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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.
It was Kirrie Thistle that triumphed in this year’s Ellwood Cup final against Forfar at North End Park, in Dundee. Kirrie found themselves ahead early on, only for a wonder goal from Forfar to level the tie. Kirrie would regain the lead, just before the break, and then went on to add two further goals, in the second half, to wrap up the victory.
The game got off to the perfect start for Kirrie. After winning the ball back in the Forfar half, Nathan Hamilton played in his strike partner Mark Dallas, who kept his composure and put his side ahead just 14 seconds into the game. A dream start for the boys in blue.
Forfar responded well to the setback, Dylan Brown saw his effort deflect out for a corner after five minutes. A frantic start to the game saw both sides win corners, and look dangerous with the long ball over the top.
On nine minutes, Forfar were level. A loose ball came to the feet of Cameron Thomson 25 yards from goal, and the midfielder fired the ball high into the top corner of Andrew Smith's goal. It was no more than Forfar deserved for their early efforts in the match.
The game continued in an end-to-end manner, with both sides creating half chances but both failing to worry either goalkeeper. The best chance came the way of Kirrie, when Forfar goalkeeper William Milligan stepped out of his penalty area with the ball in his hands mid-kick, resulting in a Kirrie free kick on the top of the box. Robbie Bannerman could only send his low effort wide of the post, sparing Milligan’s blushes on this occasion.
It would be the Dallas and Hamilton combination that continued to trouble Forfar’s backline. This time it was Dallas that sent Hamilton through on goal, but the forward couldn’t get away from defender David Pearson, and sent his shot straight at Milligan.
They say that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, and that’s exactly what Hamilton did. Following a long ball into the box from a free kick in the 39th minute, Joe Black controlled the ball well, before slipping the ball into Hamilton, who unleashed a fierce strike across the goal and into the top corner of the net from a tight angle. Even more impressive than the finish was the strikers backflip to celebrate putting his team back in front.
Forfar, again, responded well to the setback. Some nice footwork from Barry Duggan allowed him to get a shot away, but it didn’t trouble Smith in the Kirrie goal. Kirrie could have been further ahead at the break, but Dallas couldn’t hit the target from Black's cut back.
Townhill FC survived a second half fightback from a spirited AM Soccer side to clinch the 2016 League Cup at Denfield Park on Sunday. First half goals from Regan Lumsden and Damon Kenny had put Townhill in control at the break; but Liam McWatt’s strike set up a tense finale to an enthralling encounter.
There were early chances for both sides, with Aedan Brown snuffing out a quick Townhill counter attack, before Kieran Fox played Jason Burns in behind the Townhill defence, but he could only slice his effort wide.
Alex Chingwalu then released Kenny whose low cross was turned behind for a corner, and it was this corner that brought the game its first goal. The cross was delivered deep into the area, and when the ball was headed back across goal, Lumsden reacted quickest to prod the ball home.
There was almost a second for Townhill moments later, when Kenny showed good strength to hold the ball up, before spinning his marker and dragging a shot agonisingly wide of the post.
AM Soccer were looking to bounce back from the early set back, and a long free kick from Brown brought Owain Stark scuttling off his line to punch the ball clear, before the ‘keeper was again called into action; this time denying Errol Vella, whose shot took a nasty deflection on its way through a crowded defence.
Despite AM’s efforts to claw their way back into the game, they were soon two down thanks to a wonderful team goal from Townhill. After some slick passing through midfield, Chingwalu found Kenny with a pin point pass which the forward was able to control on his chest before rifling home on the volley, sending the ball fizzing into the top corner.
Stark was called into action once more before the interval, as he rushed off his line to intercept a pass as Burns looked to sneak in on goal; and there was even a chance for a third goal moments before half time as Mackenzie Roe took aim from a free kick which whistled just past the post.
Barry McMillan’s successful conversion in a penalty shootout captured the Jean Pierre Babin Trophy for Fairmuir under 15’s at the expense of Ferry Athletic. In what was a dramatic final held at North End Park, penalty kicks were required to settle the contest after Fairmuir came from behind twice in the second half.
Only four places separate the finalists in the G Taylor League and, as expected, the opening period was a tight affair with limited chances for either side. Despite both teams enjoying spells of possession the respective goalkeepers were largely untroubled, partly explained by the impressive defensive marshalling of Ferry Athletic’s James Lawrie and Fairmuir’s Liam Courtney.
Quick movement between Jude Hugh and Matt McKinnon almost carved out the first opportunities for Ferry and they were unlucky to be halted by an offside flag on two separate occasions.
Fairmuir responded well and could have been ahead moments later, Kai Buchan‘s low drive flashing just wide of Robert Black’s left hand post. As the half drew to a close Vincent Edmunds won a free kick for the eventual victors with Buchan’s effort crashing off the wall, ensuring it would remaining goalless at the break.
Goalkeeper Chris Hampson was the hero for Fife Southern in the Summer Cup Final on Sunday, first keeping out Gary Kinsella’s effort before stepping up to score the winning penalty following a goalless 90 minutes at Denfield Park.
The game itself was a tense affair, with neither side able to control possession for any great length of time; but there were still plenty of chances for both sides to win the game before the final whistle.
With the energy of their two frontmen, Cameron Nicolson and Craig Lumsden, Kennoway always looked capable of creating something, but couldn’t seem to find their rhythm as chances came and went. The two combined to good effect early on, as Nicolson was released on the right to deliver a dangerous looking cross that was well defended by Fife Southern.
Nicolson then looked to latch onto a ball played over the Fife Southern defence, but Hampson was quick off his line to remove the danger. Daniel Hall then had a great chance for Fife Southern, but he slipped as he made contact and the shot was an easy save for Grant Henderson.
Nicolson was finding all sorts of space in between the Fife Southern defence, and he was able to get a shot away when played clear through on goal, but his effort was blocked as the game remained goalless.
It was a better passage of play from Kennoway though, and there was another chance soon after as the ball fell to Aaron Crookston inside the area, but he could only slice his volley wide.
Fife Southern looked dangerous on the counter attack and a quick break from their own penalty area ended with a cross to Sean Thomson at the back post, but his header was saved and held by Henderson.
Robbie Wilson went close with a free kick from all of 25 yards out, before playing Lumsden in on the right hand side of the area with a deft pass, but the ball got stuck under his feet before he could get a shot away and the chance was gone.
Kenzie O’Neil then released Sean Thomson as Fife Southern looked to take the advantage, but following another save from Henderson Matthew Byiers was unable to find the target as the game’s best chance came and went.
Kennoway had created a host of good chances themselves, but were unable to find their cutting edge. Nicolson headed over from a Liam Mann cross, before Kinsella took advantage of a sleeping Fife Southern defence to whip in another dangerous looking ball, which found Nicolson unmarked at the back post but, again, the forward was unable to convert.
The best chance of the half came right at the death and, once more, it fell to Nicolson. Following great work on the left from Lumsden to hook the ball across the face of goal, Nicolson was able to nod the ball goalwards but Hampson was able to scurry across his goal and claw the ball away to keep the scores locked at the interval.
Kennoway United took all three points home as they beat Kinross at the Myre. Paul Sparrow's double plus goals from Ben Rolland, Jordan Black and Nathan Harley were enough for the visitors despite Lewis Caulfield and Sean Cowe’s efforts for the hosts.
Kinross started brightly and should have led within the first three minutes. Good combination play from Liam Murray and Cowe saw a great chance for Craig Swift, but Taylor Hay made himself big in the Kennoway goal before Robbie Winsborough put the rebound wide.
The visitors tried to capitalise from this let off but a strong fist from Cal Rushford in the Kinross goal denied Sparrow’s free kick. Kennoway kept pressing with Rolland striking the ball over the bar before Allen Saunders and Cowe both headed the ball off the goal line.
On the 28th minute, Kennoway made their pressure pay. Sparrow got the better of a couple of players and sweetly struck the ball into the bottom right corner.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to double the lead. Rolland received the ball deep in the Kinross half before twisting and turning and making himself just enough space to strike the ball high into the roof of the net outwith the goalkeepers reach.
The lead was increased to three a few minutes before half time when Black’s speculative shot squirmed through the hands of the unlucky Rushford.