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Both sides entered this match confident of progressing to the Fife Cup Final, however it was Lochgelly who progressed after a brilliant performance with only 10 men. They came from behind to overcome a strong Pitreavie side and as a result booked their place in the Fife Cup Final.
Launcherhead Park hosted this semi-final between two very strong sides. The pitch, which was not conducive to good football, really impacted on the performances of both teams, however the Pumas did start the better of the two sides.
Some good play down the right wing from Pitreavie led to a cross into the box, Lochgelly only managed to clear to the edge and Kendall Forbes controlled well but his shot flew wide of the right hand post.
Five minutes later, the game changed completely. Lochgelly’s Liam Taylor, who had been yellow carded only a few minutes earlier for a late tackle, saw a second yellow for foul and abusive language. The red card seemed very harsh in truth and Lochgelly were reduced to 10 men.
From the resulting free kick, about 25 yards out, the ball was laid off to Mitchell Roe, who controlled his strike well to fire the ball into the top right-hand corner to put Pitreavie one goal up.
The red card, coupled with Pitreavie’s early goal seemed to galvanise Lochgelly and ten minutes later they had an opportunity of their own. Jordan Robertson was played in on goal and his effort was deflected just over the bar.
This was a sign of things to come and just before half-time they should have been level. A long free kick from Cairn Dow found its way to Todd Fleming who forced Kyle Bow into a good save. The rebound fell to Robertson, however he shot wide from six yards and Pitreavie went in 1-0 up at the break.
An injury time goal from Ross McDowell clinched the Chuck McGowan Cup for Monifieth Athletic after a thrilling final. The striker latched onto Oli Carmichael’s pass and fired past Cammy Grant to settle a tie that saw both team’s ahead during the 80 minutes.
There has been little between these sides this season, and Monifieth got off to the perfect start when they opened the scoring after six minutes. Josh Wanless’s corner caught out Cammy Grant and sailed straight into the net.
Dryburgh went on the offensive and nearly equalised through Jack Whyte who linked with Kal Duncan, but he failed to hit the target from the edge of the box.
With 10 minutes on the clock, Dryburgh did level the score. Duncan swept the ball towards goal, and despite a fine reaction save from Dylan Kelly, the ball rebounded off Michael Galloway and into the net.
Monifieth were nearly behind when a long free kick caught out Kelly, but Liam Annan managed to slide the ball off the line. At the other end, Adam Gray brought a save out of Grant before Annan bulleted a header just over from the resulting corner.
Wanless pounced on a loose ball inside the box but was denied by Grant from close range. With half time approaching, Monifieth went ahead for a second time.
Oli Carmichael raced down the left wing and slipped a shot past the oncoming Grant into the net, despite the efforts of the recovering Dryburgh defenders.
Aiden Lockhart’s second half double secured Ferry Athletic the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Ferry had to come from behind to win their quarter and semi-final ties, and the final was no different as they came from behind after Scott Hamilton had given Carnoustie the lead in the first half.
Carnoustie started brightly and tested Ferry keeper Finlay Lyttle thanks to a strike from Dylan McLeish. The deadlock was nearly broken after 11 minutes when Charlie MacPherson's cross clipped the crossbar.
Scott Hamilton slipped the ball into the path of Jack Chalmers but Lyttle was sharp of his line to smother the shot.
Carnoustie's dominance was rewarded when Hamilton opened the scoring after 25 minutes. MacPherson found Jack Chalmers on the right and his low cross was swept home by Hamilton.
Ferry nearly replied instantly but Will Hanbury could only hit the post from a tight angle after rounding Zac Watt.
Ferry Athletic came from behind to lift the G Kerr Cup against Forfar West End. Goals from Andy Kelly, Rory Faulkner and Jay Foran separated a double from Forfar’s Owen Wilson.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages of the match, but Forfar keeper Kyle Millar had to be at his best to keep out a snap shot from Arran Smith after 10 minutes. The Ferry midfielder looked to have broken the deadlock, but the Forfar goalie produced a fine diving save to keep the score level.
Forfar struck first when Owen Wilson met Rhys Fraser’s in-swinging free kick. The big striker’s header looped over Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal, giving Forfar a deserved lead.
Their good work was nearly undone three minutes later when Alistar Wilson turned a low cross against his own crossbar. The resulting corner saw an unmarked Andy Kelly fire wide from close range.
Forfar didn’t learn their lesson, and in first half injury time, Kelly brought Ferry level. Blair McCord’s corner appeared to have too much on it, but Smith returned the ball into the six-yard box, where Kelly was on hand to turn the ball into the empty net.
Jake Kettles inspired Kirrie Thistle to their first every trophy as they toppled Dundee West in the final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup. The winger netted twice and picked up two assists as Kirrie avoided what would have been a stunning Dundee West comeback.
Kirrie started on the front foot, and put their pre-match nerved to bed with only six minutes played. Logan Richardson’s shot deflected into the path of Jake Kettles, who smashed a shot past Jordan Walker at the near post.
Dundee West saw their top scorer Aiden Law denied by Rory Davidson, before Walker kept out an effort from Richardson at the other end. Cammy Blacklock tried his luck from 20 yards but was denied by Davidson.
Kirrie extended their lead after 19 minutes through Cameron Simpson. Dundee West could only clear a corner as far as the defender, who looped a header over Walker and into the net.
Sam Ellis went close to extending Kirrie’s lead five minutes later but couldn’t hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Dundee West were starting to grow into the tie and saw Law fire wide from 20 yards after 26 minutes.
As half time approached, Patrick Todd latched onto a long free kick, but couldn’t turn the ball into a dangerous area. Law was presented with his side’s best chance of the half seconds later, but Davidson was quick off his line and smothered the shot.
Rory Faulkner’s fourth hat trick in four matches helped Ferry Athletic keep up their unbeaten run in the Presidents League. Andy Kelly and Blair McCord also netted for Ferry as they consigned Forfar West End to a sixth defeat of the season.
These sides shared the U19s title last season, but after falling to defeat against Kirrie in their last match, Forfar knew they had little margin for error left if they were to lift the title come the end of the season.
The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors after 10 minutes, but Cameron Fraser couldn’t keep his volley on target.
Forfar did strike first in the match, and Cameron Fraser was the scorer. Kurtis Turek supplied the cut back, and the big striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net from 18 yards.
The lead would prove to be short lived, as Andy Kelly turned a corner in from close range less than 60 seconds after Forfar had opened the scoring.
Ferry were taking the game to Forfar with Rory Faulkner causing the visitors backline plenty of problems. The forward fired over after cutting inside from the left, but when he latched onto Blair McCord’s pass after 22 minutes, there was only ever going to be one outcome as he raced towards goal and curled the ball past Kyle Millar.
Kelly went close to doubling his tally when he looped a header towards goal from a corner, but Rhys Fraser was in the right place to head the ball off the line. At the other end, Alistair Wilson headed over from a corner.
A blistering first half performance from Kirrie Thistle blew away Broughty United as they sealed a place in the final of the Reilly Falconer Cup.
A double from Archie McLean, Logan Richardson’s strike, an own goal from Gregor Brown and a brace from Sam Ellis gave Kirrie a 6-0 half time lead, and despite Broughty striking back in the second half, they held on to secure the win.
Broughty ended Kirrie’s unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 win seven days ago, and it was clear that Kirrie were keen to avoid another defeat. There were only three minutes on the clock when Logan Richardson cut the ball back to Archie McLean, who despite seeing his initial effort kept out by Ben Todd, prodded the ball into the corner.
Kirrie were relentless in their pursuit for a second, and when Todd under-hit a goal kick, Richardson capitalised and fired a shot into the net from 25 yards on the 10 minute mark.
A free kick 20 yards from goal presented Broughty the chance to get back into the match, but Benji Kane didn’t trouble Rory Grewar with a low strike. At the other end, Jake Kettles nearly added a third, but Gregor Brown managed to clear the ball off the line.
Kettles was causing problems for Broughty and was denied by Todd after bursting into the box. The rebound fell to Kian Martin, but he couldn’t hit the target. Todd denied Richardson again moments later, and Connor Smeaton skied the rebound.
With 23 minutes gone, Kirrie added a third from the penalty spot, McLean coolly dispatching the ball past Todd.
Three minutes later, their lead was four. Dagan Bell sent in a cross from the right, and Brown sliced the ball into his own net.
Smeaton was denied by Todd before Kirrie made it five. Kettles was denied by Todd, but the ball broke kindly for Sam Ellis, who stabbed the ball past Todd.
With two minutes of the first half left, Kirrie made it six. Dagan Bell provided the cross into Ellis, who steered the ball past Todd with a first-time volley.
Luke Owens’ own goal dented Dryburgh CC’s title hopes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee Thistle. Owens had given Dryburgh a first half lead but diverted Keiton Strachan’s free kick past Cammy Grant in the second half.
The visitor’s started brightly, with Kal Duncan forcing Thomas Egan into an early save with an effort from the edge of the box.
Both sides were battling in the midfield, which meant goal scoring chances were at a premium. Egan gathered Stuart Hoggan’s free kick at the second attempt before denying Paul Hutton.
Dryburgh opened the scoring six minutes before the interval through Luke Owens. Thistle failed to deal with Hoggan’s free kick from the left, and the ball broke to Owens, who drilled a low shot past Egan.
Sam Grimes' goal four minutes into injury time snatched three points away from Riverside CSC. The visitors looked to have secured the win after fighting back from 2-0 down, but Grimes ensured that 10-man Broughty Panthers got a share of the spoils.
Riverside sit fifth and Broughty Panthers sixth in the G Taylor League, and there was little between them in the opening stages. Josh Knight hit a low free kick from 20 yards wide of the mark before Broughty lost skipper Lewis Denny. The midfielder broke his ankle after landing awkwardly.
Clear cut chances were few and far between as both sides tried to get to grips with the pitch and the elements. Craig Low didn’t trouble Wilson Price with a free kick after 18 minutes, but he did manage to set up Daniel Hart with a clever header moments later. The midfielder saw his shot blocked by a Broughty defender.
As half time approached, Broughty opened the scoring. Lewis Munro was fouled at the edge of the box, and Liam Jones slotted the resulting free kick into the bottom corner.
Ferry Athletic will face Carnoustie Panmure in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final after coming from behind to beat Pitfour. Quickfire goals from Blaike Kyles and Will Hanbury cancelled out Adam Leese’s opener. In the second half, Ferry turned on the style and netted four more times.
This was the first meeting of these sides at 11-a-side football and Pitfour’s aggressive pressing early on was disrupting a Ferry side that were beaten by Riverside in their previous outing. Blaike Kyles had the first chance of the game after 10 minutes when the ball fell to him inside the box, but he fired straight at Ewan Moncrieff.
Kyles was again denied by the Pitfour keeper moments later when he turned Will Hanbury’s cross goalward, but the keeper got down and kept the ball out. Pitfour were forcing Ferry into sloppy mistakes, and punished the hosts when Adam Leese fired a shot past Finlay Lyttle from 20 yards.
Their lead would prove to be short lived as Kyles brought Ferry level six minutes after they went behind. The forward was left unmarked at a corner and steered a low volley into the bottom corner.
Less than 60 seconds had passed when Aiden Lockheart lifted the ball into the path of Will Hanbury, and despite the Pitfour appeals for offside, he swept the ball past Moncrieff to give Ferry the lead eight minutes before half time.
Pitfour felt they should have had a penalty when Thomas Drysdale went down under the challenge of Euan Reekie, but the referee was unmoved.