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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.

Monday, 03 September 2018 00:17

Welsh denies Fairmuir third consecutive win

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Goalkeeper Thomas Welsh was Monifieth Athletic’s hero as they held Fairmuir in the Maryfield League. Jamie McCann opened the scoring for Fairmuir before Aidan Lorente equalised before the 10-minute mark.

There was a consistency in both these sides opening results coming into the match, with Fairmuir scoring five goals in both their first two wins, while Monifieth had played out two 3-3 draws.

Jamie McCann’s cutback was met by Zain Ferguson inside two minutes and after Ferguson’s effort was blocked, the ball fell for McCann who fired home from inside the box.

Monifieth were nearly level moments later, but Moby Ogunlaja headed over from close range. At the other end, Thomas Welsh denied Mason Anderson with a smart stop.

The current champions did equalise when Aidan Lorente burst into the box and fired a low shot across Shaun Watt into the corner.

Jamie McCann fired a free kick from 25 yards over before flicking a header wide. Lorente smacked a volley over for Monifieth.

Fairmuir were seeing lots of the ball but couldn’t test Welsh in the Monifieth goal. Jamie McCann headed a Liam Hunt cross wide before the Fairmuir man hit the bar with a cross from the left.

Monifieth were inches away from taking the lead when Lorente met Elliot McCafferty’s cross but headed against the post from a matter of yards out.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 22:06

Red hot Heenan flattens Ferry in 10-goal classic

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Braces from Stuart Heenan, Leo Norrie and Thomas Cunningham helped Fairmuir keep up their 100% start to the season. The Ross Ballantine Cup holders picked up their third consecutive win despite Aiden Lockhart scoring four times from Ferry.

Despite this being their second season at 11-a-side football, these two sides have already forged up a heated rivalry.

Fairmuir’s Stuart Heenan came into the game with 10 games to his name after the opening two games, and he made his intentions clear with a powerful run and strike that was narrowly wide in the opening minute.

Blaike Kyles scored six in Ferry’s first win of the season but was denied by Kieran Thomson from close range before Aiden Lockhart tested the Fairmuir stopper with a free kick.

Fairmuir broke the deadlock after five minutes when Heenan burst clear of the Ferry defence and squared the ball for Leo Norrie, who had a simple finish from close range for his fifth goal of the season.

Ferry were shell-shocked by the opener and were punished again seconds later as Heenan latched onto a through pass and slotted a shot past the oncoming Finlay Lyttle from 30 yards.

The keeper was caught in no-man’s-land for the second goal but redeemed himself moments later as he kept out a stinging strike from Heenan inside the box. At the other end, Will Hanbury was denied by Thomson.

After the frantic start to the game, the game calmed down into a midfield battle, as Ferry looked for a way through the Fairmuir defence.

When Norrie went down on the angle of the penalty area, Fairmuir had a chance to extend their advantage. The striker dusted himself down and drilled the ball past Lyttle to put Fairmuir three to the good.

Heenan rounded the Ferry keeper as Fairmuir looked to put Ferry to the sword and it took a perfectly timed sliding tackle from Josh Reekie to deny him a tap in.

It proved to be a valuable bit of defending from the Ferry man as Aidan Lockhart found the net to hand Ferry a lifeline.

Lockhart had shown himself to be a set piece specialist as Ferry won the double last season and he took that status to new heights after 32 minutes. The midfielder fired a free kick from the half way line over Thomson to reduce the deficit in spectacular fashion.

Heenan went close twice before the referee brought a breath-taking first half to an end.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:02

Zinko strikes late to sink Kirrie

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An injury time goal from Igor Zinko handed Celtic Boys a valuable three points against title rivals Kirrie Thistle.

Both sides had made contrasting starts to the season, with two late goals denying Kirrie a win against neighbours Forfar Boys, while Celtic had started with three wins and three clean sheets.

It was the hosts that had the first chance of the game through Christopher Gorrie, who fired wide from 20 yards in the opening minutes.

Celtic were creating the better of the chances in the opening stages, and a goal line clearance from Robbie Waddell denied Dorian Ziozkolski the opening goal. The big striker was denied by Archie McLean shortly after when the ball broke to him in the box.

Kirrie’s first real chance came from a corner, when the ball dropped for Dagan Bell, but his effort was blocked, as was Logan Richardson’s follow up attempt.

James Downie tested McLean with a curling strike from the edge of the box, but the Kirrie keeper managed to tip the ball round the post.

Dryburgh Athletic are the SWF East Region League Cup champions after a professional performance saw them leave St Andrews Sports Centre with a 2-0 victory over Raith Rovers Girls.
 
Dryburgh began the game with intent and managed to carve out a chance in the third minute after a free-kick from deep fell to the feet of Nyla Murphy who needed two bites of the cherry to fire a left-footed shot towards goal, which was easily colleted by Raith 'keeper Chloe Hunter.
 
Raith had their first attampt on goal after 10 minutes when a long-range effort from Alex Davie ended up well wide of Lily Cassells' goal. Two minutes later Rovers had another opportunity, but unfortunately for the Kirkcaldy side Emma Nield could not get enough on her shot, which went just wide of the post.
 
Dryburgh opened the scoring on the 23rd minute when a ball in from the left-hand side went all the way through to Murphy, who took a touch to control before firing a low shot underneath Hunter to give her side a vital lead.
 
Athletic almost doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a corner was met by Murphy whi headed across goal, only to see her attempt fly wide.