THE biting cold on Saturday didn’t put off the sizeable crowd that turned out at Cotlands Park.
But, in the end, Kennoway were frozen out by Greenock HSFP and exited the Scottish Amateur Cup at the fourth-round stage.
Cup ties are always tough affairs and this was especially so, with Kennoway’s squad depleted through suspensions and injury.
However, Kennoway started the game at an electrifying pace, instantly attacking the Greenock goal and it was as much a shock to the players as the fans watching on that, with Greenock’s first break of the game, they scored on the counter-attack.
Kennoway, to their credit, were soon back testing the Greenock ‘keeper with Gary Ramsay terrorising down the wing. But, despite the pressure, it remained 1-0 to the visitors at half-time.
Following kick-off in the second half, normal service was resumed, and Kennoway piled on the pressure against a tiring Greenock defence.
The inevitable equaliser was delivered via a Jamie Armitt ball deflected into the Greenock net by a visiting player.
Kennoway pushed for the winner, but in the midst of all their pressure, Greenock took advantage and counter-attacked, resulting in another goal.
Kennoway kept pushing and came close to equalising, approaching the end, but Greenock held out for the win.
Kennoway could count themselves unlucky to be exiting the cup so soon as, on any other day at Cotlands Park, they could have relied on the chances they created being turned into goals.