Scottish Cup stalemate for Kennoway Star Hearts

The challenge on Kieran Band that earned the Vale of Leven defender a red card.
The challenge on Kieran Band that earned the Vale of Leven defender a red card.

Vale of Leven 0 Kennoway Star Hearts 0

KSH travelled to the west coast to play Vale of Leven in this Scottish Junior Cup first round tie.

Once again it was a severely depleted squad that made the trip with no fewer than eight players unavailable.

New signings Allan Ferguson and Cumbie Bowers were included in the squad.

In largely uneventful first 45 Brodie Gray looked the most positive attacking force for KSH with some good runs down the left but his crosses found no takers.

Kieran Band had a free-kick spilled by the Vale ‘keeper which Lyall Shaw nearly pounced on. Liam Craig had an effort deflected for a corner as the visitors exerted some pressure.

Vale had a great chance to take the lead when the referee let play go on with their forward at least four yards offside but Sutherland saved well.

A first half that saw more misplaced passes and hoofs up the park than we have seen all season ended goalless.

The second 45 saw a similar pattern but as the half wore on the game opened up and became more end to end.

The visitors lack of height was becoming obvious as Vale looked dangerous from every set piece. Calum Sutherland made some superb stops to keep the tie alive for KSH.

Kevin Byers had a great chance to open the scoring for KSH as he burst into the penalty area but his shot flew wide of the upright.

With a few minutes remaining Vale’s number four was shown a red card after taking out Band as the youngster made inroads on goal.

The replay will take place at Treaton Park, Star of Markinch, this Saturday. Kick off 2.30 p.m.