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Dundee United Sports Club’s invincibility in the league was still intact following a 3-1 victory against Dundee West. Jaden Ferguson had originally put the home side 1-0 up early on in the game but Kieran Barron equalized for DUSC later on in the 1st half. Daniel Ogilvie and Ryan Smith then grabbed a goal each in the final 11 minutes of the game to give DUSC the points in what was a very well contested affair.
 
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to make an early impact on the game. In the third minute Dundee West’s Brian Harris was played through on the right wing. The forward would have had a clear run at goal if it were not for DUSC’s Kane Hynes, who made a fine interception to stop the chance from developing any further.
 
Three minutes later Harris caused further problems for the DUSC back line. Following a through ball that was played beyond the DUSC defence, the number 9 almost looked favourite to reach the ball first and have a shot at goal. However, DUSC’s goalkeeper, Leighton Quinn, was alert and raced out to meet the ball. The ‘keeper reached the ball first and booted it off of the oncoming Harris with it bouncing out for a goal kick.
 
In the 8th minute of the game it was DUSC’s turn to come close. Conner McHugh managed to latch onto a cross that had come from the left wing. McHugh, however, could only manage to divert the ball just inches wide of the post.  
 
Shortly afterwards McHugh was looking to get on the end of another cross, this time from DUSC wide man Kieran Barron. The number 7 delivered a great cross from the right wing straight into the penalty area. Unfortunately for DUSC, Dundee West ‘keeper Samuel Ross was commanding in the box and jumped to claim the ball before McHugh could make contact.
 
In the 11th minute the game witnessed its first goal. Jaden Ferguson made a great individual run evading several challenges from the DUSC defense in the process. He then unleashed a thunderous strike right on the 18-yard line whilst still under pressure from surrounding defenders. Despite Quinn managing to get a hand to it there was too much power in the strike and it flew into the back of the net to give Dundee West the goal advantage.
 
Three minutes afterwards Jack Griffin came close to doubling Dundee West’s lead when he took a shot from wide which flashed just past the post.
 
In the 18th minute it was DUSC’s turn to provide the attacking threat. Ryan Smith was making a fine run into the opposition penalty area but, before anything further could develop, in came Dundee West captain Ben Tolmie to clear the danger with a decisive challenge.
 
Two minutes later and Ryan smith was afforded an opportunity on goal. The forward managed to latch onto a fine through ball, broke through the defense, and looked to shoot the ball back across goal. Unfortunately his resulting effort put the ball just the wrong side of the post.
 
In the 26th minute DUSC managed to grab themselves an equalizing goal. Rory Jagusinski, in central midfield, played an exquisite through ball towards Kieran Barron that took the entire Dundee West defence out of the play. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Barron expertly slotted the ball past the oncoming Ross and the ball nestled in the back of the net, much to the players delight.
 
Three minutes prior to the half time break Dundee West were denied a second goal thanks to some great goalkeeping from Leighton Quinn. Daniel Berry managed to meet a corner kick that had been expertly delivered straight into the danger zone. The Dundee West number 4 managed to divert the ball at goal, with a combination of knee and body, but his effort was thwarted by a fantastic point blank save from Quinn. He displayed all his best reactions to thrust up his hands and parry the ball away from goal. Kane Hynes was then on hand to clear the ball out of the box and the danger was averted.
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:58

Wind blows Fife Southern into cup final

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Fife Southern progressed to the final of the Under 16's Summer Cup after defeating Kinross Colts 2-0 on penalties after the game had finished all square at one a piece. Oran Storrie cancelled out Paul McLintoch's opener to send the tie to spot kicks in a classic case of a game of two halves.
 
Tremendous efforts by coaches and parents from Kinross made The Myre pitch playable despite its muddy nature and they were rewarded with the hosts coming out the blocks all guns blazing. They created numerous chances  with Cameron Black and McLintoch having the best of them within the first five minutes.
 
Playing with the wind, Kinross dominated play with Liam Murray hitting the bar directly from a corner but when Fife Southern did manage to create a break,  it was stopped abruptly by Michael Drysdale.
 
Kinross continued to dominate with McLintoch and Daniel Munro linking well but there would be no end product as Kieran Wilson cleared the danger.
 
The Colts continued to create more chances and eventually got the break through on 28 minutes after a great bit of trickery by Murray sent Cameron Donnelly through and his left footed strike seemed to squirm through the Fife Southern keeper Steven Brasher. McLintoch was thankfully on hand in the muddy six yard box to poke the ball into the empty net to put Kinross in front.
 
Kinross stayed on top after the goal, however a free kick for the visitors needed to be headed clear by Lewis Caulfield to keep the Colts in front.
 
They were unlucky not to double their lead when a through ball was dummied by McLintoch and Murray couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch.  More chances came for the home side with Donnelly unlucky not to convert after good work from Munro.
 
In the final moments of the half Murray struck the bar before Alex Holmes made a goal saving block from Donnelly's cross with Munro lurking at the back post.

Townhill FC and Blue Brazil produced one of the games of the season as they played out a six goal thriller at Dunfermline High School.

Ben Mccann put the home side ahead early on, before two goals from Kieran Jack and one from Cameron Mcaleavey appeared to put the visitors firmly in control. The home side fought back however, as Mccann completed his hat-trick to take the game to a penalty shootout, where Mackenzie Roe scored the winning goal after Adam Ainslie saved Jacks’ effort.

The match started in torrential conditions, but both sides played their part in an absorbing first half despite the high winds and driving rain.

The first chance of the match came within sixty seconds, as Aaron Baxter tried to latch onto a pass from Joe Dawson, but was unable to bring the ball under control.

The promising start made by the hosts soon brought the game its first goal, as Mccann latched onto a ball played through the middle to slot a left footed finish under the advancing Blair Penman.

Blue Brazils’ response however was a positive one, and they looked dangerous on the counter attack through the pace of Jack, and after racing down the right wing he found Mcaleavey in space in the middle, but his side footed effort went harmlessly over. Moments later the same move was repeated, but this time Jacks’ ball into the box was well cut out by home defender Daniel McIntosh.

The visitors positive response to going a goal down was rewarded not long after, as Jack found space in the box to finish well, and level the scores.

That goal lifted Blue Brazil and they went on to dominate large parts of the first half, but found their hosts in a determined mood.

Mcaleavey almost made it two with a side footed lob over home ‘keeper Adam Ainslie, but was denied by a fine save to tip the ball away.

Mark Mckenzie was next to take aim for the visitors, as he curled a right footed shot on target, but comfortable for Ainslie to save and hold onto the ball.

After weathering a period of pressure from Blue Brazil, Townhill then created some chances of their own. First, a long free kick into the box fell to Jack George on the right hand side of the area, but his drilled effort was well saved by Penman. Then, a speculative effort from Alex Chingwalu caused problems for Penman, who in difficult conditions could only tip the ball onto the post and out for a corner.

Momentum then swung back to Blue Brazil, as a great move on the edge of the Townhill penalty area finished with Ainslie getting down to save with his feet from Mckenzies’ right footed drive.

The elements almost played a part again as the wind picked up a Matt Douglas free kick and threatened to send the ball sailing into the top corner, however Ainslie was alert to the danger and reacted well to tip the ball over the crossbar.

The remainder of the first half saw both teams create little else, and a pulsating first half ended with both sides locked at 1-1.

Dundee emerged as 3-1 winners against Hamilton Academical in their SPFL Development League fixture at Forfar Athletic’s Station Park. Hamilton had originally taken an early lead through Danny Armstrong in the 11th minute before Calvin Colquhoun equalised four minutes before half time. Lee Cameron then scored a second half double to hand the win to Dundee.
 
Hamilton began the game the stronger side attempting to dominate possession of the ball. In the 10th minute of the match their possession play brought about the first clear chance. Eamonn Brophy was put through into a one on one against Dundee ‘keeper, Kyle Gourlay. The Hamilton striker took his shot low to Gourlay’s right side but the young ‘keeper’s reflexes were up to the task. He successfully thrust out his right leg to divert the ball away from danger.
 
A minute later Hamilton took the lead. A cross from the right hand side was delivered into the feet of Brophy in the penalty area. The forward managed to lay the ball back to Louis Longbridge on the edge of the box who, in turn, played the ball into the feet of Danny Armstrong, who was lurking just yards from goal. The number 11 tried to flick the ball in with his heel but the ball bounced off of his standing leg. Rather than give up he pounced on the loose ball and fired at the target on the swivel with the ball finding its way into the back of the net despite Gourlay’s best efforts.
 
In the 15th minute Armstrong very nearly grabbed a second for himself after heading towards goal from a corner kick. His effort, however, went straight into the arms of Gourlay.
 
Hamilton’s promising attacking play continued when, three minutes later, Armstrong looked to play a square ball in the box for Brophy. Dundee’s right back, Andrew Black, was on hand to intercept and play it behind for a corner, which came to nothing.
 
In the 22nd minute it was Dundee’s turn to have an effort on goal. Craig Wighton made a fine run down the right and then drove towards goal. His resulting shot was directed at the near post but Darren Hill, in goal for the Accies, successfully parried it behind.
 
The next chance arose in the 35th minute of the match when Dundee’s Kerr Waddell conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Hamilton’s Jesus Garcia Tena stepped up to take the kick and came just a few inches away from doubling the Accies lead. His effort thundered against the post and came back out for the players in the box to scramble for. The ball was met by Armstrong who headed down towards Brophy. The number 9 took a shot from a tight angle and Gourlay parried it out, back to the feet of Armstrong. The Accies goal scorer then took a first time shot but, on its way to goal, it hit Matthew Allan and took all the power out of the effort. Kyle Gourlay was then left to claim the ball.   
 
Six minutes later the game was level when Dundee grabbed an equaliser through Calvin Colquhoun. Andrew Black delivered a wide free kick straight into the box and Colquhoun was there to bundle the ball into the back of the net to make the score 1-1.
 
On the 42nd Danny Redmond nearly restored Hamilton’s lead with the last chance of the first half. He managed to head towards the Dundee goal a few yards but Gourlay was on hand again to tip the ball over the bar.
Saturday, 28 February 2015 17:42

Rothes Juniors put five past Lochgelly Albert

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Rothes Juniors moved level on points with Lochgelly Albert in the ACA Sport’s Plate Championship after a solid win over their rivals at the Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Two goals from John Soutar, as well as strikes from Jake Butler, Lewis Smart and Jamie Strachan completed the win that puts the home side in a great position to make a charge on the league’s top sides as the season moves towards the final straight.

Despite the final score, the game’s opening moments suggested the match would be a close one, as both teams showed some good passing and both had early chances to take the lead.

Rothes were first to create a chance as a ball over the top allowed Smart to run clear on the right hand side of the penalty area, but his right footed shot brought a fine save from Matthew Sutterby in the Lochgelly goal.

Lochgelly responded however, as a diagonal ball almost picked out Ewan Malvenan, but Joe Lafferty was quick off his line to clear the danger.

Smart then went racing down the right hand side and cut the ball back into a crowded box, but Euan Belford’s right footed shot curled just wide of the Sutterby’s left post.

The two sides continued to trade chances, and a whipped ball into the box from Cameron Moon was inches away from finding Ryan Connelly, the Lochgelly forward was just unable to reach out as the ball sailed between him and Lafferty in the Rothes goal.

Connelly was lively all afternoon for the visitors, and after beating two players on the right hand side he swung in a good cross, but was unable to find a teammate.

Soutar was next to go close for the home side, he was able to get free on the right hand side of the area, but his right footed effort could only find the side netting.

The first goal was not long in coming however, and it was Souter who would provide it. A glorious pass from David Byars sent the forward clear of the last defender, and he put a right footed shot right into the top corner to break the deadlock.

Lochgelly looked for an immediate response, and a ball from Moon almost set Malvenan clear, but again Lafferty was able to race out to snuff out the danger.

Any hope of a quick equaliser for the hosts were soon dashed with Rothes doubling their lead after some penalty area pinball. A free kick was launched into the box, and although the initial ball was headed clear, a shot from the edge of the area fell kindly for Butler, who could turn and finish right footed under the keeper to make it 2-0.

Things were to go from bad to worse for Lochgelly before the break, when Smart beat Sutterby to a long ball over the defence, rounded the helpless goalkeeper and slotted home to put the hosts firmly in control.

Lochgelly continued to try and find a way through their opponents, with Jack McDonald unable to beat Lafferty to a through ball, and Andrew Malcom not quite able to connect with a low cross into the box, meaning Rothes Juniors took a healthy 3-0 lead into the half time break.

Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:34

Cracking clash of the Colts ends in deadlock

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Kinross and Glenrothes played out a fascinating clash which ended all square after Cameron Blacks header for Kinross rescued a point for the hosts after Connor Murdoch had given Glenrothes the lead.

The visitors started brightly, controlling possession and created the first opportunity when a free kick from Bradley Saxton flashed across the face of the goal with Lewis Caulfield and Black getting touches to steer it away from the goal. Glenrothes took their next chance when another free kick by Saxton was whipped in and Murdoch volleyed it past Kinross keeper Lewis Bathgate and into the bottom right corner of the net after nine minutes.

Kinross responded immediately with a free kick by Caulfield just missing the heads of Daniel Munro and Euan Duthie. The hosts kept up the high tempo with good work from Munro, Liam Murray and Cameron Donnelly which was unlucky not to come to anything. Donnelly was able to produce an effort on goal five minutes later after a long ball out of defence from Caulfield found its way to the winger who saw his effort go just wide of the left hand post.

Kinross continued to dominate and Munro saw his effort go wide before great work down the left wing by Donnelly and Sean Cowe found Munro out wide who saw his cross flicked on by Duthie before the ball fell nicely to Joseph Park in the Glenrothes goal.

Partick Thistle emerged as 2-1 winners in their SPFL Development league fixture against Dundee at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park. Dundee initially went up 1-0 courtesy of a freak Ben Richards-Everton own goal on the 22nd minute. Partick Thistle, however, responded brilliantly in the second half scoring two goals in 2 minutes to turn the match on its head.
 
The first opportunity in the match went the way of Dundee. Craig Wighton won a free kick right next to the corner flag following a push from Partick’s David Wilson. Wighton stepped up to take the resulting kick and duly launched the ball into the penalty area. While the delivery was threatening the Partick defence managed to clear the ball with relative ease.
 
Three minutes later and it was Partick’s turn to go close. Jordan Leyden took possession of the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and attempted to curl the ball into the top right hand corner. Unfortunately the effort ended up being lashed high over the bar instead.
 
In the 22nd minute the first goal of the match came, and what a strange one it was. Dundee’s Josh Skelly took possession of the ball in the middle of the park and threaded a ball through the Partick defence aimed towards Wighton. It then became a straight race for the ball between Dundee’s attacker and Partick’s Richards-Everton with the big centre half looking the favourite. The defender did indeed reach the ball first but what happened next truly was extraordinary. In an attempt to pass a high ball back to his goalkeeper the number 5 put too much elevation on the pass. Unfortunately for Richards-Everton the ball looped high over goalie Scott Basalaj’s head and nestled in the back of the net.   
 
Five minutes later Richards-Everton nearly made amends for his earlier error. Partick were awarded a corner and the resulting kick was delivered straight into the penalty area. The centre back had gained a yard on his marker and rose to meet the ball with his head. His effort, however, flew just wide of the post.
 
In the 40th minute Dundee went close to doubling their lead through Skelly. The attacker made a fine run from the right into the penalty box before unleashing a fierce shot towards goal. With the angle against him Skelly did well to fire the ball just over the crossbar.
 
Partick’s Chris Dillon nearly created an opportunity just before the half time whistle. The wide man drove down the left flank and supplied a dangerous low cross. Unfortunately for him the ball was well cut out by Dundee’s Greg Warwick.
 
Ferry Athletic emerged triumphant in their Ross Ballantine cup semi final match against DUSC. The match was a thrilling affair with Ferry Athletic going 2-0 up, through Brandon McGiness and Josh McConville, before DUSC scored two for themselves, thanks to Kieren Barron and Robbie Johnson, to send the match into extra time. Owen McCord fired home for Ferry Athletic at the start of the second extra time period before Luke Queen finished off the game while DUSC were pushing for another equaliser. It was a classic cup-tie.
 
Ferry were straight out of the blocks in the early stages of the game and needed just 2 minutes to get themselves on the score sheet. Findlay McLean delivered a Ferry corner deep into the box and, following a bit of penalty area pinball, it fell to the feet of Brandon McGiness. The number 6 struck the ball first time into the top right of the net to give Ferry an early advantage.
 
In the tenth minute Ferry’s captain, Josh McConville, fed through Owen McCord who then had a clear run at goal. The attacker took his shot low but DUSC’s ‘keeper, Leighton Quinn, parried down to his right before claiming the loose ball.
 
Shortly afterwards it was DUSC’s turn to have a pop at goal. Daniel Ogilvie made a fine run down the left wing before firing a cross towards the lurking Conner McHugh. His resulting effort was saved and held by Ferry’s number 1 Thomas Egan.
 
In the 18th minute DUSC’s Aidan Simpson, in a similar fashion to Ogilvie, delivered a cross towards McHugh from the right side. McHugh directed the ball on target with a great header but could only find the hands of Egan rather than the back of the net.
 
A minute later Ferry Athletic went 2-0 up with a fine individual goal. Josh McConville, who was starting to pull all the midfield strings for his side, picked up the ball about 25 yards from goal. The midfielder then drove towards the target, evaded several challenges, and broke through the defensive line. McConville, now in a one on one situation, calmly slotted past the oncoming goalkeeper into the bottom left hand corner to put his team in a commanding position.
 
In the 24th minute Seff Mohammad of DUSC threatened to break through the Ferry defence with a fine individual run of his own. After appearing to successfully evade the oncoming tackles it looked as if he just had the keeper to beat, before McConville arrived at full barn storming speed to intervene and boot the ball away. Some great defensive work from the central midfielder.
 
Nine minutes later DUSC were back in the game. Kieren Barron managed to gain possession of the ball and found his way into the right side of the box. The number 7 then slotted past the oncoming Egan to reduce the deficit to one.
 
Just before the half time whistle DUSC’s equaliser nearly came. Deano Fowlis managed to receive the ball into his feet within the penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot at goal. Unfortunately for him it was straight into Egan’s arms.

Two goals from Daniel Watt earned Aberdour an important win over Kirkcaldy YM in the Domestic Supplies First Division on Sunday, as they closed the gap on their rivals at the top of the league. Kyle Hendry scored for the visitors, but it was not enough to stop Aberdour taking all three points from an entertaining game at Hawkcraig Park.
 
Following a prolonged run in the Scottish Cup, Aberdour still hold at least three games in hand over the four teams directly above them and put themselves in good shape to make a late charge for the summit after victory over a Kirkcaldy side who started the day in second place.
 
The first half proved to be a tight affair, with both sides creating chances but failing to make them count.
 
Connor Kirton was quick to swing in a cross from the left after being picked out by Josh McPhie, but there was no-one in the box to take advantage of his low cross.
 
Hendry then tried to latch onto a ball over the top for the visitors, but Quinn Franklin was able to collect in the Aberdour goal.
 
Both sides looked well matched, and Craig Lowrie was next to try and break the deadlock for Kirkcaldy, shooting wide from the edge of the area. That chance was followed by a good run from Liam Macduff, who beat two players only to be stopped by a great tackle from Jay Buglass to send the ball out for a throw in. Hendry was again close with a header from a long throw, but Franklin was equal to it.
 
After resisting some early pressure from Kirkcaldy, Aberdour soon created a chance of their own, but not for the first time in the half Kirton saw his low cross flash across the face of the goal with no one there to meet it. Watt then went close to the opener, heading over from a well delivered free kick.
 
If there was to be a goal in the first half it felt like a set piece might provide it, and Kirkcaldy were almost the team to do so when Ryan Beaton swung in a free kick, and although a teammate connected with the ball it wasn’t enough to trouble the home defence. Scott Warrender was also unlucky to see a glancing header fall just wide of the mark.
 
The match was an entertaining one to watch as both teams tried to find a way through their opponents, and McPhie brought a good save from Sean Snaddon in the Kirkcaldy goal with a low shot after the ball was pulled back to him on the edge of the area. Zak Cruikshank was also unlucky when the ball fell to him following a cross from the left, his connection not good enough to end what was a good move with a goal.
 
Greg Hill was lively all afternoon for the hosts, and he saw two efforts in quick succession go unrewarded, first bringing a fine save from Snaddon with a header from point blank range, before cutting in from the left to unleash a curling right footed shot that sailed just wide of the top corner.
 
As half time approached both sides were stepping up their efforts to find an opener, and Marc Cameron had a chance for the visitors when he was released on the left, taking the ball well in his stride but shooting just wide of the near post.
 
However the best chance of the first half went to Aberdours’ Matthew Christie, when Hill charged forward, and after he was tackled the ball fell kindly to the arriving Christie who seemed certain to score, instead side footing wide of the post from six yards.
 
There was just enough time for Watt to try his luck once more for the home side, Christie played the ball through, but after reaching it before Snaddon, his chipped effort landed just the wrong side of the goal to ensure a good first half finished locked at 0-0.
Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:16

Colts caught by Eastvale second half comeback

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A tale of two halves at Kinross as Eastvale came from behind to beat the Colts. Despite being behind at half time after Sean Cowe and Craig Swift had given Kinross the lead with Michael Drysdale's own goal sandwiched between, Eastvale came out in the second half and clinched the game with goals from Ronnie Allison, Ronan Galloway, Lewis Hardie and a brace from Sean Macbride.
 
A frantic opening to the league fixture between these two saw both sides trying to get the ball and play it on the deck. The first chance came for the hosts. Good pressing from Daniel Munro caught Calum Milne in possession and Munro laid it into Cowe, whose initial shot hit the post. But the ball fell nicely back into his path and he didn’t pass the opportunity up twice as he lifted the ball over Cameron Carstairs in the Eastvale goal to give the Colts the lead after just three minutes.
 
Eastvale responded well from going behind with Macbride and Rolland having chances and the visitors leveled soon after later as a cross found its way into the back of the net after a clip off Kinross defender Drysdale put it past the stranded Lewis Bathgate in the Kinross goal.
 
Eastvale kept the pressure on with great defending needed by Lewis Caulfield. Then a tremendous double save from Kinross keeper Bathgate denied Ben Rolland and Simon Graham.
 
It was Kinross that would go in at the break in front when a free kick on 26 minutes by Caulfield was flicked on by Munro before finding its way to Swift who calmly slotted it home from an acute angle beating Carstairs at his near post.
 
Eastvale had one last chance before the half-time whistle, but Matthew Cunningham was denied again by Bathgate.