St Andrews University.............0
A CHILLY Cotlands Park awaited the teams as Kennoway played host to St Andrews University in the third round of the Foster’s Fife Amateur Cup.
It didn’t take Kennoway long to heat things up, immediately pushing forward and probing the St Andrews defence.
The opening goal came after Ryan Thomson outpaced the St Andrews back line and slotted the ball beyond the ‘keeper into the back of the visitors’ net.
A rattled St Andrews restarted the match and looked to assert themselves, finding some joy attacking the Kennoway wings.
However, the home side sucker-punched their visitors and swept forward, allowing the lively Ryan Thomson to add a second to his tally for the day.
St Andrews found themselves firmly on the back foot and Kennoway were using their dominance to put together some very entertaining football.
The pressure soon paid off and Kennoway cut through the St Andrews defence, allowing Martyn Thomson to put the ball into the back of the net and put Kennoway in command of the tie.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the home side though as some precise passing and a ball across the front of the visitors’ goal resulted in Gary Ramsey knocking the ball into the net only for the goal to be disallowed by the referee.
The home side were undaunted, though, and late in the first half Kennoway player Stefan Anderson was rewarded for his tireless play after drilling a low ball past the St Andrews goalkeeper and into the back of the net, putting the home side into a 4-0 lead at half time.
St Andrews started the second half positively, moving from damage-limitation mode into attack, trying to exploit the weaknesses they had found on the Kennoway wing.
It nearly paid off, but stout defending from Kennoway snuffed out most attacks while the local side’s goalkeeper made a few good saves.
The Kennoway woodwork also played its part in helping the hosts keep a clean sheet.
Kennoway could count themselves unlucky not to add to their tally on the day on several occasions during the second half but, in the end, the home side did more than enough to see themselves through to the quarter finals of the Foster’s Fife Amateur Cup.