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Kennoway Amateurs provided the opponents for the third time and it proved to be an exact replica of last year’s final, with Hearts once again emerging 4-0 victors.
Apart from the suspended Grahm Makein suspended and cup-tied Stuart Nicoll, Hearts had virtually a full strength squad and expected a tough encounter.
But the Fife league champions found Cupar in top form and too hot to handle.
Kennoway won an early free kick in a dangerous position, but it didn’t cause the Hearts’ defence any problems.
Then some neat football by Cupar was followed up with two efforts by Neale Smith, but both were just too high.
Hearts came close after 20 minutes when a deep cross by Scott Pryde was cut back by Iain O’Leary and Barry Sibanda sent the ball goalwards, but Kennoway’s defence cleared off the line.
However, the opening goal was only delayed by moments.
A corner kick was knocked out to Iain Boylan and Sean Wallace in the Kennoway goal could only parry away his fierce drive, but Tommy Halley was on hand to jab the ball home.
Kennoway replied with a spectacular overhead kick by Colin Bruce which hit the bar, but it was all in vain as he was given offside.
Just before the break Iain O’Leary had a drive just wide, then Kennoway’s number 10 came close with a long-range effort but it was Cupar who went into the break with the slender lead.
Just five minutes into the second half Hearts increased their lead when an Iain Boylan cross was met by Iain O’Leary and his precise shot gave the ‘keeper no chance.
Then 10 minutes later O’Leary had a great chance to put Cupar further ahead, but he failed to direct his header on target.
Shortly after Scott McInroy put the game beyond Kennoway when he scored the goal of the match, meeting Neale Smith’s corner kick with a bullet header which flew into the back of the net.
Cupar’s Gary Reilly replaced Iain O’Leary with 17 minutes remaining and immediately taunted the Kennoway defence with his close control.
After 80 minutes Darren Davidson sealed his team’s fate when the ball came off his shin and into the back of the net for goal number four.
Kennoway were using the long high ball in search for a consolation, but the Hearts’ back four couldn’t be penetrated and Steven McEwan commanded his area in style to ensure that he kept a clean sheet for the third time against Kennoway.
At the final whistle it was celebrations all round and the large Cupar support went home very happy.
Cupar Hearts: McEwan, Halley, Gilfillan, Anderson, McInroy, Fraser, Smith, Boylan, O’Leary, Sibanda and Pryde. Subs: Campbell, Sharp, M. Reilly, G. Reilly and Watson.