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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00

Broughty Pumas saved by Bell in Diamond Jubilee Cup

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Broughty United Pumas advanced to the quarter finals of the Diamond Jubilee Cup thanks to a 4-3 penalty win over Dryburgh.

Filippo Bell kept out Jay Jay Huchison’s spot kick before Luke Cunningham slotted home the winner for Broughty to take them through.

These teams were two of three sides level on 12 points in Group A, meaning a playoff would be required to determine who advanced to the quarter finals of the cup.

Dryburgh picked up a 1-0 win on the opening day of the season but fell behind after four minutes when Blair Ross turned inside the box and curled a shot into the top corner of Kaden Leadbetter’s net.

Both sides were battling well in the opening stages, with both defences answering any questions that were asked of them. Jay Jay Huchison was slipped through on goal after 18 minutes, only to see his low strike come back off the post.

Broughty keeper Filippo Bell was called into action moments later as he beat away a stinging strike from Rhys Stewart as Dryburgh pressed for the equaliser.

The visitor’s efforts were rewarded eight minutes before half time when Huchison curled a free kick from 25 yards past Bell. It was no more than Dryburgh deserved after a strong first half performance.

Monday, 03 September 2018 00:17

Welsh denies Fairmuir third consecutive win

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Goalkeeper Thomas Welsh was Monifieth Athletic’s hero as they held Fairmuir in the Maryfield League. Jamie McCann opened the scoring for Fairmuir before Aidan Lorente equalised before the 10-minute mark.

There was a consistency in both these sides opening results coming into the match, with Fairmuir scoring five goals in both their first two wins, while Monifieth had played out two 3-3 draws.

Jamie McCann’s cutback was met by Zain Ferguson inside two minutes and after Ferguson’s effort was blocked, the ball fell for McCann who fired home from inside the box.

Monifieth were nearly level moments later, but Moby Ogunlaja headed over from close range. At the other end, Thomas Welsh denied Mason Anderson with a smart stop.

The current champions did equalise when Aidan Lorente burst into the box and fired a low shot across Shaun Watt into the corner.

Jamie McCann fired a free kick from 25 yards over before flicking a header wide. Lorente smacked a volley over for Monifieth.

Fairmuir were seeing lots of the ball but couldn’t test Welsh in the Monifieth goal. Jamie McCann headed a Liam Hunt cross wide before the Fairmuir man hit the bar with a cross from the left.

Monifieth were inches away from taking the lead when Lorente met Elliot McCafferty’s cross but headed against the post from a matter of yards out.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 22:06

Red hot Heenan flattens Ferry in 10-goal classic

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Braces from Stuart Heenan, Leo Norrie and Thomas Cunningham helped Fairmuir keep up their 100% start to the season. The Ross Ballantine Cup holders picked up their third consecutive win despite Aiden Lockhart scoring four times from Ferry.

Despite this being their second season at 11-a-side football, these two sides have already forged up a heated rivalry.

Fairmuir’s Stuart Heenan came into the game with 10 games to his name after the opening two games, and he made his intentions clear with a powerful run and strike that was narrowly wide in the opening minute.

Blaike Kyles scored six in Ferry’s first win of the season but was denied by Kieran Thomson from close range before Aiden Lockhart tested the Fairmuir stopper with a free kick.

Fairmuir broke the deadlock after five minutes when Heenan burst clear of the Ferry defence and squared the ball for Leo Norrie, who had a simple finish from close range for his fifth goal of the season.

Ferry were shell-shocked by the opener and were punished again seconds later as Heenan latched onto a through pass and slotted a shot past the oncoming Finlay Lyttle from 30 yards.

The keeper was caught in no-man’s-land for the second goal but redeemed himself moments later as he kept out a stinging strike from Heenan inside the box. At the other end, Will Hanbury was denied by Thomson.

After the frantic start to the game, the game calmed down into a midfield battle, as Ferry looked for a way through the Fairmuir defence.

When Norrie went down on the angle of the penalty area, Fairmuir had a chance to extend their advantage. The striker dusted himself down and drilled the ball past Lyttle to put Fairmuir three to the good.

Heenan rounded the Ferry keeper as Fairmuir looked to put Ferry to the sword and it took a perfectly timed sliding tackle from Josh Reekie to deny him a tap in.

It proved to be a valuable bit of defending from the Ferry man as Aidan Lockhart found the net to hand Ferry a lifeline.

Lockhart had shown himself to be a set piece specialist as Ferry won the double last season and he took that status to new heights after 32 minutes. The midfielder fired a free kick from the half way line over Thomson to reduce the deficit in spectacular fashion.

Heenan went close twice before the referee brought a breath-taking first half to an end.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:02

Zinko strikes late to sink Kirrie

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An injury time goal from Igor Zinko handed Celtic Boys a valuable three points against title rivals Kirrie Thistle.

Both sides had made contrasting starts to the season, with two late goals denying Kirrie a win against neighbours Forfar Boys, while Celtic had started with three wins and three clean sheets.

It was the hosts that had the first chance of the game through Christopher Gorrie, who fired wide from 20 yards in the opening minutes.

Celtic were creating the better of the chances in the opening stages, and a goal line clearance from Robbie Waddell denied Dorian Ziozkolski the opening goal. The big striker was denied by Archie McLean shortly after when the ball broke to him in the box.

Kirrie’s first real chance came from a corner, when the ball dropped for Dagan Bell, but his effort was blocked, as was Logan Richardson’s follow up attempt.

James Downie tested McLean with a curling strike from the edge of the box, but the Kirrie keeper managed to tip the ball round the post.

Dryburgh Athletic are the SWF East Region League Cup champions after a professional performance saw them leave St Andrews Sports Centre with a 2-0 victory over Raith Rovers Girls.
Dryburgh began the game with intent and managed to carve out a chance in the third minute after a free-kick from deep fell to the feet of Nyla Murphy who needed two bites of the cherry to fire a left-footed shot towards goal, which was easily colleted by Raith 'keeper Chloe Hunter.
Raith had their first attampt on goal after 10 minutes when a long-range effort from Alex Davie ended up well wide of Lily Cassells' goal. Two minutes later Rovers had another opportunity, but unfortunately for the Kirkcaldy side Emma Nield could not get enough on her shot, which went just wide of the post.
Dryburgh opened the scoring on the 23rd minute when a ball in from the left-hand side went all the way through to Murphy, who took a touch to control before firing a low shot underneath Hunter to give her side a vital lead.
Athletic almost doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a corner was met by Murphy whi headed across goal, only to see her attempt fly wide.
Monday, 27 August 2018 13:50

Dundee West hit battling Broughty for six

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Dundee West picked up their first win of the season as they edged out Broughty Panthers. Three Panthers goals in four first half minutes turned the game on its head, but Dundee West quickly drew level before finding the net three more times in the second half.

Broughty started the season with a win over Riverside, while a last-minute goal cost Dundee against Pitfour. It was Dundee West that made the best start and they saw Lewis Hutton’s strike blocked by Callum Livingston.

Hutton did have the ball in the net after 15 minutes, but the goal was ruled off for offside. With 20 minutes gone, Dundee West did open the scoring.

Aiden Hutton delivered a free kick from the left and the ball eventually broke for Lewis Hutton, who swept the ball home from close range.

Dundee West quickly doubled their lead when Lewis Hutton’s pressure caused a mix up in the Broughty backline, which allowed Ryley Duncan to benefit by lifting the ball into the empty net.

Lewis Thomson’s volley was tipped over the bar by Wilson Price before Duncan bundled over in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Cavan McLaren stepped up and blazed his penalty over the bar.

The penalty miss sparked Broughty into life and they halved the deficit when Haaris Ahmed beat Lee Clark to a long ball, powered his way into the box and slotted the ball past Michael Smith after 34 minutes.

Broughty wasted no time finding the equaliser as Finlay Kenyon found Liam Jones, who manged to bring the ball under control in the box and poke it home from close range.

The comeback was completed when Ahmed latched onto another long ball and finished past Smith from close range.

There was one more twist left before the referee brought the half to a close. Thomson delivered a cross to the back post for Luke Miller, who steered a header past Price to bring Dundee West level.

Monday, 27 August 2018 13:13

Hamilton hands Carnoustie opening day win

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A late goal from Scott Hamilton handed Carnoustie Panmure a win in their opening game of the season. The defender turned home from a corner four minutes from time to grab his side three points.

Broughty picked up a win and a draw in the sides two league meetings last season, and they had the better of the play early on. Ben Muir forced Carnoustie keeper Aaron Edward into a save after nine minutes.

The hosts did have the ball in the net shortly after, but Callum McFarlane was ruled to be offside. Scott Hamilton had Carnoustie’s first chance of the match with a strike from the edge of the box, but Broughty keeper Matthew Galloway was equal to it.

The conditions were making it difficult for both teams to develop any kind of rhythm, with the game quickly becoming a battle in midfield. With 25 played, Carnoustie opened the scoring through Dylan McLeish.

A corner was played short to the forward, who delivered a cross-cum-shot that flew into net. Whether it was a shot or a cross, only McLeish knows, but it had given Carnoustie the lead.

The lead would prove to be short lived for Carnoustie, as Edward could only push Muir’s cross as far as Max Patterson, who drilled a low shot into the corner to bring Broughty level.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:04

Hazel breaks Ferry hearts in nine-goal thriller

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Ross Hazel’s late free kick handed Fairmuir a dramatic win over Ferry. Owen McColgan’s free kick looked to have won the game for Ferry until Kane Hynes headed Fairmuir level before Hazel netted in the final minutes.

Both sides were coming into the game on the back of opening day wins over Kirrie Thistle and Jeanfield Blacks respectively. Seven minutes had been played when Jake Stewart opened the scoring for Ferry with a low finish from close range.

Nairn Bonnar went close for Fairmuir in quick succession, first firing wide after being released by Jamie Timmons and secondly hitting the side netting after a powerful solo run.

For all their improvements since falling behind, Fairmuir were lacking a focal point in attack, while Ferry were looking dangerous going forward and doubled their advantage after 26 minutes. A free kick was played into the box from deep, and Greg Breen managed to connect with the ball and force it past Cammy Hendry from a few yards out.

Fairmuir introduced Jake Grady from the bench to try and force a way back into the tie, and the striker’s impact was instant as he released Bonnar down the left, who lashed a shot across Connor Milton to reduce the deficit.

Ferry nearly reinstated their two-goal lead when Louie Porter met a Breen corner, but his header was cleared. At the other end, Milton was on hand to keep out another fierce drive from Bonnar.

With half time approaching, Ferry broke from a Fairmuir corner and when Jackson Dobbie was downed by Evan Adam, they had the golden to extend their lead. Owen McColgan stepped up and slotted the ball past Hendry for his second goal in as many games.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:17

Ferry down Dundee West for first win of the season

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Goals from Charlie Massie and Jack Moir handed Ferry Athletic their first win of the season against Dundee West. The hosts saw Kyler Van Der Toorn’s first half penalty kept out by Lewis Burns before Ferry struck in the second half.

Both sides were looking for their first points of the season after opening day defeats, and it was Ferry that created the first chance of the game when Jacob Sharpe released Owen Boath, but he didn’t connect with his strike allowing Dundee West keeper Jordan Walker to make an easy save.

The opening stages of the match were played largely in the midfield, with neither side creating any clear-cut chances. Ferry had seen more of the ball, but it was Dundee West that had the game’s best chance when Finlay Taylor was bundled over inside the box.

Kyler Van Der Toorn stepped up and saw his penalty pushed away by the diving Lewis Burns, who spread himself well to keep out Van Der Toorn’s follow up effort.

Ferry went close to the opener when a corner fell for Liam Scott, who saw his effort blocked by Cayden Smith. Scott went close with an effort moments later, but the sides went off level at the break.

Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:38

Ferry start season with win over Jeanfield

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Goals from Owen McColgan and Brandon Traynor helped Ferry Athletic to an opening day win over Jeanfield Swifts.

Alex Roswell pulled one back for Jeanfield in the second half, but Ferry held on to take the points.

These sides shared third place in last year’s Maryfield League, but it was Ferry that struck first with 22 seconds played. Owen McColgan was sent through on goal and he lashed the ball past Sam Townsley to open the scoring.

Jake Stewart brought a save out of Townsley before Connor Milton denied Jack Muirhead to keep Ferry’s lead intact.

Ferry were looking dangerous in the opening exchanges and doubled their lead through Brandon Donnelly after 16 minutes. A corner was cleared as far as the midfielder, who smashed the ball past Townsley from the edge of the box.

Harris Chater went close for Jeanfield before Townsley denied Jackson Dobbie at the other end. Jeanfield’s stopper was keeping Ferry at bay and pulled of a fantastic close range to deny Jake Stewart from point blank range.

Liam Cooney looked to have pulled one back for Jeanfield on the half hour mark, but Milton produced a fingertip save to push the ball to safety.