The senior boys football team travelled down to Fife to take on Levenmouth Academy in the 2nd round of the Scottish Shield on Thursday afternoon. The game was played at Bayview Stadium, home of League 2 side East Fife. Levenmouth took an early lead in the game, a corner to the back post was headed in by the home side with only 5 minutes on the clock. Soon after, Matthew made a great diving save low to his right to keep the deficit to 1. However, the Alford boys did not panic and managed to get the ball down and play some good football and created a number of chances before finally getting the equaliser after 40 minutes. Liam’s free-kick was flicked on by Harrison over the Levenmouth defence for Adam to latch onto and he drilled a low shot beyond the ‘keeper into the far corner of the net.
Alford came out in the second half and continued to dominate possession in difficult conditions with the wind and rain picking up. Alford’s second goal had a touch of fortune about it as the Levenmouth defence, under pressure from Harrison ended up putting the ball into their own net after the ‘keeper’s clearance hit his team-mate and bounced onto the bar then spinning into the goal.
The midfield three of Angus, Mungo and Innes were relentless in their pressing of the Levenmouth midfield which led to Alford getting a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Angus struck a peach of a shot that was heading for the top right corner but the ‘keeper got his hands to it but only managed to divert the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-1 to Alford.
With 25 minutes left, the Alford defence held strong and the whole team worked very hard to maintain their 2-goal lead. They handled everything that Levenmouth threw at them and looked comfortable throughout. Alford almost added to their tally in the final few minutes as Findlay and Harrison came close with efforts. A fantastic effort from the whole team with everyone playing their part in a well-deserved victory.
Alford face another trip down to Fife in a couple of weeks’ time against Beath High School or Woodmill High School.