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Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:29

Dundee impress in Aberdeenshire opener

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Skelly 13, 87
Bowie 65, 74
Gray 79


TSB Senior National Cup - Group 2
Harlaw Park, Inverurie
03 October 2013

At a windy Inverurie, Aberdeenshire and Dundee went head to head at the home of Highland league side Inverurie Loco Works FC with both sides desperate to get that first points on the board in a group which also contains Angus and the North Of Scotland.

Last season both sides were in the same group and Dundee won the game last October at Turriff United FC convincingly, Dundee won this game 5-0 however the game was not without a fight by Aberdeenshire and they definitely look a better side from last year.

Aberdeenshire had an early opportunity in the 4th minute after they created some good work and started the better in the first five minutes. Culter under 17s player Hamish Ritchie tried an ambitions 30 yard drive towards goal which just went inches wide of the left hand post.

After that early attempt, Dundee were going to come out of the blocks and decided to hit Aberdeenshire on the break. The ball broke to Darren Mackie who was fouled in the box by Grant Anderson and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Josh Skelly took the spot-kick however Peterhead goalkeeper Ewen MacDonald reacted superbly and reached for his bottom left hand corner to parry the ball before clearing up all the loose ends.

Dundee then took the lead after 13 minutes and Skelly was this time going to make no mistake after the ball got fed into the forward before he did the rest and managed to turn the Shire defence before finding the far left hand corner from 16 yards. Josh was going to be a stand-out for the rest of the game.

Another player who impressed any neutral in ttendance was Corey Gray and he had a great chance to double the Taysiders advantage with a 20 yard drive which was superbly held by MacDonald in the Aberdeenshire goal.

Aberdeenshire had their best chance of the game in the 30th minute after a free kick came in by Grant Anderson which was met by Sam Pugh who produced a glancing header towards goal which went off the face of the right hand post and out for a goal kick.

The Dens were going to make them pay and went 2-0 straight after they made an attack up the field. Dundee took the ball onto the left hand flank and then a great ball came in from Ranald Bowie which was met by Darren Mackie who sent a crashing volley right into the roof of the net to give Dundee some breathing space. 

Half Time: Aberdeenshire 0-2 Dundee

The first chance of the 2nd half was to fall to Dundee and their main potion in Josh Skelly. He tried a 20 yard free kick towards goal which evaded the Aberdeenshire wall however MacDonald dived down superbly to deny Skelly a 2nd of the game. 

Up until the next break of play it was quite an even game with the wind making sure not a lot of chances were coming for either team in a 15 minute period spell of the game. It would have been a great time for Aberdeenshire to get a goal back however after this point Dundee were going to sail into a 3-0 lead and go on from there. 
On 65 minutes, Dundee were 3-0 after they hit Shire on the break again and a great ball was sent into the six yard area by Darren Mackie which was met by Ranald Bowie who managed to tap the ball into an empty net with the Aberdeenshire defence nowhere to be seen. 
Bowie was then to get his brace after 72 minutes on the clock after causing the Aberdeenshire defence all sorts of problems again and dazzled his way past way before passing the ball onto Corey Gray who then did the rest by wonderfully finding the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards. Bowie was then to be assist in the last piece of action in the game. 
Josh Skelly was then to go and scoop up another brace after he dazzled his way past two Aberdeenshire defenders before finishing with composure finding the bottom left hand corner after going one on one with MacDonald.
Full Time: Aberdeenshire 0-5 Dundee


Aberdeenshire Dundee
1. Ewen MacDonald
2. Greg Smith
3. Marc Summers
4. Grant Anderson
5. Jack Daniel
6. Hamish Ritchie
7. Sam Pugh
8. Stuart Mair
9. Rhys Simpson
10. Marc Lawrence
11. Jack Sim
12. Ally Blair
13. Matthew Johnston
14. Ewen Stewart
15. Ryan O'Donnell
16. Stuart Kemp
17. Stuart Lawson
18. Calum Carmichael
19. Michael Duncan
1. Matty Galloway
2. Scott Cameron
3. Jack Neave
4. Barry Wilson
5. Lloyd Archibald
6. Kieran Dack
7. Josh Skelly
8. Corey Gray
9. Patrick Martin
10. Darren Mackie
11. Ranald Bowie
14. Tony Myers
15. Frankie Devine
21. Vince Kenny
Ewen MacDonald kept Aberdeenshire in the game at times and his saves were impressive for any neutral watching. 
Josh Skelly scored a brace and was really on fire today, set up chances for other players and took his goals really well. 
Sunday, 29 September 2013 12:16

Morgan cruise to victory over Grove

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Morgan Academy 
Grove Academy
Liam Fitzsimmons 12, 19
Bailey Chalmers 28
Adam Brown 32


U15 Arab Trust Leauge
20 September 2013

Michael Colville
By Mikey Colville
YFS East Reporter

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It was the first encounter of the season between Morgan and Grove, and both teams were eager to grab three points. Grove has had a few good results, but this was Morgan’s first game of the season so they were looking to get to a good start.

Morgan had a chance to take the lead in the early minutes of the game, Lewis Finnie brought down a player in the box giving Morgan a penalty. Kal Handy stepped up to take the shot, but unluckily hit the post with a low strike.

Morgan didn’t let this get them down though as they continued to put a lot of pressure on Grove, pressing for an early goal. In the 12th minute their attacking paid off as they took the lead. A quick ball through ball was played to Liam Fitzsimmons who controlled it in the box and slotted it past the keeper making it 1-0.

Blair Whyte had a good chance soon after, Grove started passing the ball about well, Whyte received the ball from just outside the box and struck it low but David Beattie handled it well.

Morgan scored a second goal in the 19th minute. Liam Fitzsimmons grabbed a second goal when a brilliant chipped ball was played into the box. The ball slipped past the keeper and fell to Fitzsimmons who knocked it into the back of the net making it 2-0.

Grove almost pulled a goal back with a free kick. Andrew Kelly hit a powerful shot towards goal but David Beattie tipped it over the bar. Morgan replied with another chance, Kal Handy made a one two with Liam Fitzsimmons and then shot from just outside the box but it went just over the bar.

Morgan made it 3-0 in the 28th minute. Liam Fitzsimmons dribbled into the right side of the box, and then played a low pass across to unmarked Bailey Chalmers. Chalmers placed his shot in the back of the net giving Morgan a comfortable lead.

Grove gained a chance to get back in the game in the 32nd minute. Morgan gave a way a penalty after a hand ball in the box. Adam Brown stepped up to the spot confidently, and placed the ball in the bottom corner with ease. The half time whistle blew shortly after, Morgan were playing superbly but all hope wasn’t lost as Grove managed to pull a goal back.

Half Time: Morgan Academy 3-1 Grove Academy  
Morgan entered the second half eager to grab more goals. Liam Fitzsimmons flicked a brilliant pass to Grant Collier but Lewis Finnie made a superb tackle. Grove countered soon after, Blair Whyte played a brilliant through ball to Zac Ferrie who struck the ball towards goal but it went narrowly wide. 
Grove nearly scored a second goal in the 45th minute. Andrew Kelly won the ball in the midfield well, then sprinted towards goal and took a powerful shot. But David Beattie made an impressive save. 
Morgan increased their lead once again in the 48th minute. Liam Fitzsimmons sealed his hat-trick with a spectacular finish, dribbling through the box and then placing it in the bottom corner from a tight angle. It looked like Morgan had assured themselves a comfortable lead now.
Bradley Etchells came close to making it five with a great free kick. His shot was heading for the top corner but Elliot Smith made an unbelievable diving save and pushed it over the bar.
Grove continued to try and get back in the game but Morgan were defending well. Rory Faulkner beat a player then dribbled into the box, playing a clever pass to Blair Whyte who hit a hard shot at goal which rattled the post. Grove came close once again with not long left in the game. Adam Browns superb free kick was denied by the cross bar once again. 
Grove didn’t give up, but it was too late. The final whistle blew and Morgan earned the three points. Morgan played brilliantly and scored four great goals, passing the ball well and creating good chances. Grove didn’t play to their full potential but still put in a good performance, they were unlucky not to score a couple more goals.  
Full Time: Morgan Academy 4-1 Grove Academy


Morgan Academy Grove Academy
1. David Beattie
2. Harvey Paterson
3. Darryl Cattanach
4. Ben Thomson
5. Bailey Chalmers
6. Caven Masey
7. Josh Mackenzie
8. Declan Dodds
9. Bradley Etchells
10. Bruce Hearn
11. Liam Fitzsimmons
12. Kyle Reid
14. Brandon Scott
15. Ross Sullivan
16. Kal Handy
17.Grant Collier
1. Elliot Smith
2. Cameron Oldham
3. Harry Dow
4. Lewis Finnie
5. Max Craig
6. Gregor McAuley
7. Adam Brown
8. Martin Stevenson
9. Andrew Kelly
10. Blair Whyte
11. Rory Faulkner
12. Michael Keltie 
14. Danny Russell
15. Zac Ferrie
Liam Fitzsimmons was my man of the match because he scored a superb hatrick and set up the other goal.
Lewis Finnie was my man of the match because he made some brilliant tackles and was strong at the back.
Sunday, 22 September 2013 19:22

Arbroath progress after victory over City in capital

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Edinburgh City FC
Arbroath FC
Robertson 5
Scott 1
Robertson 53
Fullerton 72


U20 Scottish FA Youth Cup
Civil Service Sports Ground, Edinburgh
22 September 2013
Author: Jonathan McIntosh
Arbroath FC progressed into third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup after beating Edinburgh City 3-1 at Civil Service Sports Ground.
Goals from Christopher Scott and Dayle Robertson at the start of each half consigned Edinburgh City to defeat. The East of Scotland League club defeated Airdrieonians in the preliminary round.
A bizarre incident in the final few minutes saw two Arbroath players sent off. Adam Graham and Scott were both told to walk for abusive language a minute apart from each other.
The Red Lichties were ahead within a minute of the start. Scott’s shot from 20 yards found the bottom left corner.
City right winger Jaxon Wishart was a constant attacking threat to the Arbroath defence. In the 19th minute, he played the ball ahead of Stuart Donaldson, whose cross fell kindly to Kyle Brown. The central midfielder connected brilliantly with his shot but it deflected off the crossbar.
Despite City’s difficult start to the match, they grew into the game and matched their SPFL Youth counterparts in the final 20 minutes of the half.
Scott Adams had a chance to put Arbroath in front in the 24th minute. He ghosted through the midfield unmarked and shot from the exact same place as where Scott had scored earlier on. This time, it went wide of the right post.
City equalised after half an hour. Liam Ireland’s corner found Arron Robertson, whose header hit his team-mate Wishart on the line. Robertson was able to hammer the ball into the net from the rebound.
Calum Helm had a chance to put City in front on the verge of half time. His shot went over the bar after good play from Ireland and Donaldson.

Half Time: Edinburgh City FC 1-1 Arbroath FC  
Donaldson had a moment to forget in the 49th minute. A cross-field ball into the area put Donaldson into a race with Arbroath goalkeeper Leonard Wilson. Wilson reached the ball first and Tom Daley would have been proud of Donaldson’s dive to try and win the penalty. The City striker picked up a silly booking.
Arbroath were back in front four minutes later. The City midfield failed to track back quick enough and Robertson powered the ball into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.
The second half was dominated by Arbroath. Adams and Patrick Martin both missed chances but Scott Fullerton put the result beyond doubt in the 72nd minute. A deep cross from the left found the right winger inside the area. His shot across the box nestled into the bottom left corner.
Fullerton showed a good level of talent to finish with his goal, but he will need to take a check on his attitude if he is to progress into the Arbroath senior ranks. He let himself be brought into petty arguments too many times throughout the second half.
Arbroath’s double sending off came in the 88th minute. City won a free kick in a dangerous area and, while the Arbroath defence were setting up their wall, Graham was called across to the referee and shown the red card. After everything appeared to die down, and with City ready to finally take the free kick, it was Scott’s turn to say something out of line to the ref. Once again, the referee called him over and Arbroath were down to nine men.
It was all too late for City though. Sean Morrison’s long range shot went over the bar in stoppage time and Mark McConnell had a shot saved by Wilson.
Arbroath coach Mark Anderson hopes that the result can kick-start their league form. He said: “We started off well going a goal up, but we let them into it. We had a word with them at half time and they reacted well. It was a scrappy game but we’re in the next round of the cup so we’re happy.
“If they’ve sworn at the referee then that’s fair enough, but it’s a strange decision. I’ve never seen anything like that before.
“We’ve played three but had a disappointing start after a good pre-season. We’re now looking to get some points in the league.”
Edinburgh City manager Graeme Higgins felt that Arbroath were the better team over the course of the match. He said: “It got off to a bad start with 1-0 after a minute, but after 20 minutes we got settled into the game. We did not do badly in the first half. We had a good chance right at the death to go in 2-1 when we hit the bar. We wanted to come out in the second half and have a real go at them, but Arbroath were the better team in the second half. They passed the ball better, they kept the ball on the ground. We never pushed them up high enough to trouble them. Arbroath deserved to win it at the end of the day.
“This Scottish Cup is always a fairytale cup for us. It’s always interesting to see how far we can get and if we can take scalps along the way. We took Airdrie in the first round but unfortunately weren’t able to beat Arbroath today. We’re going for the League Cup, the Challenge Cup and the League. We’ve won the league cup in the last couple of seasons and we want to defend that. We also want to challenge for the league.”
Full Time: Edinburgh City FC 1-3 Arbroath FC


Edinburgh City FC Arbroath FC
1.   Craig Moffat
2.   Sean Morrison
3.   Greg Powrie
4.   Mark McConnell
5.   Arron Robertson
6.   Christopher Kirkwood
7.   Jaxon Wishart
8.   Kyle Brown
9.   Calum Helm
10. Stuart Donaldson
11. Liam Ireland
12. Euan Lannon
14. Lewis Cockburn
15. Jonny Scott-Mercer
16. Andrew Greenhill
17. Tinashe Ruwona
1.   Leonard Wilson
2.   Ross Mitchell
3.   Ryan Lewis
4.   Kyle Findlater
5.   Andrew Hampton
6.   Jamie Thomson
7.   Scott Fullerton
8.   Christopher Scott
9.   Dayle Robertson
10. Patrick Martin
11. Scott Adams
12. Adam Graham
14. Paul Weir
15. Sam Burnett
16. Patrick Smith
21. Josh Gray
Jaxon Wishart was Edinburgh City's best attacking outlet.
Patrick Martin was unable to get a goal in this match but he was involved in most of the Arbroath attacks and was an integral part of their win.
Graeme Higgins, Edinburgh City manager, said: "We didn't do badly in the first half but Arbroath were the better team in the second half. They deserved to win it at the end of the day."
Mark Anderson, Arbroath coach, said: "It was a scrappy game but we're in the next round of the cup so we're happy."
Dundee United SC
Letham Tangerines
Bryce Murray 27
Darren Mckay 44
Rhys Doran 53
Keigan Reilly 59
Darren Mckay 62
Rian Shillan 3, 13, 56
Kyle Mitchell 30
Declan Harvey 70
Kyle Mitchell 117



U14 Scottish Youth FA Cup - R1
08 September 2013

Michael Colville
By Mikey Colville
YFS East Region Reporter

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It was a sunny day at Monymusk, and two teams had their eyes set on advancing further in Scottish Cup. It was hard to say who would come out on top between Letham Tangerines and Dundee United SC, but both teams looked ready to battle it out for a spot in the next round.
Dundee United SC pushed up early on, hungry for an early goal. In the 3rd minute they won a free kick. Ben Russell hit the ball towards goal, it looked like it was going to dip into the net but bounced off the cross bar. 
Letham Tangerines replied with their own free kick minutes later when Aidan Strong was fouled. Rian Shillan stepped up to take the free kick, Shillan struck the ball hard. The ball then beautifully dipped into the top corner giving Letham Tangerines an early lead. 
It wasn’t long before Letham Tangerines made it 2-0, with a bit of déjà vu. Letham won another free kick, and Rian Shillan again hit the back of the net with another brilliant free kick.
Dundee United SC still looked dangerous though, as both teams were back and forward up the field. Dundee United SC came close in the 15th minute when Rhys Doran made a speedy run down the wing, then cut inside and beat a player. Doran smashed the ball towards goal but Michael Patton made a tremendous save.
Rhys Doran created a brilliant chance for Dundee United SC with a nice chipped ball through to Ben Russell. Russell controlled the ball well and then took a shot at goal, but Michael Patton managed to hold on to the ball well. 
Dundee United scored their first goal of the game in the 27th minute. Ben Russell played a superb through ball, then from the right wing Bryce Murray swung a ball into the box which rattled off the inside left post and into the back of the net making it 2-1. Letham Tangerines minutes later replied with a goal of their own, Kyle Mitchell placed the ball perfectly from inside the box making it 3-1. The whistle blew soon after and the first half finished 3-1 to Letham. Letham took their chances well, but the game was very even and Dundee United SC looked like they could make a comeback.    
Half Time: Dundee United SC 1-3 Letham Tangerines
Dundee United SC kicked the second half off, and they looked hungry to score. They were pushing up and putting a lot of pressure on the Letham defence and it wasn’t long before it paid off. In the 44th minute, Darren Mckay nodded in a hard corner making the score 3-2.

Dundee United SC scored an equaliser in the 53rd minute. Dundee United SC’s counter attack proved successful as Rhys Doran made a tremendous dribble through the midfield then drove the ball into the back of the net making it 3-3.

Three minutes later, Letham Tangerines had the lead once again. Rian Shillan comes to the rescue once with his super free kicks. Shillan powered his free kick into the net, slipping through the keepers grip and bringing the score up to 4-3.

In the 60th minute, the game was now looking to be a goal fest as Dundee United SC scored an equaliser. Another cross did the job for Dundee United SC as Keigan Reilly nodded the ball into the back of the net from the back post.

Dundee United SC weren’t finished yet though, as they took the lead in the 62nd minute. Darren Mckay controlled a brilliant through ball into the box, and then slotted the ball past the keeper making the score 5-4.  

It wasn’t all over, in the 70th minute of the game Letham were awarded a penalty. Declan Harvey stepped up to the spot, a lot of pressure on him to keep Lethams Scottish Cup hopes alive. Harvey kept his cool though as the smashed the ball into the back of the net bringing the score to 5-5. The first 90 minutes finished shortly after, and now the game had to be settled in extra time.
Full Time: Dundee United SC 5-5 Letham Tangerines

It had been a great game so far, with ten brilliant goals. Extra time kicked off, and both teams were fighting hard to get the first goal. Both teams were struggling to get past each other’s defence though. Dundee United SC came close with a powerful cross which was headed just over the net by Keigan Reilly. 
The second half of extra time was just as tense. Rian Shillan was called upon again to try and produce another spectacular free kick, but this time his efforts were thwarted by Taylor Mitchell who made two great saves. But, with minutes to go one team finally took the lead. Letham Tangerines made it 6-5 when Kyle Mitchell put a well-placed strike in the back of the net. The clock ran out shortly after and Letham Tangerines would be in the next round.
Both teams deserved to go through as it was a brilliant performance. The teams put up an entertaining performance with many twists and turns, but Letham Tangerines took their chances well and scored some fantastic goals. Dundee United SC fought hard and played well, but Letham Tangerines will be entering the next round of the Scottish Cup. 
Final Result: Dundee United SC 5-6 Letham Tangerines


Dundee United SC Letham Tangerines
1. Taylor Mitchell
2. Rhys Doran
3. Connor Scott
4. Andrew Balmer
5. Ryan Smith
6. Keigan Reilly
7. Ben Russell
8. Darren Mckay
9. Bryce Murray
10. Ewan Smith
11. James Finlayson
12. Jamie Balfour
14. Gary Ellis
15. Coll Smith
16. Hayden Laid
1. Michael Patton
2. Nathan McNicol
3. Rian Shillan
4. Aidan Strong
5. Liam McManamon
6. Shaun Cameron
7. Kyle Mitchell
8. Declan Harvey
9. Freddie Denison-Pender
10. Rowan Angus
11. Angus Ritchie 
12. Ryan Thow 
14. Jacob Mcleod
15. Jordan Ross 
16. Ross McGown
17. Connor McFarlane 
Ben Russell was my man of the match because he created some great chances and looked constantly dangerous when attacking.
Rian Shillan was my man of the match because scored a free kick hat-trick which was vital for Letham's victory.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:55

Ferry snatch point in hard fought draw

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Ferry Athletic
Letham Sky Blues
Ryan Robb 86
Connor Galletly 44 (pen)


Under 17 M N T League
Dawson Park
01 September 2013

Michael Colville
By Mikey Colville
YFS East Region Reporter

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It looked to be a close game at Dawson Park, as both Ferry Athletic and Letham Sky Blues looked eager to kick the game off. The visitors started the game off well with a quick attack straight from the kick off. Letham looked dangerous, but it didn’t take long for Ferry to get into the game.
In the 10th minute, Letham player Rudi Brown sprinted down the wing. Brown looked to cut inside and drive into the box, but Kieran Macgregor made a superb tackle. Brown wasn’t far from scoring minutes later when he received a brilliant through ball. Brown controlled the ball well and tried to take the ball around the keeper but Ryan Myles won the ball bravely. 
Ferry nearly scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute. Callum Faulkner skilfully beat a player then struck a low shot towards goal but the keeper made a spectacular diving save, managing to push the ball across the face of the goal. 
Ferry came close to scoring again, Gavin Cathro played a great pass to James Morrow who then took the ball past a couple of Letham players. Morrow then took a powerful shot at goal but the keeper made another good save. 
Letham’s Connor Galletly had a great chance in the 21st minute when he was played through into the box, but before he could shoot Steven Howie made a brilliant tackle and cleared the danger. Ferry won a corner soon after. The ball was swung into the box and Murray Irvine powered a header towards goal but it rattled off the cross bar. The ball bounced back into the box, and Lewis Swan managed to knock the rebound towards goal but it went narrowly over. 
Rudi Brown came close once again for Letham, he skilfully turned in the box and unleashed a powerful shot but Ryan Myles made another superb save. Letham had another chance minutes later when Connor Galletly played a nice pass to Kieron Kane who then took a shot from just outside the box. The shot looked to be going straight into the top corner but Ryan Myles managed to tip it over the bar.
Gavin Cathro had a chance to put Ferry in the lead in the 35th minute. Callum Faulkner crossed a brilliant ball into the Letham box. Cathro managed to control the ball well, beat a defender then strike the ball high towards the goal. It looked to be going in but the keeper made a fantastic reaction save. 
Letham had the perfect opportunity to take the lead before half time, as Ferry keeper Ryan Myles brought down Rudi Brown in the box who was dribbling towards goal. Connor Galletly stepped up to the spot confidently, and rightly so as he smashed the ball into the back of the net. Letham left the first half in the lead, but it was a very close game. Both teams were putting up a spectacular performance and it was hard to tell who would come out on top in the second half.
Half Time: Ferry Athletic 0-1 Letham Sky Blues
Ferry kicked off the second half, and looked eager to grab an equaliser. The first chance of the half came from a long ball into the Letham box. Murray Irvine got up in the air well and nodded the ball towards goal, but the keeper made a strong save and held the ball well. Letham countered straight after, Connor Galletly dribbled through into the box but before he could shoot Ryan Myles won the ball bravely. 
Ferry had their best chance of the half in the 54th minute. Steven Howie swung a great corner into the box, which was met by Murray Irvine’s header. The ball looked like it was heading into the back of the net, but was cleared just off the line. Minutes later Irvine had another chance, Callum Faulkner sent a fast paced cross into the box. Irvine managed to volley it towards the bottom right corner but the keeper got down low and held the ball well. 
Ross Gourley was substituted on for Ferry, and it didn’t take long for him to settle into the game. Gourley outpaced a Letham defender and the crossed a high ball into the box. Callum Faulkner leaped in the air to meet it but couldn’t direct it towards goal. 
Ferry were unlucky to not equalise in the 72nd minute. Kieran Macgregor made two fantastic sliding tackles in a row to stop a Letham attack. Macgregor then passed to Murray Irvine who played Callum Faulkner through into the box. Faulkner then skilfully beat a Letham defender and then placed his shot into the bottom corner. The shot looked certain to bring Ferry level, but it bounced off the inside post and back to the keeper. 
Ferry finally scored in the 86th minute, through substitute Ryan Robb. Robb dribbled through into the box, took the ball skilfully around a defender and then placed the ball calmly in the bottom corner making it 1-1. Letham continued to attack for the final few minutes in search of a late goal, but the final whistle blew and the match finished as a draw.
Both teams put in brilliant performances, the game was constantly played at a high tempo and had plenty of good chances. Ferry Athletic were unlucky to not score more, but Letham Tangerines defended well and had quite a few chances as well. 
Full Time: Ferry Athletic 1-1 Letham Sky Blues


Ferry Athletic Letham Sky Blues
1. Ryan Myles
2. Ryan Robb
3. Kieran Macphail
4. James Morrow
5. Ryan Low
6. Ross Gourley
7. Kieran Macgregor
8. Steven Howie
9. Gavin Cathro
10. Dylan Cook
11. Lewis Swan
12. Callum Faulkner
14. Matthew Macdonald
15. Murray Irvine
16. Callum Moodie
17. Raymond Forbes
1. Aidyn Murphy
2. Connor Galletly
3. Connor Park
4. Harry Probets
5. Drew McIntosh
6. Elliot Williamson
7. Frank Kenny
8. Kieron Kane
9. Hugh Cairney
10. Rory Pennycook
11. Mark Rimmer
12. Rory Myles
14. Ross Philips
15. Rudi Brown
16. Stuart Ingram
17. Callum Mackay
Ryan Myles was my man of the match because despite conceding the penalty he had a superb game and stopped many good chances.
Connor Galletly was my man of the match because he took his penalty well and always looked dangerous when attacking. His partnership with Rudi Brown was also impressive.
Sunday, 01 September 2013 19:25

Saints overcome Dryburgh in hard fought encounter

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Dryburgh Athletic
St Andrews Colts
Gallacher 12
McCluskey 29
Begg 6,10,70
Cluffley 21


U13 DDYFA Cafe Royale League
Lochee Park, Dundee
01 September 2013

By Ross Quigley
YFS East Region Reporter
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St Andrews Colts recorded a 4-2 victory over Dryburgh Athletic in the Cafe Royale League at Lochee Park on Sunday.  The home side started brightly and in the first minute a great run down the left wing resulted in a Kai Buchan cross was almost diverted by a Colts defender for an own goal.

However, in the 6thminute it was the away side that struck first, with Craig Begg hitting a well struck effort into the left hand corner to give the Colts the lead. St Andrews extended their lead in the 10thminute when an Edwin Finsterburgh cross was knocked home at the backpost by Craig Begg who doubled his and his sides tally for the afternoon to give them a commanding lead. 
Dryburgh responded really well to the early setbacks, and showed good character to get themselves back into the game in the 12thminute, with a sublime chip from Keir Gallacher which looped over the keeper into the far right hand corner of the net.
It was the Saints who further extended their lead in the 21stminute when Matthew Cluffley collected a goal kick midway inside the Dryburgh half, and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to give the Colts a two goal advantage for the second time in the match.
Dryburgh got themselves back into the match again in the 29thminute, with a Craig McCluskey free-kick, which was beautifully struck from just outside the area into the bottom left hand corner. The 1sthalf was a great advert for youth football and both teams contributed to an entertaining opening 35 minutes.

Half Time: Dryburgh Athletic 2-3 St Andrews Colts 

The first chance of the second half fell to Craig Begg in the 40thminute, when he rounded the keeper but was unable to finish it off. Craig McCluskey then had a deflected effort just wide of the right hand post for the home side who were pressing for an equaliser.  

Dryburgh continued to put the away side under pressure, and in the 57thminute a great run by Kai Buchan led to a blocked shot which fell nicely to Connor McKelvie, who hit a long range effort inches wide of the right hand post. 

There was then a situation in the 62ndminute in which the newly installed goal line technology we are seeing south of the border, would have been needed to determine whether a Craig Begg effort had crossed the line having hit the underside of the crossbar, but no goal was given, denying the striker his hat-trick.  
However, the striker wasn’t to be denied and got his hat trick with the last kick of the game, when he knocked home a cross from the right to give the away side a hard fought 4-2 victory

Both sides played very in spells and can be proud of their efforts in what was an entertaining game, played between two well matched sides.

Full Time: Dryburgh Athletic 2-4 St Andrews Colts


Dryburgh Athletic St Andrews Colts
1. Matthew McDonald
2. Michael Edgar
3. Kai Buchan
4. Nathan Thomson
5. Luke Harrison
7. Keir Gallacher
9. Lewis Johnstone
11. John Reilly
12. Lewis Urquhart
14. Lewis Coventry
6. Michael Gillan
8. Connor McKelvie
10. Drew Brady
15. Ethan Cuthill
16. Cameron Doig
20. Lyal Constable
2. Matthew Cluffley
3. Grant Aitken
7. Taylor Baldie
8. Jack Williams
10. Max McGregor
11. Dylan Syme
12. Lewis Davis
15. Edwin Finsterburgh
16. Craig Begg
18. Josh Stoddart
5. Anton Renton
14. James Dundas
17. Peter Visocclin
21. Nathan Parmar
Kai Buchan was a standout performer on the left wing and had a series of great runs throughout the game and was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet.
Craig Begg scored a wonderful hat trick and was a constant threat to the Dryburgh defence throughout.
Bobby Johnstone, Dryburgh manager said: “We improved a lot from our previous two games which will give the boys confidence. I felt they just about deserved to win the game. But it is a lot better performance which is encouraging.”
G.Cunningham, St Andrews manager said: “We had a good first half, but we struggled in the second half. But overall we played very well which is encouraging. I feel we should be aiming for a top half finish."
Monday, 08 July 2013 12:46

Harris hit seven to win cup final

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Harris Academy
Grove Academy
Martin 5
Smith 8, 60
Wighton 18
Pirrie 24
Petrie 33
Montgomery 67
               Allan 39


U17 George Grant Memorial Trophy
St. Pauls RC Academy

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It was the second final of the day at St. Pauls RC Academy and the under 17’s George Grant Memorial Trophy was about to take place. The last time these two teams met in the Senior Johnstone Trophy final Grove came out on top, so this was a chance for Harris to get revenge. Grove have had a great season having also won the league but both teams look evenly matched.

The game kicked off, and it wasn’t long before Harris had a chance to take the lead. Callum Petrie took a powerful shot at goal from outside the box but Matthew Galloway made a strong save. Harris took the lead soon after in the 5th minute, Pat Martin beat a Grove player then smacked the ball into the top corner making it 1-0 Harris.

Minutes later, Harris made it 2-0. Ben Smith skilfully dribbled into the box getting past a Grove defender and then tapped the ball past the keeper, giving Harris a brilliant start to the game. The Grove team looked stunned by the two early goals and struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Despite Grove trying to push up the field, Harris went 3-0 ahead. In the 18th minute, Craig Wighton skipped past the Grove defence skilfully then took the ball past the keeper and placed it in the back of the net. It wasn’t looking for Grove, Harris were playing a high line and constantly pressing the Grove defence.

Grove were starting to pass the ball about well, but in the 24th minute Harris went 4-0 up. A great corner was played into the Grove box and Jack Pirrie turned well and volleyed the ball into the net from six yards out.

Grove came close to scoring in the 27th minute, Ranald Bowie made a superb run down the left wing beating two Harris players and then struck a vicious shot towards goal but it went narrowly wide. Harris countered when a long ball was played up to Craig Wighton who skilfully dribbled towards the goal and took a shot but Matthew Galloway made a good diving save.

Harris made it 5-0 in the 33rd minute. Callum Petrie fired in a powerful shot into the box which took a deflection and beat the keeper, putting Harris far into the lead.

Grove managed to get a goal back in the 39th minute, the ball was crossed into the box and Matty Allan managed to brilliantly get into the air and head the ball over the line making it 5-1. The half time whistle blew shortly after and Harris were by far the better team with some superb passing moves and strong defending.

Half Time: Harris Academy 5-1 Grove Academy 

The second half kicked off, and Grove were much more in the game. The team passed the ball around well and started to put pressure on the Harris defence. In the 52nd minute, Grove won a free kick just outside the box. Grant Breen struck a superb shot towards goal but it went narrowly over the cross bar.

Harris increased their lead once again in the 60th minute. Ben Smith took a long shot at goal which then took a deflection in the box and went straight into the top corner making it 6-1 to Harris. It soon became 7-1 when James Montgomery did a superb overhead kick into the net making it 7-1.

Grove fought on despite Harris’ big lead, Kieran Dack came close with a powerful shot towards goal but it went just past the post. Despite their efforts they couldn’t score a second goal and the game finished at 7-1 to Harris.

Harris put in a great performance and really deserved to win. The team worked brilliantly together and scored some fantastic goals. Grove could have played a lot better as they didn’t play to their usual standard but they did pick their performance up in the second half and played a much better game.

Full Time: Harris Academy 7-1 Grove Academy

Harris Academy Grove Academy
11. Han Agacan
14. Jake Davidson
5. Andrew Fenwick
18. Gary Fraser
13. Liam Garvock
21. Kyle Gourlay
12. Connor Kennedy
2. Jack Larkin
9. Patrick Martin
10. Jamie Montgomery
8. Callum Petrie
3. Jack Pirrie
4. Ben Smith
17. Craig Wighton
1. Matty Galloway
3. Grant Breen
4. Andy Knox
5. Craig Madden
6. Ben Finnie
8. Matty Muir
9. Darren Mackie
10. Callum McHardy
11. Gavin Cathro
12. Matty Allan
14. Ranald Bowie
15. Callum Falconer
18. Craig Chalmers
19. Kieran Dack
Craig Wighton  was my man of the match because he played brilliantly on the wing and not only scored a goal but set up others. 
Matty Allan was my man of the match because he made some impressive tackles and scored a superb goal. 


Forfar Farmington
Forfar Farm. Wildcats
Johnstone 12, 16
Alison 21
Grant 30
Cairns 43


15's SWF East Region L. Cup Final
St. Andrews University

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This was the second East Region League Cup match held at St. Andrews on the day, and there was a great atmosphere building up for the game. Two Forfar teams had made it into the final, Forfar Farmington had been having a superb season and Forfar Farmington Wildcats had a brilliant cup run and upset the odds to make it this far.

The game kicked off, and both teams were fighting to get an early chance. Soon though, Forfar Farmington started to settle and control the game. Forfar Farmington started to play some nice football and looked dangerous every time they attacked, despite Forfar Wildcats strong defending.

Forfar Farmington took the lead early on when Kiera Johnston got the first goal of the game with a great bit of skill, but it wasn’t long before she doubled Forfar Farmington’s lead with a second goal and a fantastic finish. Forfar Farmington continued to put pressure on the Forfar Wildcats with quick passing moves through the midfield and a pacey upfront caused problems for the defence. It wasn’t long before Jodie Alison further increased the Forfar Farmington lead. In the 21st minute Alison made it 3-0 with a great strike from inside the box.

Forfar Wildcats weren’t ready to give up though, Katy Morrison almost managed to pull a goal back in the 23rd minute. Morrison skilfully beat a player just outside the box and then whipped a brilliant curved shot towards goal but Rachelle Milton made a fantastic diving save. Tori Clarke also had a good chance minutes later when she struck a low powerful shot towards goal but Milton handled the danger once again.

Forfar Farmington increased their lead once again in the 30th minute. A great ball was played into Nicki Grant in the box who controlled the ball well then smacked the ball into the top corner making it 4-0 Forfar Farmington. The half time whistle blew shortly after and Forfar Farmington left the pitch four goals in the lead. Forfar Farmington were playing some great football and looked the better team when attacking, Forfar Wildcats were still giving it a 100% but needed to create more chances.

Half Time: Forfar Farmington FC 4-0 Forfar Farmington Wildcats

The second half kicked off and Forfar Farmington continued to have a firm grasp on the game. They were holding the ball well and looking in control of the game.

Wildcats came close to getting their first goal minutes into the half. A chipped ball was played through to Keira Balfour who took a shot towards goal but Rachelle Milton made a strong save.

Forfar Farmington made it 5-0 in the 43rd minute. A low ball was played across the box to Sydney Cairns who placed the ball into the bottom corner. Forfar Farmington were very clinical up front and took their chances well.

It looked like Forfar Wildcats were going to struggle to get back into the game, Jodi Allison also scored a second goal in the 54th minute when she was through on goal but Jade Logan made a superb tackle and cleared the danger. Forfar Wildcats countered from this and Leila Strachan struck a powerful shot towards goal but it went just over the bar.

The game was nearly over, but Forfar Farmington nearly made it 6-0 in the final few minutes. Keira Johnstone almost got her hat-trick with a great shot which looked to be heading into the top corner, but Chantelle Anderson made a tremendous diving save. The final whistle blew soon after and Forfar Farmington were the winners of the East Region League Cup. Forfar Farmington deserved to win as they scored five good goals and played some superb football, but Forfar Wildcats still put in a good performance and impressively kept fighting till the very end.

Full Time: Forfar Farmington FC 5-0 Forfar Farmington Wildcats

Forfar Farmington FC Forfar Farm. Wildcats

1. Rachelle Milton
2. Emily Thain
3. Renni Keay
4. Shannon Thompson
5. Amber Ogg
6. Rebekkah Brown
7. Beth Shillito
8. Hannah Wilson
9. Kerry Younger
10. Erin Cattanach
11. Danielle Grant
12. Lori Simpson
14. Jodi Allison
15. Keira Johnstone
16. Nikki Grant
17. Alex Russell
18. Sydney Cairns
19. Hannah Robb

1. Chantelle Anderson
2. Lia Cameron
3. Jade Logan
4. Keira Balfour
5. Katy Morrison
6. Sophie Young
7. Katie Valentine
8. Taylor McEwan
9. Morgan MacVicar
10. Tori Clarke
11. Aisha Lamont
12. Leila Strachan

Kiera Johnstone was my player of the match because she scored two great early goals and nearly had a hat-trick.
Leila Strachan was my player of the match because she put in a solid performance and had a couple of good chances.


Dunfermline Athletic 
Forfar Farmington
Cross 5
Hynd 57
Millar 43


13's SWF East League Cup - Final
St. Andrews University

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It was a great day for a final at St. Andrews University, and the players were ready to get the game started. Both teams were having superb seasons so it looked like it would be a very close match. The sun was shining and the teams were ready to play for the East Region League Cup.

The game kicked off with a fiery start, both teams attacked early on and weren’t afraid to get stuck in. The early pressure paid off were Dunfermline as they scored the first goal of the game. In the 5th minute, Lauryn Hynd tapped a brilliant through ball to Morgan Cross who placed her shot in the top corner making it 1-0.

Forfar weren’t ready to give up though, minutes later they had a great chance. Chloe Morrison cut in from the right side of the pitch and then struck a vicious shot towards goal but it bounced narrowly past the post. Dunfermline countered and managed to win a corner, Lauryn Hynd crossed a brilliant ball to Jayny Saunders who headed the ball just wide.

Forfar came close to scoring when Lois Millar played a great through ball to Caitlin Mitchell. Mitchell struck the ball towards goal but the keeper made a superb save. Forfar had another chance soon after when Lois Millar hit the inside post with a great strike and the ball bounced out back to the keeper. Dunfermline also hit the woodwork, Jayny Saunders rattled the upright corner with a rocket shot which went out for a goal kick. The half time whistle blew shortly after and Dunfermline Athletic were in the lead. The game was very evenly matched and Forfar looked like they could equalise if they kept working hard and started taking their chances. Dunfermline were defending well and had plenty of chances to extend their lead.

Half Time: Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Forfar Farmington 

Dunfermline kicked the second half off with a great chance, Lauryn Hynd sent a powerful shot towards goal from outside the box but the keeper made a fantastic save. Forfar hit the cross bar once again with a wonderful strike from Caitlin Greaves which glided through the air and smacked the cross bar bouncing out for a goal kick.

A great bit of skill from Morgan Cross nearly gave Dunfermline the lead in the 39th minute. Cross beat a player with a nice turn on the ball then struck a fantastic shot but it just curved away from the goal. Minutes later Forfar Farmington equalised, a ball was played into the box which Lois Millar skilfully controlled and then placed into the top corner making it 1-1.

Lois Millar was causing havoc for the Dunfermline defence when she almost snapped up a second goal. Millar beat a Dunfermline player and then smacked the ball towards the goal but once again Forfar were denied by the cross bar.

Dunfermline took the lead back in the 57th minute. A fast paced ball was played across the Forfar box and Lauryn Hynd controlled the ball with a nice touch and then slotted the ball past the keeper making it 2-1 to Dunfermline.

It looked like it was too late for Forfar to equalise, Erin Thomson had a chance in the final minute with a shot from far it out which dipped narrowly over the bar. The final whistle blew soon after and Dunfermline were the winners of the East Region Leauge Cup final. It was a very entertaining cup final with many superb chances. Both teams worked very hard and didn’t give up once, despite losing Forfar put in a remarkable performance and there were some spectacular individual performances from players such as Lois Millar and Caitlin Mitchell who played well. Dunfermline did deserve to win though as they defended brilliantly and worked together brilliantly as a team. Dunfermline scored two fantastic goals, and Lauryn Hynd put in a great performance having scored the winning goal and setting up the first one.

Full Time: Dunfermline Athletic 2-1 Forfar Farmington

Dunfermline Athletic Forfar Farmington
1. Ellie Donaldson
2. Orla Kerr
3. Sarah King
4. Jayny Saunders
5. Kayleigh Mealing
6. Rachel Snaddon
7. Morgan Cross
8. Summer Cowan
9. Caitlin Greaves
10. Lauryn Hynd
11. Jaimie Miller
12. Fiona Murray 
14. Emily Wyse
1. Georgie Braithwaite
2. Carrie Hogan
3. Lois Millar
4. Caitlin Mitchell
5. Bethany Moir
6. Chloe Morrison
7. Emma sommerville
8. Sherie Stewart
9. Erin Thomson
10. Leah White
Lauryn Hynd was my player of the match because she set up the first goal and scored the winner, but she was also very creative and skilful on the ball. 
Lois Millar was my player of the match because she scored a brilliant equaliser and came close to scoring more goals numerous times. 
Monday, 17 June 2013 18:39

Fifers fight back to hold Dyce in opener

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Burntisland Shipyard
Dyce BC


U14 SYCL -  Group B
Parklea, Inverclyde

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The sun was breaking through the clouds over Port Glasgow and was shining on the pitch where two east coast teams were set to collide in this Group B clash as the champions of Fife - Burntisland Shipyard look to take on the current kings of Aberdeen, Dyce BC.

Dyce started the stronger and, with his first shot on goal, forward Kyle Harker sent a looping effort over Burntisland goalie Scott Costello in the opening minutes to give his side the lead within the opening few minutes.

Burntisland pressed hard to get back into the match but were unable to break down their opponents and had to settle for heading into the interval a goal behind.

Half Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-1 Dyce BC

Their efforts from the first half look to have inspired Fhe fifers as they emerged for the second period much faster than their opponents. Before you had the chance to tuck into your half time pie the ball was in the net after some superb interplay between Aiden Brown and Lewis Payne saw them exchange passes all the way into their opponents box before the latter tucked it under the outrushing Morgan Cook to level the scores.

The rest of the match was played out in the middle of the park and the few remaining chances failed to trouble either keeper and both sides deservedly took something away from their opening game in this group.

Full Time: Burntisland Shipyard 1-1 Dyce BC

Burntisland Shipyard Dyce BC
1. Scott Costello
2. Liam McAushey
3. Nathan Bain Kerr
4. Matthew Miller
5. Luke Thompson
6. Craig Watt
7. Brett Hodge
8. Kieran Jack
9. Ryan Stewart
10. Ewan Sutherland
11. Agnen Brown
12. Cameron Laird
14. Lewis Payne
15. Robbie Mulligan
16. Ross McNeish
1. Morgan Cook
2. Craig Gill
3. Campbell Marr
4. James Cooper
5. Cameron Duncan
6. Cory Ritchie
8. Ryan Silvers
9. Josh Milne
10. Cameron McArthur
11. Liam McDonald
12. Owen Kinsella
16. Alistair Naysmith
17. Elliott Byres
18. Lachlan Wood
19. Kyle Harker
20. Tom Andrews
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