Buckhaven land in a spot of bother

Keeper Dougie Shearer saving the last Buckhaven penalty to send Kennoway through to the next round
Keeper Dougie Shearer saving the last Buckhaven penalty to send Kennoway through to the next round

BUCKHAVEN Town hosted Kennoway in the third round of the Taylor Sullivan Funeral Directors League Cup.

Although unable to assert themselves fully on the match, it was Kennoway who created the bulk of the chances in the first half, but Buckhaven had the measure of the visitors and their defence coped with the threats. The match remaining goalless at half-time.

Kennoway started the second half more positively, probing the Buckhaven defence, and as the visitors upped the pressure, it looked as if it would only be a matter of time until the first goal came.

However, it was the hosts who sucker-punched their guests and bagged first.

What had been a Kennoway attack was cleared out of the Buckhaven half and up the park.

The Kennoway players, believing the Buckhaven forward was offside, wrongly assumed the referee would blow his whistle, allowing Buckhaven time to net.

The shock loss of a goal spurred Kennoway on to push forward more and more, but Buckhaven’s defence held tight and withstood the bulk of the onslaught.

It wasn’t to last, however.

Kennoway player Ryan Thomson was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded.

It was now the Buckhaven fans’ turn to protest at what they thought was a fairly soft penalty.

Martyn Thomson cleanly put the ball into the back of the net, bringing the visitors back into the game.

Kennoway continued to push for the winning goal and Buckhaven were fortunate not to concede another penalty less than five minutes after the first as Kennoway player, Stefan Anderson, felt he was fouled inside the penalty area.

Buckhaven’s defence held on and the match ended at one goal each – penalties were going to decide this cup tie.

Both goalkeepers made saves, players from both teams missed and some even scored in a scrappy shoot-out.

After the shoot-out went to sudden death, it was Kennoway who emerged as victors with a scoreline of 4-3 and progressed to the next round.

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