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Saturday, 24 October 2015 15:23

Invincible Bayside Crowned Champions

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Bayside Girls were crowned Lisa Evans League Champions on Saturday, and celebrated the title win with an emphatic 9-0 victory over third placed Glenrothes Strollers at the Pitrivie Playing Fields.
 
The champions made a blistering start to the match, and found themselves five nil up at half time, with goals from Grace Dewar and Caitlyn Wilson, as well as a first half hat-trick from Caley Gibb.
 
Strollers improved after the break, but couldn’t find a way onto the scoresheet as Gibb bagged another brace, Stewart added her second of the game, as well as a goal from Megan Stewart to complete the rout.
 
The game was barely minutes old when a smart finish from Dewar brought the first goal.
 
The fast start continued when Gibb got her first, firing into the bottom corner after Carys Allan had hit the post.
 
Bayside were always in control during a dominant first half display, and Gibb soon grabbed her second with a cool finish after turning on the edge of the area.
 
Wilson was then in on the action, winning the ball high up the pitch before side-footing home to give her side an apparently unassailable lead.
 
Glenrothes did have a chance to pull one back as Krys Blyth lined up a free kick, but despite finding the target, Alicia Yates was able to save well in the Bayside goal.
 
Bayside capped their first half performance with a fantastic team goal. Jamie-Lee Bain played a superb pass up to Wilson, who showed great awareness to chip the ball to the back post, finding Gibb unmarked and able to tap in to complete her hat-trick.
 
Despite the score line, Glenrothes showed great determination and kept trying to get forward whenever possible. Some patient build up play eventually came to nothing, before Rachel Lee almost charged down a short back pass, only to see Yates rush off her line and clear the danger.
 
Daniela Florez then showed fantastic goalkeeping skills to stop three shots in a row, twice denying Emma Petrie before pouncing on a loose ball bouncing dangerously in the area.
 
There was just enough time for Allan to fire wide of the post as Bayside kept the pressure on right up to the half time whistle.
 

There was a goal bonanza in Kelty on Sunday afternoon, as Hillfield Swifts scored six and conceded three in their victory over Kelty Hearts.
 
Two goals from Jack Moffat, as well as strikes from Zack More and Logan Donaldson, put the visitors in a commanding four-nil lead at half time.
 
Donaldson got his second after the restart, with Scott Cameron’s late penalty ensuring Joseph Kirby’s brace and a well taken Darrin Hilton strike were not enough for Kelty to stage a comeback.
 
Despite the final score, this is a match Kelty will feel they could easily have taken something from had they not squandered a host of chances over the course of the 90 minutes. Indeed, it was the hosts who started the much brighter side, carving out three golden opportunities before their visitors had managed a single shot on goal.
 
First, a short corner caught the Swifts defence napping, and when a low ball was fired across goal Jordan Galloway looked certain to score, but Andrew McDonald in the Swifts goal pounced on the ball to stop it from crossing the line.
 
Then, as a corner was this time sent looping into a crowded penalty area, Jake Wood found himself completely unmarked at the far post, but could only blaze his effort over the bar.
 
Kelty were desperate to capitalise on their fast start, and they had another sight of goal when a long diagonal ball across the pitch picked out Galloway in acres of space, but he side footed his shot agonisingly wide of the post.
 
The home side were made to rue those missed chances just moments later, when a free kick was pumped into the area and the ball fell kindly for Moffat, who arrowed his shot straight into the bottom corner.  
 
Kelty were soon back in opposition territory however, with Jack Smith having a go from distance after a corner was only half cleared, but he couldn’t keep the shot down and the ball went harmlessly over the bar.
 
Smith then had another shot that this time was on target, but McDonald got down well to make the save.
 
There was another big chance as Kelty looked for an equaliser, when Connor Parks beat McDonald to a long through-ball, but his deft touch eluded both goalkeeper and post.
 
Having been unable to profit from their chances, Kelty were punished yet again as Swifts doubled their lead out of almost nothing. Moffat received the ball from a throw in and, after being allowed to turn and run at the Kelty defence, fired a shot through the hands of Lee Elder in the Kelty goal to double the trouble for the home side.
 
Smith was inches away from pulling one back for Kelty, as he sent in a curling free kick that almost crept in at the far post, but with McDonald rooted to the spot the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and away from danger.
 
With another chance coming and going, Kelty were soon even further behind. Moffat this time turned provider, feeding the ball to More who, after fainting to shoot, pulled the ball onto his right side and fired it into the far corner.
 
Given the number of chances they had created, as well as the amount of possession, Kelty could have been forgiven for wondering just how they were three nil down. But there was no time for them to dwell too much as things went from bad to worse before half time.
 
Some great play by Sam Morman on the right got him into the Kelty penalty area, and he cut back for Donaldson who rifled in his sides’ fourth goal of a remarkable half, putting his side in a seemingly unassailable lead at the half time break.
Sunday, 04 October 2015 19:02

Eastvale claim victory over Kinross

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Eastvale won their first league game of the season as a hat-trick from Sean Macbride and a goal from Andrew Cappleman consigned Kinross to defeat.
 
It was an even opening between two sides searching for their first league victory of the league campaign and it was the hosts that had the opening opportunity. A long ball over the top produced a fine stop from Lewis Caulfield in the visiting goal.
 
Kinross had an attempt themselves minutes later but Liam Murray's free kick was plucked out the air by Connor Wilson.
 
Two minutes later, Eastvale took the lead. Macbride was played through and he lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper.
 
The visitors woke up after this and a Sean Cowe header went just wide from an Allen Saunders cross on 17 minutes before good build up play in the middle of the park set up Murray, but he dragged the shot wide.
 
These missed chances for Kinross were punished on 31 minutes when Macbride was played through and he made no mistake in volleying the ball past the keeper to double the lead.
 
Macbride searched for his hat-trick and Eastvale’s third, and was so close to getting it on the 35th minute, but Caulfield got across the goal to deny him.
Sunday, 04 October 2015 13:28

Swifts fall to first defeat as Real hold on

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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellow fell to their first defeat of the season on Sunday at the hands of a talented Real Fife side at McDuff Park. Two goals for Reece McIntosh put the hosts into a comfortable lead, but a late goal from Kieran Young almost sparked a comeback, and Real were made to dig in to get the three points.

The game’s first chance came when a Nairn Connely free kick was only half cleared to the edge of the area, and Steven Jeffries ran onto the ball to hit a volley that skidded along the turf but was comfortable for Lewis Sinclair, who saved and held onto the ball.

The lively Jeffries then almost found himself clean through on goal, but Sinclair was able to rush off his line and smother the ball at the feet of the forward.

Blair Chalmers then strode out of defence with purpose and tried a shot from distance, but Josh Ellis was more than equal to it and made a comfortable save.

The first goal was not long in coming, and it was a sensational ball from midfield that released McIntosh, who showed great composure to take the ball around Sinclair and finish into an empty net.

The goal was nothing more than Real Fife deserved, and they went on to dominate large parts of the first half with Kieron Bowie pulling the strings in midfield.

Connely showed quick feet to escape his marker in midfield and play a ball up to Bowie, who sent another raking pass through the heart of the Swifts defence to release Jeffries on the right of the area, and although his low right foot shot beat Sinclair, the striker could only watch as the ball cannoned back off the foot of the post and away from danger.

The move was on time and time again for Real, and just moments later Bowie played an almost identical ball to release Jeffries again, who this time took the high road and tried to chip the advancing Sinclair, but the ball dropped agonisingly wide of the post.

Jeffries was causing havoc with his pace, and he again found space to turn and run at the Inverkeithing defence from a throw in, getting close enough for a shot that this time was on target, but Sinclair did brilliantly to parry the ball away.

Having come under pressure for much of the game so far, Inverkeithing finally found some respite as they ventured forward to mount an attack of their own.

A long ball up towards Owen Bathgate was well defended by Brandon Wight, and after Chalmers played a good ball out wide to Callum Laydon, the wide man’s touch let him down and he was unable to bring the ball under control.

Inverkeithing were soon made to regret their missed opportunities as Real doubled their lead just moments later.

The influential Bowie found space from a throw in, and after racing to the byeline cut the ball back across the face of goal for McIntosh to smash the ball home at the far corner.

The game could have easily been out of reach for Inverkeithing just before half time, as Jeffries again found space in the right channel for a shot but was again was denied by a fine save from Sinclair, and the goalkeeper was on hand again as the rebound fell to McIntosh, getting down low to turn his effort away at the near post.

AM Soccer were crowned the Domestic Supplies 17s Cup champions when they came from behind to beat Burntisland Shipyard in Kinross. Burntisland led through Jack Garvie's header, but a double from Ross Mutch and a goal from Jason Burns sealed victory for AM.
 
AM Soccer begun the final stronger and within a minute were unfortunate not to be ahead. Good work in the middle of the park by Matthew Gow found Burns whose cross was put over the bar by Mark McKenzie.
 
Burntisland responded quickly when Lewis Payne's long range effort was tipped over by Blair Penman in the AM goal.
 
The first half was mainly a battle of the midfield with chances few and far between. AM had the better of them with Burns’s shot flashing wide after being played in by Gow and an in swinging corner that evaded everyone crowded in the Burntisland box.
Sunday, 27 September 2015 18:24

Kirkcaldy Claim Three Points at The Myre

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Kirkcaldy got their first win of their league season when they were victorious against Kinross Colts. A hat-trick from Kieran Grieve as well as goals from Kirk Thompson and Jamie Spears meant that the three points went home with the visitors.

An even opening to proceedings as both teams matched each other but the visitors created the first chance. Grieve got the better of Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal but with the goal gaping, he was only able to put the ball into the side netting from an acute angle. Kinross responded immediately but the offside flag denied the hosts a run at goal. Kirkcaldy broke the deadlock on ten minutes when Thompson shrugged off Calum McIntyre to give him space to lay the ball on a plate for Grieve to tap in.

Kinross tried to respond quickly through Liam Murray but his free kick was gathered at the second attempt by the goalkeeper before Gregor Brown in the Kirkcaldy goal was called upon again six minutes later as Paul McLintock from point blank range. The hosts were punished for passing these opportunities up as Thompson linked up well with Colin Drysdale before firing past the onrushing keeper.

Again the hosts tried to respond but just as before, the Kirkcaldy defence stayed strong. Kirkcaldy then went close to a third five minutes before the break as Thompson found space in the Kinross defence to get a strike at goal but he put it just wide. The visitors were almost made to regret that missed chance when good keeping again denied McLintock as the ball was pinched off his toe.

Dundee Celtic and Lincraig served up a thriller of a match as they met in the Watson McInally league. The game finished level, after both sides bagged three goals each, but there could easily have been more goals on show in this one.
 
Dundee Celtic got off to the perfect start when Connor Donnan scored after just three minutes. Jack Whyte leveled for Lincraig, in the 19th, but Celtic hit back almost instantaneously with Jay McDonald scoring their second goal. Two minutes before half time Celtic extended their lead when David Heenan struck the back of the net. For the second time in this game, however, there was an instant response. Lincraig reduced the deficit just a minute later as Jason Murphy scored a wonderful goal. The boys in yellow kept the momentum going, following the half time break, and got their second equaliser a minute into the second period. Both teams continued to search for goals but the score line stayed at 3-3 up until full time.
 
Celtic showed their intent to attack right from the very get go. After winning a corner in the second minute Jaye Elder very nearly headed home from the kick but his attempt was cleared off the line.
 
The home side’s play was soon rewarded with just three minutes on the clock. Donnan received the ball within the penalty area following a great pass from midfield. With the ‘keeper bearing down on him the number seven finished comfortably to give his side a 1-0 lead.
 
Kian Stewart, keeping goal for Lincraig, was soon called upon a minute later to prevent his team falling behind further. Liam Charnock teed up Nathan Ford for a shot at goal just yards from the target. Ford’s curling effort was then denied as the Lincraig goalkeeper dived and parried the shot away from goal. Superb keeping.
 
In the 13th minute it was the woodwork’s turn to deny Celtic a second goal. The ball fell to the feet of Donnan, on the edge of the box, and he looked to find the bottom left hand corner of the net. Unfortunately the ball ricocheted back off the post and was scrambled away by the Lincraig defenders.  
 
With hindsight Celtic would rue those missed chances because, shortly after, Lincraig made it 1-1. Josh Wells played an exquisite through ball, which was diverted to Whyte by Keigan Nixon. This move cut the Dundee Celtic defence wide open as Whyte drove towards goal. The number five then found the back of the net with a nicely taken side foot finish.
 
There’s an old football saying that teams are most vulnerable just after scoring. Unfortunately for the Lincraig boys this proved to be correct. Straight from the kick off Celtic launched a long ball over the away side’s back line. McDonald beat the offside trap, latched onto the ball and fired straight into the bottom left hand corner. That’s how you respond.
 
McDonald came close to adding to his goal tally in the 29th minute after taking a shot following Heenan’s set up. Stewart was on hand for his team again, however, and successfully made the save to deny him.      
 
As the game had showed already, goals were the theme of the day. Celtic’s third arrived two minutes prior to half time as Heenan managed to turn in a low corner kick.
 
Another theme of the day appeared to be instant responses. After Celtic’s instant response following Lincraig’s equaliser, the away team did the exact same after going down 3-1. In the 34th minute Lincraig’s impressive frontman, Whyte, laid the ball off to Murphy who was arriving at the edge of the box. The diminutive number seven then executed a peach of a finish as his effort looped over the ‘keeper and straight into the back off the net.
 
With half time seconds away there was still time for another golden opportunity at goal for Lincraig. Whyte managed to get his head onto the end of a corner kick and diverted the ball towards the right of the goal. His header was on target but a Celtic defender was in the right place, at the right time, to clear his effort off the line. 
Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:28

AM Soccer in cruise control at the Myre

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AM Soccer put in a tremendous performance against an under strength Kinross side to seal a comprehensive victory. An Errol Vella hat-trick, four from Mark McKenzie, six from Louis Appere, a double from Matthew Gow, Ross Mutch, an own goal, Bradley Etchells two and a second half hat-trick from Jason Burns secured a huge victory for the visitors.
 
The floodgates were opened within twelve seconds when Vella pinched the ball off Josh Anderson and slotted it under the keeper to give the visitors the perfect start.
 
This was a sign of things to come as McKenzie doubled the lead on three minutes when he headed home Kieran Fox’s corner despite the best efforts of Allen Saunders on the line trying to clear.
 
It was three a couple of minutes later when good work down the left wing by Appere played in McKenzie to finish it off but the striker was denied a three minute hat-trick by Michael Drysdale when the defender headed the ball off the line twice to keep Kinross in the game.
 
Appere didn’t take long to get himself on the scoresheet when he headed home another Fox corner. Gow made it five after thirteen minutes by turning the last Kinross defender before unleashing a venomous strike across the keeper and into the far corner.
 
Mutch increased the lead as he stole the ball off Drysdale enabling him a clear run on Lewis Bathgates goal to slot the ball home. Five minutes later and Mutch turned provider when he laid the ball on a silver platter for McKenzie to tap home to complete his hat-trick.
 
Vella was next to complete his hat-trick as he rolled the ball past Bathgate after collecting a long ball from defence. Appere was next for AM Soccer slashing home the rebound after his initial shot was saved before the visitors reached double figures as Vellas optimistic cross evaded everyone and found the far corner of the net.
 
A stroke of misfortune for Kinross surrounded the eleventh as Gows shot was inadvertently put into his own net by Bathgate while in the process of saving it.
 
The visitors weren’t finished for the first half as Etchells and McKenzie both had tap ins in the final couple of minutes of the first half.
Saturday, 19 September 2015 18:57

Lochgelly strike late to topple Thistle

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Lochgelly left it late to score the winner as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 in an enthralling game at Launcherhead Park.

First half goals from Daniel Robertson and Daniel Clemison had the side’s level at half time, and the game looked to be heading towards a draw after Ben Nardone cancelled out Ethan Reid’s second-half penalty. But the game was won in the final minutes when Jack Mathieson headed home from a corner.

It was a close game between two evenly matched sides, but it was Lochgelly who carved out the first chance in the opening few seconds, as Clemison flashed a low ball across the face of goal, but none of his teammates took a gamble and the chance was missed.

Scone were making chances of their own though, and some nice play between James Rattray and Reid finished with the latter seeing his shot on goal saved by Logan Clunie in the Lochgelly goal.

It was not long before the first goal of the game arrived, as Robertson stepped up to send a dipping free kick over Clunie and straight into the back of the net.

Lochgelly responded well to the going behind, and Clemison was again the one leading the charge as he fired in a left footed shot from the edge of the area, but it was straight at Cameron Sinclair in the Thistle goal and the ‘keeper was able to save easily.

The equaliser wasn’t long in coming however, as Clemison latched onto a ball over the top of the defence, held off the challenge of the defender and showed good composure to round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home.

The game was developing into an entertaining affair with both sides looking to keep the ball on the ground and play possession football.

Scone went close with two good chances midway through the first half, first Javier Perez Cuevas sliced an effort wide when shooting from a good position on the edge of the area. Then, Reid and Robertson linked well to create space, but there was no one in the box to take advantage of the cross.

It was the home side who would finish the first half the stronger of the two teams as they created a flurry of opportunities before the break, with Jake McNeil at the centre of most of the action.

First, he was unable to control the ball in the box after Mathieson found him with a good delivery from the left. Then, having spotted a gap in the Scone defence he tried to burst through on goal, but was let down by a heavy touch and Sinclair was able to rush out and claim the ball.

Then, after finding some space on the edge of the area McNeil tried his luck with a well hit volley, but despite being on target Sinclair was again able to save and hold onto the ball.

As the first half drew to a close it was Lochgelly that continued to create all the chances, and Nardone was unlucky not to sneak his team in front when he rose highest at a corner, but his header was over the bar.

McNeil was at it again moments later, as he rode two tackles to make room for a shot, but could only drag his effort wide.

In the final action of the half Mathieson turned his man on the edge of the area, but his left foot shot was wide.

Three goals in each half helped Fairmuir BC overcome Carnoustie Panmure YFC in the Scottish Cup First Round Tie played at Graham Street. In an enthralling contest with high quality football throughout, it was the home side who overcame an industrious Carnoustie to secure their passage into the Second Round Draw.

The eventual winners settled quickly and created a promising opening almost immediately with Graeme Stewart unlucky to see his deep cross evade a number of forwards in the box.  Fairmuir’s promising start paid dividends and after six minutes they were ahead, Dylan Rice slotting past the keeper having been released on goal by an incisive ball from Derryn Thomson. 

Carnoustie responded well to going behind and began to make inroads in the final third culminating in Lewis Monroe directing an effort over the bar.

 Fairmuir continued to look dangerous going forward with Finley Kenyon calling Carnoustie goalkeeper Samuel Black into action following good link-up play with Kai Flynn. The home side’s impressive movement was evident in their second goal of the afternoon, quick passing involving Rice and Thomson found space for Stewart to knock the ball into the net after 14 minutes. 

Buoyed by doubling their advantage Fairmuir went in search of a third and Thomson after displaying some neat footwork saw an effort sail just past the post.

Moments later Carnoustie almost halved the deficit through Jay Bryce’s powerful shot which finished past the post.  However it was the home side who would add another and similar to the previous strikes Rice was heavily involved, the number seven delivering a well-weighted through ball for Hari Caswell to place into the net after 22 minutes.

Credit must go to Carnoustie for continuing to look for a way back into the cup tie with Lewis Sivewright bringing out a good save by the Fairmuir number one Hayden Church. Shortly after, the striker would go even closer to opening his sides account with a powerful shot which cannoned off the bar, ensuring no further goals in the first half.