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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.
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.
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.
Dundee West put 15 goals past a ten-man St Andrews Colts side in their Chuck McGowan Cup match. Nathan Scott scored an astonishing eight goals in the match with Tyler Martin also grabbing a hat trick for himself. Allan Miller, Nicholas Scott, Saul Cooney and Jack Whyte all chipped in with a goal each.
St Andrews Colts were already up against it before the match had begun as they were only able to field ten players. Dundee West began the game at a high tempo with Nathan Scott testing the Colts goalkeeper early on. Shaun Kirk did well to save down low to his right and hold the ball.
Shortly afterwards Nathan Scott grabbed his first goal of the game in the fifth minute. The Dundee West forward was put through in on goal and he finished off the move with a delightful lobbed finish over the keeper.
Three minutes later in the eighth minute Scott grabbed his second. Once again he was sent clear of the defence by a delightful through ball. He bore down on goal from the right before shooting across goal into the bottom left hand corner.
Two minutes later and Scott already had his hat trick. Miller made a driving run towards the defence before laying the ball off for Scott on the edge of the 18-yard box. Scott took a curling shot and, despite Kirk getting an hand to it, it found its way into the back of he net.
In the 11th minute Tyler Martin grabbed his first of the game. The number 8 broke through the defence from midfield and, with just the keeper to beat, he finished neatly into the centre of the goal to make the score 4-0.
Soon afterwards Nathan Scott grabbed yet another goal for himself. The in-form forward once again broke free of the defence and was in on goal. He delightfully chipped the ball over the diving goalkeeper to grab his teams fifth.
In the 16th minute another Scott managed to get himself on the score sheet, this time it was Nicholas. The number 17 latched onto a low cross from his namesake, Nathan, and slotted the ball home with a neat first time effort using the outside of his foot.
Nathan Scott added another for himself in the 19th minute. His alertness enabled him to intercept a goal kick and, after driving towards goal, he produced another lobbed finish over the keeper and in. Dundee West were now 7-0 to the good.
In the 21st minute the eighth goal, and arguably the best, was scored for Dundee West. Tyler Martin made a fine run down the left hand side and sent a cross into the penalty area. Saul Cooney was there to meet the ball with a wonderful volley that nestled in the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Six minutes later and Nathan Scott was at it again. After finding his way into the penalty area he attempted another lob to try and grab his sixth of the match. This time, however, the shot bounced of the crossbar and out.
The Dundee West number 14 did grab his double hat trick shortly after that near miss. He dribbled through the defenders and found himself in a one on one situation against Kirk. He kept his composure to skillfully round the Colts number 1 and pass the ball into the net.
Three minutes later, in the 34th and Dundee West grabbed their final goal of the first half. Cooney began the move with a fine driving run down the right. He was pegged back by a fine sliding tackle but, unfortunately for the Colts defence, the tackle diverted the ball into the path of Allan Miller who sidefooted the ball into the net past the scrambling goalkeeper. The number 12’s goal saw Dundee West go into the break with a 10-0 lead.
Dundonald Bluebells emerged victorious over Dalbeath Colts in the final of the Domestic Supplies Under 19’s pre-season Cup on Wednesday night. Goals from Nathan Feeley and Gregor Carstairs sealed the win in freezing conditions at Kinross High School.
The game paired first with third from the league and both sides went into the match hoping their fine league form could continue with victory here.
It was Dundonald who applied the early pressure, forcing two corners in quick succession. The first was cleared by the Dalbeath defence, and from the second Lewis Scarlett was unlucky to head over from Max Colemans’ delivery.
Dalbeath however were quick to respond, and Gregg Page was almost played through on goal only to be denied by the onrushing Darryl Gear, who had an impressive evening between the sticks for the Bluebells.
In what was an even contest throughout, there were chances at both ends as each side searched for a breakthrough. First, Page played the ball to Liam Robertson, but the Dalbeath forward was thwarted by another save from Gear. From the resulting clearance, Dundonald almost scored themselves when Feeley saw an effort fizz past the post.
A throw in then almost brought the game an opening goal as Page found time and space, spinning his marker to race through on goal, but again Gear was in the right place to make the save.
Dundonald then spurned the best chance of the game up until then, when some great play on the right from Lewis Hutton resulted in a cross into the box which was spectacularly turned away by Colts ‘keeper Declan McGregor, and when the ball fell to a Dundonald player on the edge of the box their effort was sent sailing agonisingly over the bar.
It wasn’t long however before the game got the goal it deserved. A long ball over the top was headed back to McGregorby one of his defenders, but he was unable to hold onto it and Feeley was on hand to slot the ball home to put the Bluebells in front.
And it wasn’t long before Dundonald doubled their lead. A quick counter attack saw Carstairs played in on the overlap, and his right footed finish nestled into the bottom left hand corner to complete a quick fire double from the league leaders.
It could easily have been three before half time, when Raymond Crichton headed wide from a well taken free kick swung in from the right hand side. There were also chances for both Feeley and Coleman, with both players firing over from the edge of the area in quick succession. But as it was the score remained two nil at the half time break.