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Dryburgh Athletic booked their place in the semi-finals of the Tommy Clark Trophy courtesy of a penalty shootout against Fairmuir. The top two teams in the G Taylor League both found the net inside the opening six minutes. Fairmuir regained the lead moments before half time, but Dryburgh levelled midway through the second half, before going on to win the penalty shootout by four goals to three.
The visitors were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week, but got off to a nightmare start as Fairmuir opened the scoring after just 68 seconds. Jamie Timmons corner was missed by goalkeeper Aaron Cosgrove and the ball somehow found its way into the net. This was a perfect start for the hosts who lost the first meeting of the sides 4-2 earlier in the season.
Dryburgh were not prepared to lie down, and could have levelled seconds later. Marcus Gray sent Ewan Stewart through on goal, but the striker was denied by Fairmuir goalkeeper Cameron Hendry.
There was nothing that Hendry could do four minutes later, as Stewart brought Dryburgh level. Ben Wilson was sent down the right wing, and despite the Fairmuir appeals for offside, the winger picked out Stewart, who sent the ball past Hendry from close range.
Both sides sensed that the game was there for the taking, and Fairmuir were nearly back in front after 11 minutes. Captain Mark McCrory picked out Seff Mohammed, but the midfielder dragged his effort wide.
With 19 minutes played, Dryburgh captain Aidan Nelson looked to have given his side the lead. The midfielder’s shot deflected off a Fairmuir defender and looped up and over Hendry. As the ball dropped on the goal line, the Dryburgh players began to celebrate, but the referee judged that the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
The quality that both sides possess was clear for all to see as both teams searched for the matches third goal. Cosgrove produced a fine save to keep out Ryan Smith’s well hit free kick.
It looked like the sides would go off level at the break, that was until Jake Grady put Fairmuir back in front in first half injury time. The striker with a tidy turn inside the penalty area to create half a yard, before drilling the ball past Cosgrove into the far corner of the net.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:58

Dees draw blank against Bairns

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Dundee were held by Falkirk in the Development League. The Dark Blues were looking to build on last week’s 4-1 victory against St Mirren, and named a strong starting 11 that featured the likes of Nicky Low and Faissal El Bakhtaoui. Despite the strong line up, neither the Dees or the Bairns could break the deadlock as the game ended 0-0.
Ian Smith saw his effort from 25 yards out narrowly miss the net before Falkirk’s Nathan Austin brought a good save out of Kyle Gourlay. Nicky Low’s quick free kick found Faissal El Bakhtaoui after 17 minutes, but the striker was denied by Falkirk keeper Deniz Mehmet.
Mehmet was called into action six minutes later to deny Yordi Teijse. The Dutchman got on the end of Conor Quigley’s cross, but saw his looping header clawed away from the top corner by Mehmet.
Falkirk nearly went ahead three minutes before the break. Scott Shepherd teed up Nathan Austin, but the former East Fife striker’s effort flashed wide of the post.
Sunday, 27 November 2016 14:40

Swifts see off City to secure fifth round place

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East Craigie Swifts will take on East Kilbride in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after beating Edinburgh City Real by three goals to one. Goals from Keir Gardiner and Ethan Bannon had given the hosts a two-goal lead at the break, with Ethan Coupar adding a third from the penalty spot before the visitors pulled one back through Jack O’Connor’s spot kick in the second half.
The first chance of the game came the way of East Craigie’s Keir Gardener after just four minutes. The striker managed to get away from the City defence but was denied by goalkeeper Joe Jefferey. Edinburgh City’s keeper was called into action minutes later, this time keeping out Jordan Conway’s close range header.
With 19 minutes played, East Craigie went ahead. Cameron Christie’s in-swinging cross evaded the City central defenders and landed on Gardiner’s head, and the East Craigie front man guided the ball past Jeffery, into the net.
Seven minutes later, Edinburgh captain Ethan Williams clattered into Conway on the half way line and picked up a yellow card for his troubles. Conway was replaced by Ethan Bannon. The resulting free kick was sliced into the box by an Edinburgh City defender and the ball eventually broke to Bannon, who acrobatically turned the ball past Jefferey at the near post.
Edinburgh City were becoming increasingly frustrated and had Ross MacFarlane booked for dissent just before the half hour mark. Five minutes before the break Jack O’Connor sent a shot from 25 yards out over the bar. There was still enough time remaining in the half for East Craigie’s Gardiner and Reece Lornie to pick up bookings.
The first half was a fierce affair that saw both sets of players flying in to tackles. This was helped by the Craigie Park surface that caused nearly every player to lose their footing at one point in the first half.
Ferry Athletic needed a penalty shootout to see off St Murdochs in the Tommy Clark Trophy. Ferry have only picked up one win in the G Taylor League this season, while St Murdochs are unbeaten in the second division. Despite these two teams plying their trade in different divisions, there wasn’t much between them as St Murdochs fought back from 3-1 down to force a penalty shootout, but ultimately came up short.
Both sides started cautiously, with neither goalkeeper being asked any serious questions in the opening exchanges. St Murdochs should have been ahead after 13 minutes, but nobody in red and black could get on the end of Steven Dell’s cutback. Ferry were beginning to grow into the game and went close after 20 minutes through Louie Porter’s effort from the top of the box.
Four minutes later, the hosts were ahead. Captain Greg Breen picked out Louie Anderson who raced towards goal. The striker’s effort deflected off a Saints defender, and looped over stand-in goalkeeper Kieran Sharp and into the net.
Sharp was called into action eight minutes later, this time dealing well with a long-range effort from Porter. A corner from Breen caused problems for St Murdochs moments later, but nobody in a Ferry shirt could bundle the ball over the line.
The visitors were seeing more of the ball than their hosts, but were failing to turn possession into chances. Striker Lewis Knight had a golden opportunity to equalise after 33 minutes, but sent his first-time volley over the bar from six yards out.
This didn’t deter the big striker as two minutes later, he brought his side level. Owen Ruxton provided the cross that Knight headed into the top corner of the net from close range. The equaliser was well deserved for St Murdochs, who had improved since falling behind.
With half time on the horizon, it looked like the sides would go off level, that was until the referee awarded Ferry an indirect free kick following a back pass. Breen teed the ball up for Porter, who drilled the ball in off the inside of the left post, giving Ferry the lead at the break.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:07

Jags edge out Dees in Development League

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Partick Thistle saw off Dundee at Links Park in the Development League. The Jags found themselves two to the good at half time courtesy of goals from Kevin Nisbet and Ian Stokes. Kerr Waddell halved the deficit midway through the second period but the Dees couldn’t find an equaliser.
After a bright start from the Dees, Partick were ahead after seven minutes. Mark Lamont played the ball through to Kevin Nisbet who beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past Calum Ferrie from 12 yards out.
Dundee responded well and were nearly level five minutes later. Taylor Berry broke forward from the midfield and slipped the ball into Jesse Curran, but the midfielders shot was easily saved by Connor Cullen in the Partick goal.
Kerr Waddell did well to block Neil McLaughlin’s effort after 26 minutes. The Dee’s should have been level on the half hour mark. Ian Smith broke down the right wing and picked out Josh Skelly, but the striker couldn’t connect properly and the ball ended up wide of the mark.
The visitors extended their lead five minutes before the break courtesy of Ian Stokes. A series of quick passes resulted in the right back finding space at the top of the Dundee box, and the Partick man stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Things nearly got better for Partick minutes later. Lamont managed to lift the ball over Ferrie into the path of Nesbit, but Brian Rice did well see the ball out for a goal kick.
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.