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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 11:04

Duff delivers derby day delight for Ferry Blues

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Bradley Duff’s hat trick helped Ferry Athletic Blues to an emphatic derby win over Ferry Yellows in the President’s League.

Duff’s treble was added to by Craig Bruce and Connal Cormack as Ferry Blues hit five goals in 19 first half minutes to take the three points and end Ferry Yellows unbeaten start to the season.

Both teams were looking to take the upper hand early on, with tackles flying in from both sets of players. It was Ferry Blues that struck first after 11 minutes when Cameron Murray cut in from the left and forced Stewart Linton into a save. The ball broke for Bradley Duff who stabbed it high into the net to break the deadlock.

Things got better for the Blues five minutes later when Luke Benvie’s run ended with him firing a shot against the crossbar before the ball bounced on the line and into the path of Duff, who was on hand to slot home his second from close range.

Ferry Yellows first chance came when Innes Middleton found Ryan Hush at a corner, only for the striker to see his shot cleared on the line by a host of Ferry Blues bodies.

Duff went close to completing his hat trick shortly after when the ball fell to him at a corner, but Josh Alexander managed to clear the ball to safety.

The resulting corner was met by Murray at the back post, and his knockdown was turned home from close-range by Craig Bruce as Ferry Blues extended their lead.

Ferry Yellows were shell-shocked by what was unfolding and fell further behind when Connal Cormack rounded Linton and rolled the ball into the net.

Ferry Blues added their fifth on the half hour mark when Scott Thaw broke from a corner and squared the ball for Duff, who stroked it home to complete his hat trick.

Monday, 01 October 2018 11:57

Hanbury hands Ferry victory over Pitfour

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Will Hanbury’s double was enough to seal three points for Ferry Athletic in their DS Rennie League match with Pitfour.

The striker netted either side of Cole Dewar’s goal to end Pitfour’s unbeaten start to the season.

Pitfour had been in fine form in the opening weeks of the season, and started brightly with Adam Leese and Thomas Drysdale both going close to the opening goal early on.

Dylan Gill looked to have broken the deadlock after 10 minutes when he connected with a cross at the back post, but Brodie Pollock was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Aidan Lockhart tested Ewan Moncrieff with an effort from distance before slipping in Will Hanbury, who lifted the ball past Moncrieff to give Ferry the lead.

Pitfour continued their search for a goal and saw Drysdale turn and shoot over from inside the box.

Captain Adam Leese looked to have brought his side level when he let fly from 25 yards, only to see Jacob Kerrigan tip the ball over. It was a fine strike the Pitfour man, matched only by a terrific save from the Ferry stopper.

A free kick at the edge of the box presented Pitfour a golden opportunity to draw level on the stroke of half time, but Denim Clark fired the ball over the bar.

Goals from Dylan Walker and Rudy Bou sealed Kennoway Star Hearts spot in Round Three of the Scottish Cup. Ruari McQuillan pulled a goal back for Monifieth but couldn’t end their winning run.

Both teams came into the match unbeaten, with Monifieth’s first three games all ending as draws, while Kennoway top the Fife table with a 100% record.

The first chance of the game went Monifieth’s way when the ball broke for Paddy Boyle at the edge of the box, but his strike was straight at Kennoway stopper Craig Doctor.

Kennoway have had no problem in front of goal this season and took the lead after eight minutes when the ball was played into Dylan Walker, who fired a low shot past Thomas Welsh.

Lightning struck twice for the Fifers after good play down the left saw the ball worked into Rudy Bou, who found the net with a strike that Welsh could only palm into the corner after nine minutes.

Things appeared to get worse for Monifieth shortly after when Jamie Donaldson turned the ball home from a corner, but the referee disallowed the goal for a foul.

The hosts continued to battle on and halved the deficit after 21 minutes when Ruari McQuillan controlled the ball in the box and curled a shot past Doctor on the turn.

Monifieth had offered little as an attacking threat but found themselves back in the tie.

Kennoway looked more likely to find the game’s fourth goal as half time approached, and when Callum Hamilton found Walker with a long ball, it looked like they would extend their advantage, only for the forward to fire narrowly wide.

Trebles from Dylan Geddes and Arran Dair aided Blue Brazil in putting eight past the visiting Thornton Locos at Venters Park.

The first chance of the game fell to Lee McLaughlin in the 3rd minute after the midfielder managed to find space for himself at the edge of the box, but unfortunately saw his effort sail over the bar.

An early goal was welcomed to the match after tricky winger Dylan Geddes jinked past two defenders and placed his shot expertly into the bottom left corner, past Thornton keeper Darren Meldrum in the 7th minute of the match.

Thornton went on to immediately get their first chance of the game and came within inches of getting an equaliser when captain Daniel Meldrum had his header from a corner rattle the crossbar in the 8th minute.

However, Blue Brazil went onto double their lead when Arran Dair skipped past his man and unleased a powerful effort from outside the box which beat Meldrum and found the back of the net in the 10th minute.

Thornton had another flurry of chances after conceding, which included a long-ranged effort from Aidan Boyle which was comfortably saved by Brazil keeper Conar Barney in the 11th minute. David Zielinski was next to threaten for Thornton when he managed to get on the end of a skilfully placed through ball. But was smartly denied by Barney in the 14th minute.

The hosts made it three after Dair showed some fantastic running ability down the right wing and managed to pick out Matt Logan in the 20th minute who had a simple finish from close range. Dair once again was a vital component in a Blue Brazil goal, when he turned the Thornton defence inside out and played Geddes in for his second goal of the game in the 30th minute.

Thornton really should have pulled one back in the 32nd minute when Robbie Morrison got on the end of a poor back pass and managed to round the keeper but was unable to keep the final touch on target.

Blue Brazil ended a dominant half with another goal as Geddes managed to grab his hattrick in the 33rd minute, when the winger powerfully headed the ball into the top corner and put the Cowdenbeath side five ahead going into the second half.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:04

DUSC sink St Murdochs in Tommy Clark Trophy

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Dundee United SC came from behind to advance past St Murdochs in the Tommy Clark Trophy. Second half goals from Sam Duncan, Kyle Campbell and Lewis Davidson helped DUSC to victory.

St Murdochs started brightly playing with the win at their backs, and they opened the scoring after six minutes when a corner broke to Fyndley Patterson, who drilled a low shot past Jamie Scott from 20 yards.

Scott kept out a strike from Kai Heenan before Tyler Horswood headed over from a corner shortly after as the visitors looked to add to their lead.

Lewis Davidson drove into the St Murdochs box before being denied by Brogan Beattie, while Glenn Peal fired over after turning at the edge of the box.

DUSC were growing into the game, and equalised when Derryn McGuire drilled a shot home from the edge of the box after pinball in the St Murdochs box.

The old cliché that you’re most vulnerable when you’ve just scored proved all too true for DUSC, as Jamie Crosby turned home Jamie McGhee’s cross a minute after the equaliser.

When Jimmy Stewart was downed in the box a moment later, St Murdochs had a golden opportunity to extend their lead. Patterson stepped up looking to add to his tally but saw the diving Scott keep out his spot kick.

Davidson went close to the equaliser for DUSC before Patterson rattled the crossbar with a thunderous strike just before half time.

Goals from Jayce Szpak and Lee Lorimer handed Dundee United SC victory in their opening Café Royale League match.

Lewis Raeside had given Monifieth a first half lead but couldn’t stop DUSC taking the points.

Both sides had been in fine form in the group stage of the Diamond Jubilee Cup, and both had good chances in the opening minutes. Callum Ross fired wide for Monifieth in the opening minute, with Lee Lorimer denied by Harrison Holmes at the other end.

Harris Shepherd tested Jamie Potter with a free kick from the edge of the box as Monifieth looked for the opening goal.

With 17 minutes gone, they did break the deadlock after Potter kept out Zack Hunter’s header, only for the ball to fall for Lewis Raeside, who had a simple finish into the empty net.

Despite falling behind, DUSC were moving the ball well while playing into the wind and saw Kyle McMulkin’s strike from the edge of the box kept out by Holmes on the half hour mark.

Lorimer was released in the box moments before half time but couldn’t squeeze the ball past Holmes at the near post.

Monday, 10 September 2018 21:22

Sivewright sinks Ferry with Scottish Cup hat trick

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Lewis Sivewright’s hat trick fired Carnoustie Panmure into the second round of the Scottish Cup. The striker scored twice early on and put Carnoustie 4-3 ahead after a stunning Ferry fightback.

It was top league against bottom league, and Carnoustie didn’t take long to show their class as they opened the scoring after two minutes. Some quick passing saw Connor McFarlane released down the right, and he squared the ball to Lewis Sivewright, who had a simple tap in from close range.

Sivewright’s first goal was simple, while his second nine minutes later was spectacular. Matthew Younger’s headed the ball into Sivewright’s path, and he punished the Ferry defender with a stunning volley that flew past Brandon Cummings into the top corner.

Ferry had got off to a nightmare start, with their first chance coming through a Kai Meldrum free kick. The midfielder saw his low free kick pushed around the post by Samuel Black.

Shortly after, Jay Black powered his way into the Ferry box before slotting home Carnoustie’s third after 17 minutes.

Meldrum found Hari Caswell as Ferry looked for a glimmer of hope, but he was denied by Samuel Black.

The hosts did pull one back after half an hour. Lewis Mitchell’s initial effort was cleared off the line by Greg Oliphant, but the ball broke back for the Ferry man who found the net.

Ferry set up an intriguing second half when Caswell turned the ball home at the back post five minutes before half time.

Monday, 10 September 2018 19:50

Sharpe brace helps Broughty beat Monifieth

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Simon Sharpe’s double handed Broughty United a win over Monifieth Athletic in the Dave Pullar. The striker scored in either half as Broughty came from behind to earn the win.

Both sides had made mixed starts to the season, and it was Monifieth that made the ideal start to the game when Oli Carmichael was left unmarked at the back post and he headed past Gregor Tweed from close range after seven minutes.

Broughty were facing an uphill battle, trailing and playing into the fierce wind, but fired back after 14 minutes. A free kick at the edge of the box presented David Stewart a chance to equalise, and the midfielder duly obliged, firing a low strike past Dylan Kelly into the bottom corner.

Buoyed by the equaliser, Broughty began to take the game to Monifieth, with Connor Fyffe and Kieran Webb both firing wide in quick succession.

At the other end, Ross McDowell looked to have put Monifieth back in front when he created himself a yard of space at the edge of the box, but saw his powerful drive pushed away the diving Tweed.

The game was beginning to open up and Broughty should have taken the lead when Callum Howe released Simon Sharpe, but the striker skewed his effort wide from a tight angle.

Sharpe made no mistake with his next chance as he powered his way through the Monifieth defence before lifting the ball over Dylan Kelly to give Broughty the lead on the half hour mark.

It was an all-Broughty affair in the first round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup as Broughty United Pumas beat Broughty United Panthers in a tense and even game that went all the way to penalties on a blustery day in Monifieth.
 
The first chance of the game didn't arrive until the 14th minute of the game when a corner taken by Pumas player Sean O'Meara was met by the head of Andrew Holmes, whose effort looked to be looping into the net but flied just over the bar.
 
Pumas were made to pay for that miss as three minutes later Panthers had the lead. A long throw from the right hand side by Adam Barclay fell to the feet of Daniel Boyle, who hit a low half-volley which Pumas 'keeper Craig Gibb could not keep out.
 
Panthers nearly added to their lead a minute later when a cross from the right found Ryan Carr, but the striker could only send his shot over the bar.
 
The Pumas, in their all red kit, were still well in the match and came close when a long shot from Douglas Blackwood flashed just wide of Liam Innes' goal.
 
Some slack play at the back from the Panthers nearly gifted their opponents an equaliser soon after, as Holmes found himself one-on-one with Innes, with the 'keeper producing a good save to keep his side in front.
 
Pumas were having their most dominant spell of the match and could have been in front through Christopher Locherty, but before he could fire a shot off from just inside the box he was dispossesed by a superb tackle from Sam Grimes.
 
Next to try their luck for the Pumas was Connor Bain, who lined up a free-kick from 30 yards which cannoned off of the post and, fortunately for Innes in the Panthers goal, past the post.
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00

Broughty Pumas saved by Bell in Diamond Jubilee Cup

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Broughty United Pumas advanced to the quarter finals of the Diamond Jubilee Cup thanks to a 4-3 penalty win over Dryburgh.

Filippo Bell kept out Jay Jay Huchison’s spot kick before Luke Cunningham slotted home the winner for Broughty to take them through.

These teams were two of three sides level on 12 points in Group A, meaning a playoff would be required to determine who advanced to the quarter finals of the cup.

Dryburgh picked up a 1-0 win on the opening day of the season but fell behind after four minutes when Blair Ross turned inside the box and curled a shot into the top corner of Kaden Leadbetter’s net.

Both sides were battling well in the opening stages, with both defences answering any questions that were asked of them. Jay Jay Huchison was slipped through on goal after 18 minutes, only to see his low strike come back off the post.

Broughty keeper Filippo Bell was called into action moments later as he beat away a stinging strike from Rhys Stewart as Dryburgh pressed for the equaliser.

The visitor’s efforts were rewarded eight minutes before half time when Huchison curled a free kick from 25 yards past Bell. It was no more than Dryburgh deserved after a strong first half performance.

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