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Leven FC lifted the Spring Cup at Treaton Park against Jeanfield Swifts Red in a physical match which saw two emphatic goals from Reece McIntosh and Coll Liddell aid their team to victory.   

Adverse conditions were to play a major role in proceedings at the isolated pitch of Treaton Park as both sets of players dreamed of getting their hands on the esteemed trophy at the end of the match.

The game welcomed a very choppy start as both teams really struggled to get out of first gear within the first ten minutes of the match, with both defences standing strong. However, after a stubborn start, Leven opened the scoring in the final in the 15th minute when the ball came out from the left wing and fell to full back McIntosh who fiercely struck the ball from well outside the box which headed into the top right corner after Jeanfield goalkeeper Finlay Kennedy came so close to a miraculous save after getting a hand to it, but unfortunately for him it was not enough to prevent it from nestling into the top corner.

After going ahead, Leven started getting a firm grip on the final as Liddell later came close to putting his side two in front when his long-ranged effort went just over the bar in the 20th minute. Blair Innes was next to threaten for Leven as he managed to make some room for himself and get a shot away, which was well palmed away by Kennedy in the 25th minute.

After having a very rocky start, Jeanfield started playing their way back in the match, stringing some very tidy passes together. These smarts plays were so nearly rewarded as a ball was threaded through to Jeanfield striker Ruairidh Smith, in the 35th minute but saw his effort sail over the bar, keeping Leven ahead in the final. Cameron Macdonald quickly created another chance for Jeanfield when he got on the end of a smart lofted ball, but also so his effort sail over the bar in the 37th minute of the match.

The final chance of the half fell to Leven’s Matthew Scott who received a fantastic ball through the midfield and unleashed a great curling shot which just went wide of the post in the 43rd minute of the match and ended up being the concluding chance of the half as Leven went into the break ahead.

Stuart Heenan’s hat trick helped Fairmuir overcome Ferry Athletic in a thrilling 11-goal final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.

These sides produced 10 goals in their first meeting of the season in September and Ferry wasted no time opening the scoring, as they found the net after just 22 seconds.

A quick passing move down the left looked to have fizzled out until Fairmuir’s Jamie Fraser knocked the ball into his own net.

It was a nightmare start for Fairmuir who saw Stuart Heenan shoot wide shortly after before Xander Barclay tested Finlay Lyttle with a stinging volley from the edge of the box.

Ferry somehow saw their lead stay at just one goal when Blaike Kyles knocked the ball across the goal line after Kieran Thomson had kept out Aiden Lockhart’s strike.

Moments later, Fairmuir were level when Ryan Mulholland slipped a shot past Lyttle and Thomas Cunningham was on hand to make sure the ball went over the line from all of a yard out.

Cunningham was sent through on goal shortly after but lashed his effort over the bar amidst the Ferry calls of offside against the Fairmuir goal scorer.

With their tails up, Fairmuir continued to press, and when Cunningham was fouled at the edge of the box, they had the golden opportunity to take the lead. Heenan stepped up and curled the free kick past Lyttle into the bottom left corner.

Heenan wasted no time in doubling his tally as he nipped ahead of Hoon onto a long ball before firing a low shot across Lyttle to put Fairmuir two to the good.

Fairmuir grabbed their fourth of the game a minute before the interval as Harrison Smith guided a long ball down for Cunningham who’s shot found the net despite a touch from Lyttle.

Aidan Lorente’s late volley clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Monifieth as they edged out Pitfour in the tightest of cup finals.

Paddy Boyle had given Monifieth a first half lead before Ben Clos levelled proceedings early in the second half before Lorente met Aaron Dewar’s free kick three minutes from time.

Pitfour’s Ross Cameron saw an early effort blocked as his side looked to make up for their 2-0 league defeat to Monifieth seven days earlier.

After a back and forth opening to the game, it was Monifieth that broke the deadlock after 15 minutes through Paddy Boyle. The midfielder turned in the box before drilling a low strike past Archie Kelly-Barton from just inside the box.

Jordan Turnbull was denied by Thomas Welsh as Pitfour went in search of an equaliser, before the referee awarded Monifieth an indirect free kick eight yards from goal, much to the bewilderment of the Pitfour players. Arran Ferry teed up Ruari McQuillan, who saw his effort deflected behind for a corner.

McQuillan went close to doubling Monifieth’s advantage when he pounced on a poor header from Charlie Edward, but saw his header drop wide of the post.

Jay Harkin’s wondergoal clinched Forfar Boys the Jean Pierre Babin Cup against Celtic Boys.

Mathew Platt gave Forfar an early lead, but Celtic drew level when Imran Madugu scored from the penalty spot, before Harkin smashed in the winner from 30 yards.

Forfar came into the game with two wins against Celtic from their two league meetings, and they had the first chance of the game when Mathew Platt hit a volley from a tight angle narrowly wide of the post.

Platt would be the source of Forfar’s first goal after six minutes when he latched onto Jack Soutar’s pass and slotted the ball past Callum Angus from 10 yards.

Despite going behind, it was Celtic that were seeing most of the ball, however, they failed to ask any serious questions of Forfar keeper Kyle Shand.

Celtic’s defence switched off on 16 minutes with Platt given time and space 20 yards from goal, but the Forfar goal scorer hit the ball over the bar.

Only a goal-line clearance from Ben Cormie at a corner stopped Celtic drawing level as they continued to dominate the first half proceedings.

Dorian Ziozkolski tried to head home from close range, only to see his header knocked over by Jay Harkin, before a long ball was knocked down into Christopher Gorrie inside the Forfar box, but the Celtic defender could only drag the ball wide.

Gorrie nearly produced the equaliser in spectacular fashion as his overhit cross was tipped round the post by the retreating Shand.

Celtic were given the perfect chance to equalise when James Downie was downed by Jake Fletcher in the box. Imran Madugu stepped up and rolled the resulting penalty down the middle of the goal to draw Celtic level.

Four goals from Jamie Bruce helped Maryfield United end their decade long wait for a trophy as they toppled Mearns in the final of the Mac Brown Cup.

A hat trick from Kyle Johnston and strikes from Arran Duncan and Ewan Patterson ensured it was an Easter Sunday to be remembered for Maryfield.

Maryfield came into the game as firm favourites thanks to a 100% record in the Watson McInally League and they saw both Dillon Gurung and Sol Campbell denied by Ian Strachan in the Mearns goal.

The early stages were played predominantly in the Mearns half as Maryfield searched for the opener, which came after 11 minutes when Jamie Bruce headed home Arran Duncan’s corner at the near post.

Bruce wasted no time doubling Maryfield’s advantage as he latched onto a through ball and slotted a shot past Strachan.

Duncan, who provided the opener, went close to adding a third for Maryfield when he cracked a shot off the base of the post before being denied one-on-one by Strachan.

It would be third time lucky for Duncan, who eventually got the better of the impressive Strachan after 25 minutes with a cool chipped finish to put Maryfield three to the good.

Kyle Johnston grabbed Maryfield’s fourth shortly before the break as he fired the ball over Strachan.

Mearns’s best chance of the first half came in injury time as Kyle Reid cross fell to Matthew Brown in the box, but the midfielder lashed the ball over the bar from close range.

Jamie McCann’s injury time goal sealed Fairmuir their first piece of silverware in the form of the Queen’s Jubilee Cup as they beat Pitfour.

McCann, who had earlier levelled after Ally Alcorn opened the scoring, converted Mason Anderson’s cross in the third minute of injury time to win the cup for Fairmuir.

This was the second meeting of these sides in seven days, with Pitfour emerging victorious from the previous weekend’s East Region Cup clash.

It was Pitfour’s keeper Archie Kelly-Barton that was first to be called into action as he punched away a corner under pressure before keeping out Mason Anderson’s follow-up effort.

The opening stages were more a war of attrition than a free-flowing affair with Jordan Turnbull’s wayward strike summing up both side’s fortune in front of goal.

Fairmuir were seeing more of the ball but struggled to break through Pitfour’s defence. One occasion where Pitfour were exposed saw Anderson play in Zain Ferguson down the right before Kelly-Barton kept out the winger’s near post effort.

The loose ball fell for Nick Fletcher, but he could only lash the ball high over the bar.

Jay Jay Hutchison’s double helped Dryburgh Athletic overcome a dogged Arbroath Lads and lift the Marshall Cup.

Hutchison’s first half goal and Bobby Shirkey’s close-range effort looked to have put Dryburgh in control until Kyle Fraser and Ryan Paterson fired Arbroath level, but Hutchison ensured it would be Dryburgh’s day with a composed finish late on.

Dryburgh came into the final boasting a 100% record in the J Clenaghan League and when Jay Jay Hutchison converted Bobby Shirkey’s ball it looked like they had made the dream start to the final, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Arbroath were defending well in the opening stages and saw an attack of their own end with Kaden Leadbetter keeping out Ethan Johnston’s effort.

Hutchison and Shirkey were causing Arbroath issues in the wide areas, with the latter inches away from converting a Hutchison cross to open the scoring.

Dryburgh were seeing the lion’s share of possession but failing to ask any serious questions of Josh Cargill in the Arbroath goal. A series of crosses into the Arbroath box were easily dealt with by the Angus side’s defence.

With half time approaching, Dryburgh did break the deadlock through Hutchison. Shirkey provided the cross from the right that made its way through to Hutchison eight yards from goal, who composed himself and slotted the ball past the helpless Cargill to give Dryburgh the lead.

Montrose Youth lifted the Chuck McGowan Cup after overcoming ACSC in a mammoth penalty shootout that saw every player take a spot kick. 

Goalkeeper Nicholl Cairnie was the hero for Montrose as he kept out Kaden Houghton’s second penalty of the shootout.

Both these sides have been free scoring throughout the season but strong winds meant both had to change their game plans for the cup final.

Montrose were playing into the wind in the first half and thought they had broken the deadlock when a free kick dropped to Ryan Reid in the box. The midfielder’s effort looked destined for the top corner, but a strong hand from ACSC keeper Declan Hay somehow kept the ball out.

The resulting corner from Michael Forbes nearly went straight in to the ACSC net before Hay was called into action once more to deny Dylan Griggs. The Montrose man led a solo counterattack from the half way line only to see Hay get down to his low effort. 

ACSC came into the game having scored over 80 goals in their 14 league matches, and they nearly grabbed the opener when Alex Davidson nipped onto a slack pass in the Montrose box, but he was denied at point-blank range by Nicholl Cairnie.

The W Mills League leaders weren’t phased by playing into the wind, and only a fine challenge from Haydon Chalmers stopped Jay Tosh getting a shot away after 25 minutes. At the other end, Hay was called into action once more as he kept out Michael Forbes’s half volley.

Tosh saw another strike blocked by Chalmers before the ball deflected into the path of Rui Gordon, who was only denied the opener by a smart save from Cairnie at the near post.

Cameron Murray’s first half double helped Ferry Athletic Blues see off Kirrie Thistle and lift the Peter MacAvoy Cup.

Gale force winds meant that a free-flowing game was unlikely, but despite playing into the wind, it was Kirrie that broke the deadlock after six minutes when Kane Allison swept the ball home from David Cattanach’s cross.

Cameron Murray curled a shot over as Ferry looked for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded when Cattanach attempted to guide a long ball back to Kyle Millar, only to see the ball taken by the wind and loop into the net.

Millar was helpless to prevent the equaliser but kept Ferry at bay with a fingertip save to keep out Craig Bruce’s powerful header.

Rohan Brown volleyed wide for Kirrie before Murray latched onto a through ball and drilled a low strike past Millar to put Ferry in front.

With the wind at their backs, Ferry were looking to put the game beyond Kirrie, and went close when Adam Eaton’s whipped a corner against the crossbar.

Ferry did extend their lead when Millar fumbled James Lawrie’s long free kick into Murray, who watched the ball roll over the line for his second of the day.

Murray turned provider for Scott Thaw when he knocked down Eaton’s corner, and Thaw looped the ball over Millar for Ferry’s fourth of the day.

Monday, 25 February 2019 13:16

Fairmuir stay perfect with win over Dryburgh

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Second half goals from Jake Grady and Matthew Nelson saw Fairmuir keep up their 100% record in the Dave Pullar League as they saw of Dryburgh Athletic.

Dryburgh took the bragging rights a fortnight ago when the sides met in the cup and they had the first chance of the match as Jack Buist saw an effort from close range deflected over early on.

At the other end, Jake Grady’s shot from a tight angle brought a save out of Samuel Ross in the Dryburgh goal.

A combination of both sides adopting a direct approach and committing niggling fouls meant the first half saw precious little in terms of goalmouth action.

Ryan Smith fired a free kick into the Fairmuir wall before Kalin Jones hit a speculative long-range effort that didn’t trouble Fairmuir’s Cammy Hendry.

Hendry was called into action to deny Buist from a tight angle shortly before half time with the resulting counterattack resulting in Grady going through one-on-one with Ross, but the Dryburgh keeper came out on top as he denied the Fairmuir striker.

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