Jan 24 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
Historic cup triumph for Kinnoull
KINNOULL had an outstanding 4–0 win on the road in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup against West of Scotland Super League side Lanark United.
The result has won them a place in the last 16 – only the second time ‘Noull has made it to this stage of the cup.
The previous occasion was way back in season 1971/72.
Kinnoull in the first half were set to play against the strong wind and were understandably very much on the back foot.
They held their opponents at bay and it was 30 minutes before they had their first chance to take the lead when a ball was played to their striker Stuart Tullis who was honing in on goal but a great tackle from Mark Duigan robbed him of the ball.
Unfortunately Marks clearance cannoned of Tullis and looked as if it was heading goalwards but went past the post.
Lanark’s best chance came their way in 37 minutes when they were awarded a free kick just outside the Kinnoull penalty box.
The penalty was taken by Adam McCrum but his kick took a slight deflection off the defensive wall and went over the bar.
The first half was entering its final minute when Kinnoull shocked their hosts by taking the lead. Their striker Gary Fraser chased a ball played out to the right which he got to and crossed it into the Lanark penalty box where it was met by his team mate David “Chucky” Carr who met the ball around 15 yards from the goal and cracked it into the corner to give his side an interval lead.
A terrific 18-minute goal burst early in the second half clinched Kinnoull’s place in round five.
The first of those goals came in 50 minutes when Lee Deans played the ball past the defence which left Gary Fraser and the Lanark keeper Ross Hyslop going for the ball. Gary got to it first and he slotted it past the keeper to make it 2–0.
Kinnoull were certainly harnessing the wind much better than their opponents did and were dominating the game and they went 3–0 ahead in 60 minutes when Sean Fleming with a great challenge won the ball in the midfield. He played it on to Chucky Carr who picked it up out on the left. He started to cut in but was still about 35 yards from the Lanark goal when he suddenly let fly and the ball crashed off the underside of the crossbar down on to the goal line and rebounded into the back if the net, for his second goal of the game.
Three minutes later, Kinnoull scored again to make it 4–0. The ball was played to Gary Fraser who in turn laid it off to Richard Doig who was challenged by a defender who knocked the ball out for a corner. Gary Fraser took the corner and eluded everybody and landed in the back of the net.
Kinnoull with their place in round five virtually assured were understandably happy to play out time. This was a terrific performance by the Tulloch Park side and their secretary Charlie Grieve paid tribute to the players for what he said was “a magnificent all round performance”.
The Central League game between Rosyth and Jeanfield Swifts was scheduled to be played at Rosyth, but as the Fife sides pitch wasn’t going to be playable the clubs agreed to switch it to Swifts Riverside Stadium.
Swifts celebrated this move when they went on to thrash their visitors by a 7–0 scoreline. Unfortunately it didn’t restore them to the top of the table as the present incumbents Dundonald had a 2–0 win over Lochore which keeps them a point ahead of Swifts.
The first of Swifts seven goal spree started in 15 minutes when Tony Holt’s shot from 30 yards was right on target. It was saved by the keeper but he spilled the ball and Gavin Mackie who was following up was left with the not too difficult task of hitting it into the back of the net.
Swifts kept up the pressure and they increased their lead to 2–0 in 30 minutes. Tony Holt played the ball out to Gavin Mackie on the left who cut in and crossed the ball to the far post to John Anderson who beat the keeper with a well placed header.
The Swifts pressure was relentless and in 37 minutes they went 3–0 ahead when Steve McManus played the ball over the Rosyth defence to his striker Robbie Holden who from inside the penalty box slotted it past the keeper.
Little had been seen of Rosyth as an attacking force but in 38 minutes their fullback Mike Waring broke down the left and crossed a great ball into the edge of the Swifts penalty box where it was met by Iain Griffin. His well struck shot looked like a homer but keeper Mark Mitchell dived full length to make a brilliant save.
Two minutes into the second half Swifts went 4–0 ahead. Robbie Holden cut in from the right and played the ball to his striking partner John Anderson who beat the keeper with a shot from inside the penalty box. There were five more minutes played when a great three player move was finished off by Robbie Holden to make it 5–0.
Swifts’ Steve McManus who had been very much involved as playmaker got into the scoring act when he netted the game’s final two goals.
The first was in the 62 minute when he collected a pass from John Anderson and swept it home from inside the penalty box.
In 77 minutes Steve was fouled about 25 yards from the Rosyth goal and he took the resultant free kick himself, firing it into the postage stamp top corner of the net for a seventh goal.
Bankfoot at home to championship contenders Kirkcaldy YM turned in a top class performance to win 5–2.
Newburgh were at home to Crossgates Primrose and they won 3–0 which is their second win on the trot and this was a game they never looked like losing.
Luncarty were away to Thornton Hibs in a game that saw them trailing the Hibs 5–1 but they staged a terrific fight back to square the game at 5–5 with their equalising goal being scored by Jamie Fairlie in the 90th minute.
But almost unbelievably Hibs went right up the park and scored to make it 6–5. David Goodwillie netted a hat trick for the Bleachers with John McLean their other scorer.
Coupar Angus were at home to Harp and they lost by the odd goal in three. After taking the lead midway through the second half Johnny McBride was the Coupar scorer.
SATURDAY’S results: Emirates Scottish Cup fourth round – Lanark United 0, Kinnoull 4.
Central League – Bankfoot Athletic 5, Kirkcaldy YM 2; Jeanfield Swifts 7, Rosyth 0; Thornton Hibs 6, Luncarty 5; Newburgh 3, Crossgates Primrose 0.
North League – Coupar Angus 1, Lochee Harp 2.