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Ally Acorn’s 74th goal of the season clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour. The striker’s hat-trick seven days earlier against Monifieth saw him break the club’s record for the most goals scored in a season, and he converted Ben Clos’s cross after Kai Finnie had headed Pitfour in front moments earlier.

Blue Brazil had clinched the Fife Cup 48 hours previous and they had the first chance of the match when the ball was played into Jack Reid at the edge of the box, and he forced Archie Kelly-Barton into an early save with a stinging strike.

Ally Alcorn dispossessed a Blue Brazil defender on the by-line, but he couldn’t hit the target with his effort. Ben Clos should have opened the scoring after four minutes when he met Kai Finnie’s free kick, but the unmarked winger headed wide.

There was nothing between two the two sides which meant clear cut chances were at a premium throughout the first half. Clos darted into the box six minutes before the break and forced Owen Martin into a smart save with his legs.

An extra time brace from Torran Juggins clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour at the expense of Pitfour. There was nothing to separate the sides after 70 minutes, but the Pitfour striker came up with the goods late on despite Ryan Hutton responding for Fairmuir late on.

It was a first cup final appearance for Fairmuir, while Pitfour were looking to complete the double treble. They nearly made the perfect start when Sonny Simpson stabbed the ball past Finlay Slater inside the opening minutes, but Aaron Telford was on hand to hook the ball clear from danger.

The early chance would prove to be a false dawn, as both sides looked to avoid conceding first in the opening 20 minutes. Torran Juggins was sent in behind the Fairmuir defence eight minutes before half time but Slater was quick off his line to tackle the striker.

At the other end, Kristian Keay pulled off an impressive fingertip save to keep out a long-range strike from Telford. Juggins and Simpson both had half chances before the interval but couldn’t capitalise as the sides went off level at the break.

East Craigie Swifts completed the quadruple as they came from behind to beat Scone Thistle in the East Region Cup.

It was both side's first appearance in a regional cup final and it was Scone that made a bright start when Duncan McPhee released Ben Ayton, but he fired his shot over the bar.

Ayton went close after 14 minutes when he looped a header from a corner against the crossbar.

Scone did make the break through moments later when Aaron Carlon collected a long free kick, rounded Charlie Kennedy and fired the ball into the empty net. It was a well-deserved lead for Scone, who had started brightly.

Their good work was nearly undone when Ewan Faulkner met Reece Lornie's free kick, but he didn't get enough on the ball allowing Blaine Wood to keep it out. McPhee shot over from distance before Carlon blazed a free kick over from the edge of the box.

Two minutes before half time East Craigie equalised through Keir Gardiner. The striker was sent in one-on-one with Wood and made no mistake as he slotted the ball past the keeper.

Thomas Drysdale’s extra time strike secured Pitfour the East Region Cup. Brodie Pollock gave Pitfour an early lead, but Calum Forest headed Glenrothes level before the break.

It was a first cup final for both these sides, and it was Glenrothes that had the first chance of the game through Finlay Shearer, but Ewan Moncrieff was equal to his free kick in the opening minute.

Pitfour won a free kick on the left of the box and it would prove to be the source of the opening goal as Brodie Pollock stepped up and curled the free kick over Dylan Fleming into the net.

Having made the ideal start to the match, Pitfour were knocking the ball about in a manner far ahead of their years. Pollock was released down the right but saw Fleming keep out his effort.

Despite their dominance in the opening 20 minutes, Glenrothes were forcing their way into the tie, and were rewarded with a deserved equaliser five minutes before the break when Calum Forest headed Ryan Heatherill’s corner past Ewan Moncrieff.

Shearer tested the Pitfour stopper with a strike from 20 yards, but the sides went off level at the break.

Celtic Boys turned on the style in the final of the Celtic Golden Jubilee Cup as they completed the league and cup double. The P Gibson League winners raced into a 5-0 half time lead, and despite an improved performance from Mearns in the second half, held on to clinch the silverware.

These sides completed their league campaigns at the end of April, and champions Celtic wasted no time in opening the scoring. Josh McGuire was sent in behind the Mearns defence, and the pacey striker made no mistake as he fired past Ian Strachan after four minutes.

When Ben Lunn misjudged a ball into the Mearns box, there was only ever going to be one outcome as McGuire fired in his second of the afternoon.

Dougal Makepeace had Mearn’s first sight of goal moments later when he dragged a shot wide from 18 yards before Strachan denied McGuire his hat trick with a smart save.

The resulting corner saw Strachan deny Cody Holt from close range, but the keeper couldn’t prevent Liam Keith squeezing the loose ball into the bottom corner.

Celtic added a fourth with 21 minutes on played through Jamie Murray. McGuire slipped the ball into the winger, who curled a shot into the bet from the left angle of the box.

Mearns nearly pulled a goal back when a long free kick found its way through to Ross Akers, but Lee Duncan denied him at point-blank range.

McGuire completed his hat trick in first half injury time when he turned in the box and fired a shot high into Strachan’s net.

Four goals from Jamie Timmons helped Fairmuir clinch the Queen’s Jubilee Cup. The midfielder needed just 14 minutes to complete his hat trick and netted a fourth before half time.

Mark McCrory headed in the fifth in the second half before Ewan Stewart pulled one back for Ferry with an emphatic finish, but it wasn’t enough as Fairmuir completed the league and cup double.

Both sides were looking to add a second piece of silverware to their trophy cabinets and it was Maryfield League winners Fairmuir that nearly made the perfect start to the game when Ross Hazel released Jake Grady who curled a shot against the crossbar from 15 yards.

Fairmuir were presented a golden opportunity to open the scoring when Ferry keeper Connor Milton was judged to have stepped out the box with the ball in his hands. Jamie Timmons stepped up and fired the resulting free kick past the diving Milton.

Mark McCrory went close for Fairmuir from a corner before Timmons netted his side’s second. The midfielder fired a free kick from 35 yards towards goal and the ball took a nasty bounce as it evaded Milton and ended up in the net.

Daniel Ogilvie’s curling effort brought a save out of Cammy Hendry before Hazel fired over from the edge of the Ferry box.

Timmons completed his hat trick after 21 minutes when he fired a dipping effort from 25 yards over Milton.

Louie Porter forced his way to the Fairmuir by-line, but his cut back was hooked away Alex Stewart before Jake Stewart could tap the ball home.

Two minutes before the interval, Timmons completed his hat trick of free kicks as he curled the ball past Milton from 30 yards.

A hat trick from Jake Grady handed Fairmuir the Maryfield League title as they came from 3-1 down to be crowned champions.

Fairmuir had the edge in the title race going into the match with a draw enough for them to secure the title, while Dryburgh knew that only a win would see them retain their crown.

Josh Fyffe headed wide for Dryburgh, while at the other end, Jamie Timmons headed the ball into Rory Jagusinski, who fired wide from 15 yards.

After a cagey opening, Dryburgh broke the deadlock after 18 minutes when Ryan Smith latched onto a loose ball and slipped a shot past Cammy Hendry.

Fairmuir searched for an equaliser and were rewarded after the half hour mark when Hendry found Jake Grady with a long ball. The striker saw his first effort saved by Aaron Cosgrove but gathered the rebound and curled home the leveller.

Kane Hynes headed wide moments later before Ross Hazel fired over from the edge of the box.

East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.

Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.

This was East Craigie’s second cup final of the season, while for Kirrie it was a first ever cup final appearance. Rohan Brown had the Angus side’s first chance after seven minutes but didn’t trouble Charlie Kennedy with his volley.

Keir Gardiner was sent in behind the Kirrie defence after 18 minutes, but goalkeeper Eoin McNicol denied the striker. Aidan Mcirvine headed over from a corner not long after as East Craigie searched for the opener.

The Dave Pullar League champions did find the opener in somewhat fortunate circumstances. Callum McCleary’s shot was kept out by McNicol and the loose ball was cleared into the back of Grant Prain by Callum Milne, giving Ethan Bannon a simple finish from close range.

The nature of the goal was a blow for Kirrie, and they soon found themselves two down as Gardiner headed home Rhys Beattie’s cross from close range.

Reece Lornie was denied by McNicol before Kennedy tipped Ryan Cormack’s strike round the post. McNicol pulled off a fine one-handed save to keep out McCleary’s shot.

Six minutes before the break, East Craigie scored again. Gardiner chased down a long ball, and his persistence was rewarded when McNicol miskicked the ball straight into his path, and he rolled it into the empty net.

Fairmuir clinched the Ross Ballantine Cup at the expense of rivals Riverside. Harrison Smith gave Fairmuir the first half lead only for Aiden McDougal to bring Riverside level.

Blair Fyffe put Fairmuir ahead from the penalty spot before Stuart Heenan fired home Fairmuir’s third late on.

These side’s both boast a win a piece from their two league meetings and both knew the importance of the opening goal. Jayden Burnett saw Declan McCallum keep out his curling free kick before Odin Chalmers shot wide.

Blair Fyffe had Fairmuir’s first openings but neither resulted an effort that troubled Jacob Kerrigan in the Riverside goal.

There was little separating the side’s in the opening exchanges, but it was Fairmuir that got their noses in front after 26 minutes. Harrison Smith appeared to have over hit his cross from the right, but the ball sailed over the head of Kerrigan and into the net. It may have been a tad fortunate, but Fairmuir had found the all-important opener.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:20

Foran fires Ferry to Presidents League title

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Jay Foran’s double fired Ferry Athletic to the Presidents League title at the expense of Fairmuir. The striker netted either side of Ross Fordyce’s volley as Ferry wrapped up the title with a game to spare.

A shock defeat to Monifieth Tayside meant Fairmuir had to win to keep their title hopes alive and they had two chances in the opening minute as Errol Vela was denied by David Beattie before Jaden Murphy dragged a shot wide.

Ross Bell penalty appeal was waved away when he went down inside the Ferry box. The ball eventually fell for Vela who could only shoot wide.

At the other end, Andy Kelly volleyed over after gathering Logan Irvine’s pass before firing over from Blair McCord’s cut back.

The opener did come for Ferry shortly after as Jay Foran powered his way into the box before sliding a shot underneath Steven Connor.

Beattie was deputising between the sticks for Ferry due to an injury picked up by Stewart Linton when the two sides met in the Peter MacAvoy Cup final, and he pulled off a fine fingertip save to keep out Ryan Scobie’s header.

Things nearly went from bad to worse for Fairmuir when Blair McCord pounced on a loose ball and went through one-on-one with Connor, but the Ferry man waited too long to pull the trigger allowing Ryan Bannon to deny him with a perfectly timed challenge.

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