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Fairmuir FC
Dundee United SC
Mclaren 3
Bollan 26, 48, 57
Balfour 13
Allison 20


 U13 D. Brown Cup - Final
North End Park

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By Michael Colville
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It was a great day at North End Park as both teams were preparing to kick the game off. It looked like it was going to be a tough game for both sides, both teams were having great seasons and they looked evenly matched. The crowd was ecstatic as the game was about to go ahead.

The game kicked off, and it wasn’t long before Fairmuir took the lead. Fairmuir didn’t hesitate and attacked early, a quick ball was played into the box and Ryan Mclaren then controlled it and placed it into the back of the net brilliantly making it 1-0.

Fairmuir had another chance soon after, a great ball was crossed into the centre of the box. Jack Taylor got high into the air then headed the ball towards goal, but it went narrowly wide.

Dundee United SC had their first chance of the game in the 11th minute, a great ball was crossed into Keigan Reilly in the box. Reilly turned and volleyed they ball well, but Darren Christie made a brilliant save. Reilly came close again minutes later with an impressive dribble into the box but Marc Patullo made a superb tackle.

Dundee United SC equalised in the 13st minute. Jamie Balfour skilfully beat a Fairmuir defender, then took the ball around the goalkeeper and tapped it into the net meaning Dundee United SC drew level.

Soon after in the 20th minute, Dundee Untied scored a second goal and took the lead. Kane Allison stepped up to take DUSC’s free kick. Allison struck the ball beautifully from 35 yards out, the ball then dipped the goal keeper and hit the back of the net making it 2-1.

Fairmuir made it 2-2 in the 26th minute. The ball was played into Cameron Rutherford, who took a powerful shot at goal but it hit the post. The ball reflected back into the box and Luc Bollan finished it calmly bring Fairmuir back into the game.

Both teams were trying hard to get the lead before half time, but neither team could create a good enough chance. The whistle blew and the first half finished 2-2, it was hard to tell who would come out on top.

Half Time: Fairmuir FC 2-2 Dundee United SC 

Jack Taylor had the first chance of the half for Fairmuir. Taylor sprinted into the box with great pace then smacked a shot towards goal but it went narrowly over the bar. Soon after Dundee United SC had their first chance, Bryce Murray was through on goal but Darren Christie came off his line and won the ball well.

Jamie Balfour had a good opportunity to score in the 35th minute. Balfour looked to be through on goal but Cameron Rutherford made a superb sliding tackle and won the ball well.

Fairmuir took the lead in the 48th minute. Luc Bollan dribbled through the midfield then struck a brilliant shot towards goal which nestled into the top corner of the net making it 3-2 Fairmuir.

Dundee United SC were trying hard to get back in the game with a lot of attacking, but the Fairmuir defence were playing brilliantly.

Luc Bollan completed his hatrick in the 57th minute. Bollan once again made a fantastic dribble through the midfield, beating two or three players before striking a powerful shot into the back of the net making it 4-2.

Bryce Murray had a chance to bring Dundee United SC back into the game in the 63rd minute when he unleashed a vicious strike towards goal from outside the box, but Darren Christie made a superb diving save to retain Fairmuir’s two goal lead. Balfour had a chance minutes later when he dribbled into the box but Cameron Rutherford made a superb sliding challenge and cleared the danger.

The match finished soon after and Fairmuir were the winners of the D. Brown Cup. Both teams put in great performances, but Fairmuir came out on top. Fairmuir always looked dangerous when attacking and Luc Bollan provided a creative spark which caused problems for Dundee United SC.

Full Time: Fairmuir FC 4-2 Dundee United SC

Fairmuir FC Dundee United SC
1. Darren Christie
2. Luc Bollan
3. Brooklyn Hutton
4. Aaron McFadyen
5. Kane Allison
6. Finnlay Tynan
7. Vincent Brock
8. Jack Taylor
9. Ryan Mclaren
10. Cameron Cruickshank
11. Cameron Rutherford 
12. John Macintosh
14. Michael McCabe
15. Cameron Cargill
16. Marc Putollo
1. Ian Wylie
2. Connor Scott
3. Andrew Balmer
4. Ryan Smith
5. Keigan Reilly
6. Ben Russell
7. Darren Mckay
8. Bryce Murray
9. Jay Alexander Yule
10. Jamie Balfour
11. Ryan Sandeman
12. Jack Kerr
Luc Bollan was my man of the match because he played brilliantly in the midfield, scoring a superb hatrick because of his skilful dribbling and great finishing.
Jamie Balfour was my man of the match because he scored a wonderful goal and put in a strong performance.


Lasswade HS Girls
Woodmill HS Girls
Natasha Selkirk 27
Muller 21
Reilly 24, 38
MacNamara 67


U15 Girls SSFA Shield - Final
Spartans Academy

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By Kieran Green
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To be totally honest, I never thought that I would enjoy girls football as much as I did, watching this SSFA Girls Shield Final at Spartans Academy. Both sides played some brilliant football and this match was a great advert for Youth Football in Scotland. Woodmill took the shield on the night, but it is a shame that there has to be a loser in a cup final, when both teams played as well as these girls did. Megen Reilly with a double, and strikes from Georgia Muller and Shannon MacNamara sealed the win for Woodmill. Natasha Selkirk with Lasswade's goal. 

The first attack of the night came from central midfield powerhouse Shannon MacNamara. Driving down the left hand side, diagonally into the box, she pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot, but Nicola Selkirk was on hand to clear the danger. McNamara giving a clear indication of her intentions for the evening. 

MacNamara was showing all of her attributes, and this time forcing Lasswade keeper Megane Steel into a wonderful save. MacNamara found herself in some space 25 yards out, he powerful effort looking destined for the back of the net, but Steel was equal to it, pushing the ball to safety. Fine save. 

The goal for Woodmill did eventually come. Georgia Muller on the right hand side, cut inside of the left back for Lasswade, she found herself one on one with Steel. The keeper commiting herself on the edge of the box, Muller was composed, rounded Steel and finished into the empty net. 1-0 to Woodmill, and fully deserved. 

Courtney McDonald almost equalised immediately for Lasswade, with virtually their first real attack of the match. a long range effort almost catching out Kira Sutter in the Woodmil goal, but McDonald's effort just clearing the post. 

Both sides were adopting totally different approaches to the match. Lasswade were opting to build from the back, which is very encouraging indeed, and opting to shoot from long range. On the other hand, Woodmill were opting to clear the ball as far as possible at the back, and were playing football in and around the Lasswade penalty area. Almost trying to score the perfect goal. In Scotland, we try not to encourage the long ball, but in this case, Lasswade, I think, needed to opt for this style, as playing from the back meant they were being put under pressure all of the time. 

It wasn't long untill Woodmill found their second goal of the match. MacNamara played in striker Megen Reilly on the edge of the 18 yard box, she took a touch to set herself, and fired an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net. Some finish, as was her celebration. 2-0 to Woodmill. 

The game at this point really burst into and end to end affair, as Lasswade found themselves a way back into the game. A poor clearance from Sutter in goal fell to the feet of Natasha Selkirk, and she let the ball run across her body before hitting a low drive into the near post. Yet again, a great finish and Lasswade had a lifeline. 

A very unfortunate incident occured next, with Lasswade playmaker Lauren Watters having to leave the pitch, with what looked like a serious knee injury. She was in clear pain, and this is never nice to see anywhere, especially on a Football pitch where she is playing the sport she loves. 

The 2 goal lead for Woodmill was almost restored, as Hannah Colyer somehow managed to toe-poke the ball over the bar from 6 yards out. From my angle, it looked impossible to miss. There must have been some sort of a divit on this wonderful 3G synthetic pitch. 

With Watters' injury, Lasswade suffered the double whammy as they were 2 goals behind again. Megen Reilly grabbing her second goal of the match, looping the ball over the on-rushing Steel from 12 yards out, to restore Woodmill's 2 goal advantages. 

At half time in the SSFA Girls Shield Final, Woodmill lead by 3 goals to 1, and deservedly so.

Half Time: Lasswade High School Girls 1-3 Woodmill High School Girls

The second half overall really lacked much goalmouth action. A complete contrast to the first half. Lasswade dominated the second half, and looked as if they were going to come back from the 2 goal defecit. Natasha Selkirk battling hard down the right hand side, she pulled the ball back for Eilidh Morris on the penalty spot, but so very unfortunately, she missed her kick, and Summer Cowan was able to clear the danger. 

McNamara was back doing her defending duties this time, as she cleared Morris' header from Learmouth's corner off the line, to preserve her sides 2 goal advantages. Although Woodmill were hanging on, with Lasswade growing into the match even more. 

Megen Reilly couldve certainly confirmed her side's victory, and her hattrick, when she was 6 yards out, with the whole goal to aim at, but amazingly she fired over the bar. A goal there would have sent the very noisy Woodmill supporters into raptures. 

Both sets of players were beginning to get very tired, as running about this massive pitch is a very tiring experience indeed. However, MacNamara, from somewhere, managed to find a burst of energy to power through the Lasswade centre backs, and firing a bullet-like strike across Steel, and she actually burst the net. The goal definately confirming Woodmill's win, and knocking the remaining stuffing out of a very competant Lasswade side. 

Overall, I think that Woodmill did deserve the win, but Lasswade were definately worthy competitors, and put up a great fight, and in the second half, they dominated possession and I thought there were going to find themselves a way back into the match. It just wasn't to be though. Congratualtions to both sides for reaching the final, and to Woodmill High School for winning the SSFA Under 15's Girls Shield. 

I would just like to wish Lasswade's Lauren Watters a speedy recovery, in what looked to me a very serious knee injury. The worst injuries are always the ones that occur when there isn't another player around. All the best to Lauren, I am sure she will return fighting fit. 

Full Time: Lasswade High Schoool Girls 1-4 Woodmill High School Girls

Lasswase HS Girls Woodmill HS Girls
1. Megane Steel
2. Natalie Wilson
3. Gaby Wright
4. Natasha Selkirk
5. Bethany Simpson
6. Caitlin Lynch
7. Niamh Lennie
8. Eilidh Morris
9. Courtney McDonald
10. Gemma McOwen
11. Nicola Selkirk
12. Aimee Dilworth
14. Lauren Watters
15. Amber Scotland
16. Charley Patterson
17. Angyl Learmouth
1. Kira Sutter
2. Erin Adam
3. Kirsten Cronie
4. Jenna Newton
5. Rebekha Mill
6. Summer Cowan
7. Georgia Muller
8. Ellie Donaldson
9. Megen Reilly
10. Shannon MacNamara
11. Hannah Coyler
12. Kirsty O'Donnell
14. Louise Neil

No real player stood out in the attacking sense for Lasswade, as all players made a very good contribution. I feel though that the score could have been alot more if it wasn't for goalkeeper Megane Steel. She pulled off a number of wonderful saves, and as I said, Woodmill could have won by alot more.
The stand out player for Woodmill, was undoubtably captain Shannon MacNamara. She dominated the play and was very creative going forward. She also did her defensive duties, clearing a header off the line, and rounded off a brilliant evening for her and her side, with the 4th goal. Allround great performance
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:46

Angus 2020 trial dates confirmed

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Trial dates for 2020 Development Centres in Angus have been confirmed.

Along with professional clubs, players in primary five, six and seven are selected from across the non-professional game to take part in specialised, two-hour training sessions over a 36 week period.

The aim is to have these players enter the Scottish FA’s Performance School programme when they reach secondary school.

Trial dates:

August 26: Kirriemuir/Forfar at Station Park/ 4-5pm for 2002s and 5-6pm for 2003 and 04s

August 27: Carnoustie/Monifieth at Pitskelly Park/4-5pm for 2002s and 5-6pm for 2003 and 04s

August 28: Brechin/Montrose at Links Park/ 4-5pm for 2002s and 5-6pm for 2003 and 04s

August 30: Arbroath/ Arbroath Sports Centre/ 4-5pm for 2002s and 5-6pm for 2003 and 04s

If you would like to attend one of the above trials please complete the consent form by clicking here and return to; Football Development, The Yard, Queenswell Road, Forfar, DD8 3JA.

Sunday, 02 June 2013 20:12

Mackay magic seals cup glory for Kelty

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Kelty Marian Colts
Blue Brazil
MacKay 4, 33, 55
Own Goal


U16 AYFYC Summer Cup - Final
Denfield, Kirkcaldy

Paul Gilfillan

By Paul Gilfillan
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Kelty Marian Colts scored 4 without reply to lift the AFYFC Summer Cup on Sunday morning and in hat-trick hero Jack Mackay, had a player who shone as brightly as the very welcome summer sun. Their opponents, Blue Brazil, played well but had no answer to the direct and focused attacks from the Kelty boys.

Blue Brazil started brightly, Sean Small making good progress on the left from midfield, but with only 4 minutes gone Kelty took the lead. Thomas Marshall showed some neat footwork on the halfway line to slip his marker and set off on the right wing, riding several tackles before delivering an inch perfect cross for Jack Mackay to head back across the keeper for his and Kelty’s opener.

Cameron Mitchell was unlucky not to make it 2-0 when his header from a 6th minute corner sailed narrowly over, but it was Blue Brazil who were now playing the better football. Enjoying significant possession, their passing in midfield was quick and accurate and the supply to the forwards was plentiful, although with a back line pushing close to their own midfield, keeper Declan McGregor was required to sprint sharply from his box to make several last ditch clearances. In Liam Fiddler they also a player capable and willing to turn defence into attack, and he and Ryan Morrison were linking well on the right. Too often though the Blue Brazil’s good build up was undone by a shot-shy attack and in 33 minutes Kelty extended their lead with a Jack Mackay shot which looked to be held by McGregor, only for the keeper let the ball squirm under his body.

Kelty’s Kearyn Hicks was booked for a high challenge in 35 minutes but as the half ended their more direct style of play had them looking fairly comfortable. What sort of response would the Brazil boys offer in the second period?

Half Time: Kelty Marian Colts 2-0 Blue Brazil 

As it happened, the pattern of the first half was quickly resumed, Kelty’s Ewan Ross and Ciaran Chalmers both getting early shots in on goal.

Ross was unlucky in 54 minutes when he shot narrowly past after good work on the left, but a minute later team mate Jack MacKay secured his hat-trick, wrong footing McGregor to put the Colts three up and surely on their way to winning their first trophy.

Blue Brazil were chasing the game now and the urges from the touchline were becoming increasingly frustrated, but only 2 minutes after conceding their third they conceded a fourth, this time direct from a Ewan Ross corner kick although it looked as if Mark Higgins in the Brazil defence may have inadvertently headed past his own keeper.

The remainder of the game was played out without further incident, the Colts content to run down the clock and the Blue Brazil, understandably, downhearted and resorting to shooting from long range. They had come and given their best, but on the day, were unable to make headway against a Kelty side who had clearly brought their shooting boots with them.

Full Time: Kelty Marian Colts 4-0 Blue Brazil

Kelty Marian Colts Blue Brazil
1. Ross Morgan
2. Aaron Kelly
4. Cameron Mitchell
5. Kenny Ford
6. Thomas Russell
7. Jamie Buchan
8. Morgan McInnes
9. Declan Wilson
10. Ewan Ross
11. Kearyn Hicks
12. Jason Lister
02. Paul Maxwell
14. Ciaran Chalmers
15. Fraser Leslie
16. Thomas Marshall
17. Jack Mackay
18. Daniel Davies
1. Declan McGregor
2. Daniel Clark
4. Mark Higgins
5. Scott McDonald
6. Liam Fiddler
8. James Bowman
9. Ian Walsh
10. Sean Small
11. Lewis Thow
12. Ryan McNeely
13. Charlie Johnstone
14. Ryan Morrison
15. Ryan Barry
16. Ross Aitken

Jack MacKay a hat-trick in a cup final - what more could you want?
Liam Fiddler covered so much ground linking defence and attack, he deserved a better result.
Sunday, 02 June 2013 19:47

Kinross overcome Aberdour in Fair Play Match

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Kinross Colts
Aberdour  SDC


FFDL Fair Play Game
Warout Stadium, Glenrothes

Robert Fairnie

By Rob Fairnie
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A fine summer's morning at Warout stadium, Glenrothes saw Kinross Colts emerge victorious over a spirited Aberdour SDC side in the FFDL Fair play game. The only goal of the game came early in the second half to ensure that the Colts left Warout eventual winners.

The game began with both sides trying to find their feet and a way of breaking down the opposition. Despite there being no real clean cut chances early on for either side, the teams showcased some attacking intent. While Kinross Colts forced a number of early corners, all of which were well defended by the Aberdour backline, Gabriel Slater and David Sawko were unlucky with their efforts on goal for Aberdour.

As the half progressed, the two teams began to improve and play with a bit more freedom. It was evident that both sides are encouraged to keep the ball on the ground and play an attractive passing game, and this lead to some impressive passages of play. However the Colts and Aberdour were still unable to find that elusive opening goal.

Ben Forrester attempted to lift the ball over Colts goalkeeper Struan Ross, however his effort was saved while down the other end Euan Duthie had his effort deflected narrowly wide of the Aberdour goal.

However, the best chance of the first half fell to Aberdour and came shortly before half time. David Carroll raced away from the Colts defence and through on goal, but his effort was well blocked by Struan Ross as he raced from his goalmouth. Despite an entertaining first period, the sides went in goalless at half time.

Half Time: Kinross Colts 1-0 Aberdour SDC

As the second half began it didn’t take Kinross Colts long to strike the first blow. Some good play in the Colts midfield lead to Euan Duthie being put through clean on goal where the frontman finished with style. His effort flew past Daniel McKeeman in the Aberdour goal low into the bottom corner. Kinross were clearly delighted with the impact Duthie was able to make so early in the half.

Despite this setback, Aberdour were not deterred and were able to create some good chances of their own in response. David Carroll and Adam McGregor were both unfortunate with their efforts while Jamie Byrne was unlucky to be denied by the post with his excellent effort.

The trailing side were enjoying a great spell in the match and put their opponents under a great deal of pressure as the half went on, however the Kinross Colts defence showed some impressive character in defending their lead.

As the end of the match drew nearer Aberdour continued to press with Connor Adams and David McDougall both unlucky with their efforts on goal but Kinross Colts were able to see the game out and finish the FFDL fair play game as winners.

Full Time: Kinross Colts 1-0 Aberdour SDC

Kinross Colts Aberdour SDC
1. Struan Ross
2. Struan Smith
3. Aaron Smedley
4. George Smith
5. Euan Thomson
6. Matthew Hendry
7. Euan Duthie
8. Luke Chrichton
9. Greg Stapleton
10. Patrick McRitchie
11. Liam Webster
12. Harry Mortimer
16. Kier Robertson
17. Josh McLaren
18. Findlay Hamilton
20. James Graham

1. Daniel McKeeman
2. Elliott McKinlay
3. David McDougall
4. Nick McKeeman
5. Connor Adams
6. Jack Lockhart
7. Adam McGregor
8. James McGeechan
9. Alex Johnston
10. David Sawko
11. Jamie Byrne
12. Christopher Horn
14. Gabriel Slater
15. Ben Forrester
16. Ewan Gillanders
17. Fin Hallam Stewart
20. David Carroll
21. Kael Begbie
Euan Duthie took his goal well and caused the opposition defence problems throughout.
David McDougall very competent at the left side of defence, both offensively and defensively. 
Sunday, 02 June 2013 19:01

Last gasp Kelty win Fife Cup

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Kelty Marian Colts
Glenrothes Strollers
Kirby 80+2


U15 Fife Cup - Final
Warout Stadium, Glenrothes

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fA last gasp goal earned Kelty Marian Colts the U15s Fife Cup in what was a tight final against Glenrothes Strollers.

It was looking as if these two sides would have to battle through at least extra time to determined who would seal the cup but a late twist left Colts ecstatic and Strollers devastated.

It was a very cagey start to the game with both sides trying to find a way to break the deadlock. It took 16 minutes for the first real threat from either side to arrive. Strollers’ came close when they swung in the ball from the left, right onto the foot of Ross McQuade whose excellently timed volley clipped the top the bar. It was a difficult technique and all that was missing was for his shot to be just that little bit lower.

Chances became limited in the first half with both teams looking slightly nervous with the fear of conceding the first goal and as a result the game became somewhat scrappy.

Kelty began to exert more pressure and tested Ryan Hume in the Glenrothes goal on 34 minutes. Grant McNab floated the ball into the box from the right. His effort almost caught Hume out but the keeper gathered the ball at the second attempt.

As the referee blew for half time, there was not much to separate the sides and it was unsurprising that the score line stood at 0-0.

Half Time: Kelty Marian Colts 0-0 Glenrothes Strollers

Kelty started to up the anti and began to put more pressure on Strollers. On 57 minutes, the pacey Reyce Kay turned inside and shot from just inside the box. His effort drew a good save from Hume who had to get down low to push the ball behind for a corner.

Kelty were left scratching their heads on 71 minutes as somehow they failed to break the deadlock. Once more, Kay won a foot race with the Glenrothes defence and managed to muscle himself between the last defender and goal keeper. He delicately lobbed Hume from inside the box but watched on as the ball agonisingly crashed off the bar and into the arms of Hume.

Two minutes later, Colts won a corner which was swung in from the left. Joseph Kirby met it at the back post but his header was somehow cleared off the line before Strollers scrambled the ball clear.

Strollers were beginning to sit back and could not force themselves up field to create problems for the Kelty defence. However, their defence was holding firm as the game looked destined for extra time.

But, there was to be one last piece of dramatic action.

In the second minute of injury time, the impressive Kay burst down the right hand side. He cut the ball back into the six yard box and it looked for a moment that the defence had dealt with the danger. However, Kirby managed to steal the ball in the box before turning and slamming the ball into the bottom corner of the net. It was a really good piece of play that triggered wild celebrations amongst the Kelty ranks as Glenrothes fell to the ground in despair.

In one turn and strike of the ball, the crowd at the Warout Stadium witnessed both the best and worst way to win and lose a cup final respectively. For the first half there was not much to separate the teams but as the second half progressed, it was Kelty who looked most like scoring and score they did in dramatic style. The game had hardly any time to restart as the referee blew the final whistle to confirm Kelty Marian Colts as Fife Cup winners.

Full Time: Kelty Marian Colts 1-0 Glenrothes Strollers


Kelty Marian Colts Glenrothes Strollers
1. Ross Daly
2. Daryl Lindsay
3. Scott Wilkie
4. Ryan O'Donnel
5. Calum Ritchie
6. Corey Dougall
7. Grant McNab
8. Harvey Mackie
9. Joseph Kirby
10. Cameron Currie
11.  Reyce Kay
14. Daniel Butt
15. Calvin Fisher
16. Michael McKenzie
17. Kieran Gilruth
01 Kyle Predergast
1. Ryan Hume
2. Euan Fotheringham
3. Darren Doig
4. Harris Mitchell
5. Michael Dryburgh
6. Luke Watson
8. Ross Hatch 
9. Daniel Murray
10. Robbie Gibson
11. Steven Nicol
12. Ross McQuade
15. Calum Hunter
17. Ryan Miller

Reyce Kay was a real threat in attack and used his pace to get into some good positions. It was fitting that his build up play lead to his team grabbing a late winner.
Ross McQuade played well and looked to set up attacks down the right side. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half.
Kenny Gilruth, coach of Kelty Marian Colts, said: "I thought we throughly deserved the win on our second half performance. It's great to win the game in the last minute. Of course, I feel sorry for Glenrothes who will be hurting."
Craig Gibson, coach of Glenrothes Strollers, said: "I don't think there was much between the teams. One mistake is all it takes to lose a game. The players are absolutley gutted."
Sunday, 02 June 2013 18:08

Dominant lions seal Fife Cup glory

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Kirkcaldy Eagles
St Johns Lions
Bell 63

Binnington 12
Stirling 43
Doig 65
Macher 67


U14 Fife Cup = Final
Warout Stadium, Glenrothes

Graham Swann

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fSt Johns Lions U14s lifted the Fife Cup after a comfortable victory over Kirkcaldy Eagles at the Warout Stadium in Glenrothes.

The Lions were rarely troubled by the Eagles and could have easily clocked up more than the four goals they scored in the Glenrothes sunshine.

The deadlock was broken by St Johns after 12 minutes. Josh Binnington was played through and he fired a good shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

What followed were a series of shots on goal and mounting pressure from St Johns that had Kirkcaldy penned in the own half. First, David Stirling tried his luck from outside the box but his effort was held by Kirkcaldy stopper Callum Reston. Stirling tried his luck again on 19 minutes but once more his shot was no trouble for Reston.

St Johns kept coming and on 20 minutes Jed Hunter latched on to a great diagonal ball. He controlled it well in the penalty box, cut inside, before seeing his shot canon off the post from a tight angle.

These were worrying times for Kirkcaldy who were desperately trying to get a foot on the ball to mount some pressure themselves. But, the Lions kept pressing and almost doubled their lead on 26 minutes. Binnington raced into the box before firing goal wards. Reston could only parry the stinging shot and had Liam McWatt been a few inches taller, he would have had the simple task on nodding the rebound home.

Five minutes later, Stirling met a corner at the back post but he was unlucky to see his volley sail just wide as St Johns went in at the break leading by just a single goal.

Half Time: Kirkcaldy Eagles 0-1 St Johns Lions

It wasn’t long though until St Johns grabbed a deserved second goal. Stirling cut in from the right, jinked past an Eagles defender before firing the ball into the net past Reston.

The Lions hit the woodwork for the second time in the match after some good build up play. Binnington neatly laid the ball into the path of Christopher Macher but his effort clipped the outside of the left post.

Kirkcaldy gradually gained a bit more possession of the ball, with Murray Bell in particular trying his best down the right hand side to break away on the St Johns’ goal.

Then, on 63 minutes, the Eagles snatched a goal to bring them back into the game. The ball was floated into the box and Stirling seemed to have the ball under control. But, credit to Bell who somehow robbed him of the ball and slotted the ball into the net from a narrow angle to open the scoring for Kirkcaldy.

Kirkcaldy were lifted by that goal but hopes of getting back into the game were all but extinguished two minutes later. St Johns played the ball forward and as the ball bounced, Reston misjudged it, allowing David Doig to head the ball into the unguarded net. A clumsy and disappointing goal for Kirkcaldy to concede having just got themselves back into the match.

The Lions grabbed a fourth goal a few minutes later to compound Kirkcaldy’s misery. Declan Whyte ran down the left hand side before cutting the ball across the box to Macher. He had plenty of time to take a touch before firing the ball into the net.

Kirkcaldy will be disappointed not to have created clearer cut openings and found themselves on the back foot for most of the game. They did well to get a goal back but shot themselves in the foot in allowing St Johns to restore their two goal cushion so soon after. The Lions produced a very attacking display and arguably could have scored more than the four goals. Their passing was also very impressive with their players always looking around to find a man in space. It was a good performance from them which saw them proudly raise the Fife Cup.

Full Time: Kirkcaldy Eagles 1-4 St Johns Lions


Kirkcaldy Eagles St Johns Lions
1. Callum Reston
2. Matthew Veale
3. Liam Duncan
4. Blair McKendrick
5. Ross Higgins
6. Angus Robb
7. Jay Elder
8. Aiden Tait
9. Cameron Lafferty
10. Kieran McLellan
11.  Murray Bell
12. Rikki Laird
14. Robbie McEwan
16. Lewis McLeod 
17. Jack McGourty
18. Niall Cherrett
19. Gregor Brown
1. Matt Douglas
2. David Stirlng
3. David Doig
4. Hamish Milne 
5. Robbie Hogg
6. Christopher Macher
7. Kirk Thompson
8. Liam McWatt
9. Josh Binnington
10. Declan Whyte
11. Jed Hunter
15. Cameron Laird 
99. Connor Thomas
Murray Bell showed promise in attack for Kirkcaldy on what was a difficult afternoon for them. He showed great persistence to score and momentarily get his team back into the game.
Several players impressed for St Johns Lions but David Stirling was never afraid to shoot and got himself into several opportunities to score. He deservedly grabbed a goal to get his name on the score sheet.
Andrew Bell, coach of Kirkcaldy Eagles, said: "I thought when we scored that we could go on to get another goal but it wasn't to be. Credit to St Johns who showed that they are a good side."
Kenny Thompson, coach of St Johns Lions, said: "We are a a good passing team and I thought we played well today. It's been a great season, winning the Fife Cup, being runners up in the league, and reaching the last 16 of the Scottish Cup."
Sunday, 02 June 2013 17:24

Woodside secure Fife Cup in style

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Methil FC
Woodside BC
Clelland 55

Carstairs 8
Feeley 12
Marnoch 78
Rolland 85


Under 17 Fife Cup Final
Kirkcaldy YM

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Woodside won the Under 17s Fife Cup after an impressive 4-1 win against Methil in Kirkcaldy. Goals from Gregor Carstairs, Nathan Feeley, Duncan Marnoch and Liam Rolland gave them the victory.

Woodside were strong favourites going in to the game. They had narrowly lost out in the top flight league title race, whereas Methil were sitting in the middle of the second tier. Woodside started the game strongly and created numerous chances in the opening 10 minutes. They eventually took the lead on 8 minutes when Gregor Carstairs fired a free kick emphatically in to the top corner.

Woodside continued to dominate and almost doubled their lead two minutes later. Raymond Crichton did brilliantly down the left and his cut back was deflected on to the crossbar. From the resulting corner Kieran Wylie crashed his header against the crossbar.

Their second goal did come when a ball over the top found it's way through to Nathan Feeley who kept his composure and smartly lobbed the ball over helpless Methil 'keeper Bradly Forester. Woodside had come out and started the game quickly and Methil had no answer to the wave of Woodside attacks. Woodside were dominant and came close to a third with Carstairs and Rolland not far off with long range efforts.

The Woodside dominance slowed and Methil started to come to life in the later stages of the half and managed to create a few half chances before the break. Firstly Robbie Wallace fired in a free kick which was spilled by the Woodside 'kepper but his defence were able to clear. Then on the stroke of half time a clever corner routine caught Woodside out but Daniel Roberts' shot was the wrong side of the post. 

Half Time: Methil FC 0-2 Woodside BC

Methil finished the first half well and looked to come out in the second half to try and reduce the deficit. A substitute was made at half time and the oncoming Josh Laird almost made an instant impact for his team but his header from a corner was inches over.

Methil did pull a goal back on 55 minutes when a corner from the left was headed in at the near post by the onrushing John Clelland. Whatever the Methil coaches had said at half time had clearly fired their team up as they were playing with much more fight and desire than in the first half.

Methil were in full control and pressing for an equaliser. It almost came on 66 minutes when captain Daniel Roberts volleyed just wide from the edge of the box and then John Clelland headed over from a corner just moments later. Woodside didn't know what had hit them and were struggling to weather the Methil storm. The equaliser was getting closer and Matthew Robertson had a great chance when a long throw fell to his feet but he scuffed his half volley wide.

The chances were coming thick and fast for Methil but they had to be wary of Woodside's danger on the break  and this danger caught them out on 78 minutes when a break resulted in Liam Rolland being brought down in the box. Duncan Marnoch took the penalty and slotted it away. Methil's failure to take their second half chances had come back to haunt them and it looked unlikely they would find the two goals they required.

Woodside got their fourth goal 5 minutes from time when a free kick was swung across and headed home at the back post by Liam Rolland. Methil got the chance to make it 4-2 in the 90th minute after a handball by Neil Wallace but the spotkick was fired wide by Robert Morrison.

Full Time: Methil FC 1-4 Woodside BC


Methil FC Woodside BC
1. Bradly Forester
2. Mathew Boyd
3. Daniel Roberts
4. Mark Mellor
5. Lewis Simpson
6. Robbie Wallace
8. John Clelland
10. Garry Thomson
11. Robert Morrison
12. Matthew Robertson
14. Scott Cape 
15. Stuart Drummond
16. Josh Laird
17. Connor Findlay

1. Darryl Gear 
4. Craig Lawrence
5. Dean Cooper
6. Alastair More
7. Max Coleman
8. Liam Rolland
9. Gregor Carstairs
10. Raymond Crichton
11. Danny Corstorphine
12. Nathan Feeley
13. Dylan Anderson
14. Kieran Wylie
15. Neil Wallace
16. Duncan Marnoch 
17. Lewis Scarlett
18. Craig Sinclair
Josh Laird came on as a half time substitute and changed the game for his side. Created a number of chances for himself and his teammates and was unlucky not to get a goal.
Nathan Feeley looked a constant threat going forward for his side and linked up well with his teammates. Topped off his performance with a well taken goal.


Letham Sky Blues
Jeanfield Swifts 
Hugh Cairney
George Stedman (2)
Aidyn Murphy
Elliot Williamson
Connor K
David M
Matt N


U16 Barry Stephen Cup - Final
Brownlands Park, Luncarty

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The sun was shining as the teams emerged onto the field for this much anticpated cup final. Both teams were coming off the back of a hard season, Jeanfield having been unbeaten in the league. Letham won the toss and elected to kick off.

Within minutes of the game having started Letham had forced the first corner kick of the game which lead to a header being bulleted over the Jeanfield crossbar.

Following this initial attack from Letham the following minutes were played out in the middle third of the pitch. Both teams start to create chances and Letham began to show some confidence going forward.

The first goal of the game was scored by J. Angus to give Jeanfield the Lead, following a deep cross from the left.

The equalising goal was one of great skill as following great work down the left hand side. Letham were awarded a corner, which was cleared by the defence to Hugh Cairney 25 yards form goal. Spotting the goalkeeper slighty off his line, Hugh tried a speculative lob. You can imagine the delight when the lob soared over the goalkeeper and settled in the back of the net.

With the scores now equal Jeanfield began to dominate and in 31 minutes had the opportunity to regain the lead but were denied when a shot cannoned back off the post and safely into the arms of the goalkeeper.

In the 39th minute Jeanfield did retake the lead following a deep cross which was turned into the net by No.6 for Jeanfield.

Half Time: Letham Sky Blues 1-2 Jeanfield Swifts

The second half began as the first ended. The first corner of the second half was awarded to Jeanfield however it was easily dealt with by the Letham defence.

Five minutes into the second hald and Letham equalised again following the awarding of a free kick out wide on the left. The looping free kick was met by George Stedman who had risen high above the defence to quite clinically despatch the ball to the net.

The game started to go from end to end and as a result of good work down the left Jeanfield retook the lead again by a goal scored by their No 14.

Moments after reclaiming in the lead Jeanfield double their lead when a ball through the the middle of the park is not dealt with by the defence and Jeanfield now lead by two goals, 15 minutes into the second half.

Following a free kick after a foul Thomas Law flighted over a free kick which is met by Aidyn Murphy who drills it into the net to cut the deficit to one.

The closing minutes of this game were quite fraught as both side look to close out the game, however in the closing minutes Letham's Elliot Williamson scored the goal that appeared to take the game into extra iime, with a headed goal to tie the scores at 4-4.

In the 78th Minute of the game the winning goal was scored by George Stedman with his second of the game. A back post header from a deep corner kick.

The referee played four extra minutes before sending the Letham players into joyous celebrations. An incredible ending to a spectacular cup final.

Full Time: Letham Sky Blues 5-4 Jeanfield Swifts


Monday, 27 May 2013 01:00

Eastvale emerge victorious in Fife Cup Final

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James Evans



U19 AFYFC Cup - Final
Denfield Park

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Denfield Park was the scene of a stirring comeback as Eastvale came from behind to defeat Woodside in an entertaining AFYFC Final. Three second half goals were enough to secure victory for Eastvale in what proved to be a good cup final contested by two fine teams.

The match started with both sides looking to take the initiative and stamp their authority on the tie. Both Woodside and Eastvale played some attractive football early on as they looked to carve out an opening and gain an early advantage.

Chris Price saw his effort go high over the bar as he looked to turn in an inviting cross from Kevin Johnston at the back post for Woodside, while Eastvale replied with an opportunity of their own. Scott Maxwell lifted an excellent pass into the path of Jack Gartshore but the frontman was unfortunate to see his effort narrowly miss at the far post.

As the half went on the game remained balanced with both sides carving out numerous decent chances to open the scoring. Firstly, Woodside’s Kieron Balfour struck high over the bar as the ball broke to him after a corner, while down the other end Jack Garshore saw his low strike saved by Woodside goalkeeper Connor Christie.

However, as the first half drew to a close, Woodside began to turn the screw, and looked the more likely team to strike first. Liam Craig showcased some quick feet to beat an Eastvale defender before cutting inside and firing an excellent effort at goal only to be denied by the bar. It was clear that Woodside were growing in confidence and this paid off as they took the lead on the stroke of half time.

Ryan Kelly sent his corner to the back post where it was met by James Evans who powered his header low into the bottom corner. Eastvale goalkeeper Scott Barclay was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line despite his best efforts as Woodside went in at half time with a one goal lead.

Half Time: Woodside BC 1-0 Eastvale FC

The second half began with both sides battling for control once more as Eastvale looked to find an equaliser while Woodside were in search of a second goal which would allow them a little breathing space.

Woodside midfielder, Chris Price who had been instrumental in breaking up play and clever in his use of the ball picked up an injury and had to be replaced not long after the restart. Eastvale began to find their feet shortly afterwards and carved out multiple chances to level the game at one each.

The excellent Scott Maxwell often found himself with space on the ball and began to pull the strings in midfield as Jack Gartshore proved more and more threatening, causing the Woodside defence problems. However Connor McManus and Thomas Hush coped well with all that was thrown at them in this period.

Despite some solid, reliable defending by the duo, Eastvale were able to capitalise on their dominant spell and levelled things up midway through the half. An inviting corner was sent into the box and Max McCarroll got the last touch as the ball found the back of the net via the back post.

This was no more than they deserved and Eastvale continued to attack as they looked to convert possession and chances into goals. Scott Maxwell was again instrumental as he created good opportunities for Dylan Honeyman and Jack Garshore, the latter had his goalbound shot bravely blocked by Connor McManus in the Woodside box.

However, Woodside still showed they could be a threat down the other end through Liam Craig who saw his effort rise just over the bar, but it was Eastvale who would take the lead as the game drew to a close.

Eastvale striker Jack Gartshore showed some great ability in the box to a beat a Woodside defender before cutting inside and smashing his effort past Connor Christie into the far corner to give his side an all important advantage as the final drew to a close.

Dylan Honeyman ensured his side would end the match victorious a matter of seconds later as he raced through on goal, rounded the goalkeeper and squeezed his effort in at the near post from a tight angle to make it 3-1. The third goal was enough to complete the comeback and ensure that Eastvale would lift the AFYFC trophy as the final whistle blew.

Full Time: Woodside BC 1-3 Eastvale FC


Woodside BC Eastvale FC
1. Connor Christie
2. Chris Price
3. Kevin Johnston
4. Connor McManus
5. Thomas Hush
6. Graeme Sime
7. Liam Craig
8. Ryan Kelly
9. Kieron Balfour
10. Paul Band
11. Daniel Bremner
12. Lee Hutchinson
14. James Evans
15. Matthew Kerr
16. Lloyd Ferri
17. Sam Davidson
1. Scott Barclay
2. Ryan Thomson
3. Scott Methven
4. Lewis Grierson
5. James Gay
6. David Shields
7. Dylan Honeyman
8. Max McCarroll
9. Jack Gartshore
10. Scott Maxwell
11. Christopher Wilson
12. Robbie Little
14. Sam Brown
15. Kyle Cushnie
16. Thomas Shields
17. James Mann
Chris Price - Was excellent in midfield for Woodside before being forced off through injury.
Scott Maxwell - Always looking for the killer pass and his composure and vision proved key.