Away cup match played on 22 February 2020.
Kicked off at 2:00 PM

Saturday's Fife Cup game was one of the few games that survived the heavy wind, rain and snow that battered parts of the country, owing to Leven being able to switch to the Michael Woods Sports Centre in Glenrothes.

The game was heavily influenced by the extremely strong wind, but also by the stronger side as the hosts never needed to step up the pace too much to get through.

Despite that, the first chances of the game fell to Fossoway with Scott Powrie having a shot charged down in the 5th minute, and a minute later Ciaran Reilly missing a great chance after a low ball from the left by Callum Grindlay was laid back to Reilly by Powrie.

Leven took the lead in the 17th minute when a cross from left seemed to hang in the air for an eternity, with the scurge of the recent League game Jordan Austin despatching home a well-taken diving header. Chris Lorrie then doubled their lead a few moments later and the tie seemed already over within 20 minutes.

The wind was causing havoc and confusion with the movement of the ball saw Andy Gourlay and Bertie Gonsales go for the same ball, collide and William Herd was allowed to collect the ball and float an effort over the par on 24 minutes.

Kevin Crookston went close for Foss on 26 minutes with a long range shot that seemed to deceive the Leven keeper Snaddon and he elected to parry his shot and his defence was able to scramble clear the danger.

The wind had another damaging effect on the game in the 36th minute when Scott Methven's corner swirled directly in to the far corner of the net unchallenged beating Mark Robertson and the Foss defence.

Leven continued to be in charge with McPhie shooting wide when through on goal on 36 minutes. Austin had an effort saved by Robertson, and then Lornie shot wide after turning his man well in the 42nd minute.

Foss made a couple of half time changes bringing on Jamie Forrester and Simon Sanagahan. It was the former that seemed to make a great impact to the Fossoway side when Forrester cut inside well but couldn't find the target on 49 minutes. Minutes later Kieran Wilson curled an effort around the post.

Goal number 4 came in the 60th minute when Lornie curled in a shot into the top right hand corner after cutting in from the left hand side of the penalty area.

Forrester continued to try and weave a bit of magic and another clever turn presented the wee man with a chance but he couldn't get enough power in his low shot to trouble the keeper. With another snow blitz starting, Leven made a couple of changes with the departing players making quicker runs to the changing rooms than they'd needed to all throughout the match such was their comfortable position in the game!

Fossoway did manage a brief spell of pressure starting on the 70 minute mark when Gourlay had another long range effort parried by the home keeper. A minute later Forrester performed another great cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot that crashed off the top of the bar and behind.

The consolation goal came in the 72nd minute, again with the assistance with the majestic movement of Forrester whose shot was palmed out by the keeper and Daniel Kenny was on hand to smash home the rebound from close range.

Foss were still able to create a few chances, but were unable to convert them. Grindlay missed a great chance on 83 minutes, Forrester shot over moments later after being put through well by Reilly. Then sub-keeper Michael Swinnerton, forced as an outfield substitute for the injured Gourlay, had a shot from distance that went wide

Leven were still looking dangerous on the break. Sub Alan McAllister broke into the penalty area and the goal seemed inevitable. Robertson did well to block his effort but fellow sub Fraser Moncrieff was on hand to poke home the loose ball.

It was a disappointing end to the Fife Cup campaign but it was a game that was heavily affected by the conditions. League action returns on Saturday when it's a real six-pointer against fellow relegation-candidates Lumphinnans at The Myre. Fossoway MUST turn up for this one as anything less than three points would be a disaster.

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