Newburgh welcomed Kirkcaldy YM to East Shore Park on Saturday in the return leg of the Consolation Cup. YM won the previous encounter 3 – 1 at Denfield Park.
Manager Scott Hudson fielded Ben Scarborough at left back in his debut for Newburgh. Ben is the third player from Abernethy Under 19’s who has committed his footballing future to Newburgh. He joins his Abernethy team mates Jack Hutchison and Aidan Edwards at Newburgh.
Newburgh Manager Hudson is glad to see the partnership prospering, “We are delighted that the tie up with Abernethy is proving so successful. We have hosted them at East Shore Park this season and the lads are all welcome additions to the squad”.
Kirkcaldy started the game on the front foot and took the game to Newburgh. A well struck shot by Fenton narrowly missed the target.
Newburgh settled and started to move the ball around the park with the wide midfield duo of Craig and Fraser Robinson always looking to get by the defence to the bye line.
It was the forward duo of Jamie Gay and Kyle Fraser who combined to open the scoring in the 20th minute of the game. Gay slid a defence splitting pass through to Fraser who picked the ball up and stroked the ball under the diving keeper to give Newburgh the lead.
The second goal for Newburgh came shortly after when some excellent play on the right by Fraser Robinson allowed him space to drive a cross low across the penalty area. Jack Hutchison took a great first touch and opened his body up to stroke the ball into the corner of the goal giving the young YM keeper no chance.
Newburgh’s defence had been coping with the YM threat well but a defensive slip allowed the visitors to grab a goal on the 34th minute. A poorly weighted back pass to Calum Sutherland was picked up by Henderson who lifted a neat lob goal wards. Sutherland got a hand to the ball but could not stop it dropping into the net.
YM were lifted by this goal and pushed hard up to half time to find an equaliser. Newburgh held them at bay and entered the changing room with the single goal advantage at the break.
YM started the second half well pushing to even the score. Sutherland was called into action early in the half to tip a goal bound header round his post. Newburgh soon told a hold of the game with Smart and Hutchison in the midfield playing particularly well breaking up the visitor’s attacks not allowing any fluency to develop.
Just after the hour Newburgh extended their lead. Craig Robinson found space in the box to strike a shot at goal which Doran in the YM goal parried, the ball fell to Fraser Robinson who volleyed the ball into the net.
Newburgh extended their lead in similar circumstance 3 minutes later. Robinson once again drove a shot at goal for Doran to produce another great save. The ball fell to Jamie Gay who made no mistake in putting the ball into the back of the net.
Newburgh were dominating possession with both Johal and Scarborough pushing up in the wide areas freeing Newburgh’s wide midfield duo to play high up the park. Hutchison and Smart were dominant in the middle of the park moving the ball quickly at every opportunity.
Smart broke from midfield on the 69th minute and looked to guide a pass through to Fraser when he was fouled just outside the penalty area. Jamie Gay stepped up to take the free kick and guided a superb strike over the wall into the top corner of the YM goal, giving the young keeper Doran no chance.
This killed the game off for Newburgh giving the ‘Burgh their first win over their local rivals this season.
Hudson was delighted with his sides performance in their last home game of the season “We played some excellent football throughout the team today and posed a threat every time we went forwards. I wanted us to play on the front foot pressing YM when they were in possession and we did this throughout the game never allowing them to settle on the ball”.
Newburgh have a free week this Saturday with their final game of the season the following week against Glenrothes at Warout Stadium