Kennoway fight back but St Monans slump

Ryan Thomson celebrates as he scores the equaliser during Kennoways dramatic fight back and victory
Ryan Thomson celebrates as he scores the equaliser during Kennoways dramatic fight back and victory

KENNOWAY fought back from 3-0 down to reach the final of the Ron Brindley Memorial Cup with an impressive 4-3 win.

From the start Pittenweem had counter-attacking football on their minds as, time and time again, they snuffed out Kennoway and hit the long ball forward down the left wing. The fast passing paid off though as the visitors soon had a 1-0 lead.

Kennoway had failed to settle and were clearly rattled by the pace of the Pittenweem attack. The visitors made the most of it by adding a second to their tally.

The hosts emerged more positive in the second half, controlling the play for longer, but it wasn’t long before the Pittenweem attack breached the Kennoway defence yet again, the result this time a penalty awarded for what the referee deemed to be a clumsy challenge.

The visitors calmly put the ball to the wrong side of the Kennoway ‘keeper and into the back of the net. At 3-0 up Pittenweem looked to be cruising into the final.

However, Kennoway were not prepared to go down without a fight and with 35 minutes left for play Martyn Thomson found the net and sparked one of the greatest comebacks seen at Cotlands Park.

A forced substitution, because of injury, then tore up the Pittenweem game plan and without the dangerous counter-attack to worry about the hosts piled on the pressure.

Kennoway’s second goal came 15 minutes after the first with a tremendous strike from Jamie Armitt.

The equaliser arrived when a Ryan Thomson strike through a crowded penalty area found its way past everyone including the unsighted Pittenweem ‘keeper with only five minutes left on the clock.

The Pittenweem fans were suddenly subdued and every one of them was willing their side just to hold on. But it was not to be.

It wasn’t long before Martyn Thomson broke through and found himself one on one with the Pittenweem ‘keeper. Seizing the opportunity, he put the ball in the back of the net.

The visitors desperately tried to grab an equaliser, even sending their goalkeeper up into the Kennoway box for corner kicks.

It was not to be and Kennoway somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to progress into the final.

Meanwhile, along the coast, St Monans Swallows slumped 2-1 at home to Fife Thistle.

Thistle opened strongly in this meaningless Usher Cup tie and had all the early play as St Monans appeared to be in slumber mode.

It was no surprise, therefore, when the away team opened the scoring.

Marr made a fine diving save but when the ball broke loose the Thistle forward rolled the ball into the net.

Swallows had a few near misses as they attempted to equalise but failed to capitalise and went in at the interval a goal down.

The second half started evenly until a Thistle forward was brought down in the box by the ‘keeper.

However, he redeemed himself by blocking the resultant penalty with his legs.

The let-off seemed to waken the home team and after a good spell of pressure Wishart drove the ball home to square things up.

Just as it seemed the game would end in a draw a long through ball was missed by keeper ‘Marr and the opposing striker walked the ball into the empty net to win the points.

A disappointing end to the season for Swallows should not diminish a wonderful second half in the league, which took the team from virtual relegation to a mid-table place.

Match day sponsor was Jimmy Harper.