East Region (313)
St Murdochs completed the league and cup double with a 2-1 win over Monifieth in the J Bolton Cup. A brace from Lewis Knight had the P Gibson League winners two to the good at half time, but Adam Gray’s header ensured a nervy finish to the match.
Monifieth became the first team to beat St Murdochs in the league this season when they met seven days ago. A 4-2 victory secured Monifieth the points that day and they had the first chance of the match after 12 minutes. Liam Annan released Jayden Meldrum, but he couldn’t connect with his shot, and the ball was cleared.
St Murdochs were seeing lots of the ball, but were failing to turn possession into chances. Steven Dell fired over from 25 yards after 18 minutes. Annan had another chance for Monifieth, but he was denied by goalkeeper Roman Robb.
This would be a chance that Monifieth would regret not taking, as Saints opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Dell with a powerful run to the by-line before he picked out Lewis Knight, who diverted the ball back across the face of goal, into the net.
It took St Murdochs just three minutes to add a second, with Knight doubling his tally. The striker lifted Logan Swankie’s cross over Phillip Lowe’s head and volleyed the ball into the bottom corner. It was a fantastic goal that put the champions in control of the tie.
Monifieth were struggling to get themselves into the match, the windy conditions were hampering their direct style of play. With 36 minutes gone, they nearly fell further behind, as Lowe headed Kieran Sharp’s header off the line.
Forfar Boys found the net six times as they blew away Duloch Juniors in the final of the inaugural East Region Cup. First half goals from Dominik Naglik and Liam Ballie put Forfar in control of the tie, with Jack Muir adding a third just after the restart. Christopher Clifton found the net for Duloch, but a quickfire double from substitute Jack Soutar ended any chance of a comeback, with Dagan Bell adding a sixth goal late on.
It was Forfar that started the game on the front foot. Both Dominik Naglik and Jack Muir brought saves out of Duloch goalkeeper Gordon Crawford McNicol Saulnier.
Naglik’s blistering pace in behind was causing problems for Duloch, and the Forfar forward would have opened the scoring after 11 minutes if not for a fine piece of defending from Scott Hadden. Naglik managed to round Saulnier, but his touch let him down and Hadden managed to blast the ball away to safety.
With 18 minutes gone, Forfar’s pressure told as Naglik opened the scoring. A long ball sent the striker in behind the Duloch defence, and he drilled a low shot from a tight angle past Saulnier.
Forfar wouldn’t have to wait long for a second goal, as Naglik turned provider for Liam Baillie after 21 minutes. Naglik slipped the ball through for Baillie, who saw his powerful effort saved by Saulnier, but the ball rolled over the line, doubling Forfar’s advantage.
Duloch were struggling to get a foothold in the game, while Forfar were making it clear why they are still unbeaten this season. Dagan Bell, nearly added a third after 31 minutes as his low corner kick came back off the post. Bell nearly set up a third goal moments before the break, but Naglik turned his cross over the bar from three yards out.
Finlay Scott’s successful conversion saw Fairmuir overcome Ferry Athletic 4-2 in a penalty shootout and lift the Henry Dolan Cup. Spot kicks were required to break the deadlock after each side scored a first half goal in the final held at North End Park.
With both teams enjoying an impressive Dave Puller League season, the stage was set for an intriguing contest in the Dundee sunshine. Any possiblity that the final may be a cagey affair and lack clear cut chances was dispelled in the opening moments as Ferry almost scored with their first attack.
A deep free-kick by Blair McCord found the head of Andrew Lyall who brought a smart stop from Fairmuir number one Rory McInally.
While making the save the keeper did well to palm the ball away from goal as it tightened the angle for the rebound which was sent wide by Jack Ferrier.
Having almost fallen behind in the early stages Fairmuir began to carve out opportunities with Bryce Murray heavily involved, first having an effort which flashed just wide and then striking the post after getting on the end of Ryan Scobies free-kick.
It was from a set piece on 23 minutes when Fairmuir would move ahead, quick movement between Arran McFadyen and Ross Bell drew the foul with Scobie striking the ball low into the bottom corner.
Ferry responded well and committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser and Ferrier was unlucky to direct a shot wide of target.
With two minutes of the first half remaining, Ferry drew level and similarly to their rivals it came from a set-piece. Ryan Hush did well to release Lewis Smith into space and after he was taken down in the box Lyall stepped up to convert the penalty.
Dryburgh Athletic picked up their second piece of silverware of the season with a 3-1 win over Broughty United in the Jean Pierre Babin Cup final. Goals from Aidan Nelson, Ewan Stewart and Sol Heary secured the cup for Dryburgh, who trailed after Conor Fyffe opened the scoring for Broughty. The win means that Dryburgh just need to wrap up the league title to secure a domestic treble.
Broughty have spent most of the season near the bottom of the league table, but two wins in their last two games have secured their place in the top flight for next season. Both Conor Fyffe and semi-final hero Simon Sharpe had chances in the opening minutes, but neither tested Dryburgh keeper Aaron Cosgrove.
Both sides were competing well in the opening exchanges. Ross Mcnaughton’s effort after 20 minutes brought a save out of Broughty goalkeeper Conor Milton. Both Liam Clarke and Sharpe had efforts blocked inside the Dryburgh penalty area.
Broughty took the lead seconds later, courtesy of Fyffe. Clarke teed the ball up for Fyffe, who sliced his effort from the top of the box into the bottom right corner of Cosgrove’s net. Despite their lowly league position, Broughty were deservedly ahead.
Dryburgh went straight on the offensive. Arron Flynn’s header forced Milton into a save before Broughty had a golden opportunity to double their lead. Kieran Barron cut the ball back for Callum Howe, but he scooped his effort from the top of the box over the bar.
This was a chance that Broughty would rue not taking, as four minutes later, Dryburgh were level. The ball fell to Aidan Nelson at the top of the box, and the Dryburgh captain sent a superbly struck half volley across Milton into the bottom corner of the net.
Just before the half time whistle, Flynn headed another Mcnaughton corner wide, but the sides went off level at the break.
Brandon Black’s double in the second-half helped Carnoustie Panmure lift the Chuck McGowan Cup at the expense of Brechin City. The victors showed good character to overcome a half-time deficit in what was an entertaining final played in difficult windy conditions at North End Park.
As you would expect from any Cup Final the opening exchanges were tight with both sides enjoying possession without creating any real opportunities. The first clear cut chance went the way of Brechin City and saw a throw from Kerr Stuart break to Keir Milne who saw his effort flash over.
Having been provider Stuart almost broke the deadlock himself through a long range free-kick which fished just above the crossbar.
Carnoustie began to gain a foothold in the contest and Michael Nobes called Brechin keeper, Robbie Buchan into action for the first time of the afternoon with a well-placed shot from distance.
At this stage it seemed a goal was inevitable and it went to Brechin in the 29th minute, a deep ball was played into the box by Calum Akers which allowed Fergie Reid to knock the ball into the net, past keeper Daniel Edelston. Carnoustie almost conceded another immediately as Tom Marwood put Edelston under pressure following a long ball from midfield with the keeper recovering well.
On the stroke of half-time, Carnoustie almost found the equaliser, a well-placed Black free-kick found the head of Brogan Rourke who directed an effort against the bar.
Pitfour secured their second piece of silverware of the season with a 2-0 victory over Arbroath in the J Duffy Cup final. Second half goals from Jordan Turnbull and Ben Clos sealing the victory against an Arbroath side that on the day lacked the killer touch in the final third.
The Dundee West Anniversary Cup winners looked to have got the afternoon off to the perfect start, as Alistair Alcorn found the net after 40 seconds. However, the striker was correctly flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Both these sides are challenging for the D S Rennie League title, and the quality of both sides was on show in the opening exchanges, despite the less than ideal weather conditions. Nairn Beaton’s free kick flew narrowly wide after five minutes.
Pitfour goalkeeper, Archie Kelly-Barton, was called into action after 20 minutes, keeping out Mason Anderson’s effort. At the other end, Alcorn couldn’t hit the target following an impressive run through the Arbroath defence.
The striker’s next effort did hit the target, but was saved by goalkeeper Hayden Church. Both sides had managed to cancel each other out for most of the first half, but neither goalkeeper had been seriously tested.
Dundee drew 1-1 against Kilmarnock in the Development League at Dens Park. The Dees got off to the perfect start when Max Anderson found the net after 90 seconds. It looked like the Dees were set to pick up their second win of the week until Jack Paterson found the net with a fine solo effort in the 89th minute, ensuring the points were shared.
The Dees only had three players over the age of 16 in the squad, and it was one of the millennials that opened the scoring. Following a Killie corner, Mark Smith lead the counter attack, sending in a low cross from the left wing that was turned in from close range by Max Anderson.
Killie were seeing lots of the ball, but it was Dundee that went closest to scoring the second goal. Ian Smith’s cross was met by Marton Hornyik, but the young defender’s effort bounced wide of the post.
The visitors best chance came after 28 minutes. Scott McLean’s cut back was met by Ewan McLevy, but his effort sailed over the bar.
Aiden Law’s hat-trick helped Dundee West secure the Brown Cup with victory over Brechin Youths at North End Park. A dynamic attacking display which featured six first-half goals ensured it was West who followed in the footsteps of last season’s winners Montrose.
Dundee West reached the final with an impressive 6-2 win over Arbroath in the Semi-final and the sides attacking flair was evident as contest began. Good link up play between Kyler Van Der Toorn and Law forced the first corner of the afternoon which was knocked over the line by Benjamin Kaneon 3 minutes.
Having taken an early lead West pressed straight from kick off allowing Law to pick up a loose ball and direct a shot past Brechin Keeper Declan Hay with 4 minutes played.
Despite the setback of falling further behind Brechin continued to look for a way back into the final and Jamie Crosby finished an impressive run with an effort just past the post.
At this stage the next goal would prove crucial and it went the way of West on 11 minutes, Deron Forbes slotting the ball under Hay having been released into space by Luca Snee.
With a three-goal cushion West began to play with freedom and Cameron Blacklock tested Hay through a decent strike from range.
Having blocked Blacklock’s effort Hay could not prevent Law from grabbing his second of the afternoon with a well-placed drive as the clock struck 18 minutes.
Law was instrumental to his sides attacking play and two later minutes helped give Snee an opportunity to unleash a powerful shot into the top corner past the Brechin Keeper.
Six minutes from half-time West scored number six and it came from Jamie Foran tapping the ball into the net at the far post.
On the stroke of the whistle Brechin had an opportunity to reduce the deficit with Keir Goodwin’s Free-kick finishing narrowly over the bar.
Ewan Stewart’s second half goal secured the Tommy Clark Trophy for Dryburgh Athletic. In what was a David vs Goliath clash, bottom of the league Riverside more than matched champions-elect Dryburgh, but ultimately tasted defeat in their first ever cup final.
These sides have had greatly contrasting league campaigns, Dryburgh have only one defeat to their name, while Riverside have won just once. Despite this, it was Riverside that started on the front foot, and nearly opened the scoring after two minutes.
Samuel Gallacher won the ball in the Dryburgh half and set up Callum Brand, but the Riverside man dragged his effort wide of the mark. This was a golden chance passed up by Riverside, but an early reminder for Dryburgh that Riverside weren't going to let them have things their own way.
Riverside had settled into the game well, managing to limit the space in behind their defence, and staying compact in midfield. Dryburgh’s first chance of the match came after 16 minutes. Marcus Gray managed to jink his way through the Riverside defence and pick out Daryl Tosh, but his header didn’t cause any problems for Jordi Duncan in the Riverside goal.
It was clear that Dryburgh were struggling to breakdown the Riverside defence. Dylan Smeaton tried his luck from 20 yards after 26 minutes, but his effort was easily held by Duncan.
The Riverside stopper produced a fine save 60 seconds later as he kept out Ewan Stewart’s close range effort. The Dryburgh striker got on the end of Smeaton’s cut back, but his effort was straight at Duncan.
Ross Mcnaughton was the next Dryburgh player to try his luck, but his effort from inside the box was easily saved by Duncan. The first half wound down with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested, and all to play for in the second period.
Beath High School won the Under 18s Fife Cup on penalties after coming from behind to beat Balwearie High School. Jake Butler had given Balwearie the lead but Kieran Aitchison’s goal sent the match into penalties with Blair Penman being the hero for Beath after saving three penalties.
Balwearie started the final the brighter of the two sides with Daniel Dow flashing the first shot of the match over the bar. Beath fought back and had a header cleared off the line from a corner before Alex Reilly’s strike slid just wide.
Beath grew into the game as the half wore on and were the dominant side but were unable to break down a stout Balwearie defence. Ryan Connelly went closest for Beath but his shot was gathered easily by the Balwearie goalkeeper.
Forfar Boys ran out 10-2 winners in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final against Ferry Athletic. Striker Dominik Naglik found the net four times in what was a rampant display from a Forfar side that has now completed the first part of a potential quadruple this season.
Forfar got the game off to the perfect start, opening the scoring after just two minutes. Dagan Bell’s corner kick was headed home by Kieran Kelly from close range.
Ferry were shell-shocked by the early goal, and fell further behind two minutes later. Dominik Naglik’s free kick from the left wing flew into the top corner of the Ferry goal.
A Naglik free kick brought about Forfar’s third goal of the match after just eight minutes. The striker’s effort brought a save out of Daniel Clark in the Ferry goal, but the ball fell for Ethan Murray, who volleyed the ball past the helpless keeper from close range.
Ferry’s first effort came courtesy of Harrison Taylor, who volleyed over from a corner. Despite trailing 3-0, Ferry hadn’t done much wrong and were rewarded for their efforts after 14 minutes.
Owen Boath picked out Taylor following a surging run, and his shot deflected into the path of Jay Lawson, who turned the ball home from close range.
Ferry had played their way back into the game and nearly added a second goal after 18 minutes. Boath managed to race away from the Forfar defence, but saw his effort pushed away by goalkeeper Kyle Shand. The Forfar keeper hadn’t had much to do, but this was a fine save.
There was nothing the keeper could do two minutes later, as Boath grabbed Ferry’s second goal. Lawson with the clever flick to release his strike partner, who made no mistake as he slotted the ball into the net.
Despite their slow start, Ferry were now back in the match, and just seconds after their second goal, the sixth goal of the game was scored, but it was scored by Forfar. Bell’s cross catching out the Ferry keeper Clark, as the ball flew into the net.
This was a tough one to take for Ferry, who conceded a fifth five minutes later. Naglik getting his second of the match with a low drive from the top of the box that nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
Tayport United overcame St Andrews Colts in a penalty shootout to win the J Cord Cup. Caleb Addo’s early strike had put Tayport in control for much of the tie, but an inspired performance from St Andrews keeper Steven Paterson kept his side in with a chance, a chance they capitalised on when Ben Rolland levelled the tie from the penalty spot. All nine of the first nine spot kicks were scored, but St Andrews Lewis Bearley saw his effort come back off the post, confirming Tayport as cup winners.
These two sides met in the league seven days earlier, with Tayport running out 4-1 winners. The men in red started on the front foot, Caleb Addo looked to have opened the scoring after seven minutes, but was denied by a fine save from Steven Paterson.
There was nothing the St Andrews keeper could do two minutes later, as Addo opened the scoring. Keir Little’s mishit shot falling kindly for Addo, who found the net from close range.
There was a confidence and swagger about Tayport’s play, as they forced St Andrews into more than one piece of last ditch defending. Matthew McDougall saw his effort saved by Steven Paterson after 17 minutes. In contrast, St Andrews were struggling to get out of their own half, and when they did the ball was rarely sticking up front.
Tayport were seeing a lot of the ball, but were lacking that killer instinct in the final third. St Andrews best chance came after 26 minutes through Ryan Brocklebank, but his free kick was just off target.
Pitfour secured the Dundee West Anniversary Cup with a 3-0 win over Ferry Athletic. A second half brace from Andrew Allan and a late strike from Alistar Alcorn secured the first of a potential four trophies available to Pitfour this season.
Both sides started cautiously, with every player on the park trying to get a touch of the ball in the opening exchanges. Pitfour’s first effort came courtesy of Ben Clos, but the midfielder’s effort from distance was off target. Ferry’s Kai Meldrum shot wide not long after.
The Ferry captain did well to keep the score level after nine minutes. Goalkeeper Aaron Caird misjudged a cross, but Meldrum managed to hook the ball off the line, sparing the keepers blushes in the process.
Ferry created the best chance of the match after 18 minutes. Meldrum’s pass somehow found its way through to Rory Smith, and the winger blasted the ball against the crossbar from seven yards out. This was a golden opportunity for Ferry, an opportunity that clearly took Smith by surprise as it fell to him.
As half time approached, Pitfour began to increase the pressure on the Ferry goal. Alistar Alcorn with a jinking run from deep, but he didn’t trouble Caird as he sent his effort wide. Jordan Turnbull was the next Pitfour player to have a go, but his effort ended up in the side netting.
Kirsti-Leigh Hunt’s winner 14 minutes from time helped Dundee & Angus College to a 3-2 victory over city rivals Dundee University. The league leaders showed great character to come from behind on two occasions and the result ensured the side will finish top of the BUSC Football Scottish 2A League.
With the League Championship at stake and Dundee University looking to finish the season on a high the stage was set for an entertaining afternoon at Riverside.
As the match began the League leaders almost fell behind immediately, a deep cross by Lea Kleinsarge found Natalie Cromar who was unlucky to direct an effort past the post. Dundee continued with their bright start and moments later Cromar saw a shot flash just wide after being released into space by Evie Morton.
Cromar continued to be heavily involved in her sides attacking play and almost scored a spectacular opener, good movement by Kleinsarge allowed Evie Morton to drill a ball across goal where Cromar was inches away from connecting with a back heel.
As the match progressed Dundee & Angus College began to enjoy some sustained possession and Beth Shillitto’s impressive run from deep created an opening for Derrian Gollan to test Annabel Steen in the Dundee goal.
With both sides pushing forward it was inevitable there would be an early goal and it came in the 15th minute for Dundee, Cromar was rewarded for her early effort and showed nice composure to direct the ball into the bottom corner after a clever flick-on by Kleinsarge.
Having been provider for the opener Kleinsarge almost grabbed the second of the afternoon forcing Lindsay Dunbar into a smart stop.
Despite the setback of falling behind Dundee & Angus College responded well and Georgia Spry’s shot from distance was palmed away by Steen. Shillitto continued to look comfortable running at the defence and grabbed her side’s equaliser from a tight angle in the 22nd minute.
With the game finally poised Dundee almost restored their advantage through a volley by Cromar which drifted over and Kleinsarge’s well placed shot from distance.
Kleinsarge was not to be denied and in the 39th minute put Dundee back in front after showing good determination to stab the ball into the net from a crowded penalty area.
If it had not been for the width of the post Dundee & Angus College would have headed into half-time on level terms, Derren Gollan set up Hunt and her curling effort bounced off the woodwork with Steen beaten.