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It looked to be a great match up between Morgan and Menzieshill at the DISC. Morgan are having a superb season, and Braeview had just kicked theirs off and were looking for their first win. 
Morgan kicked the game off well, Ryan McLaren chipped a great ball through to Robbie Stewart who powered a shot towards goal but it went over the bar. Menzieshill countered with their own chance after Liam Hornby played a long pass to Jaden Murphy who then moved into the box but was tackled by Rhys Nellies. 
Menzieshill took the lead in the 8th minute, after Jaden Murphy was fouled in the box. Murphy stepped up to the spot confidently, and then placed the ball coolly past the keeper making it 1-0. 
Morgan weren’t ready to give up though, and continued to pressure the Menzieshill defence. In the 15th minute, Morgan managed to equalise. Ryan McLaren hit a low shot from outside the box which went perfectly into the bottom left corner. Soon after, Aiden Whyte struck the ball beautifully from outside the box right into the top corner making it 2-1 Morgan. 
Morgan were starting to pass the ball around well, and looked dangerous every time they were attacking. A long ball was sent up to Ryan McLaren who then used his great pace to get through the defence and into the box. But, his shot was stopped brilliantly by Nathan Thomson who pushed it onto the post and out for a corner. Thomson was called to make another great save as Rhys Nellies sent a powerful header towards goal from the corner but Thomson saved it well then cleared the danger. 
Thomson made another remarkable save just before half time, when Robbie Stewart hit a low shot in the box at goal but Thomson made a tremendous dive and pushed the ball away. The half time whistle blew, and Morgan were 2-1 up. Menzieshill were playing well, but struggling to create chances. Morgan were making some nice passing moves, and looked strong when defending.
It looked to be a great match up between the two east region teams for this Scottish Cup second round tie, as both teams have had great runs before in the past. Grove have been on great form recently having had a great run of league results, but Dunfermline were up for the challenge having also had some great wins recently.
Grove kicked the game off with a quick attack. Ranald Bowie received a great long ball from the midfield and then dribbled past a defender but was tackled for a corner. Dunfermline were on their toes early on though and cleared the danger with ease. Grove created another chance soon after through a clever Calum McHardy chipped passed, which set up Darren Mackie in the box but Dunfermline captain Greg Pearson won the ball with a tremendous tackle.
Dunfermline had their best chance of the game in the 14th minute. Scott Russell sent a powerful header towards goal from a superb corner, it looked dangerous but Matty Galloway made a brilliant save. They also came close through a free kick minutes later, Scott Hynd sent a powerful shot towards goal but Galloway managed to hold on to it well.
Grove grabbed the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. Calum McHardy swung in a superb cross to Paul Callaghan who leaped into the air and nodded it past the Dunfermline keeper making it 1-0. It didn’t take long for Dunfermline to equalise though, in the 24th minute Dunfermline made a quick attack through the midfield. Scott Hynd received the ball in the Grove box, then passed back to Mark Yorkston who set up Alistair McDonald in the centre who coolly slotted it past the keeper.
Both teams were fighting hard to take the lead once again, Dunfermline almost made it when Daryl Healy played a nice through ball to Mark Yorkston in the box. Before Yorkston could take a shot Craig Madden managed to win the ball with a powerful tackle. Grove then countered with their own chance, Ranald Bowie skilfully beat two Dunfermline players and then crossed a low ball into the middle of the box but Marcus Hall cleared the ball away.
The half time whistle was nearing, and it was still looking like either team could get ahead. Calum McHardy set up Darren Mackie from a long free kick, the ball bounced through the defence but Mackie narrowly couldn’t reach it. A surprise shot came from nothing minutes later, when Mark Yorkston sent a powerful volley towards goal from just outside the Grove box. Galloway made a great diving save and tipped the ball over the bar.
The whistle blew and the first half finished 1-1. Both teams were working hard and creating plenty of chances, but Grove looked like they had the most possession. It was difficult to say who would come out on top in the second half, as everyone was fighting hard to get in the lead.
Dunfermline were hosting Glenrothes Strollers for another exciting league encounter, but this wasn’t a regular league game as Dunfermline will be awarded the league title once the match was over. Dunfermline have had a terrific season so far and were looking to finish it on a high, but Glenrothes Strollers were also keen to pick up three points.
Dunfermline started the game off well, Morgan Cross skilfully turned around a Glenrothes defender and then took a shot inside the box but then Megan Philip made a great save and palmed the ball out for a corner. Cross came close again from the corner, Philip came off her line giving Cross the chance to take the lead but it went narrowly wide.
It wasn’t long before Lauryn Hynd put Dunfermline in the lead in the 5th minute. Morgan Cross played the ball out wide to Fiona Murray. Murray then crossed the ball into Hynd who controlled the ball well and smashed it into the back of the net making it 1-0.
Dunfermline increased their lead after Fiona Murray was fouled in the box. Murray slotted the ball coolly past the keeper giving Dunfermline their second goal in under 10 minutes. 
Glenrothes had their first chance of the game when Aimee Headland started a quick counter attack. She managed to play the ball out to Hannah Clark but the Dunfermline defence dealt with the attack well. Dunfermline continued to pass the ball about well, and almost had a chance when Jayny Saunders hit a hard shot from outside the box which narrowly went over. 
Dunfermline made it 3-0 in the 16th minute. Jayny Saunders crossed a beautiful ball into the box which went through the keeper and straight to Emily Wyse who knocked it into the net. Soon after the kick off Dunfermline continued to keep up the pressure as Morgan Cross hit the post from a powerful shot.
Glenrothes won an indirect free kick on the left side of the box after a pass back to the keeper. Aimee Headland played a good ball into the centre of the box but the defence cleared it well. Glenrothes kept pushing though, and almost created a chance after Dunfermline defender Ellie Donaldson blocked a cross into the box. The ball then deflected to Chelsea Mclean who struck it towards goal but Sarah King saved it well. 
Glenrothes almost grabbed a goal back just before half time when Aimee Headland ripped a player inside the box and played a low ball across the face of the goal but no one could reach it in time. The half time whistle blew shortly after. Dunfermline were dominating the game, as they were passing the ball about brilliantly and were creating plenty of chances. Glenrothes Strollers looked like they could score though as they had a few dangerous counter attacks and were defending strongly.

It was a great match up between Broughty United and Dundee West in the Dundee and Angus section of the SWF East's 13's age group, as both teams looked ready to grab three points and carry on their good league form.

Broughty had the first chance of the game early on, Ciara McGreal drove up the field with great pace and then played a superb pass to Jamie-Lee Thomson who took a long shot towards goal but it dipped just over the bar.

Dundee West took an early lead with a quick attack in the 7th minute. Dundee West rushed up the field, Keris Forsyth took a shot from outside the box but Ciara Mcgreal blocked it well. The ball then fell to Alana Ramage who struck the ball into the bottom corner making it 1-0.

Broughty started creating some good chances by using nice passing moves, they were pushing up the field but struggling to find the net. But, in the 15th minute they equalised. Jamie-Lee Thomson won the ball from a Dundee West defender with a strong tackle, sprinted into the box and then placed the ball into the bottom corner.

Dundee West started to press Broughty a lot harder, fighting hard to win the ball and take the lead. In the 20th minute, Dundee West won the ball in the midfield and then Courtney Airlie played a long through ball past the defence to Keira Flynn out wide who then dribbled into the box and smashed the ball into the net making it 2-1.

Dundee West scored a third goal minutes later almost identically, Flynn once again received the ball out wide and then drove into the box and hit a shot towards goal. The keeper made a good save, but Flynn retrieved the ball again and finished it second time around putting Dundee West ahead by 2 goals.

Broughty pushed for an attack straight from the kick off, but Dundee West’s clinical finishing struck again. From the left corner of the pitch Alana Ramage made a one two with Kirrin Gellatly, then in the corner of the box smashed the ball into the top corner making it 4-1. The half time whistle blew shortly after and Dundee West came out the half with a strong lead. Broughty were playing well and made some nice passing moves, but had to start finishing their chances. Dundee West were clinical in front of goal and their quick pacey attacks caused problems for the Broughty defence.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Robertson free kick gives Monifieth three points

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The sun was shining at Dawson Park, as two rivals were about to kick off. Ferry Athletic and Monifieth were ready to battle it out, but it was difficult to say who would come out on top between the two President League teams.  
Monifieth had the first chance of the game in the 8th minute of the game. Craig Strachan dribbled past a defender and into the Ferry box , he then struck a hard shot towards goal but it rattled the post. 
Craig Chalmers almost put Ferry ahead in the 15th minute with an impressive run beating two players and then taking a long shot towards goal but it went narrowly wide. Ferry continued to pass the ball and set up another chance soon after, a great passing move set up Darren Mackie with a chance to shoot but keeper Greg Sturrock dealt with it well. 
Monifieth were stroking the ball about well, when Craig Strachan played a quick pass to Cameron Robertson who then played David Hendy through into the box. But before Hendry could take a chance at goal, Craig Madden put in a strong challenge and won the ball well. 
Liam Smith nearly gave Monifieth the lead with a powerful long shot which was heading for the net, but Joshua Gorton managed to dive on to the ball well. The ball spilled from his grasp but Gorton did well to recover the ball quickly. 
Monifieth were looking the better team, Ferry were passing the ball about well but were struggling to create any clear chances at goal. Monifieth took their chance to score in the 40th minute, Cameron Robertson scored a brilliant lofted free kick which dipped past the keeper and into the back of the net making it 1-0.
Ferry almost equalised just before the half was over. Craig Chalmers won the ball in the midfield and then played a great pass to Ryan Blair who then took the ball around a Monifieth player and hit a shot towards goal but Greg Sturrock made a good save. The halftime whistle blew soon after and Monifieth were in the lead. Ferry were struggling to create many strong chances but still looked like they could come back into it. Monifieth looked dangerous when attacking and were defending well.