Arniston share the spoils against league leaders
Arniston held hosts Kennoway to a share of the points last Saturday but in a close run finish an Arniston '¨victory would not have been undeserved on the day.
A heavy and hilly pitch at Kennoway saw Arniston face the elements uphill in the first half but despite this they only trailed by a single goal at half-time.
League toppers Kennoway took the lead in 20 minutes though with a rocket shot from 25 yards giving Cornet no chance as the Fifers went one up.
Arniston dug deep and great team spirit boosted them also their fitness had been maintained recently when weather had seen their games postponed but re-arranged friendlies against Blackburn and top of the Super League Kelty had kept them in fine shape.
Arniston’s turn to play down the hill in the second half saw them grab a deserved equaliser and then press their hosts to the finishing line chaser the winner.
Arniston pressed with no fewer than 10 corners though the Hearts were dangerous in occasional counter-attacks with keeper Cornet to the rescue in one on one threats from the hosts.
A pressure finally paid off in the 80th minute following another corner and this time Greg Callaghan was in the right place at the right time at the far post to net a thoroughly deserved equaliser.
Substitutes Scott Lucas and Kieron Somerville had refreshed the Arniston line up and only an excellent save by the Hearts’ keeper denied Lumbert Kataleza’s netbound effort.
At the other end an outstretched Cornet leg denied the hosts a winner as at the final whistle the score finished all square with both teams arguing they deserved to win.
A good display by Arniston who now entertain Bathgate Thistle on Saturday at Newbyres Park.
Arniston: Cornet, Jeffrey, Deland, Callaghan, Brady, Langdale, Leslie, Tobin, McFadden, Kataleza, Porteous. Subs: Lucas, Somerville, Doig, McCaul, Ritchie.