Cupar Hearts 1-2 Auchtermucty Bellvuew (After extra time)

Murdoch is up highest to get his header in for Cupar.
Murdoch is up highest to get his header in for Cupar.

Cupar Hearts........................1

Auchtermuchty Bellvue.......2

(After Extra Time)

Cupar Hearts’ cup dreams went from bad to worst last Saturday after they were dumped out of the Fife Cup at the hands of Auchtermuchty making that their second cup defeat in three weeks.

Hearts were first to show in front of goal with Gary Sutherland setting up Ryan Gray after a Kerr Brown cross but his shot went straight to the ‘keeper.

Then Gary Sutherland did well to get through on goal and he unselfishly squared to Steven Pennington only for the referee to blow for offside.

The visitors’ first real effort on goal came on the half hour mark when Greg Honeyman’s cross was blasted over by Liam Kelly with his first touch.

Three minutes into the second half Bellvue were reduced to ten men when Steven Cruickshank was given his marching orders after a 2nd yellow.

Cupar took advantage of their extra man and took the lead on the hour mark.

A long throw by Morgan Dow was headed on to Lee Sibanda who fired in from close range.

With only a minute remaining Bellvue grabbed an equaliser to take the game into extra time.

A free kick was fired in by visiting goalie Mark Robertson catching Hearts ‘keeper Ian Rann off his line.

Straight from the restart the sides were level when player-manager Lee Sibanda was sent for an early shower after a bad tackle saw him receive his second caution.

The winner came with five minutes of play remaining when free kick by Grant Fraser found Iain O’Leary unmarked at the back post who headed home.

On Saturday Cupar Hearts host Lumphinnans United at the Duffus Park in the first round of the Bridgeview Joinery Ltd Cup.

Kick off 2pm.

Ceres Butchers meat tray winner was Jimmy Leitch.

Cupar Hearts - Rann, K. Brown, Anderson, Murdoch, Blyth, G. Brown, Wainwright, Gray, Sutherland, Sibanda and Pennington.

Subs - McLuckie, Duncan, Watson, Dow, Dobes.