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Valleyfield secured their place in the Under 16's Fife Cup Final at Bayview Stadium on the 10th June with a thrilling 4-3 win against Rothes Juniors. Rothes took an early two goal lead before Valleyfield came back to level at 2-2.
 
Rothes would retake the lead from a free-kick before Valleyfield levelled the scoring from the penalty spot, to send the sides in level at half-time. After the interval, Valleyfield took the lead for the first time in the match and held on for their chance at Fife Cup glory.
 
Rothes came out swinging in the opening exchanges and took the lead inside four minutes when a long throw fell at the feet of Shay Simpson, who fired a shot across goal. The Valleyfield defence attempted to clear off the line but could only divert the ball into the back of the net.
 
On the 10 minute mark it was two and it was a very well taken goal by Ewan Taylor, who latched onto a long through ball and lobbed over Valleyfield 'keeper Jamie Paterson to double Juniors' lead.
 
Rothes were having the bulk of the possession and chances in these opening minutes. Euan Smith saw a free-kick fly just over the bar and Simpson had another opportunity when he took the ball round Paterson, but could only send his shot wide.
 
Valleyfield were not out of the game though and pulled one back just before the 20 minute mark when Brett Newbigging did well to beat his marker and run down the byline, cutting the ball back to Lewis Stevenson to slot home.
 
Rothes still looked dangerous and had another great chance when some good play between Smith and Taylor led to an opportunity for the former, who rushed his shot and sent it over the bar.
 
The away side were level after 26 minutes when Lewis Smith picked up the ball just inside the opposition half and went on a solo run, before sending a low left-footed shot right into Rothes 'keeper Keegan Cairns bottom corner to level the score.
 
Juniors nearly found themselves back in front in fortunate circumstances when a speculative effort from Michael Stebbings looked to be going over Paterson and into the net. Fortunately for the Valleyfield 'keeper, he was saved by his crossbar.
 
They were not to be denied for long and just two minutes after the Valleyfield equaliser, Rothes were back in front when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box on the far right. Goalkeeper Paterson may have been expecting a cross from that angle, which Simpson took full advantage of, to fire the free-kick into the net to restore his sides lead.
 
Valleyfield were awarded a penalty two minutes before half-time when Newbigging was brought down in the box. Up stepped Euan Bird, who fired in confidently to send his team into half-time level.
 
 

An injury time goal from Ross McDowell clinched the Chuck McGowan Cup for Monifieth Athletic after a thrilling final. The striker latched onto Oli Carmichael’s pass and fired past Cammy Grant to settle a tie that saw both team’s ahead during the 80 minutes.

There has been little between these sides this season, and Monifieth got off to the perfect start when they opened the scoring after six minutes. Josh Wanless’s corner caught out Cammy Grant and sailed straight into the net.

Dryburgh went on the offensive and nearly equalised through Jack Whyte who linked with Kal Duncan, but he failed to hit the target from the edge of the box.

With 10 minutes on the clock, Dryburgh did level the score. Duncan swept the ball towards goal, and despite a fine reaction save from Dylan Kelly, the ball rebounded off Michael Galloway and into the net.

Monifieth were nearly behind when a long free kick caught out Kelly, but Liam Annan managed to slide the ball off the line. At the other end, Adam Gray brought a save out of Grant before Annan bulleted a header just over from the resulting corner.

Wanless pounced on a loose ball inside the box but was denied by Grant from close range. With half time approaching, Monifieth went ahead for a second time.

Oli Carmichael raced down the left wing and slipped a shot past the oncoming Grant into the net, despite the efforts of the recovering Dryburgh defenders.

Aiden Lockhart’s second half double secured Ferry Athletic the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Ferry had to come from behind to win their quarter and semi-final ties, and the final was no different as they came from behind after Scott Hamilton had given Carnoustie the lead in the first half.

Carnoustie started brightly and tested Ferry keeper Finlay Lyttle thanks to a strike from Dylan McLeish. The deadlock was nearly broken after 11 minutes when Charlie MacPherson's cross clipped the crossbar.

Scott Hamilton slipped the ball into the path of Jack Chalmers but Lyttle was sharp of his line to smother the shot.

Carnoustie's dominance was rewarded when Hamilton opened the scoring after 25 minutes. MacPherson found Jack Chalmers on the right and his low cross was swept home by Hamilton.

Ferry nearly replied instantly but Will Hanbury could only hit the post from a tight angle after rounding Zac Watt.

In a closely contested Fife Cup semi-final tie it was Jeanfield Swifts who emerged victorious after securing a 2-1 win at Hawkcraig Park against Aberdour SDC.
 
The match was a very physical and passionate affair, with plenty of tackles flying in as both sides desperately fought to book their place in the Under 19's final on 10th June at New Bayview to play Glenrothes Strollers.
 
Jeanfield started the brighter of the two sides as they began attacking down the hill for the first half. A corner in the third minute was met by Ross Williams, who saw his effort cleared off the line.
 
Richard Donavan was next to try his luck, but his shot was well saved by the Aberdour 'keeper. The Perthshire side troubled Aberdour again on the five minute mark as Kieran Fox played in Robbie Young, who could only hit his shot against the goalkeeper.
 
Aberdour gradually found their way back into the game and had their first attempt on goal in the eighth minute when Ross Gibb shot from distance only to see his shot fly over the bar.
 
The home side were looking to make their set-pieces count and very nearly did so when a corner taken by Gibb was met at the back post by Declan Pierce, who could only direct his effort into the side-netting.
 
The match was tense for large periods, with both sides trying to get a feel for the game nd overcome the nerves that come with playing in a semi-final. It appeared that it would take either a mistake or a piece of brilliance to open the scoring. Fortunately for this spectator, it came by the latter.
 
A long throw in from Aberdour, taken by Nathan Sullivan, was headed on by Ewan Sutherland and what happened next would have impressed even Cristiano Ronaldo, as Ross Smith connected with the ball perfectly with an overhead kick, leaving Swifts 'keeper Jordan Kinnon no chance.
 
The goal appeared to motivate Aberdour and they came close again in the 21st minute when Sutherland thought he had found just enough space to get a shot away, only for Rian Shillan to make an excellent block.
 
Jeanfield had their equaliser on the 27th minute when Robbie Young's initial shot was not held by the Aberdour 'keeper, allowing Young a second bite at the cherry. It wasn't an opportunity he was going to miss and Swifts were level in the semi-final.
It was an astonishing victory for Glenrothes Stroller Colts in the AFYFC Division 2 on Saturday, as they produced a stunning 8-4 scoreline against Hearts of Beath at Over Stenton Park.
 
Both sides find themselves towards the lower end of the AFYFC table, but both proved that they had the capability to put the other under pressure, with the individual technical wizardry of Strollers winger Robbie MaCauley playing a key role in the result.
 
It was Hearts of Beath who got off to a flying start through trialist Dylan Hodge who was played through after just two minutes on the clock. The striker rounded Strollers 'keeper Callum MaCauley to slot into the empty net to give his side the early lead.
 
Things went from bad to worse for Strollers in the opening minutes as 'keeper Callum MaCauley had suffered an injury just a minute later and had to be replaced.
 
Hearts made it two on the 10 minute mark after a great run down the right hand side from winger James Paterson. Paterson then lifted the ball over the Strollers replacement 'keeper into the path of Hodge, who had the simple task of tapping the ball into the net, doubling his side's lead as well as his own goal tally.
 
The second goal seemed to wake up the Colts after a very lacklustre beginning to the match and they reduced the deficit just three minutes later. Winger Robbie MaCauley cut in from the right wing and managed to beat three defenders on his way to placing the ball underneath Hearts 'keeper Rory McDonnell to bring Strollers back into the game.
 
The home side could have been level on the 17th minute after MaCauley was played through one-on-one with the 'keeper, only to have his shot well saved by McDonnell.
 
Strollers didn't have to wait long however to earn their equaliser and found it on the 19 minute mark. Once again it was a result of MaCauley's skill on the ball as he managed to get the better of Hearts defender Bailey Nicol and slot into the back of the net to level the scores.
 
With their tails up, Strollers took control of the remainder of the half and took the lead on the 25 minute mark. MaCauley's free-kick was tipped onto the bar by McDonnell, who unfortuntely saw the ball fall to the feet of Kian Ross who slotted the ball into the empty net to give the home side the lead for the first time in the match.
 
Hearts were down after giving up the lead but were far from out of the match and continued to look for a equalising goal. They nearly had it after 33 minutes when a great turn and pass from Brandon Gonsales played in Hodge, who cut back onto his left foot to shoot, producing a good save from the Strollers 'keeper.
 
A great chance was spurned on the 36 minute mark when a cross by Nicol was deflected into the path of Hodge, who swiped at the ball quickly with his weaker foot, ultimately sending the shot wide.
 
But the best chance for Beath came just before half time when Hodge played the ball in towards fellow trialist Daniel Carr, who turned his header from six yards just wide.  

Ferry Athletic came from behind to lift the G Kerr Cup against Forfar West End. Goals from Andy Kelly, Rory Faulkner and Jay Foran separated a double from Forfar’s Owen Wilson.

Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages of the match, but Forfar keeper Kyle Millar had to be at his best to keep out a snap shot from Arran Smith after 10 minutes. The Ferry midfielder looked to have broken the deadlock, but the Forfar goalie produced a fine diving save to keep the score level.

Forfar struck first when Owen Wilson met Rhys Fraser’s in-swinging free kick. The big striker’s header looped over Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal, giving Forfar a deserved lead.

Their good work was nearly undone three minutes later when Alistar Wilson turned a low cross against his own crossbar. The resulting corner saw an unmarked Andy Kelly fire wide from close range.

Forfar didn’t learn their lesson, and in first half injury time, Kelly brought Ferry level. Blair McCord’s corner appeared to have too much on it, but Smith returned the ball into the six-yard box, where Kelly was on hand to turn the ball into the empty net.

Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:39

Red hot Kettles fires Kirrie to first cup

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Jake Kettles inspired Kirrie Thistle to their first every trophy as they toppled Dundee West in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. The winger netted twice and picked up two assists as Kirrie avoided what would have been a stunning Dundee West comeback.

Kirrie started on the front foot, and put their pre-match nerved to bed with only six minutes played. Logan Richardson’s shot deflected into the path of Jake Kettles, who smashed a shot past Jordan Walker at the near post.

Dundee West saw their top scorer Aiden Law denied by Rory Davidson, before Walker kept out an effort from Richardson at the other end. Cammy Blacklock tried his luck from 20 yards but was denied by Davidson.

Kirrie extended their lead after 19 minutes through Cameron Simpson. Dundee West could only clear a corner as far as the defender, who looped a header over Walker and into the net.

Sam Ellis went close to extending Kirrie’s lead five minutes later but couldn’t hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Dundee West were starting to grow into the tie and saw Law fire wide from 20 yards after 26 minutes.

As half time approached, Patrick Todd latched onto a long free kick, but couldn’t turn the ball into a dangerous area. Law was presented with his side’s best chance of the half seconds later, but Davidson was quick off his line and smothered the shot.

It was an extremly cold and windy day at Riverview Park on Sunday but that didn't stop Monifieth Athletic and Fairmuir BC from putting on a thoroughly entertaining match.
 
Both teams looked well worth their spots as semi-finalists in this year's Tommy Clark trophy, however only one could advance to the final and Sunday was Monifieth's day as they secured a penalties win over their DDYFA rivals. Athletic can now look forward to a cup final against Pitfour, who came through a tough match against Broughty Panthers.
 
The match began at a slow pace as both sides were to come to terms with the difficult playing conditions. Fairmuir were having more of the ball but Monifieth were happy enough to sit back and try to catch their opponents on the counter-attack.
 
For all of Fairmuir's possession, Monifieth were having the better chances with Aidan Lorente coming close for the home side on a number of occasions. Athletic came very close to an opening goal on the 23rd minute when a cross from Lorente nearly found its way into the path of Arran Ferry, who stretched as far as he could but could not get a decisive touch on the ball.
 
As the match progressed the roles were switched and Fairmuir were the ones trying to capitalise on the counter-attack, with Jamie McCann being a key figure for the away side with his jinky runs from his own half. He was key in getting Fairmuir up the pitch for long periods of the game.
 
They had their first real chance of the match on the half hour mark as Robbie Flynn hit a low shot towards the bottom left corner, only to have his effort saved well by Monifieth 'keeper Thomas Welsh. Zain Ferguson was next to trouble for Fairmuir but his low shot hit the side-netting.
 
Welsh was having a great game in the Monifieth goal and he had to be at his best to keep out what had to be the best chance of the half. Marcel Motyka was played through and attempted to dink the ball over the oncoming Welsh, who managed to get a strong hand to the ball and get rid of the danger.
 
It was the turn of the Athletic defence to keep the score level. Jamie McCann layed the ball into the path of Graeme Stewart who was about to get a shot off when Sean Kydd put in a last minute challenge to clear the danger.
 
 
Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:18

Faulkner hat trick flattens Forfar West End

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Rory Faulkner’s fourth hat trick in four matches helped Ferry Athletic keep up their unbeaten run in the Presidents League. Andy Kelly and Blair McCord also netted for Ferry as they consigned Forfar West End to a sixth defeat of the season.

These sides shared the U19s title last season, but after falling to defeat against Kirrie in their last match, Forfar knew they had little margin for error left if they were to lift the title come the end of the season.

The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors after 10 minutes, but Cameron Fraser couldn’t keep his volley on target.

Forfar did strike first in the match, and Cameron Fraser was the scorer. Kurtis Turek supplied the cut back, and the big striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net from 18 yards.

The lead would prove to be short lived, as Andy Kelly turned a corner in from close range less than 60 seconds after Forfar had opened the scoring.

Ferry were taking the game to Forfar with Rory Faulkner causing the visitors backline plenty of problems. The forward fired over after cutting inside from the left, but when he latched onto Blair McCord’s pass after 22 minutes, there was only ever going to be one outcome as he raced towards goal and curled the ball past Kyle Millar.

Kelly went close to doubling his tally when he looped a header towards goal from a corner, but Rhys Fraser was in the right place to head the ball off the line. At the other end, Alistair Wilson headed over from a corner.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:44

Kirrie blow Broughty away to book cup final spot

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A blistering first half performance from Kirrie Thistle blew away Broughty United as they sealed a place in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup.

A double from Archie McLean, Logan Richardson’s strike, an own goal from Gregor Brown and a brace from Sam Ellis gave Kirrie a 6-0 half time lead, and despite Broughty striking back in the second half, they held on to secure the win.

Broughty ended Kirrie’s unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 win seven days ago, and it was clear that Kirrie were keen to avoid another defeat. There were only three minutes on the clock when Logan Richardson cut the ball back to Archie McLean, who despite seeing his initial effort kept out by Ben Todd, prodded the ball into the corner.

Kirrie were relentless in their pursuit for a second, and when Todd under-hit a goal kick, Richardson capitalised and fired a shot into the net from 25 yards on the 10 minute mark.

A free kick 20 yards from goal presented Broughty the chance to get back into the match, but Benji Kane didn’t trouble Rory Grewar with a low strike. At the other end, Jake Kettles nearly added a third, but Gregor Brown managed to clear the ball off the line.

Kettles was causing problems for Broughty and was denied by Todd after bursting into the box. The rebound fell to Kian Martin, but he couldn’t hit the target. Todd denied Richardson again moments later, and Connor Smeaton skied the rebound.

With 23 minutes gone, Kirrie added a third from the penalty spot, McLean coolly dispatching the ball past Todd.

Three minutes later, their lead was four. Dagan Bell sent in a cross from the right, and Brown sliced the ball into his own net.

Smeaton was denied by Todd before Kirrie made it five. Kettles was denied by Todd, but the ball broke kindly for Sam Ellis, who stabbed the ball past Todd.

With two minutes of the first half left, Kirrie made it six. Dagan Bell provided the cross into Ellis, who steered the ball past Todd with a first-time volley.

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