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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:54

Joy of six for Saints in fine cup win

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St Johns Rovers turned in a convincing performance on a warm Sunday morning to lift the Stuart McPhee Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 defeat of local rivals, Kirkcaldy United.  3 goals in each half and an outstanding man of the match made it a day to remember for the Rovers.
Kirkcaldy United kicked off and their early pressure forced a corner in only the 2nd minute. They couldn’t capitalise on this early opportunity though and 4 minutes later were made to regret it as Stephen Girvin scored St Johns first goal, heading in from their first corner with the help of a deflection which caught out Hamish Kyme in the United goal.
In fairly even play Dylan Gilmour was beginning to exert some influence, fizzing a shot low past Kyme’s left hand on 10 minutes, and only a minute later he netted St Johns second, released with a wonderful through ball from Ross Slavin.
St Johns were starting to control more of the match now but Kirkcaldy United almost pulled one back on 18 minutes when Reece Mitchell ran on to a long ball from his own half and closed in on goal with 2 defenders tracking him, his neat attempted chip deflected wide at the last minute.  Michael Melvin and Harry Colquhoun were combining well for United although pressure from St Johns often forced their team mates into playing a longer ball than was necessary.
On 32 minutes Dylan Gilmour was unlucky not to score his second when he attempted an audacious backheel in front of goal when a conventional tap in would surely have scored, but a minute later St Johns got their third from a beautiful free kick, hammered low and hard from 20 yards by Ross Slavin.
Author: Garry Evans
A noisy crowd turned up Denbeath Park in Kirkcaldy to watch a thrilling cup final between Division 2 title contenders Rosyth Norries and Division 1’s Dalbeath Colts, even the few rain showers couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm. Both teams have had mixed fortunes this season, and were both fired up to take the AFYFC Spring Cup. 
The game kicked off Dalbeath taking control of the ball well and holding possession, Rosyth Norries appeared a little nervous initially.
Jordan Rannie for Colts shot from just outside the Rosyth keepers left side of his box but the ball was comfortably held my Keenan Lewis, despite goal line pressure from Colts Jordan McKenzie to keep the score at deadlock.
Rosyth tried to get into the game with Jack Ritchie battling through on the left flank trying to get forward, Colts however were just too strong for the Rosyth team. The first shot from Rosyth came from Ben Adam, trying his luck from about 25 yards but wide of the mark
Colts pressure and control of the match came down to sheer tenacity and skill that playmaker Kerr Penman showed in trying to give his team a scoring advantage, Penman was always weaving in between the Rosyth players and he got his goal with was thoroughly deserved with a shot that had Rosyth Keeper Lewis beaten easily and the ball nestling nicely in the keeper's right hand corner, 1-0 to Dalbeath Colts.
Rosyth were desperate to get back into the match and the tall Cameron Smith started a run up the left hand channel, crossing towards teammate Jack Moffat, however the ball was cleared for a corner. The corner was taken and again Moffat was the target, getting in front of Colts keeper Jamie Bird, but the ball was just over Moffat’s head and caught well by Bird.
It was apparent that another goal would come soon, Colts were dominating play and Rosyth were still stuck in second gear, Mitchell Kay won the ball in his own half after tussling with Josh Wilson, his run down the right channel was impressive, as was his shot which beat keeper Keenan Lewis, slipping under the keeper's body as he dived for the ball. And within 18 mins it was two nil in Dalbeath's favour.
That second Colts goal seemed to be just the kickstart that Rosyth needed, the next twenty mins saw Rosyth pile on the pressure seeking a goal to bring them right back into this final, Colts however were content to sit on their lead and play on the counter attack. Lee Barclay coming close but his off balanced header was well saved by Lewis. The game was then stopped as Barclay had injured his shoulder,
Morgan Bennell tried his luck with a shot that was blocked, before Penman the star player of the Colts team hit a shot over the bar.
Rosyth’s Adam & Moffat started to combine well, the hard working two some of Bernard and Ritchie offering supporting runs and playmaking helped as Rosyth started to take hold of possession. 
Colts had chances, Captain Darrin Hilton working tirelessly to try and motivate his players and working his channel, trying to keep Ritchie at bay, but Rosyth just kept on pressing.
Both coaching teams were out on the touchlines trying to urge their teams on, Colts boss Colin Bird barking out instructions about the shape, Matt Lewis’s team however listened to his encouragement and upped the ante. Moffat had a few shots just wide of the target, before coming even closer hitting the crossbar. Before Bernard was fouled 27 yards out from the Colts goal, his free kick however went just wide. 
The crowd knew and so did the players there was going to be another goal, Rosyth’s Moffat picking up the ball, and despite three Dalbeath players trying to get the ball off him, he placed it low in the keepers left hand corner of the net, it was now 2-1 to Colts and game on!
Norries tails were up and Moffat set off on another run, breaking free from his marker and trying to play the ball to Adam, but the pass was blocked by a Colts player who then went on to be fouled by Horstman, relieving Colts of the Norries pressure.
Penman continued to be the Colts next chance of a goal, tirelessly working away to make some magic happen for Colts, but again coming up against the formidable  
Norries defence who had now settled and were playing as a unit.
Ben Adam was next to try his luck, his shot from the edge of the 18 yard box being saved by Jamie Bird, just as the first half whistle blew.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:04

Set piece magic inspires Ferry to cup victory

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Ferry Athletic lifted the Jean Pierre Babin Cup on a glorious Sunday afternoon after seeing off Fairmuir Boys Club thanks to a stunning free-kick from Jay Forran and a cool, composed finish from Kieron Paton. 
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as Ferry Athletic kicked off the first half of the cup final at North End Park, and conditions were ideal. From the start both teams showed attacking intent and within minutes of the start both Kal Handy and Rory Faulkner had early chances to give their respective side the lead. Faulkner stinging the palms of Elliot Smith in the Fairmuir goal with a rasping drive of a volley from a throw in. 
Both teams continued to press hard early on and Fairmuir’s Bailey Chalmers had the ball in the net inside 10 minutes but the linesman’s flag muted celebrations. Ferry weren’t about to be lie down though and they too must have thought they’d taken the lead when Ryan Ferry headed in at the back post but once again a raised arm from the linesman saw the goal ruled out for offside. 
Jake Porter looked to be struggling as he got caught wrong side of his man but did well to make a recovery tackle, his challenge resulted in a foul but it was an important break up of play nonetheless. Arran Smith took the resulting set piece and forced a good save out of Kristopher Taylor, the Ferry keeper doing well to reach the whipped shot.
And it was to be a set piece that saw the deadlock broken on 20 minutes. Jay Forran stepped up from 25 yards out and absolutely hammered the ball home; his powerful effort flying into the top right corner after taking a very late dip. Elliot Smith in goals was rooted to the spot and he could do nothing to stop Ferry taking the lead. 
Ferry continued to look dangerous as Faulkner drifted past at least four of his opponents before forcing a close range save. Kal Handy responded for Fairmuir as he strode forward confidently before cutting the ball back from the right hand side. His team-mate Mathew Gow latched onto the ball and might have done better with his shot but Jake Porter got rid of the danger and made the clearance on his goal line. 
But Porter, like the rest of his team, couldn’t stop Jamie Gaffney a moment later as he somehow weaved a way through the Ferry backline and coolly slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper. A goal was no more than the Fairmuir team deserved as they had rallied well after going behind. 
And they continued to press with Gregor Macaulay making a menacing run down the right before drilling the ball across the face of the goal. Nobody was on hand to make the final touch though as the ball went out harmlessly for a goal kick. Macaulay would have the ball in the net moments later but, for the third time in the half, the goal was disallowed for offside and the teams trooped off for half time with the scores level. 
The sun was shining at North End Park, and the crowd were ready for a great match up between Dundee West and Monifieth. Both teams have had tremendous seasons, and are fired up to take the Jean Pierre Babin Cup. 
The game kicked off with a great start, Dundee West were controlling the ball well and holding possession but Monifieth were putting them under a lot of pressure.
Monifieth’s pressing paid off early, in the 15th minute Jordan Sime was played through the defence and into the box. Sime controlled the ball well then placed it past the keeper making it 1-0.
Monifieth almost made it 2-0 after a powerful shot slipped past the keeper, but Martin Walker cleared the ball brilliantly before it could cross the line. Dundee West were still passing the ball around well but Monifieth’s pressure was causing them to make some mistakes. 
Dundee West came close to equalising after a nice chipped ball was played to Ben Edmunds who then dribbled into the box, but Monifieth keeper Stephen Beattie came off his line quickly and caused Edmunds to send his shot just wide. 
Monifieth nearly increased their lead just before half time with a fantastic free kick from Calumn Tippet but it rattled the cross bar.
The half was over and Monifieth were 1-0 up, their work rate was impressive and their quick passing moves proved to be deadly. Dundee West were passing the ball around well, and had a few close chances but were struggling to create more.
The was still in full force at North End Park, but this didn’t bother Fairmuir or Riverside as they were fired up to battle it out for the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Fairmuir were looking to win their second cup of the season, but Riverside have had a great cup run and it looked to be a close match-up. 
Fairmuir had a close chance early on, Steven Abbot hit a brilliant volley towards goal from a corner but it grazed the cross bar. Fairmuir were controlling the ball well and were building up some great passing moves, but Riverside looked dangerous when counter attacking. 
The boys in orange took the lead in the 19th minute, a long ball through was played to Keiran McWilliam who then went through one on one with the keeper. McWilliam then slotted it past the keeper with great composure making the score 1-0.
Fairmuir were pressing hard for another goal, Vincent Edmonds came close after beating a couple of defenders inside the box but was tackled well by Thomas MacPhail. Cameron Christie also had a close chance after a swift passing move with Edmonds but the Riverside defence managed to clear the danger. 
The first half was over and Fairmuir were in the lead. Fairmuir had a lot of possession and created plenty of good chances, but Riverside were still in the game as their defending was solid but just needed more goal scoring opportunities.  
It may have been sunny, but the wind was in full force at North End Park. Broughty United have had a fantastic season and a strong cup run, but Dundee West have been one of the top teams and this will be their second cup final this season.  
The game kicked off with an entertaining start. Broughty United were attacking with a lot of pace and dangerous quick passing moves. Dundee West had a lot of possession though, and were creating some close chances.
Broughty came close after a great build up lead to Brandon Black receiving the ball just outside the Dundee West box. Black swerved a shot towards goal but it went narrowly wide. Dundee West had a chance soon after, a brilliant corner was swung into Jordan Conway who sent a powerful header which grazed the cross bar. 
Ewan Faulkner created a superb chance for Broughty. After a brilliant dribble down the wing, Faulkner played a low ball into the box for Brandon Black. The shot was low and hard but Craig Heggie saved it with ease. 
Dundee West took the lead in the 27th minute, after a great counter attack a long through ball was played to Nairn Bonar who then slotted it past the keeper making it 1-0. 
The first half was over, and Dundee West were in the lead. Dundee West were moving the ball around well and created some good chances. Broughty were unlucky to not have also grabbed a goal as they had some great attacks and a couple of close opportunities. 
Monday, 24 March 2014 22:20

Fairmuir win cup in tight shoot out

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It was a windy day at North End Park, and both Fairmuir and Dundee West were fired up for a big final. Fairmuir are undefeated this season but Dundee West have also been on tremendous form.
The first chance of the game came early on after Zander Chaplin’s free kick rattled the cross bar from roughly thirty yards out. Another chance came soon after when Nairn Bonar made a superb dribble through the Fairmuir defence and then hit a side foot shot towards goal but Connor Reilly saved it well. 
Bonar found the net in the 10th minute though after receiving a great ball through from Chaplin and then smashed it into the net making it 1-0 Dundee West.
Dundee West scored a second in the 25th minute after the Fairmuir keeper clashed with Nairn Bonar earning a penalty. The first penalty taken by Jamie McKay smacked the post but was retaken by Jordan Conway who placed it past the keeper with confidence putting Dundee West 2-0.
Dundee West were the better team of the half but Fairmuir still looked dangerous when attacking, and started to pass the ball around well just before half time. 
Monday, 17 March 2014 23:12

Dryburgh lift cup after 4-4 face off

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A blustery North End Park was the venue for a fierce face-off between Dryburgh Athletic and Celtic Boys. Both teams have had a tremendous season so far, with Dryburgh close to winning the league and Celtic reaching two cup finals. 
Despite a slow start to the game, once the teams settled in the pace started to pick up and chances were flying in from both sides. Dryburgh were passing the ball around well and looked dangerous when attacking, but Celtics defence was solid and held up well. 
Dryburgh grabbed the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. Cameron McDonald was played into the box with a quick through ball, McDonald then held off a Celtic defender and slotted the ball past the keeper making it 1-0. 
Dryburgh had another close chance when Christopher Irvine managed to break through the Celtic defence and fire a shot towards goal but it went just wide of the post. Celtic were fighting hard for possession and also had a couple of opportunities to equalise. Martin Donaldson made a great turn around a Dryburgh defender inside the box and unleashed a shot but hit the side netting.
Celtic Boys equalised just before half time. A great ball was swung into the box for Lewis Long who got up in the air brilliantly and nodded it into the top corner bringing the score to 1-1. The half time whistle blew shortly after and the score reflected the half well. Both sides were fighting hard for the ball and creating chances in what was an exciting first half. 
Billy Stark’s Scotland Under 21 side prepare for their vital game in May against Holland for the European Championship qualifier with a friendly against Hungary in front of 4500 fans at Tannadice Park. 
The game kicked off with an exciting start, Scotland had an early chance after Callum McGregor won the ball from a Hungary player then played it through to Ryan Fraser. Fraser controlled it well but Patrick Poor won the ball. 
Hungary got their first close chance just after 10 minutes, Bence Gyurjan took a great touch in Scotland’s box but sent his shot just wide of the post.
Scotland grabbed the first goal of the game in the 25th minute through Callum McGregor. After Callum Paterson was brought down just outside of the box and awarded a free kick, McGregor smashed a low shot into the bottom left corner making it 1-0. 
Hungary countered with a couple of close chances, Roland Szolnoki took a volley from outside the box but it curled over the bar. Shortly after Istvan Kovacs beat a player then played a superb ball through to Andras Rado but he was narrowly offside. 
A great passing move put Scotland 2-0 in the lead. In the 37th minute, McGregor played a clever ball to captain Stuart Armstrong on the right side then passed it into the centre for Fraser to place past the keeper with ease. 
The half time whistle blew shortly after, and it was 2-0 Scotland. Hungary did a lot of attacking and looked dangerous when on the move, but Scotland were pressing well and took their chances. 
Monday, 24 February 2014 11:14

DUSC make it into John Clark Motors final

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Dundee United SC met Scone Thistle in the John Clark Motors semi-final this weekend. The last time these two sides met in December DUSC came out on top. Dundee United SC will be looking to continue their tremendous form by making it into another final, whilst Scone Thistle will be excited to have a chance to get revenge for their previous loss. 
DUSC started the game off well, despite having the wind against them they managed to create some early chances. They came close to taking the lead in the 10th minute after Nathan Tosh flicked a brilliant back heel to Jordan Elder who struck the ball towards goal but Jarod Ovenstone made a superb save.
Scone Thistle were defending well, but Dundee United SC’s pressure paid off in the 18th minute when Cameron McMahon was brought down in the box. Nathan Tosh took the penalty well and placed it past the keeper skilfully making it 1-0. 
10 minutes later Dundee United SC scored their second goal of the half. Jordan Davies played a wonderful ball into the box for Jordan Elder, Elder then made a brave diving header and put it in the back of the net putting DUSC 2-0 up. 
Shortly after the second goal Scone Thistle managed to bring a goal back, Josh Davidson struck a hard shot from far out towards the goal which deflected off Liam Shortridge and dipped the keeper making it 2-1. 
Jordan Davies grabbed his first goal for the club in the 33rd minute. Davies smacked a fantastic shot from the left side of the box right into the top corner putting DUSC 3-1 in the lead. 
DUSC gave themselves a comfortable lead just before half time, Jordan Elder dribbled skilfully past a Scone Thistle defender and then swung a great ball into the box. Ross McQuade met the ball well and headed it over the line making it 4-1.
The first half whistle blew, and DUSC left the field with a three goal lead. Scone Thistle were holding off a lot of Dundee United SC’s efforts but couldn’t handle the dangerous crosses coming in from Jordan Davies and Elder. DUSC also held a lot of the possessions as their passing moves were fast and swift.