Tom McIntyre Cup - 1st X1
Kingdom Athletic 2-4 AM Soccer Club
AM Soccer made a short trip to Glenrothes to face a Kingdom Athletic team that had taken three league points away from Cupar only two weeks ago. The pitch was very soft, as rain and snow continued to fall until kick off but AM were off to a bright start with a Lawson shot on target after 15 seconds. Sean Grant demonstrated some early intent with a couple of good runs beyond the full back but nothing came of either cross as Kingdom defended well. The home side were neat in their build up, particularly down the left side but AM were equal to the final delivery and restricted to a couple of shots from range. AM could have led when G Reilly wriggled clear on the flank but his low cross was slightly behind Houston, who could not recover.
Kingdom would take the lead when a needless foul presented a crossing opportunity 25 yards out on the angle. To make matters worse, the front post cross was well nodded home but under little pressure from a static AM back line. AM did respond in the ideal fashion however, a neat move allowing Lawson to drive into the box, where he was scythed down with a penalty kick awarded. Lawson himself stepped up to send the GK the wrong way. Reilly may have added a second as he latched onto another rebound but the tight angle made it tough to score and the chance passed.
Early in the second half, AM may have found themselves behind on two occasions as a lofted pass released Carson, whose clever run allowed him the opportunity to lob Pratt in the AM goal but the effort drifted wide. The same player found himself free as a good cross arrived at the back post but this time Pratt produced a magnificent save to keep the scores level. As is often the case, this served as a wake up call and AM began to move themselves and the ball at an improved tempo. Aedan Brown shot over the bar before a great cross found the forehead of Sean Grant, who headed over. The goal finally came when Sharp gathered an overhit cross and turned his man before crossing for Lawson to head home. This lifted the team and a third arrived when another cross dropped 6 yards out and Lawson stabbed home for his hat trick. Aedan Brown would add number four with a trademark bullet from 25 yards but Kingdom to their credit would fight on with couple of counter attacks finally leading to the award of a penalty kick. There was no real danger as the attacker turned away from goal but Watt fouled in his determination to win possession and the kick was superbly side footed into the top corner.
AM Soccer Club : Pratt, Wilson, Macaulay, Watt, Sharp, R Grant, Brown, G Reilly, Lawson, Houston, S Grant Subs : Davidson, Curnyn, Porteus, Johnstone.
2010 Distribution MOM – Richie Lawson had a very effective return to the starting line up.