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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 21:17

Dundee victorious in Tayside derby

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Dundee U20’s picked up their third win of the Development League season against Tayside neighbours St Johnstone. The Dees dominated the first half and lead through Connor Coupe’s goal. The Saints rallied in the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser as the Dees held on to take all three points.
Dundee’s first clear cut chance came the way of Mark Smith. Conor Quigley linked up well with Smith, before the striker’s low drive was saved by Saints goalkeeper Ben Mackenzie. Connor Coupe followed up and put the ball into the net, but the midfielder was adjudged to have kicked the ball out of Mackenzie’s hands, and the goal was disallowed.
With 22 minutes gone, St Johnstone almost took the lead. The Saints won the ball on the edge of Dundee’s penalty area and Joe Gormley fired a low effort just wide of the mark.
The Dee’s were nearly ahead four minutes later. Jesse Curran picked out Coupe inside the area and the midfielder did well to work a shooting opportunity but his effort came crashing off the crossbar and was then gathered by Mackenzie.
Neither Mackenzie or the woodwork could deny Coupe 10 minutes before the interval. Josh Skelly’s cross from the right evaded Mark Smith, but Coupe was on hand at the back post to fire the ball past Mackenzie. The Dees had the lead that their early dominance had merited.
Dundee’s good work was nearly undone after 41 minutes. Saints Daniel Jardine intercepted the ball in midfield and sent Gormley in one-on-one with Gourlay. The striker attempted to lift the ball over the onrushing keeper, but Gourlay got a hand to the ball and thanks to some unorthodox goalkeeping gathered the ball.
Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:13

Fairmuir too strong for Valleyfield Colts

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Fairmuir found the net nine times as they dumped Valleyfield Colts out of the Scottish Cup. After a blistering start, the hosts were four to the good inside the opening 13 minutes. Five second half goals were more than enough for Fairmuir to secure their place in the next round.
The hosts found themselves ahead in the opening minute of the match. Nairn Bonnar drove to the bi-line and tried to pick out Jack Whyte. The ball was diverted into the net by a Valleyfield defender and Fairmuir were ahead.
Things got worse for the visitors as Fairmuir added a second goal seconds later. Ryan Smith collected the ball on the right hand side and whipped in a cross to Whyte, who controlled the ball and slotted it past Jamie Paterson in the Valleyfield goal. The visitors were shell-shocked, while Fairmuir were in dreamland.
Things continued to get better for the hosts as they added a third after 12 minutes. Valleyfield defender Euan Bird diverted a long ball up into the air and over Paterson into the path of Fairmuir’s Jake Grady, who held off the recovering goalkeeper and headed into an empty net underneath the crossbar.
Valleyfield’s day went from bad to worse as Fairmuir added a fourth after 13 minutes. Ben Tolmie’s pinpoint cross was met by Whyte, who powered his header into the net from close range.
Bonnar could have sent Whyte in one on one a minute later, but the winger opted to go for goal himself. Unfortunately for the Fairmuir man, his effort didn’t trouble Patterson.
With 20 minutes gone, Fairmuir should have added a fifth. Mark McCrory played the ball into the right channel for Whyte. The striker picked out Jamie Timmons who flicked the ball into the path of Bonnar, but his effort was just off target.
Valleyfield’s first effort came courtesy of Bird. The defenders well hit free kick crept just over the crossbar.
After this chance for Valleyfield, Fairmuir went straight up the other end of the pitch in the search for more goals. Timmons corner fell for Whyte, but the striker was denied a hat trick by a superb reflex save by Paterson.
As half-time approached, Fairmuir were content to keep possession, while Valleyfield were trying to keep the deficit at four.
Sunday, 25 September 2016 16:14

Fairmuir leave it late against Broughty United

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Fairmuir made their way into the third round of the Scottish Cup after a thrilling 5-2 victory against Broughty United. Despite playing in the division below their hosts, Broughty lead twice in the match, but Fairmuir fought back and forced the match into extra time. In extra time, the hosts found the net three times, securing their place in the next round.
After a back and forth opening, the first goal of the game went the way of Broughty. With five minutes played, Doug Blackwood lifted the ball into the path of Haaris Ahmed who raced through on goal, and slotted the ball past the oncoming Adam Cameron.
The goal seemed to spark Fairmuir into life and the hosts should have been level after nine minutes. Graeme Stewart got in behind the Broughty backline, but the striker failed to hit the target from close range. The striker got on the end of a clever pass from Kai Guild moments later, but Broughty keeper Ross Baxley did well to block the shot.
Broughty would have doubled their lead after 17 minutes through Arran Ferry, but Cameron did well to tip away the strikers well hit effort. The hosts almost got their equaliser after 24 minutes. Liam Hunt’s free kick evaded everybody inside the crowded penalty area, before clipping the outside of the post and going out for a goal kick.
With 29 minutes gone, Fairmuir were level. Dean Cormack’s in-swinging corner was met by Guild, who headed the ball past Baxley from close range.
Neither side created a clear cut chance in the time remaining before the break. Fairmuir had seen more of the ball, but failed to find the killer pass on multiple occasions. Broughty on the other hand, looked dangerous on the break.   
Ferry Yellows advanced into the second round of the Scottish Cup after a convincing 4-0 victory over Dundee United SC. Ferry dominated for long spells of the match and goals either side of half time from Cameron Hoskins and a late brace from Adam Brown were enough to see last season’s Henry Dolan Cup winners over the line against a lacklustre United side.
United started brightly and could have been ahead within two minutes. Nathan Taylor got in behind the Ferry backline but couldn’t get enough on his shot to trouble Ferry keeper Elliot Smith. Ferry’s first effort came courtesy of Harry Dow, however the midfielder’s effort from 20 yards didn’t trouble Aaron Smith in the United goal.
The hosts created a golden opportunity with 11 minutes played. Mathew Millar was gifted to much space at a free kick, but mistimed his jump and couldn’t connect with Bryan Docherty’s delivery. From this free kick, Ferry broke up the pitch and Cameron Hoskins low drive forced Aaron Smith into making a smart save.
Ferry were starting to impose themselves on the match and with 15 minutes played took the lead. Jack Hogarth lifted a clever pass into the path of Hoskins who held off Callum Walls and drilled the ball across Aaron Smith and into the net.
Lewis Fyfe went close for United two minutes after the opener. Calum King’s cross was knocked down by Gareth Mowett into the path of Fyfe, but the midfielder’s effort sailed over the cross bar.
United’s Kennedy Pyper picked up a yellow card after a foul on Jay Foran. The Ferry winger took the resulting free kick, but his effort was wide of the mark.
Ferry keeper Elliot Smith produced a super save to keep out Docherty’s free kick after 35 minutes. Docherty’s in-swinging shot looked destined for the net, but Ferry’s number one pushed the ball away from danger.
With the half time whistle approaching, United squandered two chances to go level. The first came the way of Mowett who got to a loose ball before Elliot Smith, but couldn’t get a shot away from a tight angle.
The second chance should have resulted in an equaliser. Taylor chased down a long ball, but the striker took the ball wide. The forward managed to pick Docherty and the left backs effort brought another good save out of Elliot Smith.
Ferry went into the break ahead, but Dundee United SC were beginning to look dangerous. 
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:44

Derby delight for young Dees

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Dundee U20s picked up their first win of the Development League season with a 3-0 over 10-man Dundee United at Tannadice. The Dee’s lead early on courtesy of Ian Smith’s strike before United were reduced to 10 men following Scott Allardyce’s dismissal. In the second half goals from Mark Smith and Nicky Low capped of a strong performance from the Dees.
After a lively opening, Dundee took the lead with eight minutes played. United failed to deal with a long ball allowing debutant Ian Smith to go through on goal and stroke the ball past United goalkeeper Brett Long.
United responded well, Aaron Murrell saw his low effort saved by Calum Ferrie. Brad Smith was next to go close for the hosts, but he couldn’t find a finish after his surging run from midfield.
With 21 minutes gone, things would get worse for United. Scott Allardyce failed to deal with a long ball from Kosta Gadzhalov allowing Ian Smith to get in behind the United defence. Allardyce tangled legs with the Dundee wide-man, bringing him down in the process and leaving the referee little choice but to show the red card.
With the numerical advantage, Dundee were content with holding the ball in the United half. 10 minutes before the break, Dundee could have been two to the good. Nicky Low played in Ian Smith who’s shot was well saved by Long. The rebound fell to the Dundee trialist, but his header was off target.
The half ended with Dundee dominating the possession, but United had shown glimpses that they weren’t out of the match.
Brogan Rourke’s late free kick rescued a point for Carnoustie Panmure against Dundee Rangers in a repeat of last season’s J Bolton Cup final. Rangers lifted the cup that day after a penalty shootout win following a 2-2 draw in normal time. Carnoustie had to come from behind twice that day and did it the hard way again this time around, twice coming from behind to secure a point.
Carnoustie started the match brightly with Robbie Tait and Glen Maxwell both having efforts at goal inside the opening minutes of the game. Jamie Goodfellow had Rangers first opportunity of the game, but his effort from the top of the penalty area sailed over the crossbar.
Carnoustie goalkeeper Aidan Robertson was called into action after 11 minutes. Rangers midfielder Matthew Gorrie found space at a corner and his close range header looked to be heading for the net until the ball smacked off Robertson’s face and away from danger.
Dundee Rangers should have opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Jack Campbell’s long throw landed at the feet of Goodfellow inside the penalty area, but the midfielder didn’t get enough on his shot, allowing a relieved Robertson to gather.
Rangers stopper Scott Regan was called into action on 23 minutes. The goalkeeper pulling of a super save to deny Tait. The resulting corner was met by Stewart Morman, but his header was off target. Regan was called into action moments later, this time denying Brogan Rourke.
The game was beginning to open up and with 35 minutes played, Rangers took the lead. The ball made its way through to striker Declan Shannon who showed excellent composure to take the ball into the penalty area, and side foot past Robertson into the corner of the net. Despite falling behind, it wouldn’t take Carnoustie long to tie the game up.
As Rangers looked to double their advantage, the ball broke loose in the middle of the park. Shaun Roeleveld played an excellent ball in behind the Rangers defence for Rourke to run onto. The forward drove forward, and smashed the ball across Regan into the far corner of the net, meaning the game would be level at the break.     
Kai Meldrum’s late header secured a victory for Ferry Athletic in the derby against Douglas Lads. In what was a back and forth match Douglas lead 3-1 early in the second half, but Ferry rallied and managed to secure all three points.
The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Kieran McDade. The 13-year-old passed away on Friday, after collapsing during a training session the week previous. The minute’s silence was well observed by both sets of players, coaches and parents.
Ferry started the game on the front foot and were nearly ahead inside 2 minutes. Kai Meldrum picked out Declan Murray with a cross, but the midfielders effort was cleared off the line and the rebound sailed over the bar.
The visitors continued to look dangerous and should have been ahead after 7 minutes. Adam Lees raced on to Jay Sorrie’s pass and was in one on one with the Douglas goalkeeper Aaron Livie. The Ferry frontman attempted to chip Livie, but scooped the ball over the bar.
The warning signs were there for Douglas and after 9 minutes they were behind. The hosts failed to clear a Ferry corner and the ball broke to Moby Ogunlaja. The midfielder did well to steer his low left foot volley past Livie, giving Ferry a deserved lead.
Ferry had the perfect chance to double their lead just three minutes later. Lees was bundled over inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Ogunlaja stepped up, but his low effort came off the outside of the post, and out for a goal kick.
As the half went on, Ferry continued to apply pressure to the Douglas goal. Livie made a fine save to deny Sorrie and the rebound wouldn’t fall for Lees, who would have had an empty net to shoot at.
With 22 minutes played, a moment of controversy occurred. Douglas forward Luke Miller appeared to have grabbed his side an equaliser after an error from Aaron Caird. The ball appeared to have nestled in the side netting, resulting in celebrations from the Douglas player, but the referee said no goal and Ferry cleared the ball.
The hosts wouldn’t have to wait long until they were level. Miller, who thought he had brought his side level a few minutes previous got the goal, turning the ball in from close range following a corner.
The goal seemed to spark Douglas into life and two minutes later, they were ahead. Cody Logue’s effort from the top of the box deflected off Sam Grimes, wrong footing Caird in the process, and ended up in the net. Things almost got better for Douglas as Logue nearly doubled his tally, but his effort crashed of the crossbar.
At half time Douglas could feel a tad fortunate to be in the lead. Ferry were dominant in the opening exchanges and should have been further ahead. However, the hosts had done well to get themselves in front at the break.
East Craigie Swifts got the new season off the perfect start with a 4-1 victory against Arbroath at Craigie Park. The hosts managed to go through the entire league campaign unbeaten last season, winning 18 games out of 18, and were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes’ courtesy of goals from Keir Gardener and Leon Gibson. Arbroath halved the deficit early in the second half but Gibson would go on to find the net twice more in the second half and secure all 3 points.
East Craigie started the game on the front foot, with Arbroath keeper Arran Lyall tipped away Jordan Conway’s low effort after just 40 seconds. It wouldn’t take long for the hosts to open the scoring. A low cross fell at the feet of Keir Gardener, who sent a well struck effort curling past Lyall after 3 minutes.
The early pressure on the Arbroath goal continued as Conway sent a strike just wide of the goal from the top of the box. Cameron Christie was next to try his luck but his effort was saved by Lyall. However, the consistent pressure was about to tell.
With 9 minutes played Christie picked out Leon Gibson on the left hand side of the penalty area. The striker stepped inside the defender and showed excellent composure too slot the ball under Lyall and double his sides lead. It was a nightmare start for Arbroath who were struggling to get out of their own half due to the relentless pressure.
Christie was continuing to cause Arbroath problems. This time the midfielder played a neat one-two with Gardner but Lyall managed to smother the midfielders shot. Half way through the half, Arbroath made a double change that saw Alex Martin and Cameron Meldrum replace Ben Sellars and Ryan Napier.
This change seemed to spark the visitors into life and they started to put East Craigie under some pressure. After a series of corners Argyle Cairns managed to get a shot away, but his effort was blocked before it could trouble the goalkeeper.
Cairns would have Arbroath’s best chance of the half on the half hour mark. Calvin Wood’s delivery from the wing landed at the feet of Cairns, but his effort on the turn was wide of the mark.
As the half time break approached the game opened up. East Craigie’s Brandon Black sent on a cross from the right that hit the crossbar before going out of play. From this, Arbroath went up the other end of the pitch and nearly scored.
The impressive Cairns managed to get Brandon Prouse in behind and he picked out Craig Tosh. His effort was well blocked by the recovering Aidan Mcirvine. The half ended with Arbroath improving, but still trailing by two goals to nil.

The Peter McAvoy Cup is in the hands of Dundee West after an impressive 3-0 win, over Craigie Thistle, at North End Park. Two goals in the second half confirmed victory for West and they became only the second side to lift the trophy, walking in the footsteps of Broughty United.

Unsurprisingly the final began at a frantic pace with both sides looking to make an early impression. It was the victors who carved out the first real opportunities with Jamie Heron heavily involved. The number 9 saw a header well saved by Thistle goalkeeper Ronan Curtis and that was followed by a clever shot from distance, which finished narrowly wide.

Having started well West were rewarded, in the 16th minute, with the opener and Heron, again, played a crucial role, drawing the defenders with a powerful run that allowed Matthew Brown to slam a loose ball into the net.

Craigie responded well and almost instantly drew level. Following a surging run from just inside his own half David Muirhead forced a good save from Donald Ferguson.

At this stage the final was opening up and West almost had their second of the afternoon, through Scott Cole, who was only denied by a superb one handed stop by Curtis.

The Thistle keeper was having a busy final and was also called into action by Ryan Smith and Nathan Scott as the match progressed. Curtis was to be beaten by Matthew Brown’s looping effort and was relieved to see Declan Gall prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Dundee Rangers overcame Carnoustie Panmure to win the J Bolton Cup after a dramatic cup final. Following a largely uneventful first half, the game burst into life at the start of the second period, with 3 goals in 10 minutes seeing Rangers take a 2-1 lead. Following a late equaliser from Carnoustie, the game went to a penalty shootout that saw Dundee Rangers emerge victorious.

Both sides started the game well. Rangers' Robert Gibson managed to work some space at the top of the box, but couldn’t get a clean shot away.

After 15 minutes, Carnoustie goalkeeper Aidan Robertson was called into action, tipping Jamie Goodfellow’s shot over the bar.

Moments later, Robertson was tested again. This time the goalkeeper did well to keep out Matthew Gorrie’s effort. The Carnoustie ‘keeper was keeping his side in the cup final.

As the half went on, Carnoustie began to grow into the game. The boys in blue managed to win consecutive corners halfway through the opening period, but couldn’t break the deadlock.

As half time approached, neither side managed to create a clear-cut opportunity. Goodfellow managed to turn a volley from Gorrie towards the Carnoustie net, but Robertson made a comfortable save. The sides went into the changing rooms level at the break.