Tom McIntyre Cup - 1st X1

James Neville Painter & Decorator MOM - Ben Davidson

Pittenweem Rovers 3 - 3 AM Soccer Club

AM Soccer Club made the journey down to the East Neuk of Fife for this Tom McIntyre Cup tie, knowing they would face a stern test against an experienced Rovers team. The visitors were given a very early signal of Pittenweem’s intent when the home side got to work with a couple of neat attacks up their left, creating an overload that AM Soccer were not dealing with. With five minutes on the clock, the opener would arrive from that side of the pitch, as Rovers created space for a cross that fortuitously sailed over Pratt and into the far top corner for 1-0. AM Soccer could not settle and neither were they applying enough pressure to their hosts, as Rovers kept coming. An equaliser did arrive though, as AM countered with a flighted ball behind the visitors releasing Houston and he kept his cool to slot under the home GK. It wasn’t to last though, as Pittenweem grabbed the initiative once more with a series of short passes finally slipping their striker behind the AM rear guard to smash home. Houston almost grabbed a bizzare equaliser when he charged down a passback and the Rovers keeper belted the ball off his body, sending the ball back towards goal but 6 inches over the crossbar. It would become a bigger challenge for AM, as the lead was extended. A corner was cleared and sparked a counter attack, which saw a Rovers striker weave between defender and keeper to sidefoot into the net. This seemed to draw a reaction from the visitors, who began to probe and play with a little bit more composure. Just as the midfeld were taking a grip of the game in midfield, Lawson would show the kind of instinct that has made him a constant threat this season. A free kick was delivered into the box and as the second ball dropped 8 yards out, he was on the spot to poke the ball under the GK for 3-2 and game on. AM emerged for the second half knowing it would need to be a better performance and they got themselves on the front foot with Grant, Brown and Davidson providing a platform from which to attack. Lawson cut inside and fired past the far post before Reilly provided a couple of good attacks from the right flank but AM could not get someone on the end of either cross. The equalising goal did arrive though, as Macaulay burst forward from left back, playing into the feet of the impressive Houston, who’s lay off allowed Macaulay to continue his run and curl the ball into the far corner. Both teams would conjure up one more glorious chance, firstly Davidson for AM, whose delightful effort from 22 yards took a slight deflection, which was enough to take the ball onto the post and back out to safety. AM had to scramble shortly after that though, as Rovers got their man in behind and from only 8 yards on the angle, Pratt produced an impressive save to secure a point for the group table. James Neville Painter & Decorators MOM – Ben Davidson AM Team – Pratt, Wilson, Watt, Sharp, Macaulay, R. Grant, Brown, Davidson, Reilly, Houston, Lawson Subs – K. Pratt, s. Grant, Falconer