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Three goals in the second half helped Douglas Youth overcome Vale of Tay 4-3 in the J Cleneghan League fixture held at Drumgeith. A highly entertaining contest was expected pre-match as the sides have near identical league records and both saw an opportunity to put points on the board.
Unsurprisingly the opening stages were a tight affair with each team enjoying passages of sustained possession without troubling either goalkeeper.
The first real incident came in the 9th Minute and it gave Vale of Tay a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after John Merchant was taken down following a surging run from deep. Kade Mccleary stepped up and his effort was brilliantly saved by Joe Flynn with the rebound finishing over the bar. Buoyed having almost taken the lead Vale of Tay continued to press and Flynn was again required to deflect a shot from distance by Ben Birse. The importance of the saves by Flynn were highlighted as Douglas Youth moved into the lead on the 25th minute, Andrew Robertson directing the ball into the net after controlling Owain McCartney’s deep throw.
Vale of Tay responded well to the set back and almost equalised immediately with Birse bringing out another solid stop by Flynn.
Just as it looked as if the away side would hold the advantage at the break, good movement by Liam Luthill created an opportunity for Birse to round the keeper and knock the ball into the net on the 35th minute.
Dryburgh Athletic swept Fairmuir aside in the potential G Taylor League title decider. Ewan Stewart’s brace, as well as goals from Ben Wilson and Dylan Smeaton secured the three points that put Dryburgh level with Fairmuir, whose only goal came from Ryan Smith, at the top of the table.
The hosts have been victorious in their two previous meetings with Fairmuir this season, and with Fairmuir missing their influential captain Mark McCrory, Dryburgh got off to the perfect start as they took the lead after nine minutes. Fairmuir’s Kane Hynes failing to clear a long ball, and presenting the ball to Ewan Stewart, who drilled a low shot past Cameron Hendry at the near post.
Dryburgh were on top in the opening stages, and nearly added a second after 11 minutes, but Sol Heary hooked his effort wide. Fairmuir’s first chance came courtesy of Nairn Bonnar after 20 minutes, but the forwards effort was easily saved by Aaron Cosgrove.
Fairmuir were beginning to grow into the match, and had their best chance of the game after 29 minutes. Ryan Smith’s free kick looked destined to end up in the back of the net, but Cosgrove managed to get his fingertips to the ball and push it over the bar.
Dryburgh would have added a second five minutes before the break if not for some excellent goalkeeping by Hendry. Ewan Stewart again getting away from the Fairmuir defence but was thwarted by the Fairmuir keeper, who got down low to push the shot away. The resulting corner eventually fell for Ewan Stewart, but Hendry again kept out the low shot with his feet.
Spartans FC progressed through to the semi-final of the Scottish Youth FA Cup after edging past Tynecastle FC by one goal to nil. It was a close fought match throughout the match with both teams giving it their all but it was Spartans’ player, Lorcan Gray who was the difference that saw his team progress into the next round of the competition.
The match kicked off with Tynecastle appearing to be in control of the fixture as they dominated possession. Their impressive start was rewarded with chance to put them ahead in the 26th minute. Kieran Ngwenya took the ball into the penalty box where the player attempt to challenge the Spartans keeper, Niall McFadden.
However, the effort was blocked as the keeper dived at the feet of Ngwenya to save the effort.
This effort was matched with Spartans’ own in the 28th minute. Reece Mason pushed up the field on the left-hand side to then enter the penalty box where he fired on goal but Tynecastle keeper, Aaron Heap met the effort.
However, it was the Spartans who took the lead in the cup competition in the 36th minute.
Gray, who had been influential in the match up to this point was rewarded for his efforts as he received the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty box to then fire the ball high into the centre of goal, leaving Heap no chance to save the effort, as Spartans went ahead into the half time break.
Graeme Stewart’s first half goal secured all three points for Fairmuir in their League Cup group tie against Arbroath Lads. The striker capitalised on an error from Arbroath keeper Shaun Watt, and put Fairmuir in pole position to reach the semi-finals in the process.
Fairmuir started on the front foot, winning a series of corners in the opening exchanges, but Arbroath managed to deal with all of Ruari Henry’s deliveries. Goalkeeper Shaun Watt was called into action after four minutes, pulling off a fine save to deny Graeme Stewart. Kai Guild was the next Fairmuir player to threaten the Arbroath goal, the defender dragging his left foot shot just wide after nine minutes.
Arbroath were struggling to get into the game, playing uphill in the first half meant striker Nairn Beaton was being starved of service. Fairmuir on the other hand were looking dangerous, Liam Hunt firing wide after 13 minutes.
With 17 minutes gone, Fairmuir got the goal that their dominance merited. Henry’s long ball looked to be simple enough for the Arbroath defence to deal with, but Watt’s kick sliced into the path of Graeme Stewart, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. An unfortunate moment for the Arbroath keeper, but credit to the Fairmuir man for applying the pressure that forced the error.
Fairmuir continued to press forward, defender Nathan Stewart shooting wide after 22 minutes. His central defensive partner Guild nearly doubled the hosts lead with six minutes of the first half remaining, but his header came back off the woodwork before being cleared.
Dundee Rangers found the net five times against Dundee Thistle as they picked up their fourth win of the season. Both these sides have struggled for form this season but Thistle took the lead after just four minutes through Connor McWilliams, but Rangers were soon in control, with goals from Michael Patterson, Lewis Spoors, Logan Lawson and a brace from Jamie Cameron securing the points for the visitors.
Despite conditions that formed a strong argument for summer football, both sides started brightly. Jamie Cameron was sent in behind the Thistle defence but his effort was well saved by Marc Roy after two minutes.
Two minutes later, Connor McWilliams gave Thistle the lead. Kieran Jamieson sending the striker through on goal, and the number 11 poked the ball past Scott Dyer in the Rangers goal.
The visitors responded well, Cameron once again sent in behind the Thistle backline but this time his effort came off the post. With 18 minutes played Cameron finally got the better of Roy, the Rangers man shot too hot for the keeper handle, as the ball found its way into the net, despite the keeper getting a and on the ball.
Cameron continued to torment the Thistle defence, getting in behind after 20 minutes, but again the forward shot wide. Roy was called into action a minute later, again denying Cameron. Rangers looked to have scored their second after 24 minutes, but Roy did well to push Logan Lawson’s curling shot onto the crossbar.
There was nothing that the keeper could do after the half hour mark, as Rangers took the lead. Michael Patterson racing away from the Thistle defence and firing a low shot into the bottom corner of Roy’s net.
Thistle responded brightly, but Kamil Lesiecki should have done better after 33 minutes as he fired wide. As the half time whistle sounded, both sets of players had done well to make a game of it given the conditions in the first 40 minutes, and it was clear there were more goals to come in this match.
Dundee West u13’s advanced to the Final of the Brown Cup following a 6-2 victory over Arbroath CSC at Downfield. In an entertaining contest watched by healthy crowd the victors overcame a two goal deficit to progress and with it the opportunity for silverware later in the season.
As you would expect from any Semi-final the match began at a ferocious pace with both sides aiming to lay down an early marker and it was the away side who created the first real opportunity.
Kyle Yule did well to control a high ball from Hal Webster and brought out a good stop by Jordan Walker in the West goal. Having tested the Keeper early Arbroath continued to press and were rewarded with the opener in the 9th minute through Logan Coull’s composed finish into the bottom corner having been released into space by Mason McDonald.
There was almost a second for Arbroath moments later as Yule struck the upright following impressive link up play with Shay McGivney. Playing with a great deal of confidence Arbroath doubled their advantage on the 15th minute with Kayden Houghton rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net.
Despite falling further behind West continued to look for a way back into the contest and brought a goal back in the 18th minute. Aiden Law directing a shot into the bottom corner with quick movement by Kyler Van Deer Toorn and Patrick Todd creating the opportunity.
At this stage of the match both sides were pushing forward and Arbroath almost restored a two goal cushion with Houghton denied his second of the afternoon by the crossbar.
Having almost increased their lead Arbroath found themselves level in the 26 minute, Benjamin Kane unleashing a powerful shot high into the roof the net after Van Der Toorn’s dangerous ball into the box.
The turnaround was complete two minutes from the interval and Van Der Toorn having set up the equaliser got on the scoresheet by knocking Deron Forbes’s corner into the net.
Broughty United secured their place in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a 4-2 victory over Celtic Boys. The hosts lead 4-0 at the break, courtesy of Gregor Tweed’s early header and Simon Sharpe’s 12-minute hat trick. Celtic fought back in the second half with goals from Kier Murray and Jamie Forbes halving the deficit but it was too little too late for the visitors and Broughty will now face off against treble chasing Dryburgh in the final.
After a back and forth opening, Broughty went ahead after eight minutes. Callum Howe’s out swinging corner was met by Gregor Tweed, who did well to loop his header under the crossbar from close range.
Celtic goalkeeper Rikki McLaren was called into action six minutes later. Jack Mitchell’s free kick from deep was missed by all the players in the box and the keeper did well to push the ball away from danger. Mitchell was causing problems from set pieces, the defenders free kick from the top of the box clipping the outside of the post after 21 minutes.
The conditions in the first half weren’t helping Celtic, playing up the hill and into the wind was always going to test them, but things were about to go from bad to worse after 25 minutes. Kieran Barron won possession high up the park from a Celtic goal kick and unselfishly set up Simon Sharpe, who rolled the ball into the empty net, doubling Broughty’s lead.
Celtic continued to try and take the game to the hosts, Lloyd Brankin fired wide after 29 minutes. Sharpe nearly doubled his tally after half an hour, getting on the end of Howe’s pass, but his attempt to chip the ball over Mclaren was unsuccessful, as the keeper gathered the ball. The Broughty number nine was in again moments later, but was again denied by McLaren, with the rebound not quite falling for Jack Gordon, who was waiting to add his sides third.
Broughty would add a third, and Sharpe would be the man to get it. Another sloppy goal kick from Celtic presented the ball to Sharp 25 yards from goal, and the striker jinked his way through the Celtic defenders, before calmly finishing past McLaren.
With just three minutes of the first half remaining, Sharpe completed his hat trick. Gordon feeding the ball through to the striker, who lifted the ball over McLaren, giving his side a 4-0 lead at the break.
Riverside CSC booked their place in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy with a 2-1 win over Ferry Athletic. Louie Anderson had given the hosts the lead in the first half but a super strike from Jack Terroni brought the visitors level. With four minutes remaining, Paul Traynor produced a stunning free kick to win the game for Riverside.
Ferry had taken all three points when these sides last met in the league and started brightly, with Anderson brining a good save out of Jordi Duncan after five minutes. Louie Porter fired over the bar moments later, before Anderson fired wide after 12 minutes.
The hosts were dominating possession, but despite numerous corners and free kicks, were failing to trouble Duncan in the Riverside goal. Anderson got on the end of Dylan Divers cross after half an hour, but his effort was saved by Duncan.
It would be the Divers and Anderson combination that would finally unlock the stubborn Riverside defence, the latter getting on the end of a through ball and slotting past Duncan. Ferry had the goal that their dominance deserved.
Ferry Yellows booked their place in the final of the G Kerr Cup with a convincing 5-1 victory over Coupar Angus. Cammy Hoskins had the hosts ahead midway through the first half before Ross Nicholson brought the visitors level just before the break. Second half goals from Andrew Kelly, Jay Foran, Jack Hogarth and a second Hoskins were more than enough to secure Ferry’s spot in the final.
The home side looked dangerous from the off, and would have been ahead inside the opening minutes if Rory Faulkner had kept his acrobatic effort on target. After seven minutes, Andrew Kelly met Jay Foran’s corner, but the midfielder’s header came back off the crossbar.
Foran looked to have broken the deadlock not long after, but was denied by a superb save from Andrew Richardson. The Coupar keeper pushing the Ferry man’s shot wide of the post.
Ferry were continuing to keep the pressure on Coupar and nearly went ahead on the half hour mark. Foran’s free kick was headed across the face of goal by Kelly into the path of Taylor Carroll, but the fullback saw his close-range effort was cleared off the line.
The hosts wouldn’t have to wait much longer for their goal, as Cammy Hoskins broke the deadlock four minutes later. The forward beating two Coupar defenders as he made his way to the by-line, before smashing the ball across the face of goal into the side netting.
Despite being under the cosh for most of the first half, the visitors took just four minutes to equalise. Ross Nicholson drilling a free kick from the top of the box past Elliot Smith in the Ferry goal.
The half time whistle ended a first half that had seen plenty of hard tackles and subsequent yellow cards, but somehow only two goals.
Fairmuir got off to the perfect start in 2017 with a 7-0 victory against Dundee United SC. The visitors found themselves 3-0 up at the break and despite an improved performance from DUSC, found the net a further four times in the second half.
It took Fairmuir just 62 seconds to open the scoring, with Jay Tosh grabbing the opener. The ball fell to the striker inside the area and he drilled it past DUSC’s Jamie Scott.
Scott was called into action moments later, producing a fine save to deny Angus Dewar. The midfielder broke away from the DUSC defence, but saw his shot pushed onto the crossbar by the goalkeeper.
DUSC were not prepared to lie down, and saw Ross Dewar’s shot saved by Lewis Burns. The hosts were growing into the game, denying Fairmuir any clear-cut chances, but struggling to ask any serious questions of Burns. Dewar fired wide after 21 minutes.
Despite the signs of improvement from DUSC, it was Fairmuir that got the second goal. Thomas Gibb was too hot for the DUSC defence to handle, and the striker slotted past Scott from inside the box after 27 minutes.
Two minutes later, the lead was three. Ryan McGregor finding the net from close range despite the offside calls from the DUSC players.
Fairmuir were in the mood and would have been further ahead if not for a good stop from Scott, this time the keeper denied Tosh. The pacey striker then rounded Scott after 33 minutes, but saw his shot cleared off the line.
DUSC had their best chance of the half six minutes before the break. Following a corner, the ball broke to John McGlashan, but he sent his effort over the bar, much to the despair of his teammates.
Brechin City booked their place in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory against Dundee United SC. Goals from Tom Marwood and Sam Rogerson had the visitors two up at the break, with Rogerson adding a second in the second half to secure the victory.
The visitors got off to the perfect start, as Tom Marwood fired them ahead inside three minutes. The winger was given too much time and space inside the DUSC box, and slammed the ball past goalkeeper Lennon Mitchell.
DUSC were struggling to get going as Brechin continued to press, winning a series of corners and dangerous free kicks in the opening exchanges. With 16 minutes gone, they doubled their advantage. Dawson Sawyer’s cross was met by Sam Rogerson, who turned the ball into the net.
Sawyer was next to threaten the DUSC goal, but saw his effort saved by Lennon Mitchell after 24 minutes. Marwood saw his header drift wide of the post not long after, before Logan Mitchell sliced a shot wide from the top of the Brechin box.
The hosts were beginning to improve, with winger Brian Harris causing problems for the Brechin backline. The wide man picked out Logan Whitelaw following a jinking run but the strikers shot was easily saved by Robbie Buchan. Another run from Harris after 37 minutes saw the winger fire just wide.
A clinical performance from Broughty United saw them come out on top against neighbours Ferry Athletic in the final league match of 2016. Despite Ferry taking an early lead through Jack Moir, the hosts fought back with goals from Charlie Massie, Mackenzie McGuire and a brace from the birthday boy Greg Ramsay.
Ferry started well and brought a save out of Broughty keeper Ben Todd inside the opening minute. The goalie doing well to push away Jay Lawson’s effort. Broughty’s first effort came courtesy of Charlie Massie after 13 minutes, but the striker’s shot was well blocked by a Ferry defender.
The visitors were dominant in the opening exchanges, seeing most of the possession in the Broughty half, and made their dominance tell as they went ahead after 18 minutes. Blair Anderson’s cross eventually fell at the feet of Jack Moir, who swept the ball past Todd from close range.
All the signs were suggesting that this was going to be a long day at the office for Broughty, but the hosts managed to grab an equaliser after 25 minutes. Massie played a nice one-two with Kyle Sandeman at the top of the box and despite the Ferry cries for offside, Massie found the net from close range.
Ferry were straight back on the offensive, as Todd denied Moir and Blair Anderson in quick succession. Then, Broughty took the lead after 31 minutes. Mackenzie McGuire’s cross from the right-hand side of the box flew over Daniel Clark in the Ferry goal, whether the Broughty man did this intentionally, only he will know.
Broughty United secured their place in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup with a convincing 4-1 victory over Riverside. A brace from Simon Sharp as well as goals from Conor Fyffe and Jamie Ross had put the hosts in control before Michael Tinning pulled one back for the visitors.
Both sides were looking to get the all-important opening goal, and both went close inside the opening minute. Broughty’s Liam Clark fired just wide before Michael Tinning’s cross nearly looped past Broughty keeper Conor Milton.
It would be the hosts that took the lead, and they did so after just seven minutes. Simon Sharp was sent through on goal, and the striker stroked the ball past Jordi Duncan, into the far corner of the net.
Sharp got in behind the Riverside defence five minutes later, but dragged his effort wide of the mark. The visitors were seeing more of the ball in the early stages, but were failing to create any clear-cut chances.
Things were about to go from bad to worse for Riverside, as Broughty doubled their lead. Aiden Stuart didn’t get enough on his back pass, allowing Conor Fyffe in on goal. The striker kept his composure and slotted past Duncan.
Riverside continued to press and saw Milton keep out efforts from Magnus Fettes and Amine Atrih. As half time approached, Broughty were content to sit back and soak up the pressure, while Riverside struggled to break the hosts down.