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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.

Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:39

Red hot Kettles fires Kirrie to first cup

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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.

It was an extremly cold and windy day at Riverview Park on Sunday but that didn't stop Monifieth Athletic and Fairmuir BC from putting on a thoroughly entertaining match.
 
Both teams looked well worth their spots as semi-finalists in this year's Tommy Clark trophy, however only one could advance to the final and Sunday was Monifieth's day as they secured a penalties win over their DDYFA rivals. Athletic can now look forward to a cup final against Pitfour, who came through a tough match against Broughty Panthers.
 
The match began at a slow pace as both sides were to come to terms with the difficult playing conditions. Fairmuir were having more of the ball but Monifieth were happy enough to sit back and try to catch their opponents on the counter-attack.
 
For all of Fairmuir's possession, Monifieth were having the better chances with Aidan Lorente coming close for the home side on a number of occasions. Athletic came very close to an opening goal on the 23rd minute when a cross from Lorente nearly found its way into the path of Arran Ferry, who stretched as far as he could but could not get a decisive touch on the ball.
 
As the match progressed the roles were switched and Fairmuir were the ones trying to capitalise on the counter-attack, with Jamie McCann being a key figure for the away side with his jinky runs from his own half. He was key in getting Fairmuir up the pitch for long periods of the game.
 
They had their first real chance of the match on the half hour mark as Robbie Flynn hit a low shot towards the bottom left corner, only to have his effort saved well by Monifieth 'keeper Thomas Welsh. Zain Ferguson was next to trouble for Fairmuir but his low shot hit the side-netting.
 
Welsh was having a great game in the Monifieth goal and he had to be at his best to keep out what had to be the best chance of the half. Marcel Motyka was played through and attempted to dink the ball over the oncoming Welsh, who managed to get a strong hand to the ball and get rid of the danger.
 
It was the turn of the Athletic defence to keep the score level. Jamie McCann layed the ball into the path of Graeme Stewart who was about to get a shot off when Sean Kydd put in a last minute challenge to clear the danger.
 
 
Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:18

Faulkner hat trick flattens Forfar West End

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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.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:44

Kirrie blow Broughty away to book cup final spot

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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.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:50

Thistle hold Dryburgh to dent their title dreams

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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.

Sunday, 04 February 2018 18:41

Fast start fires Pitfour into Last 16

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Two goals in the space of a minute earned Pitfour a spot in the last 16 of the East Region Cup. Kairn Brand and Ben Clos’s goals put Pitfour in the driving seat, and they made sure there was no Dundee West comeback with a professional performance.

Pitfour knocked Dundee West out of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup on penalties and came flying out of the traps. Alistar Alcorn’s early strike brought a save out of David Boylan. The resulting corner was cleared only as far as Ross Cameron, and his stinging strike was tipped over by Boylan.

The visitors finally broke the deadlock when Alcorn bested Morgan Harrow on the left, and despite Boylan smothering his shot, Kairn Brand was on hand to smash the loose ball into the net.

Less than a minute later Ben Clos gathered the ball 20 yards from goal, and he proceeded to drive into the box and slip the ball past Boylan into the corner.

Kai Finnie nearly added to Dundee West’s woes when he spotted Boylan off his line, but he lifted the ball narrowly over the bar.

Dundee West were growing into the game and had their first chance when Ryley Duncan slipped in Logan Smith, who saw his shot blocked by a Pitfour defender. The resulting corner was missed by Pitfour keeper Archie Kelly-Barton, which allowed Lewis Hutton a shot at goal, but a Pitfour body diverted the ball away from danger.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:53

Impressive Fairmuir 2004 victorious against ACSC

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Riley Nelsons second half hat-trick helped Fairmuir Boys 2004 to an impressive 6-0 victory over ACSC at Hercules Den, Arbroath.

The result moved the victors to 12 points and fifth place in the U14s D S Rennie League. Their  opponents would remain in 9th place with 6 points from 8 matches. 

This was the first meeting of the sides this season and Fairmuir were looking to build on a hard fought 0-0 draw with second placed Kirrie the previous week.

Having been shut out in their last outing Fairmuir started brightly and Jordan Adam's goal sandwhiched between a strikes by Thomas Gibb moved the away side to a 3-0 lead at the break.