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  • Dryburgh Athletic 3-3 Jeanfield Swifts Blacks (Jeanfield win 3-1 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 03 December 2017
  • Lochee Park
  • Under 16´s
  • John Clark Motors Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Sam Townsley was Jeanfield’s hero as they survived a late Dryburgh comeback and a penalty shootout to advance to the semi-final of the John Clark Motors Cup. The Jeanfield stopper saved three Dryburgh penalties as his side won the shootout 3-1.

These sides sit first and second in the Maryfield League, and Dryburgh edged their league meeting 4-3 earlier in the season. Jeanfield only had 10 players available that day, but with a full complement at their disposal, they started brightly.

Liam Cooney broke into the box after six minutes, but saw his fierce strike pushed away by Aaron Cosgrove. The resulting corner was met by James Westwood, but his snap shot was straight down the keeper’s throat.

Jeanfield had been on top in the opening stages, and with 10 minutes gone they broke the deadlock through Angus Dochard. Cooney provided the cutback that Dochard swept into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.

Dryburgh were struggling to match Jeanfield’s tempo, losing nearly every second ball in the centre of the park. Ryan McKay sent in a cross that Daryl Tosh headed wide before Cooney hit a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Aaron Flynn headed against the woodwork as Dryburgh continued their search for an equaliser, while at the other end Cosgrove denied Cooney with his feet.
With half time seconds away, Rannoch Ramsay doubled Jeanfield’s lead with a controlled volley from the edge of the box that nestled in the bottom corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-2
  • Jeanfield Swifts Blacks

Dryburgh got the second half off to the perfect start when Dylan Smeaton’s cross was turned past his own keeper by Jamie Bell nine minutes after the restart. With Ryan Corbitt waiting to pounce, the Jeanfield man had little choice but to try and clear the ball, unfortunately for him, it had given Dryburgh a lifeline.

Ross Mcnaughton’s bouncing free kick forced Sam Townsley into a smart save. The resulting corner came to Smeaton, but his shot didn’t trouble the keeper. From this, Jeanfield broke and Cooney re-established their two-goal advantage after 53 minutes.

The visitors were given a golden opportunity to seal the game when the referee pointed to the penalty spot just after the hour mark, but Ben Shepherd’s effort was saved by Cosgrove, and he blazed the rebound over the bar.

This would prove to be a costly miss, as three minutes later Ryan Smith stabbed in a loose ball from close range to bring Dryburgh back into contention.

That was the first of a quickfire double for Smith, who had a simple finish when Corbitt cut the ball back to him with nine minutes remaining.

Neither side could find a winner in the time remaining, meaning the game would be decided by penalties. Thankfully, the referee steered well clear of the new ABBA system.

  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 3-3
  • Jeanfield Swifts Blacks
Aidan Nelson stepped up first for Dryburgh, but the captain saw his effort kept out by Sam Townsley. Ben Shepherd was first up for Jeanfield, and unlike during normal time, he beat Aaron Cosgrove with a shot into the top right corner.

Townsley guessed correctly with Ryan Smith’s spot kick, but couldn’t keep it out as he brought Dryburgh level. Max McCole kept his cool and drilled the ball down the middle to put Jeanfield back in front.

Aaron Flynn was next up for Dryburgh, but his effort was poor and Townsley managed to keep it out. In stark contrast, Rannoch Ramsay gave Cosgrove no chance as he fired his penalty into the side netting. This meant Ryan Corbitt had to score to keep Dryburgh in it, but Townsley kept out his strike, and Jeanfield advanced to the semi-finals.

Despite their late comeback, Dryburgh can have few complaints about the outcome of this match. From the first whistle they were outfought and struggled to impose themselves on the game. They have a healthy lead at the top of the table at the moment, but they will need to raise their game if they plan on repeating the success they have had in previous seasons.

As for Jeanfield, this was an excellent performance from them from the first whistle to the last. Even when Dryburgh got their late equaliser, there was a sense that Jeanfield would be the team to get the seventh goal of the match. In the shootout, Sam Townsley came up with three excellent saves, while his teammates all dispatched their penalties with confidence. A special mention must go to Ben Shepherd, who got his side off to the perfect start after missing from the spot in regular time.

They are now in the last four with Broughty United, Fairmuir and Ferry Athletic, and realistically these sides will all fancy themselves to go on and win the cup. Given Jeanfield’s pedigree in the Perth leagues, they are not strangers to success, and today’s display shows that they are not a side to be taken lightly going forward.

Final Result: Dryburgh Athletic 3-3 Jeanfield Swifts Blacks (Jeanfield win 3-1 on penalties)


Dryburgh Athletic
Jeanfield Swifts Blacks
99. Aaron Cosgrove
2. Ryan McKay
5. Nairn Beaton
6. Aidan Nelson
7. Ross Mcnaughton
8. Marcus Gray
9. Ryan Smith
10. Ben Wilson
11. Ryan Corbitt
12. Josh Fyffe
14. Daryl Tosh
17. Jamie Gelly
33. Kalin Jones
35. Arron Flynn
74. Brandon Mcginnis
77. Dylan Smeaton
1. Sam Townsley
2. Max McCole
3. Jamie Bell
4. Ben Shepherd
5. Finn Boag
6. Rannoch Ramsay
7. Liam Cooney
8. Ethan Simpson
9. Ryan Young
10. Alex Roswell
11. Brian Williamson
12. Jacques Bernier
13. James Westwood
15. Ben Megah
16. Angus Dochard
17. Jack Muirhead
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Jeanfield Swifts Blacks
Ross Mcnaughton - The midfielder was introduced just before half time, and he brought a composure to Dryburgh that had been sorely missing. Used the ball well, and brought some good saves out of Townsley.
Liam Cooney - The Jeanfield striker lead the line brilliantly, constantly harrying the Dryburgh defence and forcing them into mistakes. He took his goal well, and will be a handful for any defender he comes up against over the course of the season.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Jeanfield Swifts Blacks
Cosgrove's Penalty Save - The Dryburgh keeper made a couple of important saves throughout the match, but the penalty was the pick of the bunch. Stopped his side going three down, which kick started the comeback in the process.
Townsley's Penalty Saves - What's better than one penalty save? Three penalty saves. The keeper produced three top stops that sealed his sides passage to the semi-finals.
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