Newburgh travelled to Lochgelly on Saturday looking to improve their away form, with manager Scott Hudson on holiday assistant manager Scott Lawson took the reigns for this Fife & Lothians cup tie.
Craig Hall slotted into central defence returning from injury and Wille Wright regained his starting slot in the team.
Lochgelly’s young line up started the game well with the wide areas giving them the most success as they pushed forward. Newburgh’s defence held strong and quelled the early attacks as they eased themselves into the game.
The opening goal of the game gave Lochgelly the lead and it came from a Newburgh corner. The ball broke out to the left where Cooper picked the ball up and drove the Newburgh defence, a tackle by Johal sprung the ball to Sutherland in the goal who got the ball caught up in his feet allowing Devaney in to steal the ball and slot it home.
The goal came somewhat against the run of play and Newburgh continued to press forward. Newburgh’s front three were causing the home defence problems when they drove forwards and a succession of corners were awarded to Newburgh as Lochgelly clung to their lead.
The second goal of the game for Lochgelly came on the 26th minute. Lochgelly doubled their lead with an excellent goal from Cooper. The young winger picked the ball up 25 yards out and drove forward, he struck a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box that was perfectly placed out of Sutherland reach in the top corner.
Newburgh grabbed a foothold in the game 10 minutes later. Craig Robinson, who had been causing the home defence problems from the start of the game, latched on to a Lambert pass and got goal side of his marker. Robinson homed in on goal and slotted the ball under the advancing keeper into the net.
Newburgh’s tails were up as they pushed for an equaliser. Lochgelly hung on but were wavering under the pressure that was being exerted on their goal. Newburgh grabbed an equaliser with 3 minutes of the half to play. A corner was whipped into the box by Lambert which wasn’t properly cleared by the home defence. The ball looped up in the air and Willie Wright rose at the back post to head it into the net.
At half time the Newburgh supporter must have been confident that their side were going to come out in the second half and take the game to Lochgelly.
It only took 10 minutes of the half for their hopes to be quashed as Lochgelly were once again allowed in to re-take the lead with a mix up in defence allowing Start to grab the ball and smash a shot past Sutherland high into the net.
Newburgh’s hopes of a quarter final in the cup were pushed further into the back ground as Devaney added another goal for the home side to extend their lead to 4 – 2 on 65th minute.
Newburgh did not allow this to st back to quell their desire to get forward and they continued to press Lochgelly back.
Scott Lawson shuffled his pack with 15 minutes to go swapping Wright, who had played well in midfield, for Hutchison and bringing on Ryan Hughes for the tiring Sean MacBride.
The fresh legs helped Newburgh get back into the game with Hughes energy up front creating several chances. Hutchison slotted into the middle of the park and his work allowed Smart to get further up the park.
Newburgh forces a corner with 15 minutes to go. Another excellent delivery from Lambert was met at the back post by Hall who headed the ball past the keeper to bring Newburgh within a goal.
It was from another corner after a period of Newburgh pressure that the equalising goal came. The ball dropped into the box and was not cleared by the home defence, as the home side attempted to clear the ball Robinson stepped in to smash the ball home from 3 yards out.
Newburgh could have finished the tie off in the closing minutes when Hughes shot deflected just wide taking the game to penalties.
Newburgh took the opening penalty and following conversions from Johal, Hall, Fraser, Hughes and Lambert it was Lochgelly who blinked first when Perrie, who had been excellent for Lochgelly, struck his penalty against the post giving Newburgh the win.
Scott Lawson was delighted with the way his side had twice fought their way back from behind “we never gave up and even after the set back at the start of the second half I still fancied us to go through”.
Newburgh are once again away from home this coming weekend as they travel to Lochore Welfare in the league.
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|October 13, 2018||2:30 pm||Fife & Lothians Cup||2018 - 19|
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