League campaign off and running at home
By Steve Antoniewicz
Jeanfield recovered well from an opening day loss with a victory over Real Fife
With early league losses for both teams this match would be a keenly contested affair, with both teams looking for their first three points of the season. The home side started the game on the front foot as expected and took a very early lead when Daniel O'Callaghan struck an instinctive shot from the edge of the 18 yard box. His low drive was too powerful for the keeper, who despite his best attempts couldn't stop it crossing the line. 1-0
Jeanfield were now on top and Real Fife were being restricted to breakaways. The Real keeper was on hand more than once to deny Jeanfield who could have extended their lead bar some wasteful finishing.
The away side would equalise towards the end of the half when they played through the midfield and created the chance for a shot. Three attempts were blocked by some brave defending from Jeanfield but eventually the ball was squeezed in beyond Connor Rosewell in goals for Jeanfield. HT 1-1.
The next goal looked as if it could be vital and Jeanfield again started the second half strongly and looked the mostly likely team to score. This time it was a Jeanfield corner after ten minutes which created the opportunity and after a stramash in the box, Lewis Finnie stepped forward to place a deflected shot high into the net.
But Real looked determined not to lose the match and began to push forward. The Jeanfield backline of Dalrymple, Honeyman, Peebles and young was looking composed though and they often picked up possession and retained the ball through good passing play. Jeanfield were picking their passes and space was opening up. A through ball from midfield found the confident O'callaghan he took two touches beyond the defence before placing a superb cool finish past the onrushing keeper. 3-1.
Jeanfield looked as if they would extend the lead on a number of occasions with Joe Jeffers, Kieran Oates and O'callaghan all going close again. But Real would close the gap via quickly taken short corner. With the swifts slow to react, the Real player made his way into the box and struck a good shot across Shaun Pryde, who had replaced Rosewell in goals. 3-2.
The result would eventually be put to bed when Ronan Antoniewicz rode some tackles wide on the right and drove into the box, before he could get his shot off the opponent fouled him and the ref rightly awarded a penalty. Up stepped O'callaghan to claim his hat-trick and the points for Jeanfield. 4-2.
MOTM - Daniel O'callaghan