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Thursday, 05 May 2016 21:34

5 goal Whyte spoils West’s title party

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For Dundee West, the goal was simple. Three points would all but wrap up the Watson McInally league title. However, Lincraig had a different idea.
Dundee West had won the first encounter between these teams by two goals to one earlier in the season. And, despite falling behind twice, the league leaders found themselves level early in the second half. From here, Lincraig striker Jack Whyte, scorer of his side's second goal, would go on to steal the show, netting a further four times as his side ran out victors.
Despite a bright start from Dundee West, it was Lincraig that took the lead after just five minutes. Lincraig won the first corner of the game, and from the set piece defender Ross Easson volleyed the ball past West goalkeeper Samuel Ross.
It would take until the 18th minute for Dundee West to seriously worry Kian Stewart in the Lincraig goal. Paul Hutton with a good effort from the top of the box that went just wide of the target. Hutton managed to get two more shots away from similar position, but again with no success.
After 25 minutes, Dundee West were level. Hutton, who had threatened the Lincraig goal just moments before, struck the ball into the bottom corner. A well hit shot, but one that Stewart will feel he could have done better with.
Just moments after the equaliser, Lincraig were almost back in front. Following a quick throw-in, Robbie Walsh cut the ball back, but the oncoming Jason Murphy could not make contact with the ball. Dundee West were next to threaten, Ben Miller sending his effort just wide.
Dundee West created the final chance of the half. A long ball caught out the Lincraig defence, allowing Ben Rodger in on goal. Lincraig goalkeeper Stewart did well to smother the ball, and the danger was cleared.

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.

Dundee Villa completed an impressive comeback against Dee Club, at Dundee’s North End Park, to win the Maryfield G Kerr Cup final. Dee Club had gone into the half time break, in a commanding position, after goals from Ryan Muir and Scott Muir had given them a 2-0 lead. In the second half Dundee Villa pulled a goal back, through Aidan Benvie, before Ryan White fired in a dramatic equaliser right at the death. It was then on to the dreaded shootout and Villa held their nerve to seal the cup win after prevailing 5-4.
The attacking intent was clear right from the start with both teams looking to gain the early initiative. However, it was Dee Club that took the lead with their first clear-cut opportunity in the sixth minute. Ryan Muir was able to stab the ball home after latching on to a flick on, from a throw in, at the back post.
Seven minutes later Dundee Villa were presented with a great opportunity to equalize. Owen McCabe picked up the ball at the edge of the box but was only able to slice his effort wide of the mark.
In the 24th minute Dee Club extended their lead to two. Conan Howett delivered an excellent ball into the box, from a free kick, which was fumbled by the Villa ‘keeper. Scott Muir was alert, pounced on the loose ball and converted to put his side in firm control of the cup final.  
Howett came close to extending the lead to 3-0, soon afterwards, but his attempt was sent just wide of the target.
Lee Maloney very nearly pulled a goal back in exquisite style for Dundee Villa after executing a mazy solo run through the midfield. He then looked to curl his effort but couldn’t get enough on it and the ball sailed comfortably into the hands of Liam Dunn.
Sunday, 24 April 2016 18:01

Kennoway claim three points at Colts' expense

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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.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:29

Bell Baxter ring in League Cup triumph

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Bell Baxter High School will play Beath High School again this week in the Fife Cup final after beating them 2-1 on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes. With a league final place at stake, neither team were holding back as a brilliant game was on show to entertain the enthusiastic spectators.
The game kicked off at 4.02pm with both teams looking for a good game. Two minutes in, Louis Appere caught onto the ball and drove it downfield towards the goal and nearly scored, but Beath were keeping their defence tight. 
Beath held onto their lead for the next ten minutes, but BBHS latched onto it after Beath hit the fence. BBHS made a wide pass downfield and took advantage of their possession to keep the ball in their midst for the next five minutes. 
Beath HS, however, got back in the game after sneakily intercepting one of BBHS's attacks and just managing to get a goal from the left back of the field.
Twenty-three minutes in, BBHS regained possession with a fantastic slide tackle from Jake Maccabe. He struck it downfield to Ross Falconer who went in for a goal, but narrowly missed. A great attempt none the less. 
Three minutes later, BBHS deflected Beath's attacks whilst driving the ball back downfield and Callum Houston latched onto a wide pass and fired the ball into the net bringing the score up to 1-1. 
This goal motivated Beath even more as they furiously tried to get in another goal, but they just couldn't penetrate BBHS goalkeeper Robbie Wisharts defence as he delivered a great save. 
Two minutes later, Beath played the ball offside granting BBHS another chance to score which they took full advantage of when Matthew Porteous scored a fantastic goal bring the score up to 2-1.
With half time only around twenty minutes away, both teams were fighting for the lead. Louis Appere locked onto the ball and made his way for Beath's goal, but they weren't having any of it and kept their defence tight deflecting BBHS's attack. 2 minutes later, Jack Jones went in for another try, but Beath still managed to keep BBHS from scoring.
Broughty United secured the Tommy Clark Trophy with victory over rivals Ferry Athletic in the final held at North End Park, Dundee. A dynamic attacking display, which resulted in three well worked goals ensured it was United who would follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners Dundee West.  
In front of a healthy crowd the eventual winners settled first and were unlucky not be ahead from their first chance of the afternoon. Ethan Couper’s snap shot, on the turn, was fired just wide of target. Having been untroubled by Couper’s earlier attempt, Ferry Athletic goalkeeper Robert Black was required moments later to turn away Keir Gardener’s powerful shot.
After starting the game at a ferocious pace Broughty were rewarded on 10 minutes with the opener, Jordan Conway prodding the ball into the net following Couper’s deep free kick into the box.  
After making the breakthrough United went in search of a second with Ewan Faulkner and Max Flucker both coming close to increasing the lead. At this stage of the game United’s attacking players were linking up well and carved out another chance for Faulkner, which Black did well to palm away.  
Ferry Athletic were displaying some impressive defensive qualities and some well-timed blocks by James Lawrie prevented his side falling behind further.
Just before the interval Athletic fashioned a good opening with Liam Crockett’s effort flashing wide of target, which meant it was United who would have the advantage at the break.
Sunday, 17 April 2016 20:39

Kirkcaldy YM storm to League Cup glory

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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.