the far back post and this time the powerful header was on target, forcing Gary Matthews in the Glens goal to pull off a great double-handed save. YM came close again after the big keeper was caught in no man's land between box and touchline but Davie Stewart was on hand to escort the incoming cross to safety.
The Glens really couldn't get any rhythm going in their play and the well marshalled YM defence broke down the home side attacks almost at will, from which the visitors would counter-attack with energy and a sense of urgency. Neither could the Glens conjure up anything of any quality from the few set-pieces they won in the half. A half-hearted appeal for a penalty by Darren Johnstone in the dying minutes of the half was rightly turned down. Half-time Glenafton 0 Kirkcaldy. The half-time banter was full of praise for the Kirkcaldy side but surely they couldn't keep playing at that tempo for much longer!
The half started brightly for the Glens and good play between Willie Howie and Brian Miller penetrated the YM box in the opening minutes but the final ball didn't fall kindly and the move delivered no more than some much needed optimism, but even that was short-lived. Kirkcaldy broke up the park and with the Glens defence stretched a great ball was played perfectly into the path of Colin Murphy on the right, but with only Matthews to beat he blasted the ball well over the bar. Davie Stewart brought a similar move to an end, winning the ball with a last ditch tackle in the box. However, the YM forward stumbled over the ball and astonishingly the referee awarded the penalty. That footballing cliche 'poetic justice' came to the Glens rescue when Jamie Gilfillan balsted the spot kick well over the bar. Soon the travelling support may thought they had witnessed another footballing cliche (viz. 'these things even themselves out') when the the referee awarded the Glens a penalty when a Brian Millar shot at goal appeared to be handled in the box. Up stepped Willie Howie as he done at Newlandsfield the week before but on this occasion the keeper Scott Russell got both hands to the ball and made a fine save. It was then Matthews turn to keep the game goal-less. Another succesful run down the right saw the ball played across the Glens goalmouth to Liam Baillie who had made a lung-bursting run into the box to get his shot on goal, but Matthews scurried across his line and tipped the shot past the post. However, the big keeper was helpless when the same player later burst into the box and this time his shot had the power as well as accuracy and the YM were in front.
The Glens had a great chance to equalise almost immediately but hesitation between Millar and Johnstone in the YM box allowed Russell to gain his composure and save comfortably from Miller's delayed effort. Kirkcaldy resisted the temptation to sit in on their lead and continued to play the way they had all game and looked as likely to add to their score as the Glens did to equalise; but there was to be no more scoring. Final score : Glenafton 0 Kirkcaldy YM 1
Kirkcaldy left the pitch to a great cheer from their own fans and to well-earned congratulations from the home fans. A major disappointment for the Glens and now that other cliche of concentrating on the league provides the opportunity to bounce back, both on and off the park. There's always next year to 'Bring the Scottish Hame'
Good Luck to Kirkcaldy in the next round and remember
Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
Glenafton : Matthews; McGregor, Paterson, Stewart; Bingham (Allan), Blair (McAninch) , Murphy (Chiesa), Howie, Agnew; Millar, Johnstone.
Kirkcaldy YM: 1. Scott Russell, 2. Chris Mill, 3. Neil Aitken, 4.Craig Gilbert, 5. Craig Ness, 6. Ian Hepburn, 7. Colin Potter, 8. Chris Murphy, 9. Jamie Gilfillan, 10. Liam Baillie, 11. Daren Baillie Subs 12. Paul Douglas, 14. Colin Ramsey, 15. David Elder, 16. Stuart McDonald Sub Gk Roy Ness
Brian Blair outnumbered
Kirkcaldy's penalty goes over the bar
Kirkcaldy's keeper about to save Willie Howie's spot-kick
Willie Howie sandwich