Greig Park welcome local rivals Leven Utd. to Windygates for a Fence and Deck Cup 2nd. Leven have held the upper hand against the Windygates team for the last couple of seasons, so this was another chance for Greig Park to put things right.
The home team started the brighter with half chances for Lindsay and McBride snr. As Leven started to get their act together it was pleasing to see Snaddon and his defence coping with the normally dangerous visitors set pieces. The biggest controversy of the first half came in the 36th minute when a great shot from Drummond hit the underside of the bar and clearly crossed the line. The ref claimed he didn’t see it. Craig Smart was booked for his protests. Right on half time Leven thought they had taken the lead from a Methven free kick. The referee disallowed the goal after spotting a push by Clunie on Fraser in the wall. Pity his eyesight wasn’t as sharp ten minutes previously. Half Time 0-0
The windy weather continued to cause problems as the second half wore on. Both teams seemed to drop the pace and tiredness took over. After a couple of mistimed tackles Boyle of Leven left the referee no option but to give a second yellow and therefore a red. Sean Snaddon kept GPR in the game with a full length dive to his right to turn a shot round the post. At full time the scoresheet was still blank. A penalty shootout saw Smart and McBride score but Drummond and Fraser miss. Leven won by 4 pens to 2.
Tough to take for Greig Park after a fighting display.
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After last week’s reverse at Aberdour, GPR returned to Cup business with a 2nd Rd. Kingdom Cup tie against Cupar Hearts at Duffus Park.
Cupar were probably first to show with a couple of half chances that didn’t trouble the GPR back line too much. The visitors responded with their own pressure and the direct running of Lindsay and Muir causing the Cupar defence to start the rough stuff early doors. With the home team arguing most of the referees decisions it was only a matter of time before the yellow card was being shown. Three times for Cupar players and once for GPR. With 24 mins on the clock Greig Park took the lead. A cross from the right from Lindsay was met by Drummond whose shot left their keeper rooted to the spot. Ten minutes later GPR doubled the lead, a long ball forward to Muir, as he rounded the keeper he was brought down. Drummond scored with his usual calmness to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half was only two minutes old when Aiden Gordon made it three, he scored after the home keeper fumbled. It was all Greig Park at this stage and it was no surprise that they extended their lead on 53 mins. A great cross from the right from Lindsay was met perfectly by Muir who volleyed home to make it four.
On the hour mark Cupar managed to pull one back as Greig Park took their foot off the gas. Cupar had their number 14 sent off for a further show of dissent. Ten minutes to go, Cupar scored again. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box and no one pressured the ball and their midfield shot home. 4-2. Another Cupar player got his marching orders near the end as Greig Park eased home.
A good win for Greig Park against an improving Cupar team. A league game at Kinross on Tuesday night followed by a Cup tie at home against Leven on Saturday next up before next Thursdays Fife Cup Semi.