Kennoway Star Hearts 5 Newburgh 0
Newburgh’s first foray into the Thorntons League Cup began with a heavy defeat at the hands of Super league side Kennoway Star Hearts.
This is the inaugural year of the Thorntons League Cup with the tournament starting with a sectional element. Newburgh have been drawn in a section with Kennoway Star Hearts and Thornton Hibs. Each team plays one another home and away with the winner of the section progressing to a knockout stage. In the opening fixture last weekend Kennoway Star Hearts lost 2 – 0 away from home to Thornton Hibs.
Newburgh made the worst possible start to their cup campaign when after only 6 minutes of play they were reduced to 10 men with Paul MacBride being sent for an early shower. The ‘Burgh defender knocked over a Kennoway attacker in the box conceding a penalty. The referee adjudged this to be a goal scoring opportunity and somewhat harshly sent the ‘Burgh defender off with a straight red card. Kennoway’s Johnstone then stepped up and sliced the penalty kick wide of the goal.
It did not take long for the home side to make the extra man count on the scoreboard. With 11 minutes played the opening goal came from an excellent run down the left hand side. The ball was crossed through the defence with Liam Craig on hand to hit a first time strike that Calum Sutherland managed to parry. The ball broke back to Craig who made no mistake with his second strike high into the net.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson made personnel changes bringing on defender Grant Skinner for forward Kyle Fraser to try and shore up the defence. The move helped but it allowed the home side to claim possession easily with Scott Sutherland the lone Newburgh forward struggling to make much headway in the game.
The pressure told after 26 minutes when possession was lost in midfield, Rolland latched on to a long ball with just the goalkeeper Calum Sutherland to beat. Rolland won the foot race and lifted a delicate chip over the Burgh keeper to double the lead.
The one way traffic continued as Newburgh looked to hold on to half time. The defence was holding fast and it took a wonder strike from Craig to beat Sutherland. A free kick was cleared by Craig Hall with the ball dropping to Craig outside the box. The striker took a first time strike that flew straight into the top corner.
The start to the second half was almost as difficult as the first had been with Kennoway adding two goals in the space of two minutes with band netting a brace on the 51st and 53rd minute of the game.
Newburgh played some of their best football in the closing quarter of the game with chances being created for Sutherland and also Robinson coming close to breaking the duck but for some excellent goalkeeping.
Burgh manager Scott Sutherland spoke after the game “To lose Paul so early in the game really blew the game plan out the window. We were always chasing the game from them on in. We moved to a 5 man midfield to try and stop their attacks but this just left us very little to work with up front as Scott was then isolated”.
Newburgh return to league this Saturday with a trip across the River Forth to face Stoneyburn Juniors. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 13:45
|November 10, 2018||2:00 pm||East Region League Cup||2018|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Kennoway Star Hearts||3||2||5|