Long journey has its rewards for Kennoway

Kevin Byers - Kennoway Star Hearts
Kevin Byers - Kennoway Star Hearts

Kennoway Star Hearts joined a host of junior clubs on Scottish Cup duty at the weekend.

But few faced the kind of journey faced by Kennoway who made a long journey north to play Fochabers in a game moved to Elgin where near by neighbours Glenrothes JFC were on the adjacent pitch playing New Elgin also in the Scottish Cup.

Kennoway Star Hearts started with a great desire and purpose and they raced into an early lead.

Chris Lornie scored a quite sensational goal as his direct running saw him weave past a few of the Fochaber defenders before smashing a shot high into the net for his first goal of the season.

The wide man was looking dangerous as he tormented the full back time after time.

The second goal arrived on the 10 minute mark after a period of sustained pressure instigated by Byers.

Somehow he showed the composure and skill to evade a posse of players inside the penalty area to fire in a left foot effort that was clawed away by Murray.

The ever alert Shaw was on hand, though, and he swept the ball home from a tight angle.

Byers was pulling the strings in the middle of the park and he almost provided a third goal as his free kick was headed onto the crossbar by Do

It was all one way traffic with Murray saving well from G.Gray and Craig with some fine goal keeping to keep his side in the Scottish Cup tie.

The hosts had the ball in the net after 25 minutes but the linesman had already flagged for offside and it was back to more of the same for KSH with Craig the next to test the over worked Murray.

The second half saw a similar pattern to the game with KSH having the bulk of the possession with Fochaber defending well and offering the odd counter attack despite testing Sutherland in goal.

The more the half wore on passes started to go astray and the quick attacking play from the first half was a distant memory.

Several good options were available for KSH in attack but whether it was players running out of ideas or more likely a spirited showing from the home side in the second half chances were few and far between.

Band had two late efforts from distance that saw Murray save once againbut the win was secure.

Overall a good solid win and the priority after such a long journey was progressing into the next round of the cup.

Kennoway - Sutherland Boylan Doig Brewster Wilson Lornie B.Gray Byers Craig Shaw G.Gray

Subs - Young Band Ferguson.

Next game is at home versus Montrose Roselea with a 2pm kick off.