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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts eased past a strong looking Spurs Juniors side on Sunday to strengthen their position at the top of the Domestic Supplies League. A hat-trick from Logan Donaldson, as well as goals from Zack More and David Green sealed the points for the visitors.

Swifts now sit top of the table on twenty five points, three ahead of Spurs in third but with both holding three games in hand over second placed Fife Southern.
Both teams went into the match undefeated and in good form, with just one draw each the only blotch on an otherwise 100% record, and the expectation was this was going to be a closely fought match.

Spurs started on the front foot with Scott Smith almost through on goal inside the first minute, but Macaulay Jarrett was quick of his line to make the first of several important saves for his team. Moments later Jarrett was there again to deny Smith following a floated free kick into the area.

Craig Dewar was next to try his luck, pulling a left footed shot wide of the post after some neat build up play as the home side looked to stamp their authority on the match.

Swifts had not travelled to lie down though, and moments later Logan was unlucky to see his right footed effort flash across the face of goal with no one there to convert.

Swifts were getting a lot of joy from their left flank, and it was from here that they would make the breakthrough after ten minutes.  A ball into the box was only half cleared to the edge of the area, allowing More to control the ball and unleash a fierce right footed drive that flew into the bottom corner via the post, leaving Dion Gear in the Spurs goal no chance.

From that point on Swifts never looked back, and it was thanks largely to some solid defending that they did not allow Spurs a way back into the match as the home side responded well to going a goal down. 

Lee Allan was almost through on goal twice in quick succession as the hosts looked for an instant response, but on both occasions was thwarted by the speed of Swifts ‘keeper Jarrett who rushed out to meet him. And it wasn’t just Jarrett putting in a shift for his team, as the visiting defence did well to block a third effort from Allan to preserve their lead.

Spurs were pushing hard as the game looked to be living up the pre match hype, and Dewar almost pulled his team level but for a superb save from Jarrett. After skipping a tackle inside the area he unleashed a vicious right footed effort that was turned away at point blank range by the ‘keeper, and when Marc Gray followed up for what looked a certain goal, his low drive beat the stranded Jarrett only to be blocked on the line by Ryan Dunn.

Lee Allan was next to be frustrated by the stubborn visitors, as he was released by a magnificent ball from midfield, only to be denied yet again by the quick thinking of Jarrett.

Having survived the Spurs onslaught, Swifts added insult to injury on their hosts by doubling their lead on the half hour mark. Donaldson grabbing his first goal of the match after bursting into the box slotting a right footed finish under Gear to make it two nil.

Spurs could take heart from the way they responded to the first goal, and their character was not in question after the second goal as they picked straight up from where they left off and set about looking for their opening goal. But Allan was in for a frustrating afternoon, following a rare mistake in the Swifts defence, he controlled a poor clearance but could not get his shot passed the inspired Jarrett.

Spurs continued to press for what was left of the first half, but were unable to make the pressure count. Dewar was unable to find space for a shot, and when the ball broke for Smith he couldn’t find Gray who had drifted in unmarked at the far post.

Thing's could have been even worse at the break for Spurs but for a fine piece of goalkeeping from their own man between the sticks. Gear did well to hold on to a powerful header from Lewis Hunter who rose highest to meet a corner. As it was, an entertaining first half finished with the visitors two nil to the good.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 19:03

Victory twice as sweet for Glenrothes

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Glenrothes Strollers strolled to victory this afternoon against AM Soccer at the Elmwood Sports Centre in Cupar. Declan Nugent grabbed four goals, and there were hat-tricks for JonJay Reid and Liam Fraser; a brace each for Kieran Dall and Michael Wylie; as well as goals for Andrew Fleming, Fraser Binnie, Morgan Coull, Jack Kinninmount and Steven Adair as the visitors recorded their biggest win of the season.
 
As well as three points in the league, the win also booked Glenrothes a spot in the next round of the League Cup.
 
Glenrothes went into the game in fine form, having won all seven of their league games this season, and they got off to the perfect start against their hosts in what would turn out to be a devastating first ten minutes.
 
There were early warning signs for the home side as Nugents’ cross was cleared by Andrew Doyle, and within minutes Glenrothes had the lead as Fleming rose to head home from a corner.
 
Dall almost made it two when he shot from distance, but his right footed effort was dragged wide of the left hand post.
 
Glenrothes continued to press early on, and Nugents’ through ball almost found Binnie, but instead ran through to Kris Keanie to collect in the AM Soccer goal.
Binnie was close to doubling the lead shortly afterwards, attempting to chip the ‘keeper after winning the ball from a short goal kick, but Keanie was alert to the danger and recovered well to make the save.
 
Glenrothes were not to be denied for much longer, however, as a flurry of goals followed.
 
First, after Fleming beat two players down the right wing he delivered an inch perfect cross for Reid to tap in from close range. Nugent then headed home his first, before grabbing his second moments later after Binnies’ cross from the left was only half cleared, allowing him to fire right footed into the bottom corner to make it four nil.
It could have been worse for AM Soccer but for the woodwork, when Fleming met a cross from Dall but could only direct his header onto the post. Liam Fraser then attempted a chip from the edge of the area, but he saw his effort bounce agonisingly off the bar. 
 
Glenrothes were relentless in their search for goals, and they were soon at it again when Dall latched onto a through ball to slot right footed under Keanie, before Reid scored his sides sixth with a left footed finish into the bottom corner, after being picked out by a pass from Nugent.
 
The woodwork again played a part in keeping the score to a minimum, after Wylie was denied by a fine save from Keanie, Fraser skimmed the bar with an effort from distance. Keanie was playing his part too however, and again produced a fine save to deny Fleming who had been picked out by a cross from Binnie delivered from the right.
 
At six nil, AM Soccer could have been forgiven for giving up, but that was the last thing on the home side minds. Having faced a ferocious opening from the visitors, the home side set about trying to claw a way back into the game.
 
Cameron Gourlay looked dangerous whenever he got the ball, and was unlucky to see his cross collected by Glenrothes ‘keeper Jamie Mack.
That chance signalled a much better spell for AM Soccer, but it did not stop Glenrothes from extending their lead further before the break.
 
First, in a moment of pure inspiration, Nugent collected the ball on the edge of the area before beating two defenders with an exceptional turn, and firing into the bottom corner to score the games stand out goal, and complete his hat-trick. 
 
Despite now trailing by seven goals, AM Soccer were determined to leave their mark on the game, and Jake Reader was unlucky to get crowded out after attempting a mazy run into opposition territory, while Gourlay was also unlucky when trying to run onto a long through ball. Doyle was having a fine individual game despite the score line, and more than played his part in the heart of the home sides defence with some important tackles and interceptions when Glenrothes threatened to counter attack.
It wasn’t long before the away side were back amongst the goals, however, and Binnie was next on the scoresheet, heading home from a corner to make it eight; having moments earlier watched another header bounce not once, but twice along the cross bar and out for a goal kick.
 
Fleming then tested Keanie from distance, but was unable to find the net, and a run towards goal from Lewis Brearley for the home side was stopped by a tackle from ‘Strollers defender Harry Macdonald.
 
AM Soccer were still trying to attack the visitors, and Ethan Grant tried to find Brearley with a through ball, but Mack was able to collect. There was then some neat play between Grant and Mikkel Kristensen, but they were crowded out by the Glenrothes defence and unable to make the chance count.
 
As the first half drew to a close, there was just enough time for Glenrothes to put the shine on their first half display. First, Fraser drifted in unmarked at a corner to head home, before Coull latched onto a Kinninmount pass to slot home. Fleming almost made it through on goal moments before the whistle, but his run was stopped by a tackle from Kieran Gray. 
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:43

Fife Southern secure victory over Kirkcaldy YM

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Old rivalries were renewed when Kirkcaldy YM and Fife Southern met at Denfield Park. With honours even at the interval, Oran Storrie and Caleb Jones ensured the result wasn't level at the final whistle as their goals gave the team from Rosyth victory by four goals to two.
 
Kirkcaldy struck early on when Darren Stirling ran to the edge of the box and hammered a low cross across the face of the goal. Jamie Spears did well to connect with the ball at the back post, stroking it in with the outside of his foot.
 
Southern weren’t behind for long though. During a period of ping pong in the box, Keir Davie reacted quickest to lift his header over Ryan Dixon and into the net.
 
YM could have been back in front within minutes. Jay Elder’s shot cannoned off the crossbar and fell to Alfie Marshall whose volley was well saved by Kieran Wilson.
 
Fife Southern got themselves ahead for the first time not long after. Lewis Dixon got onto the ball in the box and his powerful shot struck the back of the net.
 
The end to end nature of the half continued. Spears and Elder linked up with good passes to get down the pitch and Spears shot was only narrowly wide.
 
Kirkcaldy weren’t to be denied an equaliser for long though. Lewis MacLeod played a great long ball down the wing for Elder who cut back to Stirling. His long looping shot evaded everybody, including the goalkeeper and tied the half.
Kelty Marian Colts had to weather a second half rally from Bankfoot Athletic to take all three points from their visit to Perthsire. First half goals from Scott Wilkie, Connor Parks and Calvin Fisher as well as an early second half strike from Calum Ritchie put the visitors four nil up at Coronation Park. Two quick fire goals from Ryan Jenkins gave the home side hope, but it was not to be as Kelty held on until the final whistle.
 
The visitors started and a frantic pace and benefited from some high pressing to take control of the match inside the first three minutes. Wilkie controlled the ball before turning and firing a left footed shot past Bankfoot ‘keeper Lewis Fordyce and into the bottom left hand corner.
 
Just moments later Kelty doubled their lead, with a ball played over the top releasing Parks, who raced round Fordyce to tuck a right footed finish into the empty net.
Finding themselves two nil down after only ten minutes, Bankfoot were already in desperate need of a chance, and they almost pulled one back straight away with Greg Morgan heading over from a superb Youssef Elseedawy cross.
 
The first half, however, belonged to Kelty and they continued to create chances, with Parks almost through again but for a fine last ditch tackle by Jordan Batchelor. Parks was at the centre of the action for Kelty, and his cross found Cameron Currie unmarked in the centre, but he was unable to direct his shot goalwards.
Jack Smith was next to try his luck, shooting over after some neat build up play.
 
Chances were few and far between for Bankfoot, but they were threatening from set pieces throughout. Jenkins heading narrowly over as the game approached the half hour mark.
 
That signalled a better spell for the home side, but Kelty were quick to break when they won possession, and Joseph Kirby was a constant threat on the right hand side. First his low cross was cleared to safety, before he teed up Kieran Gilruth to shoot just over.
 
Bankfoot were finally finding some rhythm, but found the visitors in little mood to concede. Again the home side went close from a set piece, with Batchelor firing over from close range following a corner.
 
Kirby was continuing to cause problems for Bankfoot on the counter attack, and Stefan Zdrzalek showed some smart defending to clear two crosses in quick succession to keep the score as it was.
 
There was a much more even feel to the game as half time approached, and Zdrzalek was soon in action at the other end of the pitch, shooting over following a throw in.
Bankfoot were almost undone from a route one clearance by Kelty goalkeeper Ross Daly, when his kick fell to Parks to go through one on one, but he was denied by a quite fantastic save by Fordyce.
 
Kelty were looking to wrap the game up before half time, and an audacious left foot volley from Calvin Fisher would have been a fine way to do just that, instead it sailed just wide of the mark.
 
The goal that Kelty and Fisher were looking for did, however, finally appear when the Kelty number seven rose highest in the area to head home from a free kick. That goal was a disastrous one for Bankfoot who had worked hard to get back into the game up until that point. 
 
Connor Czarnecki tried to pull one back, making space for himself on the edge of the area with some quick feet, his right footed shot stinging the palms of Daly who did well to turn it away.
 
It was the turn of Fordyce at the other end to show his skills in goal, saving a right footed volley from Daniel Butt.
 
As the first half drew to a close a right footed shot from Morgan curled just wide for the home side, and Fordyce was again the hero; doing well to stop a low shot from Keltys’ Jordan Galloway.
Thornton Hibs produced a dominant display to see off Cairneyhill United 3-1 at Memorial Park. After initially falling behind to an Adam Rankine goal, two goals from Bradley Bullen, coming either side of a Jack Wilson strike, secured the points for Thornton to move them up to 4th in the league table. 
 
Thornton began the game with the greater attacking intent and were proving a threat for the Cairneyhill defence. On the 6th minute a Thornton corner was launched in and was diverted towards goal by Bullen. Cairneyhill ‘keeper John Manderson did well to keep the ball out. 
 
Bullen continued to hassle the Cairneyhill back line with a 15th minute effort dragged just wide of the left post. 
 
Thornton again came close to breaking the deadlock from a corner kick shortly afterwards. Jamie McKay met the subsequent ball and headed towards the target, only for Cairneyhill’s Sean Smith to block his effort on the line. 
 
Bullen had yet another chance on the 21st minute after latching onto a cross from Euan Forsyth. Again his effort went just past the post. 
 
On the 29th minute Cairnyhill United took the lead against the run of play. A corner from the left was initially parried away by the Thornton ‘keeper Matt MacGregor. However, Cairneyhill instantly regained possession of the ball and it was launched back into the penalty area. Defender Rankine, who had remained up top following the corner kick, headed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, just beyond the fingertips of MacGregor. 
 
3 minutes later and Cairneyhill very nearly went 2-0 up. Again a corner kick proved troublesome for the Thornton defenders as the ball took a number of ricochets before being turned towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Bullen, however, expertly cleared the ball on the goal line with a sliding effort. 
 
After this near scare Thornton began to regain control of the game and, on the 39th minute, the equaliser came. After a neat run down the left McKay delivered a fine low cross that took the Cairneyhill defence out of the game. Bullen, who had met the ball just outside the six yard area, slotted the ball home with a neat first time effort. 
 
Getting back on level terms helped increase the confidence of the Thornton players and they continued to pepper the Cairneyhill goal with some close shots. Both Jack Wilson and Luke Fleming came close and Bullen clipped the crossbar with an ambitious long-range effort. 
 
Just before the half-time break Thornton scored their second. After the Cairneyhill defence failed to clear the ball in their penalty area, Thornton picked up the ball in a threatening area. The ball was played to Wilson who had drifted into the penalty area unmarked and he confidently slotted the ball past Manderson.
Raith Rovers came back from 1-0 down to triumph 4-1 in the Under 15s League Cup Final against Dunfermline Athletic. Caitlin Ross had initially put Dunfermline ahead but an equaliser from Sophie Aitken, a double from Kerri Dinnel and a sublime late goal from Nicole Carter ensured that Raith Rovers claimed the trophy.
 
The first chance came from a Dunfermline corner in just the 2nd minute. The ball was launched into the box and, after a bit of a scrap in the goal area, the ball was diverted towards the goal. Raith Rovers ‘keeper Chloe Miller made a great save low to her left to keep the ball out.
 
From then on Raith Rovers were the stronger side creating the greater number of chances. Dinnel had an effort that struck the side netting on the 5th minute. 
 
Not long after a Raith Rovers free kick was crossed into the box but, after a deflected shot, Dunfermline’s goalkeeper, Kira Sutler, claimed the ball.  
 
Despite Raith Rovers looking the bigger threat it was Dunfermline that took the lead on the 12th minute courtesy of Caitlin Ross. She pursued the ball that had been played beyond her and expertly shrugged of the defender challenging her. Ross then took the ball towards the left of the goal, paused to wait for the goalkeeper to commit, then expertly slotted it in to make the score 1-0. 
 
Raith Rovers continued as they had been before despite this setback, much to their credit. Nicole Carter and Michaela McLachlan both had good chances to equalize with their efforts only just missing the target.
 
However the pressure eventually told as the equaliser came in the 26th minute. A corner kick found Sophie Aitken in the box and she duly headed home after making a fantastic run to beat her marker to the ball. The scores remained level up until the half time break.
Forfar Farmington put on an incredibly impressive display to beat Spartans FC 7-0 in the final of the East Region Under 17s League Cup final. Goals from Amy Gallacher, Jose McCabe, Beth Shillitto, Lindsey Dunbar, Nikki Grant and a double from Alex Russell ensured that Forfar left St Andrews delighted with their performance, and also with a trophy in their possession.  
 
The crowd did not have to wait long to witness the first goal of the afternoon match. After just 2 minutes Gallacher latched onto a long ball straight from a goal kick that had evaded the Spartans defence. Gallacher’s shot was too powerful for Spartans ‘keeper Eartha Cumings, who did well to get a hand to it, but it nestled inside the net despite her best efforts. 
 
Forfar’s early strike signaled what was to come for the rest of the game as their attack continued to create plenty of chances. 
 
Forfar’s Bekah Brown came close to doubling the lead on 10 minutes after skillfully collecting the ball from a cross that came from the right hand side. Following a clever turn she took her shot. However, the ball hit the ground, which took the sting out of the effort, leaving Cumings to claim the ball. 
 
In the 17th minute Nikki Grant burst through to take a shot aimed towards the right hand corner of the goal. Cumings produced a good save to parry the ball behind for a corner. 
 
Brown had another attempt at goal 5 minutes later after running down the left wing. Again Cumings denied Forfar with another save.
 
Shortly afterwards Spartans had their first attempt on goal. Taylor Sanderson made a spirited run down the right before shooting across the goal aiming for the bottom left hand corner. Unfortunately for her, and Spartans, the ball drifted wide of the post.
 
On the 35th minute it was Lindsey Dunbar’s turn to be denied by Cumings. After a fine ball Dunbar ran in on goal before Cumings bravely dived in to feet and blocked the effort. 
 
Just a minute later Forfar Farmington would have been scratching their heads wondering how on earth they could beat the Spartans goalkeeper, who was more than keeping her team in the game. Again Dunbar was the one to be denied. After a cross from wide into the penalty area she unleashed a strong powerful shot towards goal which seemed destined to put her team 2-0 up. However, Cumings produced an absolutely phenomenal close range save diving low to her left to push the ball away. Her impressive reactions received a round of applause from all the spectators. 
Forfar Farmington Blue United secured the East Region League Cup by four goals to two after extra time against a strong Jeanfield Sisters side. Top of their respective leagues this was always looked like a good match. Eve Burnett’s early goal and a second half strike by Sophie Morrison had the sisters in control. But goals from Leah Fleming and Zoe Moreland left the game level. A Katie White brace in extra time meant Forfar left with the silverware.
 
Both sides had done well to reach the final. Both topped their round robin groups. Forfar then saw off local rivals Forfar Meerkats and Dundee United, while Jeanfield defeated Bayside and then Tayside colts.
 
Jeanfield were first to threaten when Rachel Wolecki’s shot from just outside the box was held well by Sinead Watson.
 
They converted their next chance. Jess Cromwell’s shot was saved by Watson with her feet before Barnett put the rebound in the net from a narrow angle.
 
Forfar almost replied instantly when White found space on the edge of the box but Megan Sidey was in magnificent form and held White’s shot well.
 
It was then Watson’s turn to demonstrate good goalkeeping. She tipped over Barnett’s dipping 25-yard volley.
 
With the half drawing to a close Tara Laughlin played a through ball to Wolecki whose shot from just inside the box was saved.
 
Then Sidey held on to a powerful effort by Taylor Clifford to conclude a half of Majestic goalkeeping.
 
Both teams played well in the first half. Forfar’s Ellie Cook and Anne Murrie did well to cut out a lot of aerial balls to Laughlin, who looked dangerous when she was on the ball particularly at close range. While Ellie Cowie of Jeanfield had kept a close eye on Moreland who looked skilful and linked up well with White who was making lots of good runs.
Townhill produced a fine display to progress to the second round of the Fife Cup, and end an unbeaten start to the season for travelling league leaders Aberdour.
 
The home side netted five times; with a brace for Gregor Macdonald, and one each for Ben Woodfine, Dominic Mcmurchie, and Aaron Baxter.
 
Ewan Sutherlands’ cooly taken penalty was the only goal for an Aberdour side who went into the game having only dropped two league points from the first six games.
 
In true cup game fashion chances were few and far between in the early stages, with both sides wary of conceding first; but it was the home side who carved out the first opening, with Baxter playing Alex Chingwalu through on goal, only to be denied by Abderdour ‘keeper Ross Clark.
 
Mcmurchie was next to test Clark, with a long range effort palmed to safety by the goalkeeper.
 
Townhill were beginning to gain some momentum, and Baxter was again close to breaking the deadlock, with a left footed drive from outside the area narrowly missing the Aberdour crossbar.
 
The pressure finally told after fifteen minutes, when a fine corner from Jack George was powerfully headed home by Woodfine.
 
Chingwalu almost doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but was denied when his header was saved by Clark.
 
Abderdour were in need of some reprieve, and as the half went on they began to find their rhythm. Mackenzie Roe in the Townhill defence first headed away a dangerous looking cross, before Haydn Clarkson was almost played through on goal, but for a last gasp interception from Ben Mccann. 
 
The momentum was now with the away side, and Owain Stark in the Townhill goal did well to hold onto a dipping free kick from Damon Kenny.
 
Townhill dug in, and after weathering a tough spell Baxter almost snatched his side a second goal, his right footed effort flying wide of the mark with fifteen minutes of the first half left to play.
 
Aberdour continued to push for an equaliser, but were to suffer a hammer blow with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A throw in from the right found Mcmurchie, who turned his marker and slotted a left footed finish smartly past the keeper to double his teams lead.
 
Aberdour piled forward in desperate search of a goal before half time, and Clarkson was almost played clear of the last defender but for a fine tackle from Mackenzie Roe.
 
Kenny then showed fine feet to waltz his way into the Townhill penalty area, when tackled the ball landed kindly for Clarkson, but his low shot was well saved by Stark. 
 
Townhill set about putting the game to bed, with Mcmurchie almost through on goal, but Clark was quick off his line and beat him to the ball. Jack George then found his way into the Aberdour box, but again the defence held strong.
 
Aberdour rallied just before the half time whistle, but their passing game couldn’t penetrate the Townhill back line, with Woodfine in particular in inspired form.
Blue Brazil moved level on points with Abernethy YFC in the ACA Plate Championship after a hotly contested match at Powrie Park. 
 
Four goals from Kieran Wilson and one each from Jamie McEwan, Joe Potter and Gavin Cowie helped secure the points for the Cowdenbeath side. Sebastian Merone and Liam Hennessey netted for Abernethy, but it was not enough to preserve the home sides 100% start to the season. 
 
Both sides went into the game in fine form, having scored Sixty-One goals between them in the league so far, while only conceding nine.
 
The game started at a furious pace and it was the home side who carved out the first chance, with Ross McGowan forcing a save from Blue Brazil keeper’ Cameron Coyne. 
 
However it was the away side who struck first, with the impressive Wilson firing in a free kick from just outside the area. 
 
The game was being played out in midfield with some big tackles from both teams, but as the half progressed it was Blue Brazil who began to create the better chances. 
 
McEwan latched on to a fine through ball but couldn’t get his shot passed Andrew Roberton in the Abernethy goal. McEwan had another sight of goal moments later but pulled his shot just wide of the post. 
 
Wilson was next to go close when played through one on one, but was denied by a fine rushing save from Roberton. 
 
After weathering a period of pressure, Abernethy were almost level after 20 minutes when Logan Gilmarton headed wide from a Jack Hutchison free kick.
 
Blue Brazil doubled their lead after 25 minutes when McEwan was again played in behind the Abernethy defence, this time rounding the onrushing keeper and slotting the ball left footed into the empty net. 
 
The two goal lead lasted just over five minutes, however, as Blue Brazil were undone from a corner. The ball was swung in from the right hand side and Merone rose highest in a packed penalty area to direct a downward header into the net.  
 
It was end to end action for much of the game, and within three minutes Blue Brazils two goal lead was restored, when Wilson broke clear of the last defender and knocked the ball beyond the goalkeeper, helping himself to his second and his team’s third.