ON Saturday, Kennoway edged past Valleyfield in the second round of the Fosters Amateur Fife Cup.
An exciting game was in prospect as both teams were unbeaten in their previous games this season, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Kennoway started the game missing five key players and it showed in the early stages, as the team struggled to find their rhythm.
Valleyfield pushed ahead and opened the scoring, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up, but the goal gave Kennoway a wake-up call and they soon pressed on for an equaliser.
That eventually came courtesy of a Martyn Thomson free kick and the teams went in all square at the break.
The second half started very much like the first and Valleyfield went 2-1 in front, after punishing more slack defending.
Kennoway again turned it round and started to assert their authority on the game but, having failed to score again, it looked like they were heading for a shock cup exit.
However, the home side were thrown an unexpected lifeline when the Valleyfield ‘keeper made a disastrous mistake.
After catching an innocuous Darren Davidson ball into the box, he then proceeded to drop it into his own goal.
With the game destined for extra time, the excitement wasn’t finished. An off-the-ball incident saw a player from each team sent from the pitch, leaving both sides to fight for the win with only 10 players.
Kennoway’s better physical fitness started to pay off at this point, but wave after wave of attack was repelled by the Valleyfield defence.
The winner finally came through Martyn Thomson with almost a copy of his first goal – another set-piece beating the Valleyfield keeper.
Towards the end, an overly robust challenge on Kennoway player Gary Ramsay resulted in a straight red card for a Valleyfield defender, leaving the visitors to finish the game with only nine men.
The game finished 3-2 to Kennowayand they progress to the next round.
(Picture by Voodoo Kitten Photography, Kennoway)