Kennoway secure league title in style with 7-2 win


KENNOWAY’S young footballers travelled to Glenrothes looking for a single point to secure the Fife AFYFC U16 Second Division title.

A nervous start to the game allowed a Glenrothes striker to run unchallenged through the heart of the defence and slot the ball past O’Brien in the Kennoway goal, to put the home side 1-0 up after two minutes.

This spurred the league leaders into action and Davis played a defence-splitting pass to Band on the counter attack. He beat two defenders and finished with some ease to make it 1-1.

The Glenrothes ‘keeper made some fine saves from Carstairs and Band, and Stevenson saw a lob hit the post, before Band scored his second goal when he robbed the full-back on the touchline before cutting inside to rifle the ball home, giving Kennoway a 2-1 lead.

Kennoway made a couple of changes at half-time to keep up the pressure and went 3-1 ahead when Band again broke through three tackles on the edge of the box before forcing the ball home.

The away side were now in control of the game. McLaren played Band through on goal and he slotted coolly past the keeper to make it 4-1.

Following a period of pressure, Davis had a shot blocked on the line and Wallace-Cookson forced the ball over the line for Kennoway’s fifth.

Another fine ball from McLaren released Band down the left wing and he raced in on goal before unselfishly squaring the ball for Cape to score from close range to make it 6-1.

Glenrothes scored a second goal following some indecision by the Kennoway defence.

The final goal came from a McLaren corner on the right, as he delivered another fine cross for stand-in skipper Hamilton to score with a close range header.

Coach Mike Doherty said: “This was a fine team performance and all the coaching staff are delighted for the boys who are finally seeing the rewards for their hard work over a long first season.

“They fully deserve their success, as they have been the best team in the league and they are a credit to the club.”

Kennoway now look forward to the League Cup final against Kelty U16s at Denfield Park, Kirkcaldy, on Sunday, May 20, kick-off 11am.