‘Weem hit five to trounce Kirkcaldy

Pittenweem's Ketchen (black and white) holds up the ball.

Pittenweem's Ketchen (black and white) holds up the ball.

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Pittenweem Rovers.....................5

Kirkcaldy YM...............................0

ROVERS faced off against Kirkcaldy YM in the third round of the Fife Cup.

Pittenweem soon got into their stride and good play in midfield between Liam McGhee and Neale Smith allowed Mike Gardner to drive in from the left wing, but his cross was scrambled clear.

Rovers made the breakthrough with half an hour played when a Darren Wilson header on the half-way line was flicked on by Derek Ireland for James Ketchen to fire the ball high into the net from 18 yards.

The home side looked to double their lead before half time, but the closest they came was a Mike Gardner shot from the edge of the box which didn’t trouble the goalkeeper.

Kirkcaldy almost grabbed a surprise equaliser after 61 minutes when a wind assisted shot from 35 yards hit one post then ran along the line, bounced off the other and then out again.

Pittenweem doubled their lead when Neale Smith won a tackle in his own half and passed up the touchline to Gardner.

The midfielder beat his marker, cut inside along the 18-yard line and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

The large home support had another goal to celebrate just three minutes later when Marc Cameron scored with a powerful header from a Ketchen corner.

Striker Ireland scored his first goal of the game and Rovers fourth after 71 minutes when he ran on to a through ball, rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

The scoring was completed when Ireland fired a blistering drive into the top corner from 16 yards.

Saturday’s match ball was sponsored by Billy Hughes, fish merchant.