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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.
A hat-trick by Cavin Tosh helped Monifieth lift the Queen’s Jubilee Cup with victory over Montrose. In an engrossing contest full of inventive free-flowing football it was the eventual victors' attacking display which ensured they would be the team celebrating at North End Park.
Monifieth started brightly and forced two corners in quick succession with the accurate delivery of Ryan Scobie putting the Montrose defence under early pressure. It was clear Monifieth were not overawed by the occasion and almost went ahead through Cameron Fraser’s powerful effort striking the bar, after being released into space by a clever pass from Ryan McLaren. Having been the provider moments earlier McLaren was, himself, unlucky to see a shot from distance flash narrowly wide.
The quick movement of the Monifieth forward line was carving out a number of opportunities and Aiden McAnish forced a good save by Lewis Yule.
In the 22nd minute the high tempo attacking play was rewarded with the opener, Tosh picking up a loose ball in the box and showing good composure to knock past the 'keeper. Having made the breakthrough Monifieth continued to commit men forward in search of a second, with Yule called into action to smother efforts from McLaren and Tosh.
Despite the setback of falling behind Montrose began to enjoy some sustained possession for the first time in the final and Ryan Gammie headed over from a Hamish McWhinnie corner. On the stroke of half time the sides were almost level, a good run by Reece Aitken ended with a well placed shot cannoning back off the upright.
Ferry Yellows gave departing manager Graham Bell the perfect send off, beating Letham Tangerines by seven goals to two, and winning the Henry Dolan Cup in the process. Ferry were ahead within 10 minutes, and had a 3-0 lead at the break. They added a fourth shortly after the restart, a fifth in-between the two Letham goals, and two more in the closing stages of the match.
The opening chance of the game came the way of Ferry after just 90 seconds. Striker Jack McMillan sent his volley just off target. His strike partner Kyle Anderson was next to threaten the Letham goal. His effort pushed over the bar by goalkeeper Michael Patton.
The resulting corner was met by Ferry defender Cameron McFie, but he couldn’t get his effort on target. The warning signs were there for Letham, who were beginning to grow into the match. Despite this, it would be Ferry that would open the scoring.
Kieran Paton's good play on the right wing created space for Ross Nicholson, who crossed the ball into the area. A deflection on the cross took the ball to Anderson at the edge of the area, who volleyed the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Ferry would go close to doubling their lead after 21 minutes. Rory Faulkner hooked the ball across the face of goal, but the Letham defence managed to clear the danger. Letham’s Josh Davidson sent his effort from distance wide of the target.
Ferry should have been further ahead after 23 minutes. Anderson managed to get through one-on-one with Patton, but he could only hit his effort straight at the goalkeeper.
Ferry wouldn’t have to wait much longer for their second goal. Following a foul on Faulkner, Jay Foran’s free kick was headed home by McMillan, and Ferry were now two goals to the good.
Moments later, they had a third and it was McMillan once again. This time the frontman robbed Douglas Thom on the edge of the Letham penalty area, and stroked the ball past Patton.
Letham went close after 29 minutes as Rian Shillan’s free kick needed to be tipped over by Ferry goalkeeper Ross Farmer. However, the half ended with Ferry playing some nice football and in a controlled position. Faulkner, in particular, was proving to be the root cause of much of the Letham defence's problems.
Paul Moran’s decisive spot kick in the shootout ensured Dundee United SC U19’s would lift the J Cord Cup at the expense of President’s League rival Dee Club U19’s. Penalties were required to break the deadlock after Dee Club levelled the contest at 3-3 with six minutes remaining. The good weather and what was at stake brought a large crowd to North End Park, while the near perfect playing conditions made a strong argument for anyone in favour of summer football.
The final began in a similar fashion to how it ended with action from the penalty spot. Scott Muir was bundled over in the box and the referee gave Dee Club the chance to take an early lead. Declan Collin stepped up and his effort was brilliantly saved by the outstretched leg of Kieron Craig Coats.
The 'keeper's block would prove crucial as, four minutes later, his side were ahead. Quick movement between Fraser Anderson and Callum King forced a corner with Moran’s delivery knocked in by Max McIntosh. Buoyed after taking the lead United continued to press and were rewarded in the 17th minute with their second of the afternoon. Another pinpoint delivery from a Moran corner found its way to Fraser Anderson who drilled the ball into the net, with a clever dummy by Nathan Tosh helping it on its way.
At this stage of the contest United were in the ascendancy and scored a third in the 19th. A perfect cross by Moran found Callum King who converted with a sublime diving header. One member of the crowd described the goal as being similar to that of Robin van Persie’s against Spain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Despite going further behind Dee Club displayed good character and almost reduced the deficit through efforts from Ryan Muir and Scott Muir. With both sides pushing forward it seemed inevitable that another goal would come before half time and it went to Dee Club on 34 minutes, a glancing header by Callum Mitchell following a looping free kick from Conan Howett.
Having conceded for the first time in the afternoon United responded well and almost increased their lead on the stroke of the interval, Liam Roddy heading wide from Moran’ s corner.
Fairmuir met Dryburgh for the third time this season, this time in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup final. Top of the league Dryburgh had come out on top in the two previous meetings, and took the lead early on in the match with Fairmuir going on to level the game mid-way through the first half. Both sides found the net in the in the last minute of the game, resulting in a penalty shootout, that Fairmuir would go on to win.
The first chance of the game came the way of Fairmuir after just 28 seconds. Josh Hamilton found Jake Grady who was denied by Dryburgh goalkeeper Aaron Cosgrove. The forward was unable to keep the rebound on target.
After two minutes, it was Dryburgh that took the lead. Aidan Nelson’s pass looked to have been dealt with by Fairmuir goalkeeper Cameron Hendry, but the ball somehow evaded the goalkeeper, gifting Sol Heary the opening goal of the match.
It was Healy causing the Fairmuir backline problems again, this time the forward got on the end of a loose ball in the penalty area, but Hendry managed to block his effort. Ewan Stewart couldn’t hit the target with his follow up effort.
Ryan Smith went close for Fairmuir after 12 minutes. Mark McCrory brought the ball out of defence and managed to win a free kick 35 yards from goal. Smith sent his effort just over the crossbar, with some of the spectators thinking the ball had found the back of the net.
With 21 minutes played, Dryburgh won a corner. The cross was cleared by Seff Mohammed, who managed to get the ball to Smith. The striker, who was in his own half of the pitch, turned and drove into the Dryburgh half, making it all the way to the penalty area, before slotting the ball under Cosgrove in the Dryburgh goal and bringing Fairmuir level.
This goal gave Fairmuir a lift, with McCrory getting on the end of a Smith free kick, but he couldn’t generate enough power on his header to trouble Cosgrove. Mohammed also had an effort on goal, but couldn’t beat Cosgrove.