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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.
Kirkcaldy YM produced a stunning second half display to dismantle Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts in the AFYFC League Cup Final on Sunday. After goals from Zack More and Joe Kinninmonth sent the sides in level at the interval. Terry Ormiston, Morgan Dow and a brace from James Mackie saw Kirkcaldy pull away in the final twenty minutes of an enthralling game at Warout.
The opening exchanges were tight as both sides looked to control possession until Logan Donaldson had the game’s first shot on target, but his effort was scuffed and easy for Ryan Hume in the Kirkcaldy goal.
The first goal wasn’t long in coming, however, and it was an absolute rocket from the boot of More that sparked the game into life. After a foul some 25 yards out, More placed the ball down before sending a bullet into the bottom corner, leaving Hume absolutely no chance.
Kirkcaldy went in search of an instant equaliser, and Joe Kinninmonth was played through one-on-one with David Webb, but the goalkeeper came out well to stop the attacker and clear the danger.
Jack Moffatt was then played clean through at the other end, but just as his opposite number had done moments earlier, Hume rushed off his line and bravely cleared the danger from the feet of the attacker to prevent his team falling further behind. The save came at a cost though as, after picking up an injury, Hume was replaced with substitute ‘keeper Ben Graham.
Kirkcaldy were beginning to set the tone of the game, and were finding a lot of joy on the right wing with the dangerous looking Liam David Macduff.
The pressure soon told, as Kirkcaldy levelled the scores to make it game on. A corner from the right was controlled in the box by Kinninmonth, who did well to turn his marker and finish on the half volley.
All the danger for Kirkcaldy was coming from the right side, and some neat play from Macduff and Daniel Corstorphine resulted in the latter sending a low cross into the box, but the ball was blocked and the danger cleared.
Calum Reid then sent a wonderful looking cross into the box from a free kick, but it was too deep and evaded everyone in the box.
As half time approached there was one final chance, and this time it was Swifts who had the opportunity to sneak in front; but after a cross from the right found Logan Donaldson unmarked, he was unable to beat Graham with his shot, and the sides remained level at the break.
East Fife Youths needed penalties to overcome Rosyth in the Summer Cup Final at Warout Stadium in Glenrothes on Sunday. After a goalless game offered little to separate the two sides, it was Jay Chricton who kept his composure to score the decisive spot kick and bring the cup home for his team.
In a tight and closely fought match, it was Rosyth who perhaps started the better; pressing high up the pitch and possessing a dangerous outlet in forward Jay Thompson. East Fife were looking to capitalise on their opponents high line however, and created the first opportunity of the match when, following a corner, Jack Strang fizzed a shot at goal but to no avail.
East Fife were looking to hurt Rosyth on the counter attack, and when a corner routine broke down at one end, Corey Jardine did well to carry the ball forward and win a corner for his own side. When the ball was delivered into the box, it fell kindly for Dylan Page, but he couldn’t control the shot and the ball sailed harmlessly over the bar.
East Fife soon found joy again playing into the space behind Rosyth’s defence, as Ryan Gilmour was released on the right to deliver a fantastic ball into the box, but despite getting a glancing touch on the ball, Thomas Birrell couldn’t direct the effort towards goal as another chance came and went.
Despite being vulnerable to the counter attack, for the most part Rosyth were doing a good job of controlling possession and looking to play their way through the East Fife defence. Sam Russell was next to try his luck, taking aim with a right footed shot from distance; but the shot was comfortably saved.
That chance proved to be the catalyst for Rosyth to pile on the pressure as the game moved towards half time, with Cain Dow doing well to dance his way past the East Fife backline, but he couldn’t finish as the goalkeeper came out to smother the danger.
Then, a well worked corner routine resulted with Rory Watson being teed up on the edge of the area, but his side footed effort whistled over the bar.
There was just enough time in the half for one more chance, as Zachary Humphries whipped a dangerous looking ball in from the right wing, but it was too close to the goalkeeper who collected with ease; leaving both teams to leave the field at half time with the score locked at nil-nil.