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Connal Cormack’s five goals helped Dundee Celtic to a 8-3 victory over St Andrews Colts in the G Taylor League Fixture held at Lochee Park. In what was a contest high in goalmouth action it was the home side who ensured their unbeaten start to the league season continued.
Buoyed by having made an impressive start to the campaign Celtic put pressure on the St Andrews defence immediately and were rewarded with the opening goal after one minute, an incisive through ball from Dylan Divers released Cormack into space and the attacker showed good composure to slide the ball past Lyall Constable to open the scoring.
Celtic’s bright start was further rewarded three minutes later when Cormack doubled his side’s advantage by chipping the ball over the keeper following a powerful run from midfield.
Despite the setback St Andrews began to gain a foothold in the contest and Taylor Baldie’s looping delivery across goal was inches away from connecting with the onrushing Craig Begg. As St Andrews continued to advance forward Matthew McDonald was called into action by Lewis Stephan’s shot from just outside the area.
The save by Celtic’s number one would prove crucial as moments later his side were 3-0 ahead, Cormack displayed good awareness to find space at a throw and knocked the ball into the net after 12 minutes securing his hat-trick in the process.
St Andrews responded positively and reduced the deficit six minutes later through Scott Cunningham’s sensational free kick nestling in the centre of the net.
Just as it looked as if the momentum was switching towards the away side Celtic restored their three-goal cushion, good link up play involving Ritchie Mulligan created space for Evan Urquhart to stab the ball into the net with 20 minutes played.
At this stage Celtic were full of confidence and extended their lead further after 22 minutes, Cormack steering the ball into the net to round off a surging run from deep.
It was from a similar move that Celtic would score their sixth of the afternoon, Cormack advanced forward and the ball broke to Rhys Mclauchlan who directed the ball into the net one minute from the interval.
Townhill reached the semi-finals of the Domestic Supplies 17s Cup after putting eight past their hosts. An Aaron Baxter hat-trick and goals from Mackenzie Roe, Joe Dawson, Gregor MacDonald, Kieran Annandale and Ben Woodfine helped blow Kinross away.
The visitors started on the front foot and took just three minutes for their first chance. MacDonald had his shot blocked by Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal before Dominic McMurchie drilled effort was cleared by the home sides defence. Townhill thought they had taken the lead three minutes later but Baxters effort was adjudged to have hit his arm before nestling in the net.
Kinross grew into the game after that as a lovely through ball from Lewis Caulfield found Cameron Donnelly at the back post but he couldn’t get a shot away. Townhill took the lead on 12 minutes as Baxter placed his free kick from 25 yards out into the bottom right corner. The Colts almost equalised 15 minutes later as Calum McIntyres free kick found Caulfield at the back post but his knockdown went begging.
While Kinross searched for an equaliser, Townhill looked hungry for a second and were given a glorious chance when MacDonald's cross struck the hand of Alasdair Bennet inside the box. Roe stepped up and confidently sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to double the visitors lead. The lead was extended to three five minutes before the break as Dawson rose highest to bullet the ball past the keeper.
Zoe Keys' sensational free-kick on the stroke of half time ensured Glasgow Girls passage into the quarter-final of the SWF Scottish Cup with a 3-2 victory over Monifieth Reds at Riverview Park. In a contest high in both quality and entertainment three first half goals saw the West Region side continue on their Scottish Cup journey.
Both teams looking to emulate last year’s winners Celtic overcame tricky ties in the Fourth Round with Monifieth overcoming Real Fife and Glasgow Girls victorious against Hutchison Vale.
Monifieth started the match full of purpose and good pressure by Katie Shaw won the first corner of the tie, the same players looping delivery almost connected with Aimee Robertson who had taken up a good position in the box. Robertson continued to display good movement in the attacking third and came close to diverting Kacey McCabe’s through ball after an impressive run.
Glasgow created their first opportunity moments later and good link up play between Keys and Olivia Oliver led to an effort which finished wide of the post.
Glasgow began to enjoy some sustained possession, but it was Monifieth who opened the scoring after Six minutes. Robertson rewarded for her earlier attacking endeavour picked up a loose ball and sent a powerful drive past India Marwaha in the Glasgow goal.
Despite the setback the away side advanced forward and drew level after eight minutes, Ellie McGoldrick knocking past the keeper after a good ball from Oliver. The impressive link up between the pair almost led to a second, with Aallyah-Jay Meach producing a good save in the Monifieth goal.
Robertson continued to be heavily involved in the home side’s attacking play and delivered an inviting ball across goal which finished beyond the onrushing Shaw.
Having almost gone behind for the second time in the contest, Glasgow responded and took the lead after 16 minutes through Sophie McGoldrick, the number 9 showing good composure to beat the keeper having been played through by an incisive pass from Keys.
Following the concession of the goal Monifieth looked to restore parity with Kacey McCabe heavily involved, first having a shot deflected over the bar and then finishing off a surging run with an effort narrowly wide of target.
The final action of the first half saw Glasgow extend their lead, after 30 minutes Olivia King won a free-kick in a dangerous area with Keys converting the set piece ensuring a two goal lead for Glasgow at the interval.
Aaron Duke’s strike in the second half earned a point for ten man Dundee United in their SPFL Development League Fixture against neighbours Dundee after the Dark Blues had already taken the lead from the penalty spot early in the contest held at Links Park, Montrose.
Both sides came into the opening match of the campaign looking to improve on last season’s mid-table finishes, remarkably the two Dundee clubs secured the same number of wins and draws with only Dundee United’s superior goal difference ensuring they finished one place above Dundee in 10th. Included in the squad for Dundee were a number of players who featured against English Premier League side Everton in a pre-season friendly, with Andrew Black, Cameron Kerr, Calvin Colquhoun and Dylan Carreiro all involved in the previous week's match. Dundee United included one trialist and goalkeeper Marc McCallum, who was in the match day squad for the visit of Aberdeen to Tannadice.
It was the home side who settled quickly with some intricate one-touch passing reminiscent of the senior side’s impressive 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The movement was to play dividends on six minutes, Carreiro fashioned a shooting opportunity which deflected into the path of Josh Skelly who won a penalty after reaching the loose ball ahead of McCallum. It was Skelly himself who stepped up to stroke the ball past the keeper to open the scoring on Derby day.
Buoyed after taking the lead, Dundee continued to put pressure on the United defence and Skelly was unfortunate not to connect to Kerr’s delivery across the face of goal. As the half progressed Dundee United managed to gain a foothold in the contest and Kyle Gourlay in the Dundee goal had to look lively to collect a looping cross delivered by the United trialist.
Skelly continued to be heavily involved in Dundee’s search for a second of the night, drilling a ball in front of goal which went just beyond the onrushing Sam Dryden and chipping an effort which landed on the roof of the net after controlling Kerr’s through- ball.
Following the chances for the home side, United were almost rewarded for a period of sustained possession with a good run by Matty Smith leading to an effort which drifted over the bar. Dundee responded through Ryan Gemmel’s shot which finished wide following good link up play with Australian Jesse Curren.
Caley Gibb’s hat-trick helped Bayside 13s to a 5-2 victory over Monifieth Reds in the inaugural Lisa Evans Cup Final held at Dundee University Playing Fields. In what was a final high in both quality and entertainment the eventual winners overturned a two-goal deficit resulting in the trophy heading over the bridge to Fife. Each side came into the contest in impressive form with each top of their leagues and having scored a combined total of twelve goals in the semi-finals.
With such attacking prowess in both line ups it was no surprise the first goalmouth action happened almost immediately as Monifieth pushed for the opener, good work by Katie Shaw won the first corner of the match and the same players deep delivery was met by the head of Aimee Robertson who sent a header crashing off the post.
Buoyed by almost taking the lead Monifieth continued to press and after a good run from deep Kacey McCabe sent a powerful drive which tested Alicia Yates in the Bayside goal. After soaking up the initial pressure Bayside began to make inroads into the opposition half with Carys Allan firing a shot which sailed just over the bar. With a foothold in the contest Gibb’s perseverance in chasing down a through-ball won Bayside a free kick in a dangerous area and finished the move herself by placing an effort wide of target. Gibb continued to be heavily involved in Bayside’s attacking play and almost broke the deadlock with a low drive which brought out an impressive stop by Aaliyah-jay Meach.
Monifieth continued to look dangerous going forward with Kacey McCabe’s impressive run from deep forcing a corner which floated just beyond the onrushing Katie Shaw.
It was a from another corner moments later that Monifieth would take the lead. A good delivery by Shaw into Libby Forster was knocked into the path of Robertson who unleashed a powerful shot into the top right corner of the net. After opening the scoring Monifieth went in search of a second and the Bayside defence had to look lively to clear the danger from McCabe’s corner.
Bayside responded well to going behind and the impressive Gibb was heavily involved, first winning a free kick which Allan directed just wide of target and then she delivered a good ball to Caitlyn Wilson who brought out an excellent save by Meach. From the resulting corner Bayside almost restored parity when Emma Petrie struck the post after connecting with Allan’s delivery.
As Bayside pressed for the equalizer they were almost caught on the counter with Liberty Whyte showing a good turn of speed to advance up the park and sending an effort on target after linking up with Shaw. The latter continued to be instrumental in Monifieth’s attacking play and saw her deep cross sail just beyond McCabe who had taken up a good attacking position in the final third. As Monifieth advanced forward Robertson almost doubled her goal tally for the afternoon with a controlled turn and shot which finished wide of target.
After 27 minutes Monifieth would get their second of the afternoon with Shaw finishing off the move she started by knocking in the rebound after McCabe’s shot rebounded off the keeper.
Just as it looked the momentum was with the side from Monifieth, Gibb won possession following the restart and after a good run slotted the ball past the keeper to give Bayside a way back into the Final.
As Bayside pushed for another goal the pace of Whyte was proving a good outlet for Monifieth and, following an impressive run from deep, she played in Robertson who shot just over the bar. Untroubled by the earlier effort Yates was called into action shortly after to palm away Shaw’s delivery from a corner while under pressure by the Monifieth forwards. The last action of the first half almost resulted in the sides being level at the break, a good free kick by Allan brought out an impressive save by Meach and the keeper was also on hand to deflect Wilson’s effort from the rebound.
Carnoustie High School have won the Senior Angus Schools FA cup after what can only be described as an absolute thriller of a final against Brechin High School.
Carnoustie were 1-0 up at the half time break after Calum Moodie’s wide free kick sailed into the top corner. The cup then looked to be heading the way of Carnoustie when, early in the second half, they doubled their advantage through Jamie Campbell. Brechin High School then launched a phenominal fight back and pulled a goal back through a Sam Wood penalty. Shortly afterwards they were back on level terms when Alfie Downey headed in the equalsier from a corner. There was still time for one last twist, however, as in stoppage time Moodie curled one last free kick straight into the goal to hand the Carnoustie boys victory.
The game was a closely fought encounter with both sides fighting it out for overall supremacy in the sunshine. Each team had a few half chances at goal in the opening stages but it was Carnoustie who made the initial breakthrough in the 27th minute. Brechin conceded a free kick out on the right flank and Moodie stepped up to take the kick. With a number of Carnoustie bodies filling the penalty box looking to get a head on the impending cross Moodie delivered the perfect ball, but not in the way you would expect. The ball was indeed delivered straight into the box but it sailed over everyone and straight into the top right corner of the goal. Intentional or an over hit cross? I’ll let you decide on that one.
In the 39th minute Brechin nearly enjoyed some success from a free kick themselves. The ball was delivered long into the box and was met by the head of Brechin captain Downey. The centre half could only head the ball wide of the mark, however.
Both teams continued to pose the odd threat on goal but it remained 1-0 going into the half time break.
Forfar Academy have continued their cup victory sweep by dispatching Webster’s High School in the senior girls final.
On a warm, sunny day at Station Park, Forfar Academy broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half, through Lois Millar, after a closelyfought opening period. Millar added a second goal just five minutes later to hand her side a 2-0 lead. Webster’s got back into the game soon afterwards, however, when Beth Shillilto managed to pull a goal back for the girls from Kirriemuir. As they searched for an equaliser Forfar were able to break and regained their two-goal lead when Cali Roberts netted in the 59th minute. Forfar Academy were able to hold on to this lead to add another piece of silverware to their repertoire.
The first half of the cup final was very evenly matched. Forfar had the larger share of possession but Webster’s looked a real threat on the counterattack, particularly down the left flank. Steffi Simson, Webster’s pacey left winger, was pivotal to this and displayed her qualities in the 10th minute. The number 11 executed a superb solo run before cutting infield from out wide. She managed to work her way to the edge of the box before firing a shot at goal. Unfortunately for her the ball sailed straight into the hands of Forfar goalkeeper Rachelle Milton.
Shortly afterwards Simson was at it again, creating havoc for the Forfar defence. This time, however, she was halted in her tracks by an excellent sliding tackle by Kiera Balfour.
With the game ticking into the 17th minute it was Forfar’s turn to enjoy some success courtesy of a solo run. Sophie Young was the person in question as she made a lung-busting run towards the Webster’s goal. She eventually got a shot away but it was well saved, and held, by Webster's keeper Hannah Dryden.
In the 27th minute Webster’s came close to opening the scoring. Robyn Hill delivered an outstanding cross from the right which landed at the feet of Stimson inside the penalty area. Under pressure from Lori Simpson, Stimson’s shot was straight at Milton, once more. The Forfar keeper ended up collecting the ball with ease and calming the situation down.
A few half chances for either side were created afterwards but, by the time the half time whistle went, the game remained scoreless.
Bayside produced a dominant display as they put five goals past Elgin Star in the final of the Spring Cup at Humbug Park on Sunday.
Two goals for Jordan McKenzie were followed by strikes for Ross Dougal, Daniel Hall and Macartan McKean as Bayside eventually ran out comfortable winner.
There were ominous signs early on for Elgin, as Josh Hopkins made good ground on the left before swinging a cross in that just clipped the top of the crossbar on its way to safety.
Elgin did have an early chance of their own as a good delivery from a corner resulted in a header on goal, but the shot was over and posed no threat to Euan Drummond in the Bayside goal.
There was not long to wait for the opening goal, and it was a well-taken finish from McKenzie that supplied it. A cute ball played him in between the two centre backs, and he showed great composure to toe poke the ball past the onrushing Justin Paton to get his side off to the perfect start.
It could have been two just moments later following a scramble in the Elgin penalty area, as Paton came to meet a ball and collided with his defender, but Bayside were unable to capitalise and the ball was bundled away to safety.
Elgin were struggling to get a foothold in the game, and Bayside enjoyed long periods of possession in the first 45 minutes.
Andrew Gallagher looked dangerous on the right, and he was next to test Paton with a volley from the edge of the area, but it was a comfortable save and the difference remained just one goal.
Gallagher was again involved on the right as he tried to release McKenzie, but he was stopped by some superb defending from Ewan Bell in the Elgin back line.
Bayside were producing some good football in the wide areas, and this time it was McKenzie who whipped a ball in from the left towards Gallagher in the centre, but as he tried to tee up Daniel Johnston for a shot the ball was hoofed clear as Elgin held on.
After weathering a Bayside onslaught for much of the half, Elgin then began to find some rhythm and started to create chances.
First, a long ball towards Ross Watt looked to have freed the forward, but it just would not drop for him and Bayside were able to clear. Then, Watt took aim from outside the area with a fierce shot that looked to have beaten Drummond, but also cleared the crossbar.
Bayside looked dangerous on the counterattack however, and the pace of Gallagher on the right almost undid Elgin, as he raced clear and sent in a good looking cross towards McKenzie, but Paton was able to come off his line and deal with the danger.
Nathan Duncan then almost produced what would have been a magical goal for Elgin, as he danced his way through half the Bayside team before blazing his shot agonisingly over the bar.
With Elgin committing players forward in search of an equaliser, Bayside came close to doubling their lead from another quick counterattack. After seeing a shot blocked the ball fell to Alex Fraser on the edge of the area, who having beaten the stranded Paton with a delicious lob, could only watch on as his effort was headed off the line by Bell.
There was just enough time left in the half for Gallagher to hit the woodwork for Bayside, but at half time an entertaining game was nicely poised at one nil.
St John’s High School sealed victory in the Robert Caira Memorial Trophy following some late drama at Whitton Park. Harris Academy had taken an early lead, through Jack Dyer, before Taylor Carroll equalized for St John’s in the 16th minute. However in the final 10 minutes of the match it all kicked off. With nine minutes remaining Nicholas Scott scored to give St John’s a 2-1 lead. They seemed to be holding on for the victory but they conceded two minutes from time through an own goal. With the tie now looking like penalties would be needed to settle it St John’s won it in the final minute. Lewis Curran managed to head home following a Dean Currie cross to seal a 3-2 cup win, much to Harris Academy’s despair.
The opening stages of the game were very even as both sides searched to gain a strong foothold in the match. In the ninth minute a breakthrough arose as Harris took the lead. Jack Dyer made a great solo run straight through the St John’s backline before slotting home into the bottom right corner.
In the 14th minute St John’s came close when the ball was laid off to Dean Currie about 20 yards from goal. The St John’s number 11 bulleted an effort towards goal but it flew wide of the post.
Two minutes later St John’s were back level. Scott Cole delivered a corner kick into the penalty box and it landed right on the head of Taylor Carroll. The St John’s defender successfully dispatched his header into the back of the net to make the score 1-1.
In the 21st minute Gavin Ritchie played Nathan Scott in on goal. Scott was denied, however, by Harris keeper Calum Langdale who dived into feet and managed to divert the ball away from danger. Ciaran Conway was then on hand to clear the ball out of play before Scott could tap in near the goal line.
Just a minute later Nathan Scott was in on goal again. However, Langdale was up to the challenge once more as he made an exceptional save at close range to deny him a goal. With time ticking into the 32nd minute Scott was through once again but the ball was cleared successfully by Callum Dallas.
Shortly before half time Nathan Scott linked up well with Dean Currie on the right side. Currie then took a strike at goal but Langdale managed to parry it out.
The half time whistle soon arrived with both teams still level. Each side went back into the dressing rooms to plot how to take control of this game.
Grove Academy’s under 13s side claimed victory in the Logie Cup final thanks to a strong performance against St John’s High School. Grove took an early lead following an unfortunate own goal from St John’s defender Daniel Berry. St John’s came back into the game after and had a few opportunities at goal, but they couldn’t find the equaliser. They were left to rue these missed chances as Grove doubled their lead at the start of the second half through Jack Gordon. Owen McGolgan and Josh Milligan added two more goals to Grove’s tally to see them win the final with a 4-0 scoreline.
Grove began the game on the offensive and came incredibly close in the opening minute. Josh Milligan met a right-wing cross yards out from goal but fired his effort just over the crossbar. It was an early scare for St John’s.
In the sixth minute the right flank proved beneficial for Grove again as they scored their opener. Owen McGolgan made a terrific run down the right before cutting the ball back into the box. In an attempt to clear, the ball was inadvertently sliced into his own net by defender Daniel Berry.
After this setback St John’s started to become more involved in the game and began to create the better scoring chances. In the 16th minute Aaron Cosgrove managed to weave his way through the defence and got a shot away at goal. Unfortunately for him, his effort bounced back off of the post and away.
With 27 minutes gone on the clock it was Grove’s turn to be denied by the frame of the goal. McGolgan executed another trademark run down the right and cut the ball back to Daniel Ogilvie inside the box. His first time shot clipped the top of the crossbar and out.
Both sides had a few half chances before the break but none came to fruition. At the half time whistle the advantage remained with Grove.
Forfar Academy have successfully retained the Angus Schools Cup after a thrilling final against Monifieth High School. Monifieth had opened the scoring after just two minutes when Eilidh Robertson was able to turn the ball into the net. Forfar hit back through Leah White and Lois Millar to see them lead 2-1 before the half-time break. In the second half, Monifieth equalised through Eirinn McCafferty and, despite a late Forfar onslaught, this is how the game finished. As a result penalties were needed to determine a winner. Forfar managed to hold their nerve and emerged victors after winning the shootout 4-2.
Monifieth High School began the game in scintillating attacking style. For much of the opening moments Forfar were unable to get out of their own half as Monifeth attempted to strike early. With two minutes on the clock they did just that. After being awarded a free kick on the left flank the ball was delivered straight into the Forfar penalty box. It was met by Eilidh Robetson, who managed to divert the ball past Forfar goalkeeper Olivia Gach. It was a great start to the game for Monifieth.
Going a goal down served as a wake up call for Forfar who started to improve their play. In the eighth minute they created a golden opportunity to get straight back on level terms. Lois Millar did well to retrieve the ball and laid it off to Katie White on the left wing. She then delivered a great cross into the feet of Leah White. The Forfar captain took a great first touch before expertly turning and giving her marker the slip. With the goal at her mercy she took her shot but it flew high over the crossbar.
In the 16th minute Leah White was proving to be a threat once again. She made a great solo run that took her out to the right side before firing in a low cross aimed for Rachel Robbie. Before the ball could reach her in stepped Neve Simpson to intercept and she cleared over the crossbar and out for a corner.
From the resulting corner, however, Forfar Academy did grab their equalizing goal. The ball was delivered straight into the box where it found an unmarked Leah White. With time and space she controlled the ball, picked her spot, and fired beyond Louise Christie into the bottom left corner.
Moments later Forfar were proving to be a threat again. Katie White fired in a great cross from the left into the feet of Erin Thomson. The forward controlled it brilliantly and, with her pace and control, managed to dodge the oncoming defensive challenges. However, just as she was about to pull the trigger, Christie came in and claimed the ball at her feet.
With the game now 26 minutes old Monifieth came close to taking the lead once again. The ball fell to Stephanie Kydd yards away from goal but she could only put her effort wide of the post.
Three minutes before the half-time whistle Forfar took the lead. Lois Millar, who had been making strong dominant runs at the Monifieth back line all game, did so again in emphatic fashion. This time, instead of setting up a teammate, she opted to have a go at goal herself once she successfully broke free of the Monifieth defenders. She bulleted a strike, from the edge of the 18-yard line, aimed at the top left corner. Christie managed to get a hand to it but was unable to turn away the powerful strike. The ball nestled in the back of the net much to the delight of Forfar Academy.
Lochgelly Albert and Blue Brazil played out a tense finale to the Fife Cup at Warout on Sunday, with Lochgelly clinching the trophy after the match went all the way to penalties.
First half goals from Cameron Moon and Luke Fleming meant the game finished 1-1, and with neither side able to make a breakthrough in extra time it was left to penalties to decide the winner. As the game threatened to go on into the night, it was Greg Johnstone who took the decisive kick, holding his nerve as Lochgelly won the shootout 8-7.
The game was finely balanced from the word go, and there were half chances for both sides in the opening stages of the game. First, a dangerous looking free kick was sent into the Lochgelly penalty area, but Matthew Sutterby was able to collect the ball. Then, Ryan Connelly was almost played through on goal, but Blue Brazil ‘keeper Cameron Coyne was out quickly to thwart the danger.
Jamie McEwan made good progress down the left wing for Blue Brazil, but despite a good cross being delivered, there was no one in the middle to take advantage. Joe Potter then saw his shot fizz wide of the post as Blue Brazil threatened to break the deadlock.
Connelly looked lively up front for Lochgelly, and he broke free on the right hand side of the Blue Brazil area, only to see his right footed shot saved by the feet of Coyne.
McEwan was then found unmarked at the back post, but his header was weak and comfortable for Sutterby to save and hold onto the ball.
Kay was a driving force in mid-field for Blue Brazil, and his mazy run ended with a powerful right footed shot, that dipped wickedly as it approached the goal, but Sutterby was again equal to it.
Luke Fleming then did well to break free on the right for Blue Brazil, but after cutting inside he could only blaze his shot over the bar. McEwan was next to try his luck as Blue Brazil began to grow into the game, but again Sutterby was able to save the shot.
Despite a period of pressure from Blue Brazil, there was still no goal to show for their efforts, and it was now Lochgelly’s turn to search for an opening when Connelly made a driving run down the left, but his cross was played behind everyone in the area and the chance was gone.
It was not long until the deadlock was broken though, and it was Lochgelly who drew first blood. A free kick into the box was only half cleared to Ewan Malvenan, and his volley back into the danger area fell perfectly for Moon to control and finish nicely into the far corner.
Blue Brazil needed a response to falling behind, and they got it in the form of a stunning strike from Fleming. Picking the ball up from all of twenty five yards out, he was allowed too much room as the defence stood off him, and after taking a touch to set himself unleashed an unstoppable shot the flew into the top corner, leaving Sutterby rooted to the spot.
There was a chance for Lochgelly to snatch the lead back right on the stroke of half time, but there was no one in the middle to convert Jack McDonald’s flashed ball across goal, and the game went into half time beautifully poised at 1-1.
A late header from Robby Hill was not enough for Beveridge Lions Red as they lost 2-1 to Real Fife in the Development Challenge Cup final at Warout. Earlier goals from Callum Wallace and Logan McLeod sealed the win for Real, who did well to keep out a determined ‘Lions team for most of the ninety minutes.
The game was played out in front of a packed stand at in Glenrothes, and both teams more than played their part in what was an entertaining game.
Despite the final score, it was Beveridge who started the stronger of the two teams, with some good play from Lewis Johnstone on the right bringing the game its first corner, from which Struan Grieve tapped inches wide of the post. Hill also had a shot early on, but couldn’t direct his effort on target.
Real Fife were soon creating chances of their own, and from a corner Nairn Connelly was unlucky to see his shot go wide. McLeod was then almost set free of the last defender, but Jack Farley was quick off his line for Beveridge to smother the danger.
There was almost a moment of pure magic from Connelly, as he lined up a free kick from all of thirty yards. The ball was sweetly struck, but despite beating the wall just wouldn’t dip quick enough, as it cannoned off the cross bar to the relief of Farley.
Real were now beginning to look the stronger of the two sides, and the impressive McLeod showed good determination to win the ball back high up the pitch, before unleashing a well struck left footed shot, which was well saved by Farley.
Beveridge were not letting Real have it all their own way though, and a shot from Grieve was hit well enough, but straight at Adam Blyth in the Real goal who was able to save comfortably.
McLeod was then played in behind the Lions defence, but could only force another good save from Farley as Real continued to knock hard on the Lions door.
There was a real ebb and flow to the game now, as both sides created chances to break the deadlock.
First, Ethan King had his shot saved by Farley, before Callum Rodgers was only denied a goal scoring chance by some good defending from Chris Walker in the Real back line.
Then, McLeod saw another effort saved, this time trying to curl in from the edge of the area with a left footed strike. Johnstone then showed good feet as he tried to make room for a shot, but he was crowded out and was unable to pull the trigger.
As the half drew to a close there was just enough time for Callum Wallace to whip in a free kick, but Farley was able to collect easily, meaning the score remained level at the break.