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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.
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.
Ross McDowell’s double helped Monifieth Athletic to the Chuck McGowan Cup final. The forward scored a goal in either half after Oli Carmichael had opened the scoring.
Monifieth are unbeaten in the W Mills League, while Riverside are the league leaders. Monifieth won 3-0 when the sides met in the league and got off to the perfect start when the ball broke to Oli Carmichael inside the box, and he tucked a shot into the near post.
The visitors were dominating early on and looking to make their advantage count. Carmichael shot wide after 11 minutes.
Lewis Lawson’s free kick brought a save out of Jordi Duncan, before the Riverside stopper produced a fantastic finger tip save to keep out Cameron McLaughlin’s fierce drive.
Riverside were struggling to create anything against a Monifieth backline that has only conceded seven goals in the league.
Seven minutes before the break, Monifieth added their second. Ross McDowell brushed off Ross Anderson and raced down the left, before curling a shot past Duncan in the Riverside goal.
Riverside’s only shot of the first half came when Samuel Gallacher hit a wayward shot from distance.
Derryn Thomson’s double fired Fairmuir into the semi-finals of the Tommy Clark Trophy. The Fairmuir man scored in either half after Nick Fletcher had given Dundee West the lead.
Nothing could separate these sides when they met in the league in early September, and the opening stages saw both sides try and establish an early foothold in the match. Morgan Harrow delivered a long free kick into the box, but Cavan McLaren could only loop his header over the bar.
Robbie Flynn nearly caught out David Boylan with an awkward cross from the left, but the ball looped onto the top of the net. The Fairmuir striker saw his strike from the edge of the box held by Boylan after 26 minutes.
At the other end, Ryley Duncan could only head a cross from McLaren wide.
With half time approaching, the match burst into life. Jack Wilkie looked to have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when he was left unmarked at a corner, but Boylan produced a fantastic stop to push the ball round the post.
This proved to be an important save as two minutes later Nick Fletcher caught the Fairmuir backline flatfooted and curled a shot past Shaun Watt into the far corner.
Fairmuir went on the offensive from kick off, and when Boylan took down Graeme Stewart inside the box, they had a route straight back into the tie. Derryn Thomson took the spot kick, and coolly dispatched the ball into the top right corner.
Dundee West nearly retook the lead when the ball broke to Ruari Henry at the edge of the box, but the former Fairmuir striker could only shoot straight at Watt.
Kirrie Thistle started 2018 with a bang as they saw off Fairmuir to secure a place in the Reilly Falconer Cup quarter-final. Logan Richardson scored a hat trick, with Archie McLean and Jake Kettles also scoring.
Injuries and suspensions meant that both sides were without their first-choice goalkeepers for this tie, which was being played at the fifth attempt.
There were only five minutes on the clock when Fairmuir took the lead. Mark Ross rose above Bradley Milne at a corner, and powered home a header from six yards.
The Kirrie players were trying to exploit the fact that Fairmuir had an outfield player in goal, but a plethora of efforts from distance all failed to trouble Jordan Adam.
The did breach the Fairmuir backline after 10 minutes, but a superb tackle from Lee Fordyce denied Archie McLean a shot at goal.
At the other end, Thomas Gibb looked to have doubled Fairmuir’s lead with a controlled effort, but Rory Grewar produced a stunning diving save to keep the ball out and the deficit at one. Logan Richardson looked to capitalise on a mix up in the Fairmuir defence, but could only shoot straight at Adam.
Fairmuir’s stand-in stopper was eventually beaten after 19 minutes when the referee pointed to the penalty spot. McLean coolly dispatched the spot kick to level the score.
There was nearly a second for Kirrie two minutes later when Jake Kettles looped a cross over Adam, but Sam Ellis couldn’t head the ball into the unguarded net.
Kirrie were growing in confidence and took the lead six minutes before the break when Richardson latched onto a through ball, and beat Adam with a composed finish.
Fairmuir nearly snatched an equaliser at the end of the half through Billy Donald, but his curling free kick came back off the post before being cleared.
Aidan Lorente’s hat trick inspired Monifieth Athletic to their first ever cup final as they beat Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.
These sides shared the points when they faced off in the league early in the season, but it was Fairmuir who went ahead after two minutes through Robbie Flynn. The striker saw his initial effort kept out by Thomas Welsh, but the ball broke kindly for the Fairmuir man, who tucked in the rebound, despite the best efforts of Ben Dorward.
Monifieth had been out of action for seven weeks before this tie, but responded in the perfect manner when Aidan Lorente drilled a low shot past Shaun Watt from the edge of the box.
Fairmuir were nearly back in front after eight minutes, but Jack Wilkie could only head over the bar from a corner.
After the frantic opening, the game settled down as both sides tried to take control of the tie. Mason Anderson’s deflected effort didn’t trouble Welsh after 16 minutes. At the other end, Lorente was denied by Watt.
With half time approaching, it looked like the sides would go off level, until Lorente picked the ball up on the right touchline, before cutting inside and unleashing a curling strike that found the net via the upright.
Wilson Price’s injury time penalty save sent Broughty Panthers into the Tommy Clark Trophy semi-finals. The goalkeeper kept out Lewis Thomson’s spot kick as Broughty held on to claim their first win over DUSC at 11-a-side football.
Broughty were beaten when the sides met in the league earlier in the season, but came flying out the traps, and would have been ahead inside the opening minute if not for a fine save from Josh Hamilton to deny Ryan Carr.
Carr’s blistering pace was Broughty’s main attacking outlet, and when Lewis Denny lifted the ball in behind the DUSC backline, and there was only ever going to be one outcome as Carr raced clear and fired a shot past Hamilton.
Lightning struck twice as Carr pulled the ball back for Daniel Boyle, who smashed Broughty Panthers into a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark.
DUSC had started slowly, but were forcing their way back into the match. Callum Livingston denied Reece Rankin a shot at goal with a well-timed tackle inside the box. Adam Johnston did get a strike away, but Wilson Price was equal to it.
There was nothing the Broughty keeper could do when Lewis Thomson curled a free kick from 20 yards into the top corner, handing his side a lifeline.
Johnston forced Price into two saves in quick succession before the big striker hit the post with a low strike. DUSC were in the driving seat, but failed to trouble Price with successive free kicks from the edge of the box.
The hosts chances of equalising were dashed when Boyle latched onto a clever header from Carr, and drilled a low shot past Hamilton from the edge of the box.
Carr nearly doubled his tally when he broke from a DUSC corner, but his low shot came back off the post and into the grateful arms of Hamilton. Price made a routine save to keep out Lewis Davidson’s free kick in first half injury time.
Rosyth Reds were lifted off the bottom of the table after a hard working defensive display away to Kirkcaldy Inter. Rosyth made the most of their chances on a frustrating day for Inter after numerous attempts were kept out by the wall of Rosyth defenders and the goalkeeper.
Coming into the match Kirkcaldy Inter were looking to bounce back from two back-to-back defeats and Rosyth were looking to grab only their second win of the season.
The first 10 minutes of the match were relatively scrappy with few chances for either side except a good save as Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson dived down low to prevent Kirkcaldy Inter striker Gordon Tulloch beating the ‘keeper at his near point.
In the 12th minute of the match some impressive play from Rosyth saw the ball squared into the box where Ciaran McGuiness swept the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.
After the goal Kirkcaldy Inter began to pile on more pressure in an effort to grab an equaliser. After a few good saves from Murray Thomson, Kirkcaldy Inter kept the intense pressure going and Kierren Ritchie drilled an inviting cross across the goal line and as the ball whizzed past the open goal no Kirkcaldy Inter player was there to tap the ball into the gaping net.
23 minutes gone and a moment of controversy arrived after Rosyth goalkeeper Murray Thomson rushed out to clear the ball outside of his box and the ball bounced off his arm. The incident resulted in a yellow card for Thomson despite the fact a red card could have been given. From the resulting free kick Thomson redeemed himself and made a superb double save from Inter’s Kierren Ritchie and Gordon Tulloch.
The remainder of the first half saw Kirkcaldy Inter’s plentiful attempts being well blocked by defenders, drifting inches wide of the post or being denied by Thomson.
Going into the half time break Rosyth would be the happier of the two sides. The Rosyth coach would have been hoping for more of the same brilliant defending from his side, meanwhile the Kirkcaldy Inter coach would be hoping eventually the pressure will pay off.
Sam Townsley was Jeanfield’s hero as they survived a late Dryburgh comeback and a penalty shootout to advance to the semi-final of the John Clark Motors Cup. The Jeanfield stopper saved three Dryburgh penalties as his side won the shootout 3-1.
These sides sit first and second in the Maryfield League, and Dryburgh edged their league meeting 4-3 earlier in the season. Jeanfield only had 10 players available that day, but with a full complement at their disposal, they started brightly.
Liam Cooney broke into the box after six minutes, but saw his fierce strike pushed away by Aaron Cosgrove. The resulting corner was met by James Westwood, but his snap shot was straight down the keeper’s throat.
Jeanfield had been on top in the opening stages, and with 10 minutes gone they broke the deadlock through Angus Dochard. Cooney provided the cutback that Dochard swept into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.
Dryburgh were struggling to match Jeanfield’s tempo, losing nearly every second ball in the centre of the park. Ryan McKay sent in a cross that Daryl Tosh headed wide before Cooney hit a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.
Aaron Flynn headed against the woodwork as Dryburgh continued their search for an equaliser, while at the other end Cosgrove denied Cooney with his feet.
With half time seconds away, Rannoch Ramsay doubled Jeanfield’s lead with a controlled volley from the edge of the box that nestled in the bottom corner.
A Calum Brammer winner saw Fauldhouse United defeat Linlithgow Maroon in a tight encounter to make it four wins on the bounce.
Fauldhouse had won their previous three games in the league, scoring an impressive 15 goals in the process. Their next task was Linlithgow Maroon. Linlithgow were coming into the game off the back of their first win of the season and would have been looking to build on this and start making their way up the table.
Linlithgow started the game well, creating numerous chances but it was Fauldhouse who got the first goal in the thirty third minute. Themba Munthali had only came to the park a minute previous but it was him who put his side ahead, Linlithgow possibly feeling it was against the run of play.
They were back level just before half time however to make for an intriguing second forty five minutes.