This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Kirkcaldy YM, currently in twelveth place entertain third place Newburgh at Denfield Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com Premier League South match back on 4 April 2015 at East Shore Park where Newburgh beat Kirkcaldy YM 2-1.
From their last 6 league matches Kirkcaldy YM have taken 0 points, having won 0, lost 1, drawn 0 scoring 0 goals and conceding 5, while the visitors have taken 3 points with 1 wins, 0 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 3 goals and conceding 2.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
Kirkcaldy YM v Newburgh
Kirkcaldy YM 3 Newburgh 1
Newburgh were looking to build on their opening day win when facing Kirkcaldy YM at Denfield park on Saturday. Manager Scott Hudson was forced to make several changes to his winning side with several of the squad unavailable through holiday and injury.
The front line was changed completely with Clark and Fraser starting their first competitive games for Newburgh. YM have made wholesale changes to their team under the management of Craig Ness who took over at the club towards the end of last season.
The opening minutes were even with neither team creating any real attempts on target. Newburgh were dealt a blow on the 15th minute when central defender Craig hall pulled up with a thigh strain. Newburgh brought on Highley as a direct replacement.
Within a minute of the enforced change YM took the lead. Newburgh gave up possession in midfield allowing a ball out to the wide right area, where a pin point cross was delivered to Geddes who smashed a volley high into the net beyond Sutherland.
Newburgh imposed themselves on the game for the remainder of the half and held the better of possession without being able to threaten the YM goal. As thoughts turned to the half time whistle the home side extended their lead. With the ball lost to a strong tackle in midfield YM broke from the halfway line and a perfectly weighted pass found Price through on goal where he slotted the ball past Sutherland who did his best to narrow the angle.
With the half time team talk still ringing in the ‘Burgh players ears a mistake in defence allowed YM to grab the all-important third goal. A speculative high ball over the top was not dealt with by Johal and Geddes robbed the ‘Burgh defender of possession and drove in on goal. The YM attacker grabbed his second goal of the game picking his spot and beating Sutherland.
At 3 – 0 down the game could have run away from Newburgh but credit to them they continued to play good football. With YM sitting back to defend their lead Newburgh found spaces and could have broken their duck several times but for some excellent goal keeping by Couser between the YM sticks.
Reilly picked up a knock on the 65th minute and was replaced by Wright who made an impact in the middle of the park with his tenacious work. Newburgh were awarded a free kick level with the 18 yard box with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Lambert stepped up and swung a terrific delivery into the box where Clark rose above the defence to guide a glancing header into the net to bring the game back within Newburgh’s grasp.
The momentum of the game was with Newburgh and if a goalmouth scramble on the 82nd minute had resulted in a goal the end result could have been different. The pressure was soaked up by the well marshalled YM defence who held on to gain their first win of the season.
Manager Scott Hudson was disappointed that his side had not managed to maintain the momentum from last weekend’s win ” We trained well through the week and went into the game with a plan which had to be changed with Craig hall picking up the early injury. Losing the goal so soon after the enforced change had us on the back foot and we then lost the 2nd and 3rd goals at really bad times just before and after half time. All credit to YM they are a good side who are disciplined and well organised”.
Newburgh are away to Lochgelly Albert this coming Saturday.
|August 11, 2018||2:30 pm||South Premier League 2018-19||2018 - 19|
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|Kirkcaldy & Dysart||2||1||3|