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Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:21

Clinical Kirkcaldy FC Red put six past Real Fife

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Six separate goal scorers for the visitors aided them in their convincing win over the hosts, Real Fife, in the FFDL Second Division.

Real Fife nearly got off to the perfect start when agile frontman Sebastian Torkovski rounded Kirkcaldy goalkeeper Conner Auchterlonie and fired his shot from a tight angle, which was then heroically cleared off the line by the powerful defender Steven White in the opening minute of the match.

Minutes later, Kirkcaldy winger Mitch Carstairs got on the end of a lofted ball and managed to coolly poke the ball past Real goalkeeper Aaron Buchannan in the fourth minute of the match to put the visitors ahead. Kirkcaldy’s lead was soon doubled when fullback, Tyler Coventry found his attempted cross nestle in the top left corner in the 8th minute of the match. I’m sure he will claim it as a shot, however.

Kirkcaldy continued their dominance in the early stages of the match which resulted in both White and Amadu Buh coming close to adding a third, in the 15th minute of the match. Buchannan pulled off a tremendous save in the 18th minute of the match to deny Carstairs from doubling his tally at close range.

The third was finally found by Kirkcaldy when tricky midfielder Naari Ruzaag danced his way through the Real Fife defence and sent a low powerful shot into the bottom right corner, in off the post in the 20th minute of the match.

Real Fife made a great effort to get back into the game before the interval when Torkovski managed to get a shot away, which was firmly denied by Auchterlonie in the 25th minute of the match. This was then followed by another great save from Auchterlonie, denying Connor Kemp this time from close range in the 30th minute of the match and also being the final chance of the first half.

Strikes from Jaydn Burnett and Liam Old were enough to see Riverside into the Last 16 of the Scottish Cup. The Dundee scored twice in the second half to see off Portobello CFA.

Both these sides have been in fine form domestically this season and it was Riverside that looked to seize the initiative early on in the match as Jamie Richardson went close to opening the scoring twice early on.

The first opportunity saw the forward denied by Rory Comerford before he glanced a header wide from a matter of yards out shortly after.

Portobello could only clear Arran Taylor’s free kick as far as Jaydn Burnett, who tested Comerford with a controlled volley from the edge of the box.

Riverside looked to have finally beaten the inform Comerford when Richardson slipped the ball through to Odin Chalmers, but he saw his first-time strike come crashing off the woodwork.

Portobello had offered little in an attacking sense in the opening 35 minutes and nearly fell behind with the final touch of the half when Aidan McDougall headed wide from a corner.

Jake Shaw’s hat trick helped Dundee United SC advance to the quarter finals of the Reilly Falconer Cup at the expense of highflying Broughty Panthers.

Broughty came into the game top of the Watson McInally League, while DUSC were winless in the top flight and it was the visitors that looked to seize the initiative in the opening stages.

Jackson Hendry saw an effort blocked in the opening minute before Haydn Farningham turned the ball over from the resulting corner. Hendry was sent through on goal shortly after, only to be denied by Alister Brown.

DUSC’s first chance fell to Jake Shaw, who saw his shot held by Nathan McDermott.

After a rip-roaring start to the game, both sides began to cancel each other out meaning clear cut chances were few and far between.

Hendry smacked a volley wide from the edge of the box before DUSC opened the scoring through Logan Farquharson, who found the net with a low finish.

Broughty were nearly level moments later when the ball fell to Robbie Stark, but he could only fire the ball against the post.

It would prove to be a costly miss as DUSC doubled their advantage through Taylor Carson. The midfielder burst through on goal and fired the ball past McDermott.
Things got better for DUSC when Farquharson went through and netted his second shortly after.

A minute later, Carson’s corner was met by Shaw, who headed the ball in from close range to give DUSC a four-goal advantage.

Broughty were handed a lifeline in first half injury time when Nairn Dailly’s pass back to Brown was misjudged by the keeper, allowing the ball to roll into the net.

Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:18

Riverside strike late to beat Fairmuir

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Jamie Richardson’s late strike earned Riverside three points from their DS Rennie League tie with Fairmuir.

The striker netted from Liam Old’s pass to ensure Riverside keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

These sides contested last season’s Ross Ballantine Cup final, and while it was Fairmuir that lifted the silverware on that occasion, it was Riverside who started brightly and should have taken the lead after five minutes when Jamie Richardson was released behind the Fairmuir defence, only to drag his effort wide.

Riverside continued to dominate in the opening exchanges but Fairmuir nearly opened the scoring when the ball broke to Finlay Garty, who could only blaze the ball over the bar.

Fairmuir had goalkeeper Kieran Thomson to thank for keeping the score level when he denied Richardson from point-blank range.

The Riverside man did break the deadlock shortly after when a mix-up between Thomson and his defenders gifted Richardson an empty net to role the ball into.

Stuart Heenan has been Fairmuir’s man in form this season, and he wasted no time in bringing his side level. The forward curled a free kick past Jamie McCabe from the edge of the box less than a minute after Riverside had taken the lead.

The game had suddenly burst into life with Thomson denying Richardson once again before Brodie Cussick was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Aidan McDougall dispatched the resulting spot kick to give the game its third goal in as many minutes and ensure Riverside had the lead at the break.

A double from Ally Alcorn helped Pitfour keep up their 100% record in the Maryfield League. The striker netted in either half after Dylan Wright opened the scoring.

Both these teams have title aspirations and came into the match unbeaten. Fairmuir keeper Shaun Watt was called into action to keep out Kairn Brand’s strike after five minutes.

Matthew Glen was teed up by Ally Alcorn but could only fire a shot into the side netting as Pitfour looked to capitalise on their strong start to the match.

Dylan Wright fired wide from the edge of the box before Fairmuir’s Marcel Motyka tried his luck from distance but didn’t trouble Archie Kelly-Barton in the Pitfour goal.

These sides were showing why they had only conceded a handful of goals between them in the opening games of the season, as both found clear-cut chances hard to come by.

Pitfour broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break when Andrew Allan diverted Alcorn’s corner into the path of Wright, who turned the ball home from close range.

Allan had the ball in the net moments later but was adjudged to have handled the ball before slotting it past Watt.

There was still enough time remaining in the first half for Pitfour to double their lead, with Alcorn grabbing the goal. A free kick on the left touchline appeared to give the striker the chance to cross the ball for a teammate, but he opted to whip the ball over the diving Watt straight into the net.

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.