Newburgh 0 Kennoway Star Hearts 3
Newburgh welcomed Superleague side Kennoway Star Hearts to East Shore Park in the return leg of the Thorntons property East region league cup on Saturday. The fixture at Treaton Park resulted in a heavy defeat for Newburgh having played 80 minutes of the game with ten men due to an early sending off.
Newburgh’s squad was bolstered with the signings of Cunningham and Stapleton, both of whom featured in the squad, Cunningham starting and Stapleton on the bench.
The game started well for Newburgh with some good possession and forward momentum putting the visitors under pressure. Newburgh forced a series of corners that were well dealt with by the Kennoway defence.
The opening goal of the game on the 13th minute came from a quick break by Kennoway who had been defending a corner. The ball was played long to Muir who controlled the ball well and lifted a speculative lob over the Sutherland who had come out of his area to try and clear the ball. Muir’s lob bounced once before dropping into the net.
Kennoway were buoyed by their opening goal and pushed to extend the lead. Newburgh were holding fast at the back with a goal line clearance by Craig Robinson the closest the visitors came to extending their lead. The pressure began to tell on the home side, a series of corners for Kennoway culminated in a second goal. A well taken corner was met by Bryce at the front post who flicked a header into the top corner on the 24th minute.
In the run up to the half time break Newburgh began to create chances, Hastie and Fraser Robinson were causing the home defence problems stretching them, chasing down every ball that was played forward. The best of these chances fell to Hutchison who broke free in midfield and drove in on goal. As the Kennoway keeper closed him down he pulled his shot wide of the target.
In the second half Newburgh continued to probe the resolute Kennoway defence for a foot hold in the game. Manager Hudson freshened up his attack on the hour with Scott Sutherland and Greg Stapleton replacing Hastie and Craig Robinson.
As Newburgh pushed for a goal Kennoway were always likely to break quickly up the park exploiting the space being left in midfield by Newburgh. Cunningham, making his debut for Newburgh, was alert having an excellent game and looked assured alongside Clark in the defence. The youngsters play belied his years as he broke up any Kennoway attacks.
Skinner began to find space on the left and was increasingly playing forward supporting Robinson. On the 78th minute this pair combined to open up the Kennoway defence on the left hand side. Robinson got beyond his man and delivered an inviting ball across the face of the goal that was beyond the strikers reach.
With time running out Newburgh pushed hard but Kennoways defence held firm denying any clear cut opportunities.
With the game into stoppage time a corner for Kennoway found Brewster un-marked to head the ball across the line to. The referee blew for full time before the re-start could be taken.
A frustrated Hudson spoke after the game of his pride and frustration “We made a poor start going down to the two early goals which meant we were always chasing the game. If we could have made an impact on the score line before half time I think it wold have been a very interesting second half. I am really pleased that the lads dug in and really imposed our game on Kennoway in the second half. Logan and Greg both did what we asked of them and should be proud of their contribution”.
Newburgh are in cup action again this Saturday with another league cup game in prospect. A trip to Superleague Thornton Hibs will be another stern test for Newburgh.
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|January 12, 2019||1:45 pm||East Region League Cup||2018 - 19|
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|Kennoway Star Hearts||2||1||3|