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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Torran Juggins hat trick secured Pitfour a point in their first DDYFA outing. The East Region Cup winners came from 3-1 down to earn a share of the spoils.
Pitfour have been the top team in Perth over the past few seasons, but it was Broughty that came flying out of the traps and they netted the first goal of the DDYFA season when John McGlashan fired a low shot past Connor Thomson from 20 yards with just 80 seconds on the clock.
Leon Winterton was Broughty’s leading marksman last season and he forced Thomson into a smart save with his feet after seven minutes but did double the lead moments later.
Winterton robbed Matthew Cullerton at the edge of the box and made no mistake with a low finish past Thomson to double Broughty’s lead.
Broughty’s pace and power was proving too much for Pitfour in the opening stages, but Torran Juggins handed them a lifeline after 21 minutes. The striker touched a long ball past Ben Todd and finished into the empty net.
Things nearly got better for Pitfour when a corner fell for Oliver Laing at the back post, but he couldn’t turn the ball in from close range.
It would prove to be a costly miss for Pitfour, as Brandon Boath dispossessed Finlay Stewart before sliding the ball home from close range.
Pitfour substitute Sonny Simpson chested the ball past Todd but could only turn the ball against the post from a tight angle.
Ally Acorn’s 74th goal of the season clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour. The striker’s hat-trick seven days earlier against Monifieth saw him break the club’s record for the most goals scored in a season, and he converted Ben Clos’s cross after Kai Finnie had headed Pitfour in front moments earlier.
Blue Brazil had clinched the Fife Cup 48 hours previous and they had the first chance of the match when the ball was played into Jack Reid at the edge of the box, and he forced Archie Kelly-Barton into an early save with a stinging strike.
Ally Alcorn dispossessed a Blue Brazil defender on the by-line, but he couldn’t hit the target with his effort. Ben Clos should have opened the scoring after four minutes when he met Kai Finnie’s free kick, but the unmarked winger headed wide.
There was nothing between two the two sides which meant clear cut chances were at a premium throughout the first half. Clos darted into the box six minutes before the break and forced Owen Martin into a smart save with his legs.
An extra time brace from Torran Juggins clinched the East Region Cup for Pitfour at the expense of Pitfour. There was nothing to separate the sides after 70 minutes, but the Pitfour striker came up with the goods late on despite Ryan Hutton responding for Fairmuir late on.
It was a first cup final appearance for Fairmuir, while Pitfour were looking to complete the double treble. They nearly made the perfect start when Sonny Simpson stabbed the ball past Finlay Slater inside the opening minutes, but Aaron Telford was on hand to hook the ball clear from danger.
The early chance would prove to be a false dawn, as both sides looked to avoid conceding first in the opening 20 minutes. Torran Juggins was sent in behind the Fairmuir defence eight minutes before half time but Slater was quick off his line to tackle the striker.
At the other end, Kristian Keay pulled off an impressive fingertip save to keep out a long-range strike from Telford. Juggins and Simpson both had half chances before the interval but couldn’t capitalise as the sides went off level at the break.
East Craigie Swifts completed the quadruple as they came from behind to beat Scone Thistle in the East Region Cup.
It was both side's first appearance in a regional cup final and it was Scone that made a bright start when Duncan McPhee released Ben Ayton, but he fired his shot over the bar.
Ayton went close after 14 minutes when he looped a header from a corner against the crossbar.
Scone did make the break through moments later when Aaron Carlon collected a long free kick, rounded Charlie Kennedy and fired the ball into the empty net. It was a well-deserved lead for Scone, who had started brightly.
Their good work was nearly undone when Ewan Faulkner met Reece Lornie's free kick, but he didn't get enough on the ball allowing Blaine Wood to keep it out. McPhee shot over from distance before Carlon blazed a free kick over from the edge of the box.
Two minutes before half time East Craigie equalised through Keir Gardiner. The striker was sent in one-on-one with Wood and made no mistake as he slotted the ball past the keeper.
Thomas Drysdale’s extra time strike secured Pitfour the East Region Cup. Brodie Pollock gave Pitfour an early lead, but Calum Forest headed Glenrothes level before the break.
It was a first cup final for both these sides, and it was Glenrothes that had the first chance of the game through Finlay Shearer, but Ewan Moncrieff was equal to his free kick in the opening minute.
Pitfour won a free kick on the left of the box and it would prove to be the source of the opening goal as Brodie Pollock stepped up and curled the free kick over Dylan Fleming into the net.
Having made the ideal start to the match, Pitfour were knocking the ball about in a manner far ahead of their years. Pollock was released down the right but saw Fleming keep out his effort.
Despite their dominance in the opening 20 minutes, Glenrothes were forcing their way into the tie, and were rewarded with a deserved equaliser five minutes before the break when Calum Forest headed Ryan Heatherill’s corner past Ewan Moncrieff.
Shearer tested the Pitfour stopper with a strike from 20 yards, but the sides went off level at the break.